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03-14-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Which lens for SF1

I have an opportunity to purchase one or both. ($70 for both $35 for 1)

SMC Pentax - F 35-80 f4-5.6
SMC Pentax FA 28-90 f3.5-5.6

Plan to use on a Pentax SF1. I have manual focus lenses that would work, but I want an auto focus 'do all - walk about' lens. If it makes a difference I shoot B&W on occasion shoot color film. Should I purchase one of these or search for a different lens/brand, suggestion anyone?

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The 28-90 might be marginally better than the 35-80 but neither is a well regarded lens. In fact, $35 is probably too much for one. Try getting a F35-70 or the FA28-80. Both should be available for less than $50.
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Due to its small size I have to agree with Boriscleto that the F35-70 is an excellent choice. I got mine with an sfxn_so it is the correct period. Its a lot smaller than my DAl6-45 but the focal length for the middle range and head and torso shots I tend to shoot on a daily basis is ideal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
The 28-90 might be marginally better than the 35-80 but neither is a well regarded lens. In fact, $35 is probably too much for one. Try getting a F35-70 or the FA28-80. Both should be available for less than $50.
I second boriscleto. The 35-70mm macro is an excellent lens. The two mentioned above are not the best lenses and the 35-80mm can be found as low as $15.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kaufeetime Quote
I have an opportunity to purchase one or both. ($70 for both $35 for 1)

SMC Pentax - F 35-80 f4-5.6
SMC Pentax – FA 28-90 f3.5-5.6

Plan to use on a Pentax SF1. I have manual focus lenses that would work, but I want an auto focus 'do all - walk about' lens. If it makes a difference I shoot B&W on occasion shoot color film. Should I purchase one of these or search for a different lens/brand, suggestion anyone?

Thanks
How about the FA 28-70? It gets excellent reviews from users here, will hold at F4 at all focal lengths, and is lightweight (240g). I've had this used one ($80) on my "Wish List" at Amazon for some time, feel free to grab it if you like. I see them on Ebay too for $80-$110.
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I vote for the F35-70. It is agile (fast-focusing), small (barely larger than my FA50/1.4), sharp, and can often be found cheap, sitting on old camera bodies. I got a SF1 + F35-70 kit for US$22 shipped -- then I sold the body.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
I'm going to keep my eye out for a SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5. I've read in the forums ‘lens reviews’ the 35-70 was the kit lens for the SF1 camera. Also the SMC Pentax-F 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 has 1 vote and looks very tempting. Has anyone tried either lens on his or her DSLR?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kaufeetime Quote
Thanks for the suggestions.
I'm going to keep my eye out for a SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5. I've read in the forums ‘lens reviews’ the 35-70 was the kit lens for the SF1 camera. Also the SMC Pentax-F 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 has 1 vote and looks very tempting. Has anyone tried either lens on his or her DSLR?
The only Pentax 28-80 worth owning is the FA 28-80 F3.5-5.6 AL. If you really want a 28-80 look for a Sigma. On DSLRs they aren't any better than the 18-55, slightly longer but not as wide.

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I fad the F 28-80, but it was less good than the F 35-70, so I passed it on. I thought the F 35-70 was a little better than the FA 28-70, for what that is worth. It was very close, good have been sample variation.
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Sorry its taken so long to respond. I'm going to do a little research on the lenses all of you have suggested. Thank you to everyone.
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