Pentax ME F


Irek

Link Posted 02/09/2015 - 23:59
Hello all Pentax users,

I just bought the first analog camera and I have a few questions about lenses for it.
Which Pentax lenses optically are the best, series K, A or M ?
I bought a camera with a SMC Pentax-M 50mm F2, and now I am looking for a wider angle.
I have never photographed before the analog camera so a lot of learning ahead of me.
I will be grateful for any suggestion.

Many thanks.
Irek



Pentax ME-F, MZ-3 RIP, MZ-S, K-1
Irix 15mm F2.4, Pentax D-FA 24-70mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd, FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd, FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd, Sigma 100-300 F4 + TC 1.4x, AF 540 FGZ
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Last Edited by Irek on 03/09/2015 - 00:11

johnriley

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 00:12
You have a blank canvas on lenses, which is a brilliant place to be. So much to discover!

All the Pentax bayonet lenses will be fine, there are differences in characteristics, and we all have our favourites, but it may be a bit too much detail at this point.

For a good basic kit, i eventually settled on 24mm, 50mm and 100mm lenses, but it depends on your photographic tastes. It might be a good starting point though. The primes are probably better than the zooms at this stage of development, although the M series 24-35mm is actually very impressive.

You might consider replacing the 50mm f/2, which was a budget lens, with an f/1.8, f/1.7 or f/1.4 version.
Best regards, John

Irek

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 00:27
Thanks John,
I want to learn on the prime lenses and I forgot to add that I have already Pentax D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro.
I think about SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7,
SMC Pentax-M 28 F2.8 or SMC Pentax 24mm F2.8 which LennyBloke have for sale.
Pentax ME-F, MZ-3 RIP, MZ-S, K-1
Irix 15mm F2.4, Pentax D-FA 24-70mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd, FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd, FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd, Sigma 100-300 F4 + TC 1.4x, AF 540 FGZ
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Last Edited by Irek on 03/09/2015 - 00:35

johnriley

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 08:02
So it's that wide angle that you need most urgently, and Lennybloke's 24mm looks absolutely ideal.
Best regards, John

Irek

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 09:16
I read a few reviews on Pentax Forum about 24/2.8 soft corners and users said a 28/3.5 and 28/2.8 both these lenses are sharper and more contrasty. Can you confirm this ?

Thanks.
Pentax ME-F, MZ-3 RIP, MZ-S, K-1
Irix 15mm F2.4, Pentax D-FA 24-70mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd, FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd, FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd, Sigma 100-300 F4 + TC 1.4x, AF 540 FGZ
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johnriley

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 09:35
Wide open, the 24mm f/2.8 is relatively soft, especially at the corners. Stopped down, it is razor sharp. This is a common characteristic of lenses of this design, and it's a fault or a benefit, depending on your point of view.

Some might argue that we only use ultra-wides stopped down, for example in landscapes with the maximum depth of field. We might also argue that when used wide open, a sharp centre with slightly softer corners might be a very pleasant effect for closer subjects. Or not, as the case may be.

There is no perfect lens, it depends on what we can make with it as a creative tool. As a 24mm f/2.8 the Pentax K lens is a very attractive lens to me, I enjoyed mine very much.
Best regards, John

LennyBloke

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 09:38
Irek wrote:
I read a few reviews on Pentax Forum about 24/2.8 soft corners and users said a 28/3.5 and 28/2.8 both these lenses are sharper and more contrasty. Can you confirm this ?

Thanks.

Take a look at the bottom corners of this full size image on Flickr: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/443/20045715178_265be96edd_o.jpg
there is very little difference in sharpness across the whole image
And at a typical size it appears pretty sharp:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/443/20045715178_7d04504179_h.jpg

The K28/3.5 is probably a tad sharper overall, but it isn't as wide or as fast - lemons and oranges
LennyBloke

stu62

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 20:54
the best think is with that era there is also some great 3rd party lenses out there as well

Irek

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 20:55
stu62 wrote:
the best think is with that era there is also some great 3rd party lenses out there as well

any suggestion ?
Pentax ME-F, MZ-3 RIP, MZ-S, K-1
Irix 15mm F2.4, Pentax D-FA 24-70mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd, FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd, FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd, Sigma 100-300 F4 + TC 1.4x, AF 540 FGZ
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stu62

Link Posted 03/09/2015 - 21:00
tamron sp 200 is a very nice lens and it is fast at f2.8
and if you find the pentax mount on its own for the tamron lenses you could buy any tamron lens on any mount and just chane it to pentax

Irek

Link Posted 09/09/2015 - 11:07
Quick question lads, where I can get foam mirror bumper for Me F ? The original is a little bit sticky and see dirt on the mirror frame. I think need to be replaced.
Pentax ME-F, MZ-3 RIP, MZ-S, K-1
Irix 15mm F2.4, Pentax D-FA 24-70mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd, FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd, FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd, Sigma 100-300 F4 + TC 1.4x, AF 540 FGZ
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johnriley

Link Posted 09/09/2015 - 11:23
Kits for replacements seals are available. If the mirror damper is sticky then likely all the other seals are also ready for replacement.

I'd look on eBay or Amazon first, or perhaps phone one of the camera repair houses. Maybe somebody has a supplier they have already used?
Best regards, John

Irek

Link Posted 09/09/2015 - 11:57
Ok, I found instruction how to replace all seals but I don't know where I can get the foam with one side glue tape.


http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/sealreplacement.html
Pentax ME-F, MZ-3 RIP, MZ-S, K-1
Irix 15mm F2.4, Pentax D-FA 24-70mm F2.8, FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd, FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd, FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd, Sigma 100-300 F4 + TC 1.4x, AF 540 FGZ
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