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10-15-2007, 04:24 AM   #1
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anyone has A 28 2.8?

I like the fixed focal lenght lenses, I have an A 50 1.7 and love it, but i find it a bit long for all purpose shooting, so I'm looking for a "normal" prime like the 28 or 35
given that the 35/2 is too expensive, it seems that the 28 2.8 is the most common lens available on the market at a reasonable (for a 15-20 years old item...) price
so...is there anybody out there who can provide me with a couple of pics taken with this lens? I'd love to see the general behavior at 2.8 and -say- 5.6...come on, send me some of your most representative shots with this lens!

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10-15-2007, 04:28 AM   #2
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have you considered the M28 f3.5? IMO it is sharper than the 28f2.8 but you lose the A. It should be less money than the 2,8

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10-15-2007, 04:35 AM   #3
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I bought an 'M 28mm f2.8' a few years back. Should be the same lens but without the "A" setting. I got it and the 'A 50mm f1.7' at the same time for under $100 for the pair. Both are excellent representatives of their kind.

Ashamedly, I am more of a collector of these old lenses than a daily user of them. I'll see if I can take a few snaps with the 28mm this week on my DSLR as I don't have any images in my files currently.
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These were taken with Ken's 28mm 3.5... VERY nice lens and probably my next lens purchase! (unless I win the lottery... )





10-15-2007, 05:22 AM   #5
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I have the A 28. I think its a fine lens but I think it tends to overexpose and the blow the highlights on my K10D. I'll try to get some pictures up so that you can decide for yourself.
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I have the SMC-A 28/2.8 and it does a fine job. But I tend to use my Takumar 28/3.5 more often, merely because I normally shoot M42 lenses and it is just easier to change one screwmount lens for another.

SMC-A 28/2.8


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Takumar 28/3.5
10-15-2007, 05:57 AM   #7
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Thanks to all, my primary choice would probably be the FA 35/2 but I don't have all that money to invest so I think the 28/2.8 could be a good alternative; I'll consider the M choice, too, but I'm afraid I'm not skilled enough to activate the diaphragms, focus, press AEL button, all at the same time
I think I'll get a copy of the 28 as soon as a cheap one appears on ebay, and let you know what I think about it

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10-15-2007, 07:10 AM   #8
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Money is an issue + want good glass = consider M42 (screwmount) lenses.

They're not only as cheap as (or cheaper than) M lenses, they're easier to use. No need to bother with the AE-L button, as you shoot in Av mode and the exposure (shutter) is automatically adjusted as you set the aperture. All you have to do is focus, twist aperture ring, and shoot. About 99% of my K100D shots are with Takumar (M42) lenses.

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I am a newbie too. I thought the M lenses would be too hard also, but that really is not the case at all. Super easy and becomes second nature after just a couple uses!!
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I bought a Program Plus to get my A 28/2.8 lens cheap. I'm enjoying the film camera enough that I've only had the lens on my K100D once, though for several days and many photos. Apart from focusing errors I found the exposure was just fine in nearly all conditions. Great little lens.
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smc a28 f2.8

here's one at f9, I have always liked this lens
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As promised I took a few shots today with my 'M 28mm f2.8'. I used my *ist DS as I am too chicken to bring my brand new K10D and let it bounce around in the cab of my truck.

It does a pretty decent job considering it cost me under $40 for it including a nifty Pentax velvet-lined, leatherette container.

Setting the camera for the 'M' is not a big deal at all. I used manual mode for some shots and Av for others.

The driving shot was done through a dirty windshield so it isn't all that great.

The first one is a telephone cross box - better known as a BPI. It's an oldie from the 70's I was working at down near St. Charles today.

If you get a chance to pick up an 'M' series lens don't hesitate, they are decent glass for the price.

(first three are 1/125th f8; and the last one is 1/350th f8)

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