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Defragged
Posted 01/03/2024 - 14:09 Link
Jonathan-Mac wrote:
This morning a K 24mm f/2.8 popped up locally so I decided to grab it as I've wanted a genuine Pentax 24mm for years but never managed to get one for anything approaching a decent price. I'd probably have preferred the f/3.5 version, which I've heard is better, but that one's far less common.

Should be here next week some time.

A nice purchase and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

I recently picked up a mint condition SMC Takumar version of the 24mm f3.5. Identical optical construction I believe to the K 24mm f3.5 and I can confirm it to be a little gem of a lens. Actually it's not that small in size being quite a bit chunkier than the 50mm Takumar for example. Mine came with genuine Pentax caps and case and also a genuine dedicated square lens hood within its own dedicated square Pentax case. I won't upset you by telling you how little I paid for it but the square hood alone (if you can find one) I've seen for sale at two to three times what I paid for the set..

Anyway, I'm sure you will find it to be a keeper lens so enjoy it.
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HarisF1
Posted 01/03/2024 - 22:24 Link
Agree about the 24/2.8. Using it on the K-1, it gave results that came close in terms of FoV and 'look' to the DA15 on APS-C.

Make sure you look carefully at the optics though, they can sometimes have cement separation that appears like a light haze.
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Jonathan-Mac
Posted 03/03/2024 - 09:03 Link
HarisF1 wrote:
Agree about the 24/2.8. Using it on the K-1, it gave results that came close in terms of FoV and 'look' to the DA15 on APS-C.

Make sure you look carefully at the optics though, they can sometimes have cement separation that appears like a light haze.

Many thanks, I'll check the lens over when it arrives but will pay particular attention to signs of separation.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
Defragged
Posted 05/03/2024 - 17:15 Link
Proud new owner and custodian of a beautiful vintage Tower 24 film camera from the fifties replete with an equally beautiful Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 58mm f2.4 silver m37 lens (Simon's utak recently did a review of this lens), also a stunning Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 100mm f3.5 silver m37 lens with a triplet optical system. This was the predecessor of the the later, very rare, highly sought after and hideously expensive Takumar 100mm m42 3.5 lens, sporting the identical optical system with a black and silver livery and more typical Takumar body style. (Simon's utak also did a review of this lens recently and probably the only video review available) Personally, I prefer the diminutive beauty of the former. Lastly, an Asahi-Kogaku TeleTakumar 135mm f3.5 37mm lens in silver. Perhaps not considered as desirable as its 58mm and 100mm siblings but never-the-less a beautiful piece of engineering to complete the set.
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Jonathan-Mac
Posted 06/03/2024 - 10:11 - Helpful Comment Link
My K 24mm f/2.8 turned up this morning and apart from missing the little oval factory sticker it looks brand new. The focus is a little stiffer than ideal but not so much it'll be a problem and I don't see any signs of element separation.

I stuck it on my K2DMD for a quick camera p0rn shot

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Pentax K2DMD with SMC "K" 24mm f/2.8
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X and Panasonic L digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
HarisF1
Posted 06/03/2024 - 13:40 Link
That looks so good.

I've not known many brands other than Pentax in my short time with cameras but I'll still say their classic lens design (Takumar and K) is one of the most pleasing to look at.
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LennyBloke
Posted 06/03/2024 - 19:45 Link
Defragged wrote:
Proud new owner and custodian of a beautiful vintage Tower 24 film camera from the fifties replete with an equally beautiful Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 58mm f2.4 silver m37 lens (Simon's utak recently did a review of this lens), also a stunning Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 100mm f3.5 silver m37 lens with a triplet optical system. This was the predecessor of the the later, very rare, highly sought after and hideously expensive Takumar 100mm m42 3.5 lens, sporting the identical optical system with a black and silver livery and more typical Takumar body style. (Simon's utak also did a review of this lens recently and probably the only video review available) Personally, I prefer the diminutive beauty of the former. Lastly, an Asahi-Kogaku TeleTakumar 135mm f3.5 37mm lens in silver. Perhaps not considered as desirable as its 58mm and 100mm siblings but never-the-less a beautiful piece of engineering to complete the set.

That sounds a lovely little set - would love to see some photos of them
LennyBloke
Defragged
Posted 10/03/2024 - 05:13 Link
LennyBloke wrote:


That sounds a lovely little set - would love to see some photos of them

Thank you for that Lenny. In addition I've since picked up a fine example of an Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 50mm f3.5 m37 in chrome to go with the above. It's small size makes it more akin to a pancake lens than a regular 50, The size to weight ratio of these lenses is incredible. They all appear to be beautifully engineered from solid brass and heavily chromed which has certainly contributed to their longevity.

I'm not much into nor have ever been in sharing my images on line as I never considered them interesting enough - just a personal thing. But hey, never say never. I may do a family portrait of the Kogaku family... lol...
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LennyBloke
Posted 10/03/2024 - 09:59 Link
Defragged wrote:

I'm not much into nor have ever been in sharing my images on line as I never considered them interesting enough - just a personal thing. But hey, never say never. I may do a family portrait of the Kogaku family... lol...

No, I get that - the vast majority of my images are not shared - in particular the family shots. But I think the amount of interest you would get in your Kogaku family would surprise you.
LennyBloke
Lubbyman
Posted 10/03/2024 - 11:36 Link
Defragged wrote:
I may do a family portrait of the Kogaku family... lol...

Please do. I currently have no idea what you and Lennybloke have been talking about!!

Defragged wrote:
I'm not much into nor have ever been in sharing my images on line as I never considered them interesting enough - just a personal thing.

Same with me - until I realised that some of what I considered personal and of little interest to other people was much like the photos that other people were posting on the forum and which I found interesting.

Steve
Defragged
Posted 11/03/2024 - 04:38 Link
Lubbyman wrote:

Same with me - until I realised that some of what I considered personal and of little interest to other people was much like the photos that other people were posting on the forum and which I found interesting.

Steve

Thanks. Fair point which I'll keep in mind.
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What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, vintage lenses and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!
Lubbyman
Posted 13/03/2024 - 19:29 Link
A Novoflex Castel-M focusing rack has just arrived. Not exactly cheap but no more than the cost of a decent lens. Superb quality, of course (it's Novoflex ). All part of my quest for even smaller steps between shots for focus stacking at higher magnifications (0.005mm should be achievable) - and with a gadget that is easy to use in awkward situations outdoors (which my desktop rig isn't).

In case you're interested, this was purchased from Novoflex.co.uk, which was set up by the newly appointed UK distributor after Speedgraphic (the old distributor) closed down. It was a fairly painless experience once they got the introductory discount code working after I told them that it wasn't (they fixed it pretty quickly!). Just had to wait a couple of weeks for them to receive the item from their supplier (presumably Novoflex). It isn't clear how much Novoflex gear they will hold in the UK. That's important if you want something quickly as Novoflex in Germany won't deliver to the UK, insisting that you go through the national distributor.

Steve
LennyBloke
Posted 14/03/2024 - 11:40 - Helpful Comment Link
A Pentax MX Winder in full working order - will probably never be used in anger but it does look lovely beneath my old black MX

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RayB
Posted 28/03/2024 - 23:15 Link
Two recent acquisitions; a Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX Macro and a Sigma EM140 DG PTTL ring flash.

Early playing suggests this could be a fantastic pairing, will be trying them out properly at the weekend.
Defragged
Posted 29/03/2024 - 11:46 Link
The Sigma 70 is a grand macro which I'm sure you will enjoy. It's a nice in between and alternative focal length to the more usual 50 or 100mm macro's. Have fun.
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What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, vintage lenses and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!

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