On a parallel track I've been seeking a few good manual-focus primes. The SMC 17/4 Fish-Eye and SMC-A 24/2.8 are a very good start. I have a decent SMC-M 50/2 but had hoped for something more 'versatile' whatever that might mean. I have the DA40xs for autofocus, so a 50mm lens is not vital - but having a set of well-spaced MF primes might catch on.
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So farewell to the M50, and here's to my one last attempt to use a macro lens. I've read often that manual focus is as good as AF for really close work, and I did not give the SMC-M 100mm enough time to get used to it, as I was still an AF addict at the time. Maybe this one will be the answer - or equally likely, after this time I will desist from asking the wrong question!
Hopefully one more MF prime will round it out, though if I find an 85mm I may be forced to add another for the long end.
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4/11 update - and for now that 'one more prime' is a 105mm f/2.8 Takumar M42 lens. Serious retro pickup, and a well regarded lens probably from the 1960s. This copy has lived a full 50 years and it shows, but mere age does not stop a Tak! Well, so they say; I shall know soon.
This means I have a a Tak, one K-series and two A-series Pentax. Maybe I should keep the M50/2 around so I have one of each? Or maybe later I shall find a tweener M - who knows? Never I, that's certain...