Pentax lens compatibility?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by danson, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. danson macrumors newbie

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    I'm seriously considering buying a DSLR. I have a Pentax P50 (P5 in US) from about 1986 with a couple of lenses. Would these lenses fit a Pentax *ist DL? My old P50 is manual focus and the *ist is autofocus - does this matter? From looking at various sites it seems that both cameras have "K mount" but there seems to be lots of different types of K mount. HELP ME PLEASE!

    Thanks.
     
  2. MacSA macrumors 68000

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  3. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

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    if your lenses are from the 80s like your camera, they'll work brilliantly, I do it all the time. :)

    there are some obscure issues with third-party lenses but it's like 0.1% of lenses, so it'll probably never come up.
     
  4. balofagus macrumors regular

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    Any K Mount lens will work with the digital bodies. You will have to manually focus with any lens that does not have an A marked on the aperture ring. I have my mom's old lens from the late 70's, and although it's manual focus only, it works like a dream!
     
  5. ATD macrumors 6502a

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    I just got the Pentax K100. With an adapter it is capable of using any Pentax lens. I have a lot of 6x7 lens that I did not have a digital body for. I just ordered the adapter today.


     
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You mean that manual focus lenses aren't automatically upgraded to auto focus? How rude. :D

    I was wondering if any of you see darkening in the corners?
     
  7. balofagus macrumors regular

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    I don't have any problems with vignetting on my lens, but that's just one. There is likely problems with some but I haven't heard its a staggering issue.
     
  8. danson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your help and advice. It's great to know I can use those old lenses - I'm really excited about getting a Pentax DSLR. :D
     

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