Promaster Spectrum 7 50mm lenses compatible with Nikon lenses mount?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ragland31, Jan 9, 2008.

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    ragland31 Guest

    I recently asked about panoramic cameras and got excellent advice but
    the cameras were far outside my budget. Both the Noblex and Hasselblad
    X-Pan were wonderful to read about and look at. I've now decided to go
    rock bottom and get a manual Nikon F10 similar I've been told to the
    discontinued Pentax K 1000. I have a Promaster Spectrum 7 50 mm lenses
    but I have a gut feeling it won't mount to the Nikon F10. I use to
    have a Pentax K 1000 but it evetually broke down on me. Also, any
    reviews of the Pentax K-1000 compared to the Nikon F10.

    Michael Ragland
    ragland31, Jan 9, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, Jan 9, 2008
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  3. If your Promaster lens went on your K1000 then it was
    a 'K' mount lens and it will not fit a Nikon. 'Promaster'
    is the name of a no-name line of lenses available in
    various mounts: K, Minolta, Nikon ...

    Probably not a good idea to get a Nikon FM-10 - it isn't
    a Nikon but a budget-line Cosina (?) that is available
    in several skins: K, Minolta, Nikon ...

    Go to ebay (if you know what you are doing) or KEH (if
    you would rather not take risks) and get an F3, probably
    the best bang-for-buck in the used Nikon line-up. You can
    usually save $50-$100 by buying one that the previous
    owner had engraved. KEH's BGN bargain grade is often
    equivalent to an ebay 'excellent'.

    For a budget lens the 50mm f1.8 'E' is recommended.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Jan 9, 2008
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    ragland31 Guest

    Apparently, Cosina is a Japanese photo manufacturer which has made
    lenses for big guys and others for a long time.
    I found this interesting exchange about the NIKON F 10 on Photonet. I
    do know my Pentax K 1000 could take excellent
    pictures; that is when I was a student and shooting in B&W; in the
    darkroom sizing, developing, fixing, stopping, squeeging the
    prints, drying them, mounting them, etc. But it did not last long
    enough. Apparently the body of the NIKON F10/Cosina is made
    of metal but has a plastic shell. Even though I don't have a darkroom
    access I plan on shooting B&W with red filter on the
    Alaskan cruise trip I'm making this May. Also, purchased hi-definition
    Kodak color film and wondering how that will turn out.
    Sometimes my B&W come back all muddy grey developed like shit and
    others crisp whites, blacks and shades of grey inbetween.
    I plan mainly for landscape photography; not the best with 35mm but
    I'm on budget .

    Michael Ragland

    Nikon FM10
    Boris Riabov, Aug 23, 2007; 12:04 p.m.

    I can't seem to find a Nikon FM2 anywhere, so I'm considering buying a
    Nikon FM10f a person for $70. It also comes with a 35-70mm lens, Nikon
    UV filter. Since I'm gonna be a first time photography student, I
    think the FM10 would be a good fit for me. What do you guys think?

    Andrew D., Aug 23, 2007; 12:27 p.m.

    I'm sort-of on the fence about this. On the one hand, as a student and
    a beginner, you don't need really great equipment, and the FM10 is
    perfectly functional. The kit lens with it is unremarkable, but
    perfectly serviceable for your needs. Finally, the price is right.

    However, the FM10 is a plastic Cosina-built camera- a Nikon in name
    and lens mount only. I doubt if it will last anywhere near as long as
    an FM2. The FM2 was one of Nikon's best ever manual mechanical
    cameras- solidly designed and built. It will never let you down, and
    will stand up to years of use and abuse.

    There is something to the idea that one can get attached to a good
    camera, and can be inspired to do more and better work with a really
    good tool. The FM2 is such a beast, IMO, where I doubt the FM10 can do
    that. If you can pick up one of each and shoot a few test frames with
    them, you'll see what I mean.

    Lenses. The 35-70 kit lens with the FM10 will produce images, but
    that's about it. I'd strongly recommend you get a better lens, and
    also that you pick a fixed focal length lens. It'll make you work a
    little harder, but it will help you learn to be a better photographer
    faster. Zooms can make you lazy; they can distract your attention from
    working with the subject to get the best shot- you spend time playing
    with the zoom, rather than looking at how to best capture what you are
    shooting. Sure, pros rely on zoom lenses all the time; but they need
    them in fast paced environments, and more importantly, they know how
    to control them. Many less experienced photogs are controlled by their
    zooms- the dog wagging the tail.

    In the end, the FM10 will work for you. As a student, the camera
    matters little- it's what you learn; and you will choose more
    appropriate equipment as you develop as a photographer. OTOH, if you
    keep looking for a better camera, like the FM2 (which you can easily
    get off of eBay or from a good online dealer like KEH cheaply), you
    will have a better camera which will serve you longer and not require
    a later upgrade. Either way, I suggest you look for a good fixed focal
    length lens- the 50mm is the classic starter lens; I shot with a Nikon
    50mm f1.4 almost exclusively for many years, and still shoot easily
    75% of what I do with a 50mm lens or it's equivalent. Good luck!

    Michael Bradtke, Aug 23, 2007; 12:34 p.m.


    I do not know where you are but have you tried

    They have the cameras you have been looking for. I have to agree with
    Andrew that the F10 has a very cheep feel to it.


    Nick White, Aug 23, 2007; 12:45 p.m.

    As already stated the price sounds about right; to me the main
    disadvantage of this, apart from the build, over the FM2 (or better
    still FE/FE2) is the very basic 'traffic light' meter indication in
    the viewfinder.

    I would hold out and look for a good clean FE or FE2 - it would last
    you for years!

    Jeff Adler, Aug 23, 2007; 01:25 p.m.

    My standard bargain Nikon manual focus recommendation is a Nikkormat
    FT2. The last ones made are about 30 years old so a $100 overhaul
    would be in order. Then you have something solid and long lasting. I
    just bought a Vivitar V4000s for $24 from an eBay seller. It seems to
    be in nice condition. The only thing it doesn't have is a depth of
    field preview button. This is the same as the FM10 but with a Pentax K
    mount instead. A few years ago Herbert Keppler reviewed a few of these
    cameras with the very cheap kit lens. Apart from the dim viewing
    through the slow kit lenses he liked the performance of both the
    cameras and the lenses. If the camera is in good condition and comes
    with the 35-70 it should be a good student camera. You can always get
    Nikon or Nikon mount lenses to add to the 35-70.

    Luis Argüelles, Aug 23, 2007; 03:00 p.m.

    In my opinion, and as suggested by Andrew, the important thing is to
    use a 50mm prime lens in order to learn photography not only faster
    but with a lot better foundations. After a year shooting only with a
    50mm you will develop a great vision for taking pictures. About the
    FM10, I would try to avoid it and go for a FM2 or better yet, a F2A.

    Howard Vrankin, Aug 23, 2007; 05:00 p.m.

    I understand those who want to put you in a better quality level of
    Nikon camera. I was in photo retail for a number of years. I saw
    older, otherwise respectable cameras with many problems. A nikon
    purist might disagree, but the FM10 is a pretty solid camera for your
    uses, if it is in excellent plus or better condition. Contrary to an
    earlier post, it isn't a "plastic" camera. It does have a plastic
    shell, but the body construction is metal. On the side of others
    posting before me, if you can find any of the other FM or FE series
    cameras that doesn't have problems needing repair or adjustment, you
    would probably have a better camera in the long run. My first doubt is
    that you'd find a really sharp one in your price range. Second, if you
    did I'd be careful of something twenty years old that had multiple
    owners and was marked that low in price, without having a
    knowledgeable camera tech look at it.

    Gary Watson, Aug 23, 2007; 05:33 p.m.

    Skip it for a clean FG+50/1.8E, available often together for about the
    same money or less.Remarkably capable little camera that never got its

    John Lehman, Aug 24, 2007; 01:05 a.m.

    I've used an FM10 as backup for my FE2 for years and it has never
    given me any problems. Camera bodies are much less important than
    lenses. The price is right, so I would go for it. If you decide later
    you need a better lens, either the 50mm 1.8 or the better 1.4 are very

    Robert Cirillo, Aug 25, 2007; 08:29 p.m.

    My main shooter is an FM3a, but I have an FM-10 as a backup. I took it
    to Aruba a couple of years ago. You can see the results here -
    ragland31, Jan 9, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    K1000 is superior to the Nikon F10.

    If you want drop dead simple reliability in the Nikon line, look for a
    used Nikon F.
    Pudentame, Jan 11, 2008
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