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12-18-2011, 12:21 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
Hmm that's not actually telling me much more than that you like to buy new lenses ! Have you previously owned/used the 28/2.8 ? Did you see the reviews comparing it favourably to the 31 Ltd ? IYO how does the K28/2 (have you tried/owned it) compare to your 31 Ltd and to your 28/2 ZK ? Is US$500 for a K28/2 a reasonable asking price or OTT ? Thanks !
I wasn't trying to tell you anything other than that you should probably just enjoy what you have and don't worry about the ZK28/2. You are obviously happy with what you have, as am I.

12-18-2011, 01:39 PM   #47
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QuoteOriginally posted by DogLover Quote
I wasn't trying to tell you anything other than that you should probably just enjoy what you have and don't worry about the ZK28/2. You are obviously happy with what you have, as am I.
You are no fun at all .... no use whatsoever in propagating my LBA
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoanpham Quote
500usd seems like a very cheap price. I think the seller was announced it to be 700 CAD.
K28/2 is discountinued, while fa 31 i can buy anytime. Choice is between the newer distagon or the k28/2. I pick the k28/2. More difficult to get.
Now THIS is the type of answer I like ! I think I'll check it out next week (*feels much happier that the LBA can possibly be assuaged soon*).

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You are no fun at all .... no use whatsoever in propagating my LBA
Sorry, thought I was doing you a service.

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Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85

Two years ago I bought Leica Vario-Elmar 80-200/4 - best zoom in that range. My positive experience with Leica brings me to conclusion that I need to have companion to it. So I started to look for zoom in the range 2x-80. After some reading I decided to buy Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85. I asked Dave from Leitax for conversion and now here it is.

I made some test with it and few primes: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28 ZK, Leica Summicron-R 1:2/35, SMC PE
NTAX-A 1:1.2 50mm and SMC Pentax-FA* 1:1.4 85mm IF . It looks that CZ 28-85 is very sharp wide open and sharp it means in the center and on borders. At 28, 35 and 50mm Sigma 17-50/2.8 is less sharp without any discussion. From 28mm till 35mm abberations (green fringle) is bgger than in my primes.
Lens is quite big and heavy. There are 16 elements inside. Quite big front - 82mm filter size. Zoom is pump type and i found it to be quite usefull.

I took it with me to Goa where I spent last week and there are few samples:

Pentax K-5 ,Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85
1/200s at f8 iso80


Pentax K-5 ,Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85
1/125s at 28.0mm f8 iso160


Pentax K-5 ,Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85
1/250s at 85.0mm f5.6 iso250


Pentax K-5 ,Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85
1/200s at 28.0mm f8 iso160


more samples
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85
and in Goa 2012 gallery
Goa, february 2012
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