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11-28-2006, 11:38 AM   #1
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Anyone using A28/2 ?

Seems to be fairly rare lens. On Stan's Photography there is only one comment. I have A28/2.8 so I would be glad if someone could comment on A28/2 or even better compare A28/2 to A28/2.8.

11-28-2006, 11:09 PM   #2
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It is a great lens

QuoteOriginally posted by i.glisin Quote
Seems to be fairly rare lens. On Stan's Photography there is only one comment. I have A28/2.8 so I would be glad if someone could comment on A28/2 or even better compare A28/2 to A28/2.8.
I purchased the SMCP-A 28mm f2 new back around 1990. I have always been happy with it. The speed allows accurate focusing and provides a bright image in the viewfinder. Wide open it is a bit soft but it is sharp by f4 and produces very nice and contrasty images with both film and digital bodies. I have the matching clip-on Pentax hood that I use almost all of the time with the lens. It is a great lens for wide angle work on the film body outdoors at sunrise and sunset, and I use it as a fast normal lens for available light work with the digital body. There is barely visible barrel distortion but no worse than most Pentax wide angle lenses.

I do not have an A 28mm f2.8, but I do have an SMCP-F 28mm f2.8. I would say that the F lens is less susceptable to flare, but otherwise the image quality is very similar. The main advantage of the f2 lens is the shallower depth of field and brighter viewfinder image that allows more accurate focusing, especially in low light.
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Thanks!

QuoteOriginally posted by GaryML Quote
The main advantage of the f2 lens is the shallower depth of field and brighter viewfinder image that allows more accurate focusing, especially in low light.
Great, that is exactly what I am looking for. If there are no obvious optical disadvantages of A28/2 compared to A28/2.8 or F28/2.8 (identical optical formula) it is now just a matter of finding is somewhere!!! :-)))

Thanks for the info!
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