older zooms


melness

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 10:19
Hi,are there any older zooms worth a punt for my kx out there ,or am I better sticking with primes .
Thanks
Sean

johnriley

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 11:11
There are lots, as discussed previously on many threads, but basically they are pretty safe to buy, try and put back on eBay if they don't suit. You can have a lot of fun at little cost that way.
Best regards, John

womble

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 11:37
Depends which zoom and how old you mean. There are some turkeys out there and some gems. Try looking at the pentaxforums lens reviews database. Take the overall rating with a pinch of salt (as they are a mean and one person voting 1 can skew the results, they should use the median ideally) but it is worth casting your eye down what people have said.

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melness

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 13:11
womble wrote:
Depends which zoom and how old you mean. There are some turkeys out there and some gems. Try looking at the pentaxforums lens reviews database. Take the overall rating with a pinch of salt (as they are a mean and one person voting 1 can skew the results, they should use the median ideally) but it is worth casting your eye down what people have said.

K.

The later models from I guess eighties onwards,been lookin at the Sears lens over on pentax forums,seems people on there are gettin great results form them . Prices seem to good to be true ,I mean £20 and less they're surely worth a punt ?
Thanks
Sean

thoughton

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 15:33
The Sears lenses are supposedly rebranded from someone or other (possibly even Pentax) back when Sears sold a lot of cameras. However they are extremely rare here in England! Did you ever have Sears Roebuck stores up in Scotland?

As Kris says some older zooms are awful, some are pretty good. I've had good results with old Tamron Adaptall-2 zooms, some of them are often available in the £20 range, but you'll need to buy a separate mount as well (£10-60 depending on functionallity) for those.
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Gwyn

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 16:09
I believe Sears lenses were made by Ricoh .

thoughton

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 16:28
Yes that is very possible. I wouldn't know since I've never actually seen a Sears lens, or been to a Sears store for that matter
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melness

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 20:18
So.. i guess the answer to my question is stick with the primes.
Thanks
Sean

davidstorm

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 20:38
Sean

I would be tempted to give some of the zooms a try if I were you! I bought a Tokina AT-X 28-85mm some years ago for my old film camera but it works well on my K-x. In its time it was a top-flight lens (by Tokina standards) and is a solid lump of metal and glass. I think you may find one for about £30 so it's not a big risk.

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Algernon

Link Posted 01/09/2011 - 21:12
Gwyn wrote:
I believe Sears lenses were made by Ricoh .

I don't think Ricoh actually made any lenses Tomioka (Yashica) made most of the earlier primes, not sure who made the zooms? It could have been Tomioka, but they weren't very high quality. I don't know if they carried on making them after the tie up with CZ?

Pentax were rumored to have made a 50mm for Ricoh, probably an f/1.7.

A lot of K mount Chinon lenses are sold on ebay as being made by Tomioka, but I wouldn't have thought that they would have still made them beyond the release of the Contax?

Unfortunately MF lenses are the stars of a lot of urban myths
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Last Edited by Algernon on 01/09/2011 - 21:23

noddywithoutbigears

Link Posted 03/09/2011 - 10:39
The two manual zooms I wouldn't hesitate to recommend are the Pentax M 75-150mm & 80-20mm both are superb performers and can be picked up for less than £30 each and another plus point they meter really well with the "Green Button" on my K200D
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andrewk

Link Posted 03/09/2011 - 11:40
noddywithoutbigears wrote:
The two manual zooms I wouldn't hesitate to recommend are the Pentax M 75-150mm

I'll second that. It's one of my favourite lenses.

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giofi

Link Posted 03/09/2011 - 12:46
Agree on the 75-150.

The a 35-105 is a real gem, great built and performance....
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Algernon

Link Posted 03/09/2011 - 13:09
I agree about the Pentax-M 80-200mm superb build quality. It was
probably very expensive at the time. They brought out a v2 which
I haven't used, but it looked like an excuse to make it cheaper.
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Transit

Link Posted 04/09/2011 - 04:42
Algernon wrote:
I agree about the Pentax-M 80-200mm superb build quality. It was
probably very expensive at the time. ..

Ha ! I was thinking of this lens when I read the OPs post
$40 me bought a very sharp constant aperture that is the same size as the M200/4. Silly thing is, I would grab the 55-300 everytime unless I was having a tactile sort of day

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