Yes, Pentax and Nikon has kept their mounts, so old lanses do fit and can be used. But it is _not_ "more so" with Pentax, it is less so since Pentax did not bother to make their new cameras fully compatible with the whole point of the K-mount they once invented. On a Pentax DSLR you have to stop-down meter using old K-lenses since the new bodies cannot mechanically feel what aperture the lens is dialed in to, they do not have that little pin sticking in the lens on the cartridge side of the mirror, the camera house pin that feels the aperture ring on the lens. Probably because Pentax wants people to buy new lenses instead of using old ones, by making old lenses clumsier to use.
Originally Posted by rjbuzzclick
Last edited by steelneck; 06-07-2010 at 06:58 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: Better wording
I was given an Olympus OM2 by a neighbour and love it. I just bought a zuiko 35 f 2.8 for it. Great combo for me. Love my Contax SLR's too but the OM2 really took me by surprise.
OM-2 body: 136 x 83 x 50mm, 520g, viewfinder 97% coverage, 0.92x magnification
ME Super body: 131 x 82.5 x 49.5mm ,460g, viewfinder 92% coverage, 0.97x magnification
Sounds like you want an OM2n. I went from ME Super to OM2n. It was an easy conversion, because the OM2n is the same size, with an equally good viewfinder, a very usable manual mode unlike the pentax, and the lenses focus better (for me). The only thing I miss about the pentax is the shorter throw on the rewind lever.
- Size & weight. I don´t want it bigger/heavier.
- Auto and manual exposure with very clear readings in the VF.
- Very nice and big VF.
- Lots of rather inexpensive glass to be found. I would definitely want a fast 50mm.
I recently bought an ME Super at a roadside rummage sale. Cost me $20.00.
A little spiffing up and it's as good as new. I bought it as a spare camera but I find myself using it more than my regular camera.
It's got just enough automatic features to be useful when you want to work fast but it's not so automatic as to be difficult to use manually when you want. The lens on mine is ƒ-1.7. Viewfinder is bright. Controls are easy to operate. All my other Pentax lenses are interchangeable.
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If I remember correctly, OM glass has a tendency to flare bad.
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This is not true of the more recent Pentax DSLRs, including the budget K-x. I just came inside from shooting origami boats in the park across the street with mine with the 50/2 SMC-Pentax.
Originally Posted by steelneck
This issue that you raise--backwards compatibility--is far less true of Pentax than Nikon, Canon, or any of the other major players (quality is another discussion which... to each their own ). As noted by Karen Nakumara, who has more experience with these things than all but a tiny percentage of people in the universe:
"The famed "backwards compatible" Nikon SLR system has enough incompatibilities and "buts" to fill an entire wall chart."
But don't take her word for it:
In fact, if you type "nikon lens " into google, "... compatibility chart" is second-ranked behind only "... reviews".
I loved both the OM2 and OM1n, but eventually sold them both after I found a pristine ME Super locally for peanuts. I wouldn't pretend for a second that the Pentax is better in some objective sense. They each have their points in favor. In the end I found them roughly equivalent shooters, so the Pentax won purely on familiarity (I started out with manual cameras by shooting and repairing K1000s on a college campus back when) and very slightly lower total cost of ownership. The latter was important with a new family, though the difference isn't enough that I'd have cared otherwise.
Originally Posted by BetterSense
Out of curiosity, what did you find hard to use about the manual mode on the ME Super? I go between manual and AP without really thinking about it and didn't find it any more or less usable than my OMs, but I've been using Pentax a long time so it might just be some quirks that I'm used to.
Originally Posted by BetterSense
It has digital buttons to sequentially change the shutter speed. And the buttons don't even click. This is unacceptable since you can't tell by feel what shutter speed is set. You have to look in the viewfinder and press the shutter partway to see what shutter speed you have set! You can't quickly change the shutter speed by a large amount...you have to sit there pushing the button like 6 times in a row to change by 6 speeds.
Out of curiosity, what did you find hard to use about the manual mode on the ME Super?
I also prefer the Olympus's nice, simple viewfinder needle to the column of LEDs and numbers cluttering up the ME Super's viewfinder. For me, manual mode on the ME Super is a tacked-on feature, and not suitable for dedicated use.