Old 09-23-2019   #41
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Funny timing on this thread. I was in a Leica store a few days ago chatting with the salesman and it turned out we were both Pentax fans and admirers of vintage Takumar glass. I love my thorium 50mm f/1.4 Not too worried about radioactivity as I don't carry it in my front pants pocket and have all the kids I want anyway.


I also picked up a 35mm f/3.5 Super Tak but haven't finished off my first test roll with it yet. Need to get busy on that.
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This is good then.
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Old 09-23-2019   #44
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Pentax-M 50mm 1.4 with M8 this time:








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Old 09-25-2019   #45
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I really like how this lens works with the M9.
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Wow the images are very nice. For the record I much prefer the color versions to the black and white.

I know I used to have one of these on my Pentax MX but I can't recall if I sold or gave one or both away. Will have to check.

If there's not too much involved I would have it converted so I can use on my M9 after seeing this. I always liked that lens.
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I started my photography with Pentax lenses - the screw mount M42 versions for the most part. I did, for a brief time, buy and use an early Pentax AF camera and lens and while the camera itself was as ugly as any I have ever seen (and so was the lens) that lens was damn nice in terms of optical performance. (Pentax was not alone in producing some fugly camera gear in the late 1980s. I guess it was that kind of era.)

I later shifted to Nikon equipment but I honestly have to say I do not think I liked any lenses more than I liked the results I got with Pentax equipment. Their rendering is just so nice. It is not to say the Nikons are not as good - they are. Just different.

You have reminded me of this Raid and convinced me to get them out once more and start using them.
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Wow the images are very nice. For the record I much prefer the color versions to the black and white.

I know I used to have one of these on my Pentax MX but I can't recall if I sold or gave one or both away. Will have to check.

If there's not too much involved I would have it converted so I can use on my M9 after seeing this. I always liked that lens.
Thanks. Maybe someone still offers to modify the mount for the Pentax lens.
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Peter, I am glad that my thread here is encouraging you to use your Pentax lenses.
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I took some photos yesterday morning with the M9 and Pentax-M lens at the beach. The clouds were looking good!
The M9 was set to ISO 160 and the Pentax-M to 8~11.




















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I'm thinking about getting a M9, and was wondering if you could tell me more about this set up? These images look great.
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Hi Derek,
If you go through the posted comments in this thread you will find a link given in which Roland “Ferider” shows his step by step modifications of the Pentax M to Leica M mount.
I bought the lens already modified to Leica mount.
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Roland's thread:
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Looks like a lot of work. Maybe when I get my M9, someone might have pre-made one for sale?

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I wouldn't know how to make such an adaptation to a lens. Maybe someone puts up his modified lens for sale here? I bought my lens modified.
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Here are some new photos taken with the M9 and the Pentax-M 50/1.4. I did not do any PS to any image at all. The colors are subtle with this lens, but that day the colors were like this at our beaches.


At the parking lot close to Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach.





I focused on the water and not on the sea oats



Subtle colors (tpwards the East)





Towards the West. The sun is setting more to the right of this image, not over the Gulf.






Back looking towards the East. Having this view available to me for the past 32 years.








Rasha allowed me to quick snapshots of her








Our beaches are often "unpopulated" or with very sparse beach population





No spectatcular sunset here; if I had waited 20-30 additional minutes, there was a deep crimson red sunset! I am used to such sunsets, so no big deal. Dinner was waiting for us.


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After the beach stop, we drove downtown to Joe Patti's Seafood.












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I have added 43 new images this morning. I took these photos at Pensacola Beach a few days ago with the M9 and the Pentax-M 50/1.4. I uploaded the DNG files to LR5, and then without any modifications, I converted the files to jpg files and I post them here. Overall, The Pentax-M does very well with the M9. This lens is well known as an SLR lens to be an excellent lens. Here, it is a match with the M9's digital sensor, and I like the results from the set.










I was checking out the close distance possibilities with this lens.




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The setting sun was very bright, and I checked out what the sensor could handle (or not). First, on AE without any exposure changes. Of course, the image is then underexposed.











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The subtle light and the colors are beautiful when focusing on the North and the sea oats. The wate r in the back is the Sound which separates Pensacola from Pensacola Beach.








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There was a photographer with a tripod and a long lens. I like the 50mm focal length for most sunsets. I have tried in past years to use the 300mm lens and also the 500mm lenses for sunsets.











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The photos above were taken (in time order) at Pensacola Beach, on the way to Fort Pickens where my favorite beaches are located. I left in every image, including ones with crooked horizon and overblown sunset or under exposed sunset.


I try not to forget that sunsets are not just pretty when looking at the setting sun. I turn to the East and also to the North to capture sea oats and the colorful Eastern side of the beaches.
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We drove away from Pensacola Beach to get home, but then we saw good light in Gulf Breeze, which is a town located between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. [also known for UFO sightings!]
Basically, we drive from Escambia County (FL) over the three mile bridge to Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa County), and then over a smaller bridge from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola Beach (again in Escambia County, FL). There exists also an Escambia County, Alabama!











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These were my digital images from that sunset. I also took a few snapshots with the M3 and the Hologon.
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I am surprised at myself for using the Pentax-M lens for several weeks now as I have other lenses that I also want to use. Thanks for following this thread. My smugmug website shows many views on the posted images.
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Here are some new images taken with the Pentax-M and the M8.








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The color images look better to me with the 50/1.4 and the M8:


At the annual Gulf Coast Arts Festival:







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I am trying to convince myself to take off the Pentax-M from the M8 and to replace it with a 50mm Summicron, but I am not there yet.
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