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10-08-2010, 08:06 AM   #1
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Does anyone own a SMC Pentax F 28mm f/2.8?

It seems this lens is hard to comeby, any comment on how it performs on dSLR is appreciated, and what's it worth? Thank you.

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It performs very well. I can recommend it!

Comparison Pentax FA28 versus F28

Not sure about the US, but in Europe the price is around 140 €.
A real bargain if you ask me. But the prices are rising lately. I saw one going for 246 €.
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A couple months ago, there was one on a local Craigslist sale. I inquired if they'd sell for $75 but they wouldn't go any lower than $100. I passed... but wonder if I should have scooped it up. It would probably (but not definitely) have been resold by me... or maybe my A28/2.8 would have gone (and may still!)

$100 certainly seemed like a good price but I generally take much longer than I mean to to actually put lenses up for sale... I probably should have bought the whole package; heck, the whole thing was $400 for the FA28 and a K-x!
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I recently sold one - Listing.

It was good, very good. But I didn't use it often enough to keep it. If I needed a lens of small size, I'd use either the DA40 or DA21. If I needed a fast prime, I'd use the Sigma 30mm F/1.4.

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I recently acquired one, and it looks very promising! I can post some of my first pictures from this lens...

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10-08-2010, 03:27 PM   #6
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Okay, here - all are clickable for full size. Pictures are somewhat mundane in nature - just first shots with a new lens
All except two are straight from the camera with no edits.


This one - click for full size. I think it's really sharp (this one is at f/5.6, I think) - you can clearly see the faces of the two guys in center, as well as the faces of those in the booth.


Don't see much fringing...

[imgtall]http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pengbooo/f28mm/IMGP2644.jpg[/imgtall]
Here focus was on the closer tables, I think. Theres some movement blur here, too, and a lot of noise from K-7 Cropped a bit.


Flare's pretty good, considering the sun is near the center of the frame.


At close focus, some light processing. The flower to the right is in focus.

There you go Pentax-F 28mm
10-08-2010, 03:36 PM   #7
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By many accounts it's a great lens. I was looking for one but after I got a good deal on 31 I don't need it anymore. If however I wouldn't have 31 I would definitely try to hunt this one down. From what I've read the only Pentax 28s better than F are K and A28/2.
If you can get one, do so while you can!
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I received mine the other Friday. It's very quick in focusing, sharp, very good colors. I bought mine for $250 and I think is very much worth the price.
Here's a pic I took yesterday with it @F5.6/ISO200



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QuoteOriginally posted by Groucho Quote
A couple months ago, there was one on a local Craigslist sale. I inquired if they'd sell for $75 but they wouldn't go any lower than $100. I passed... but wonder if I should have scooped it up. It would probably (but not definitely) have been resold by me... or maybe my A28/2.8 would have gone (and may still!)

$100 certainly seemed like a good price but I generally take much longer than I mean to to actually put lenses up for sale... I probably should have bought the whole package; heck, the whole thing was $400 for the FA28 and a K-x!
You should have taken it..

QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
I recently sold one - Listing.

It was good, very good. But I didn't use it often enough to keep it. If I needed a lens of small size, I'd use either the DA40 or DA21. If I needed a fast prime, I'd use the Sigma 30mm F/1.4.
You didn't get enough for it

PENTAX SMC PENTAX-F 28mm f2.8 LENS/K10D/K20D/USED - eBay (item 230532561595 end time Oct-07-10 09:49:13 PDT)

An FA went for a little more than half that on a BIN (that I passed on)..

Pentax SMC 28mm f/2.8 FA Lens - eBay (item 110592196123 end time Oct-05-10 12:14:31 PDT)

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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
You didn't get enough for it
Damn. I bet at least two people got extremely drunk that night
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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
You didn't get enough for it
Hey Jeff,

I know.....

You don't want to know how much I bought it for, and how much I recently bought the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 for.....

I did get drunk the night I picked up the Sigma.
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Damn all of you! I was so close to owning this lens when the other person backed out
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pablom Quote
Damn. I bet at least two people got extremely drunk that night
There are reasons I quit drinking alcohol


QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
Hey Jeff,

I know.....

You don't want to know how much I bought it for, and how much I recently bought the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 for.....

I did get drunk the night I picked up the Sigma.
I don't know if that's a real going rate but expect the next one on ebay to be similarly priced. I don't see those lenses come up very often. It's certainly more than I would ever give for ANY F or FA prime lens (aside from the * lenses). I just got an FA35 f2.0 (MIJ) for $300, a price I consider fair but still a little on the high side.

Want to know what I paid for my FA31 Limited?

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I dont own the F version but i do own a mint A 28 F/2.8 version, was thinking about selling it...
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I owned the FA 28mm f/2.8 and after using it for awhile I sold it because I didn't feel it was anything remarkable about it. The FA has a different number of elements and 6 aperture blades compared to the F version.
The F version could well be better than the FA version but as it only has 5 aperture blades, I just gave it a miss. Plus I just don't like the hard plastic focusing ring and the ugly dated styling of the F lenses.
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