Playing with old lenses


Link Posted 08/11/2009 - 23:39
You may have seen in my other post that I have borrowed some old Pentax Manual lenses to try with my GX20 - Clicky. Well, I got to play with them today down in Colchester and then (with much better results) in Brightlingsea.

35-70mm in the Castle park. Seems a nice sharp lens:

28mm very very nice, but a fair bit of barreling:

55mm. Seems pretty damn good too:

My favourite was with the 28mm. A couple taking a romantic sunset walk:

C&C more than welcome. I'm tempted to make an offer for the lenses.

GX20; DA 17-70 F4; 18-55 kit; Ricoh 50mm F2; Vivitar 75-205mm F3.8
Last Edited by mattcambs on 08/11/2009 - 23:40


Link Posted 08/11/2009 - 23:42
I'd make the offer now if you are achieving results like these - the Brightlingsea pics are stunning.

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Link Posted 09/11/2009 - 06:48
I agree with haydnw, the shot for me is #3 followed by #5.
Cheers, HG

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Link Posted 09/11/2009 - 07:44
I find all these shots absolutely stunning. I can't even make up my mind about which one is my favourite one because I like all of them.
These are very impressive results
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Link Posted 09/11/2009 - 08:52
Lovely images with some lovely old lenses. This to me demonstrates a huge advantage of the Pentax system.

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Link Posted 09/11/2009 - 09:27
Some cracking shots mate, I especially love the 3rd one...
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Link Posted 09/11/2009 - 10:33
5 and 6 for me! All nice shots though, very crisp results. Buy them all!!!
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Link Posted 09/11/2009 - 20:44
Thank you guys. I couldn't believe my luck when we arrived at Brightlingsea. Never been there before, just knew the sun was setting. The only downer was that I didn't have a tripod.

GX20; DA 17-70 F4; 18-55 kit; Ricoh 50mm F2; Vivitar 75-205mm F3.8


Link Posted 10/11/2009 - 11:57
I love the results from these old lenses they always provide such a bargin at a fraction of the price of todays auto versions. Im always on the look out for a nice copy.


Link Posted 10/11/2009 - 12:02
Very nice shots. I also like the old MF lenses, which are remarkably compact, built with great precision, and will hopefully be usable on a FF dSLR one day! My lightweight kit is to stick one MF prime on the camera, and carry a couple in my pockets. The 49mm filter diameter consistent across many of the lenses helps too.

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Link Posted 10/11/2009 - 16:24
Very nice set of images Matt, my favs, 3 & 5.

Looks like a good buy, if the price is right.


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Link Posted 17/11/2009 - 22:16

Those certainly are lovely shots of Brightlingsea.



Link Posted 17/11/2009 - 22:23
I have lots of old lenses - i just need to get at good as this - a cracking set of pictures.

K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass
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