Following up on my previous post, I have inherited a collection of Pentax gear from my dad but am not really sure exactly what I’ve got – I doubt any of it is very exciting but is it worth following through my plan of buying a digital body 2nd hand to get into the game for (relatively) low outlay?
The list is as follows:
- SFXn 35mm film body
- 1.7x AF Adapter
- Manual 50mm lens
- 28-80 1:3.5-4.5 AF lens + skylight filter
- 70-210 1:4-5.6 AF lens + skylight filter
- Tamron Tele-Macro 100-300 1:5-6.3 AF Lens
Any pointers on how useful these bits are, compatibility with a modern-ish body etc. would be appreciated.
Edit to add:
OK guys, reading the answers & discussion around them here I understand what you’re saying about this collection not being a compelling reason to go with a Pentax setup… but I’m looking at getting into the digital SLR thing for the bare minimum money & hassle, like £150 for a used K-something body, pull the SFXn out of the bag, put the K in and go snapping with a few usable lenses I know are OK.
Selling the collection is not on the cards, this gear was my dad’s so has sentimental value, and aside from the 1.7x adapter none of it is even worth enough money to be worth worrying about compared to just keeping it & using it.
I don’t see a lot of value in trying to sell it all for a few hundred dollars to then have to try and buy some almost-equivalent setup made by another manufacturer for very similar money.
It’s likely this gear would only see action for occasional outings (hence not spending lots on it) – these days my phone takes better pictures than my point-and-shoot and is good enough for most stuff where I don’t want to drag a big heavy SLR about.
I guess the main thrust was just to get an appraisal of how good/useful the lenses are, to which the answer seems to be “OK consumer grade”, as long as they’re not going to clobber the performance of whatever they’re attached to I’m content to work with what I’ve got.
Further edit: Thanks all, I’ve been lent a K200D to have a play with so if I can get anything worthwhile out of that I’ll have a proper look for bodies.
Further and probably final edit: Having spent the weekend with the K200D I have concluded:
- The Tamron lens is rubbish, chromatic aberrations like a Chinese webcam
- The 28-80 does some lovely macro shots
- The 70-210 is reasonable, with the 1.7x adapter I got a few good shots in challenging conditions (moving subject, low light, rain, full zoom, minimal talent)
- The K200D is showing its age against modern gear, even sharp & clear shots don’t stand up to close scrutiny on an HD monitor.
- My Samsung S7 phone is a better point + shoot than my Canon SX710 (which I have come to regret buying)
- I didn’t get too fed up carrying an SLR around
So the jury is out, I may well buy a body but it would have to be a generation or two newer than the K200
Almost definitely final edit: Sold my Powershot SX710HS, bought a K5 body, let’s see if I can fly it with any degree of success…
Long term follow-up since someone commented…
Some time later and I’m getting on great with the K5, borrowed a Sigma 18-125 which was a great all-rounder so ended up buying a Pentax WR 18-135 as a properly sealed walk-around (my gear sees dirt & rain).
The 28-80 is lovely for macro, the 70-210 doesn’t see much use TBH.
The old Tamron 100-300 is demonstrably terrible, I may sell it if it’s worth anything.
The adapter is too useful/valuable to sell if that makes sense.