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06-04-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
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looking for recommendations for something wider then the 50mm 1.7.

So i really love shooting with my smc-a 50mm 1.7 but would like to add something a little wider to my collection. i just like the good old fashion manual focus and the added aperture ring is nice. so what im looking for is something just as sharp as the 50mm but a little wider and as fast as possible and im on a budget. so to recap:
< or = 28mm
< or = 2.8
< 200 bucks.


06-04-2010, 08:43 AM   #2
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I have the a28mmf2.8 and I love it. They're cheap, IQ is good and it complements the a50mm perfectly.
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F 28/2.8, it is autofocus. You can get one around 200 if you have a good luck.
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The most highly regarded Vivitars should be within that budget. Look for KA mount, Close Focusing label and f2 or f2.8 speed. A K12 or K13 is pretty good but maybe $100 instead.

I like the Pentax-A 28mm f2.8 a lot. The F version is the same optical formula but might stretch your budget, and only offers AF which you don't want. The A version should also leave some room in your budget. Very sharp and highly flare resistant.

I have a manual-focus Sigma 28mm f1.8, "High-Speed Wide II". Not very common. It's sharper than the Vivitars I have and renders warmer than Pentax. It should fit within your budget.

The three 28mm lenses I have now are the Pentax-F 28mm f2.8, the K12 and the above Sigma. I can think of an excuse to own each one. If you look at f2.8 lenses, there are many options to sort through. Anything faster eliminates 95% of the field.

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thanks for the suggestions. i think im liking the price of the 28mm 2.8. ill keep looking but may end up with that. any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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