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What's your favorite prime lens?

Matthew Levek , Oct 31, 2006; 04:09 p.m.

What's your favorite prime lens for your pentax camera? Any prime lens, any manufacturer, any mount, any age. I'm just curious what some really good prime lenses are that I might for my camera. Right now the only prime I have is a Super-Takumar 50/1.4 screw mount. I really like it, and it only cost me $40 on ebay.


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Tim Bradshaw , Oct 31, 2006; 05:06 p.m.

I use the SMC 50/1.4 most of the time. It's a lovely lens in any case, and wide open you can get almost-sufficiently-small depth of field.


David Kernaghan , Oct 31, 2006; 05:16 p.m.

While my S-M-C Takumar 50mm 1.4 has certainly been my primary lens (just the right amount of resolution, contrast, and OOF image), my recently aquired Super Takumar 24mm 3.5 shows signs of being one I simply won't part with......interesting lens.

maurice audibert , Oct 31, 2006; 05:32 p.m.

I am very happy using the 43mm F1,9 limited. It may seem "bizarre". No real macro, of course, mainly street photography, candids in low light and some architecture. I own a ist Ds. Love the bokey. As I already mentioned in this forum, I'm dreaming with an adapter to Leica M body, because this 43mm is a real gem. Could do awesome photogs with the M8. Maurice

43mm 1,9 ist Ds

Mick Evans , Oct 31, 2006; 06:06 p.m.

I have a few primes from Pentax. Mostly SMC-M's.

My favourite focal length is 135mm and I have really nice 135/3.5 that I use regularly. It's not the fastest lens around but it does have a nice build quality and is a joy to use.

The great thing about Pentax lenses is that so far they have been overpriced on the second hand market so one can buy some nice quality lenses at reasonable prices. I guess that K10D will make a difference to that when it hit's the streets.

Steven Wilson , Oct 31, 2006; 06:16 p.m.

SMC Pentax-A 1:28mm/2.8, almost never leaves one of my two Super Program bodies. A favourite "walk around" lens.

Lindy Stone , Oct 31, 2006; 07:30 p.m.

15mm f3.5 SMC


Douglas Stemke , Oct 31, 2006; 10:08 p.m.

It depends.

The 200mm f4 A* macro lens for nature work

The 77 f1.8 FA when I'm chasing my 2 year old daughter

The 50mm f1.4 A when I just want to walk around with one prime.

Bob Keefer , Oct 31, 2006; 10:36 p.m.

24mm f/2 FA*.

Geoff Francis , Nov 01, 2006; 12:30 a.m.

I like both the 28 f3.5 M and the 200 f4M for a different perspective on things - small, light and sharp. Either should be fairly cheap and both have a build quality that is a joy to use and that puts modern plastic lenses to shame.

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