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05-07-2010, 11:55 PM   #1
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Pentax FA 31 lim for landscape? how it compares to zeiss 25mm?


I was wondering if 31mm is wide enough and offers enough freedom for landscape photography. Never had a lens in the 30mm range...For that reason I was considerenig zeiss distagon 25 2.8, but it got some pretty mediocre reviews on sites such as photozone.

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05-08-2010, 12:36 AM   #2
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The FA31 mm received excellent reviews:
Pentax SMC-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited - Review / Test Report [Highly recommended]
SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
I would go for it based upon these superb reviews, over more expensive gears unless it is really justified/needed.

If you feel that the FA31mm is not wide enough, you may consider the DA21mm. This pancake lens was positively reviewed, and the pancake design makes it an attractive lens to carry:
Pentax SMC-DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited - Review / Test Report

Hope that the comment may assist...

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05-08-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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In 35mm terms, the 31 ltd would work great as a wide-angle prime.
Given the APS-C crop on a dSLR, it becomes more a normal prime.
Either way it's second to none in every way.
05-08-2010, 03:14 AM   #4
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If you want to get a decent Zeiss lens for landscape, get the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 T* Distagon. Considered to be the very best super wideangle lens available, optically superior to everything.


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