DSLR Body for Permanent Use With Screw Mount Lenses


Mac

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 15:42
Hello Everyone,

It has been years since I've posted here.

I have an extensive collection of Pentax Screw Mount lenses from Macro to Mirror and just about everything in between.

I'm looking to buy a Pentax DSLR body to which I'll permanently attach an M42/K adapter so I can use these old beauties in fully manual mode. Want to relive my Spotmatic film days.

Where I'd like your advice would be the choice of body with the simplest and best fully manual capability. I want to set aperture, shutter and focus totally by hand using a separate light meter is possible.

I've always appreciated the depth of experience on this forum and look forward to any advice you can offer.

Cheers and thanks,
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

Don

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 16:04
I still hang around here...
the kr is a nice choice.... you'll need a screw mount to k mount adaptor (buy the cheap chinese ones off ebay) and any pentax d-slr the kr is an awesome choice if you can find one.... it isn't a d-slr but the k-01 can be had for under $350.00 (try vistec in toronto)... I have an old ds2 collecting dust.... but it isn't a good buy due tot he low cost of better models like a used kr, or k10
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

Mac

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 16:22
Hey Don, old friend!

Great advice as always.

I'll look up Vistec right now.

Hang in there - you'll be cycling soon enough!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

Don

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 16:30
k-01
k30 with 18-55
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

Mac

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 17:22
Yup, Don, looked at them and they're sweet. Got 'em on my short list.

Also looking at two auctions on Henry's, a 1stDS and a K100D - both old and simple enough, I hope, for my return to the 60's.

Meanwhile I'm dusting off the old glass and marveling at the heft of these old weapons.

Gettin' the bug!

Again!!


Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

davidstorm

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 18:42
Hello Mac, I've mentioned this before on several threads, I don't understand why you don't just buy a few of the cheap M42 to K adaptors, remove the spring clip and mount them permanently to each of your M42 lenses. This way they are as easy to use as a bayonet lens and this is a lot cheaper and more convenient than buying another DSLR body. All of my M42 lenses have adaptors permanently attached; it works great and I have no problems with any of them, including weighty telephotos.

Regards
David
Flickr

Some cameras, some lenses, some bits 'n' bobs

johnriley

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 19:40
To convert a body, just use the Pentax Adapter K in the way it was intended - left in place. Then you can mount and remove screw thread lenses as you wish, just as if it was a screw thread body.

Metering will be stop down and focus manual, but M and Av will work.
Best regards, John

davidstorm

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 19:44
I've tried this many times both ways John and from the experiences I've had it works better the way I've suggested. It's far less fiddly and means you can use your normal camera body.

Horses for courses, this is just the way I prefer it, there is no right or wrong way. I appreciate these adaptors are designed to be used with the spring clips but I just cannot get on with them this way and find it very annoying that I can't simply mount and dismount them on my preferred DSLR.

Regards
David
Flickr

Some cameras, some lenses, some bits 'n' bobs

Don

Link Posted 30/03/2013 - 20:02
the k-01 isn't a dslr, and has no viewfinder except for the rear lcd.... but the image quality you'll get will astound you.. baically the same image quality at the k-5... and since you're using manual focus lenses, you'll apreciat the focus peaking effect and you can always add a hoodman loup over the lcd for outdoor shooting....
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

Mac

Link Posted 31/03/2013 - 02:53
Wow, what a bunch of great ideas - Hmmmmmmm............

Thanks as always John and David.

Don, never thought of a k-01 for this purpose - but am now!

David, my K110D body is sort of permanently on loan to daughter #2 along with most of my K prime and zoom lenses. That's why I thought I'd go back to my M42 days - but digital.

Lots to think about, as always thanks folks!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

Mac

Link Posted 01/04/2013 - 15:59
Good Day Everyone!

Put in an offer on a istDS with a Takumar -F 70-200 zoom (not that I need the K Mount lens).

My thinking is that the ist D's still used a prism and if I'm using these tired old eyes to manually focus, I'll need all the brightness I can get.

Also, these first generation Pentax DSLR's were fairly simple - and I'm trying to
return to my Spotmatic days. Have even dusted-off my Sekonic and Wesson meters.

I'll let you know how I make out with my time travel.

Now looking for more converter rings (David) but I have 11 old lenses!


Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

smc

Link Posted 01/04/2013 - 19:50
Good choice, and meters well with m42 lenses.

Get a split prism screen to help with manual focus.

Mac

Link Posted 01/04/2013 - 20:00
SMC wrote: Get a split prism screen to help with manual focus.


Come to think of it - I have one I never installed in my K110D. I wonder if it will fit?

Thanks for reminding me!

Cheers!
Mac from Montreal

SP, SPII, SPF, PZ-10, P30, SFX, K110D, istDS, Optio 60, Z-10, H90, RZ10, I-10, f3.5 28mm, f1.8 55mm, f1.4 50mm, f3.5 135mm, f2.5 135mm, f4 50mm Macro, f4.5 80-200 F, f4 35-70, f3.5 28-80, f3.5 35-135, f3.5 18-55, f1.8 31mm Ltd., two Auto 110's, Auto 110 lenses and filters, tubes, bellows, Manfrottos and a sore back.

smc

Link Posted 01/04/2013 - 21:32
It shoud.

I still enjoy my istDS - with the 40/2.8 it slots into a brief case very easily. A great travel combo.

Stuey

Link Posted 01/04/2013 - 21:48
I use both my K5 and K10 with m42 lenses - the extra size of the K10 seems to suit the older metal lenses though
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

My Flickr site link
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