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02-11-2011, 08:42 PM   #16
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I picked up a 28mm f3.5 on ebay today… I love me some inexpensive manual lenses!
So YOU'RE the sharpie who beat me out of that one! Well, I'm especially cheap this week. I'm saving up for a funeral. Not mine, I hope. Cheers!

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If you are talking about wide as in wider than 28mm (I assume so, since you mention landscapes and you are going on a tour), there are not too many old options. Old wide angle lenses below 24mm are pretty few and most are expensive (for Pentax anyway).

There is Vivitar 17mm f3.5(IIRC there is also this lens in K-mount) and I have a less known Soligor 17mm f4. Both lenses are in M42 mounts.
IMHO, its not worth the effort getting them since you could as easily just use the 18-55mm kit lens that you can get 2nd hand for a song.

If you only need 24mm, then there are nice Vivitar/Cosina 24mm f2.8 going for less than $80. I have the Cosina labeled version and its a nice sharp lens (esp from f4) and focuses close. I'd dare say it compares nicely against the Pentax K24/2.8 except for color (Cosina is cooler) and contrast. Similarly there are lots of 28mm out there and the Pentax M28/2.8 is not too expensive either.
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I have a Lentar (Tokina made?) 21mm f3.8 screw mount that I think I am going to list for sale here soon. I just need to get some pics together.
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I would recommend the Sigma EX DG 17-35mm f/2.8-4. Great lens and KEH has one right now for $205. I know it is a little more than what you want to spend, but for what it offers I think it is worth it. Good close focus, fast AF, and good build quality. I take it on all backpacking trips.

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QuoteOriginally posted by StephenMerola Quote
I would recommend the Sigma EX DG 17-35mm f/2.8-4. Great lens and KEH has one right now for $205. I know it is a little more than what you want to spend, but for what it offers I think it is worth it. Good close focus, fast AF, and good build quality. I take it on all backpacking trips.
That was one of my recommendations earlier in the thread. It also works with film and has an aperture ring so that it works with just about any K mount body made.
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I've got a Vivitar Series1 24-28 zoom with a constant wide aperture of f3.8, and it's a very good lens.
It's not small or light, it's manual focus, and it's old. But I love it. It's a very versatile lens on a DSLR. I use it on a K10.

Mine cost me about £25 - $40, which is very cheap for such a nice lens, the only problem is, they aren't common.
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A 28mm f2.8 is rather cheap, it's not super wide, but very sharp past f4. The auto aperture is nice for landscapes.
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When talk is about reasonably priced MF-lenses, one should not forget the Tamron Adaptall-2 series. (In this case the 28mm f/2.5 and 24mm f/2.5).

I have the Model 01B 24mm/f.25 (cost me about $60 - in mint condition) and have only good things to say about it - even at full aperture. (See the lens reviews at this site).

Of course, you will need a Pentx K custom mount also but then, that will open up for even more, inexpensive manual lenses.....

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
So YOU'RE the sharpie who beat me out of that one! Well, I'm especially cheap this week. I'm saving up for a funeral. Not mine, I hope. Cheers!
:P whoops!
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While not overly wide the Pentax K 24/2.8 is one you might consider. Great K series build. Can easily be found on Ebay. As noted above anything wider in a prime get very expensive very fast.

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