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Mount pointer?

Dick
Posted 13/02/2023 - 16:09 Link
I shoot with a SMC Pentax FA 43mm limited prime lens. My 31 and 77 mm lens do have a green mount pointer, but my 43mm doesn't. But I see there are also 43mm lenses that do have one. What is the difference between those two SMC FA 43mm limiteds?
LennyBloke
Posted 13/02/2023 - 18:19 - Helpful Comment Link
The original 43mm did not have the green blob - when the re-vamped HD models were introduced in 2021 they added it. The actual differences are with the newer HD coatings and rounded aperture blades.
LennyBloke
Dick
Posted 13/02/2023 - 20:12 Link
Thank you for your quick and clear response, LennyBloke. I had already expected that the eldest princess was the only one who didn't have a mount pointer yet. Glad you confirmed my suspicion. Mount pointer or not: After about twenty years I still love my three silver princesses. Both on APS-C and on full frame. And after comparing the SMCs with the HDs there no reason (yet) for me to exchange the SMCs for the HDs. Yes, the HDs are specially developed for the digital era, but the SMCs still stand strong to my opinion. Both on film as digital.
pentaxian450
Posted 14/02/2023 - 21:12 Link
When the K-mount came on in the late seventies, all K mount lenses had a raised dot to facilitate alignment when installiing the lenses on the camera. In my opinion, they should have left it on. It differentiated the lenses from other manufacturers mounts and made it easier to mount in dark environment.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)
barkin
Posted 15/02/2023 - 11:05 Link
pentaxian450 wrote:
When the K-mount came on in the late seventies, all K mount lenses had a raised dot to facilitate alignment when installiing the lenses on the camera. In my opinion, they should have left it on. It differentiated the lenses from other manufacturers mounts and made it easier to mount in dark environment.

Indeed. One could do it without looking, just by aligning the bump with the lens release lever.

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