K50 with legacy lenses

Started Jan 2, 2014 | Questions thread
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australopithecus Contributing Member • Posts: 568
K50 with legacy lenses

I know that all of Pentax's DSLRs from the 1stD to today's K50 & K500 will take Pentax M & A series "legacy" lenses and will even, with an adaptor, accept Takumar screw-mount lenses.

Has anyone used some of these lenses on the newer Pentax DSLR bodies (especially those with a focus-peaking function).  If so a couple of questions:

  • We hear that older glass is not "tuned", "adapted" to/for digital photography, yet I've used several Pentax legacy lenses on my micro four-thirds Panasonic G1 body, with an adaptor with reasonable results.  I would presume that the K-Mount legacy lenses would perform pretty well on the newer Pentax DSLR bodies ?
  • How effective IS focus-peaking as one has to manually focus older glass ? I am aware that many of us used manual (focussing) lenses in the past, but for ageing eyes any form of assistance would be welcome !
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