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Posted: Feb 27, 2009 6:34 am
 
your thoughts?

is $25 a steal for one of these?

what's a 50mm lense all about?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 6:36 am
 
what's a 50mm lense all about?

as your eye sees
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 6:43 am
 
50mm is the basic lens

They are the "workhorse" of all SLR cameras and if it is in good shape, you should definitely buy it. I have had mine for 23 years and just now does it need a tune up. It has been through hell also.

Get a 28 mm wide angle lens.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 6:44 am
 
but it will still take some really pretty pics with just the 50mm, right? what are some neat tricks to get pics lookin super fly?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 7:26 am | Edited by: The Driver
 
Q but it will still take some really pretty pics with just the 50mm, right? what are some neat tricks to get pics lookin super fly?

A Get a 28 mm wide angle lens, shoot black and white (try Fuji Neopan 1600), print high contrast, full frame with a thin black border.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 7:39 am
 
Yes, a total steal.
I've had three over the years, and still using the first one. Have loved them for a long time.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 7:40 am
 
but you didn't answer the 1st question!
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:00 am
 
but you didn't answer the 1st question!

oops, you're right. 35mm film and a 50mm lens don't really add up to "pretty". Even pictures of "special" people or events or sunsets are going to look surprisingly ordinary to everyone but yourself.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:02 am
 
$25 is a steal if it's in good shape. I pawned my k1000 with 50mm lens and cheap bag for $50 back in the day, so they prolly sold it for at least a hundred.

50mm lens is awesome for landscape and architectural shots.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:17 am
 
cool, thanks! picking it up tomorrow morning. pretty excited. now i need to get a scanner.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:18 am
 
what's a good price for a used non-high end 28mm wide angle lens?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:27 am
 
50mm lens is awesome for landscape and architectural shots.

Agreed. My personal preference is for a slight wide angle (35mm) but the 50 is definitely sharper and as well, excellent in low light.

A quick google brought up this defence of the "The Forgotten Lens".
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:40 am
 
A quick google brought up this defence of the "The Forgotten Lens".

Be aware, however, that some of these lenses are more cheaply constructed, possibly with plastic lens mounts.


wow, that was a very informative article. i should be fine with the 50mm that the camera originally came with, right? or does it have the plastic mounts?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 8:49 am
 
Yeah, you should be fine. I don't think there's any plastic involved with the Pentax K mount. My memory is that it was simple, but solid.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 9:01 am
 
bazoooka

everything i shoot is w/ a 50 mm lens. (a fast one - 1.8 f stop)
you know the work
you decide

as for wide angles, i will use a 28 mm but don't like it so much
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 9:08 am
 
i was gonna ask if you did the billy synth pics with a 50mm, cuz those pics are friggin gorgeous!
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 9:09 am
 
will i get the same warmth with a k1000 as you got with your nikon?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 10:06 am
 
will i get the same warmth with a k1000 as you got with your nikon?

depends on the film/lighting/settings - not the camera
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 10:10 am
 
maybe i meant "clarity."
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 10:25 am
 
All these were taken with my Pentax with the standard 50mm lens.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alisa_in_memphis/sets/1030341/

Nope, no plastic.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 10:56 am | Edited by: SSSSSSS
 
I guess I only got one pic from my old K1000 w/ 50mm on the web. That setup loaded with 125 film and without flash is NOT the one for sports photography, but I tried anyways.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1096/3166528020_c25250b491_b.jpg
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 11:34 am
 
I still love to shoot with my Pentax ME Super. It's, I think, one step up from the K1000 or mebbe just a little newer? Anyway, it's basically the same, real easy to get dialed in, and takes great pics. I took off the 50mm when I got it in about '85 and have used a 24mm ever since.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 11:38 am
 
Here are a few shots I took at last Gonerfest. All were shot with my Pentax ME with 50mm f2 lens.
http://photos.loudfoto.com/GalleryThumbnails.aspx?gallery=173343
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 11:45 am | Edited by: Donkey
 
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 11:49 am
 
I still love to shoot with my Pentax ME Super. It's, I think, one step up from the K1000

It's automatic with manual option, while the K1000 is manual only. The ME is auto only.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 11:57 am
 
The ME is aperture priority, not automatic. It's manual focus.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 12:28 pm
 
Ooops, forgot to put exposure after the auto.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 1:39 pm
 
I priced these out a couple years ago and I think I recall that around $100 was the going rate, plus or minus lenses and accessories...

the k1000 was also rebranded by Sears (and maybe other department stores?). from what I recall those were a little more likely to be undervalued 'cause, well, it says fucking SEARS on the top. but yeah, same camera.

as long as your shutter works and it's not missing any weird parts like doors or wind handles, go for it.

I gave up looking for 'em at thrift stores 'cause generally if it was a good deal, something about it was fucked up.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 3:36 pm
 
I got my K1000 in 86 after purposely throwing my automatic Fuji down a flight of stairs at some Panther Burns loft party. It came with a peanut flash, the 50mm lens and one of those crazy telephoto lenses that were USELESS to me. I traded the telephoto lens for a new 28mm Tamron. I mostly used it as I always found the 50mm to not work for what I was shooting at the time. But recently when I have used the camera, I have developed a little love for the 50mm. Still, I prefer a wider angle.

Thanks for bringing this up cos I will move getting the old K1000 cleaned up on my massive list of things I have to do this year.
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 7:40 pm
 
bazooka

ground glass lenses will give you clarity
film stock and lighting will give you warmth

me, i make my film and camera work hard.
i use kodak UC (that stands for ultra color) rated at 400
i also UNDER expose by a stop

my real secret is that i take motion picture film from shoots and roll them up for my SLR. kodak vision2 is fucking amazing. i beta tested it for a while and under every possible lighting condition. thing is... you have to take it to like technicolor or du art for processing...
Posted: Feb 28, 2009 10:12 am
 
...shoot with my Pentax ME Super

I had one of those for about ten years. The body was smaller than most cameras. Lost it with my camera bag + all accessories in Mexico during vacation. I'd rather have lost the camera than the rolls of film from that trip.

...All were shot with my Pentax ME

Got one of them. It's missing the auto select button. Also has a metering problem. Needs to be fixed. Too strapped for cash. Looks nice on the bookshelf at least.

K1000 is my current camera of use. It's a Clydesdale.
50mm lens is good. So is 28mm. Two lenses are better than one. Options.


View cameras are neat too.
Posted: Feb 28, 2009 11:20 am
 
got the camera. it's in PERFECT shape. couldn't be happier.

also got the guy to sell me his copy of the beatles "revolver" for an extra five dollars!

thanks for all the advice!
Posted: Mar 1, 2009 11:10 pm
 
what's a good price for a used non-high end 28mm wide
Try KEH camera in Atlanta, nice web page and honset service and prices.
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