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David Pulgar , Aug 08, 2005; 02:12 a.m.

One more thing, what lenses do you folks recommend for use with the Pentax ME Super? I want to know so I can start search for them on ebay. I'm primarily interested in wide-angle lenses and telephotos. Thanks again for your help folks!



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Alan Chan , Aug 08, 2005; 02:25 a.m.

Basically most Pentax SMC prime lenses are good. If you want AF, FA20/2.8, FA*24/2, FA28/2.8, F28/2.8, FA31/1.8, FA35/2, FA20-35/4 are worth to consider. As to telephoto, look for the "SMC PENTAX-A 70-210/4".

Markku Ylilammi , Aug 08, 2005; 05:46 a.m.

There is no reason to buy automatic focus lenses (FA and F -series) for ME -series camera. The manual focusing of these is not nice.

All Pentax (35 mm size) lenses work in the ME. They are usually marked 'SMC Pentax' and the bayonet is called 'K mount'. Also older screw mount lenses (called S or M42 mount, Takumar) can be used with an adapter ring but automatic aperture is then not available.

There are three series of manual focus Pentax lenses: K-series (no specific idnetification), M -series (Pentax-M) and A-series (Pentax A). The A series is compatible with the present Pentax digicameras, so these keep their value better in the next upgrade of the camera body.

I recommend the first lenses to be 50 mm and 28 mm but this is a matter of personal prefences. All Pentax prime (not zoom) lenses have good quality as far as I know.

Sandeha Lynch , Aug 08, 2005; 08:24 a.m.

You should defiinitely look over these two sites: http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/ and http://stans-photography.info/

You don't mention your budget, but the range of prices among K mount lenses is considerable. For myself, I use a 43mm Limited mostly on my MX, with other lenses on other cameras.

Douglas Stemke , Aug 08, 2005; 08:27 a.m.

Hi David.

Naturally, it partly also depends on your wallet, how you like to shoot (tripod or free hand) and what exactly you mean by telephoto and wide angle. But here are some wide lenses with good manual focusing properties:

(All Pentax) 20mm f2.8 A 20mm f4 M (slow, but ok) 24mm f2.8 K and A 24mm f2 FA (I know this is an FA lens, but it has a nice clutch feature for comfortable manual use) 28mm (several options) The 20-35mm f4 FA while not the greatest manual focusing lenses is nevertheless a very functional manual wide angle lens.

Tokina 24-40mm f2.8

And these are just coming off the top of my head. There are lots more options.

Jeff Polaski , Aug 08, 2005; 08:40 a.m.

M-lenses were sort of made for the ME-Super. I keep a Pentax M 50mm f/1.4 or an f/1.7 on mine. Short telephoto, the Pentax M 135mm f/3.5 makes a great street package. Any 28mm would do. The ME Super is a more manual version of the preceding ME model, and it gives you control over exposure (aperture and shutter), but you have to get used to the LEDs. It's not a very automated camera. If the battery goes dead, you can shoot at 125.

Jeff Polaski , Aug 08, 2005; 10:42 a.m.

Jeff Polaski , Aug 08, 2005; 10:42 a.m.

David Pulgar , Aug 09, 2005; 01:06 p.m.

Thanks for the incredible feedback folks! My budget on this project really isn't that large. What I would like to do is spend less than $100 on the lens. My original idea is to wait 'till someone puts their ME Super on ebay with a couple of good lenses and then buy it there. That way I can have 2 cameras and mount each with a different lens and film.

In the meantime though, I bought a SIGMA 35 - 70mm/ f2.8 lens off of ebay. It was only $40, so I don't expect the quality to be that great, but it will do for now.

I think I've got enough information now to start my resarch on what lens I should really splurge my money on. Damn, this is an expensive hobby!

Alan Chan , Aug 09, 2005; 05:53 p.m.

If your is the Sigma 35-70/2.8-4, is a not bad lens. As to the tele, just look for a dirty cheap SMC PENTAX-M 135/3.5 which is very sharp. They are plentiful on eBay.

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