K100D (Super) Pictorial guide to using manual lenses [imgs]

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Sean Nelson
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K100D (Super) Pictorial guide to using manual lenses [imgs]
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Thanks in large part to the information I've gleaned from this forum, I've just purchased a K100D Super to take advantage of the Pentax equipment left over from my old film days. In these days of rapid obsolecence, it's wonderful to be able to buy a modern camera and still be able to use it with my 25-year-old equipment. Kudos, Pentax!

Once I got the camera set up correctly it works very nicely with my old manual lenses. But I've seen several posts questioning how to do this, so as a thanks to the forum I've put together the following illustrated guide. Perhaps it will inspire a few folks who have some old lenses sitting around to wander down to their local camera store and give them a try.

GETTING STARTED - configuring the camera:

The camera won't allow you to take pictures with manual lenses until you configure it properly. Press the "menu" button, go right until you see the "Custom Setting" menu, and then go down a few menu pages until you see the "Using aperture ring" setting:

At this menu item go right, select "Permitted", and hit the OK button.

Now you can use your manual lenses. Note that this only has to be done once, and there's no need change the setting back again in order to use the auto-aperture or auto-focus lenses. Once you've set it just leave it that way and your camera will happily work with whatever lens you throw at it.

Next: Getting ready to shoot (see reply)

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