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09-28-2007, 07:09 AM   #1
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Pentax A 20mm F2.8

Anybody have or used this lens? No information on the lens database here. Any thoughts on it would be appreciated.

NaCl(also at work and don't have access to my links)H2O

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It has the same optics as the FA20/2.8, which I have. (The difference is the # of blades, 6 vs. 5). It's a great wide angle and fairly compact. Like Pentax's best lenses, it produces crisp images but renders them in rich, contrasty colors.

Lots of comments about the A/FA 20 lens here Stan's Pentax Photography

The main criticism of the A/FA 20 lenses is that there is slight distortion. My response? To be brutally honest, if barrrel distortion is a "problem" then one is using the wrong tool for the job. If I photographed only architecture and graph paper I need to use a tilt/shift lens, not a rectilinear. In normal everyday application, like landscapes & street photography, distortion will not be an issue.
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Thanks everybody, looks like an excellent addition to my bag.

NaCl(hope I can afford it when it comes available)H2O

09-28-2007, 05:14 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
Thanks everybody, looks like an excellent addition to my bag.

NaCl(hope I can afford it when it comes available)H2O
It sells for around $500 nowadays, but it's a better deal than the DA 21mm IMHO, because it's faster, a bit wider, image quality is at least as good and it covers full frame, just in case...

Cheers!

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