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Monday, March 12, 2018

Five Frames, Pentax MX + SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8, Street Squares

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Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with an SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8 mounted on a Pentax MX, square-cropped images.
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Had the Pentax MX mounted with an SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8, and spent about an hour scouting this downtown area, with a limit set to half a roll of a 36-shot film canister. I already had my mind set on using the other half-roll of film on another camera.

The SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8 is a marvel of a lens actually, a full-frame lens that comes in an incredibly compact form factor with a depth of only 18mm. At 110 grams body weight, the lens is much lighter than other primes of that era. It is well made, with metal and glass throughout, with a well-damped focus throw, snappy aperture stops, with a very smooth focus ring.

Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8
Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8

With a 40mm focal length, the lens is a wider than a standard 50mm prime, and a little bit narrower than the wide-angle 35mm, and to me, is just about right for general-purpose photography and is equally suited for street photography where spaces are sometimes slightly tight and where your surrounding is rather confined.

Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8
Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8

Reportedly, the lens is not as sharp when shot wide open, with the tendency to show light fall-off and color-fringing toward the corners of the image. For my shoot, however, I was not bothered by the effects as I was on an aperture range between f/5.6 to f/11 on a beautiful, bright, and sunny day. Converting the images to black-and-white, and the crop to a 1:1 image aspect ratio adds to the finesse of the images.



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