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06-04-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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F35-135mm or FA28-105mm

Hi,

I have recently purchased a F35-70 and fell in love with the F glass!

However I find the 70 is a little too short and hence, the questions.

1. Is the optic of c equal/better than F35-70?
2. How does the F35-135 compare to the FA28-105 (either the PZ or the 3.2-4.5 version) in terms of optics and focusing?
3. And why are there so many versions of FA28-105 around? Which one to avoid and which is a better one?

I kinda like these focal lengths and a modern equivalent is 18-135, however 18 is not wide enough and so started searching for some old zooms.

Any other advice, please shoot! :-)

06-04-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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Don't really know much about the 28-105 but the 35-135 is an excellent lens.

Mar 28, 2011 - a set on Flickr

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The F series has some real sleepers (24-50, 35-70, 35-105, 35-135, 70-210)
06-04-2011, 04:41 PM   #3
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These F zooms are indeed sleepers. Seem to me to be the best values in Pentax branded zooms, as these are very cheap & of high IQ/pleasing rendition. I've had the 70-210, 35-135, 35-105, & 35-70 (all SMC F versions. Be careful, as there are non-SMC versions which are not quite as good) at the same time. The lenses I've held onto are the 70-210 & 35-105. The 35-70 is just to short to ever justify using it in place of a faster, higher IQ prime, & the 35-135 increase in focal length over the 35-105 didn't justify the extra bulk & weight (I tend to favor the light/portable aspect of photo equipment over other competing qualities). These are, of course, my personal preferences only, as all of theses lenses are of the "same family" excellent optical quality..... they seem to be, as a "family", a little warmer than the DA lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by raymeedc Quote
These F zooms are indeed sleepers. Seem to me to be the best values in Pentax branded zooms, as these are very cheap & of high IQ/pleasing rendition. I've had the 70-210, 35-135, 35-105, & 35-70 (all SMC F versions. Be careful, as there are non-SMC versions which are not quite as good) at the same time. The lenses I've held onto are the 70-210 & 35-105. The 35-70 is just to short to ever justify using it in place of a faster, higher IQ prime, & the 35-135 increase in focal length over the 35-105 didn't justify the extra bulk & weight (I tend to favor the light/portable aspect of photo equipment over other competing qualities). These are, of course, my personal preferences only, as all of theses lenses are of the "same family" excellent optical quality..... they seem to be, as a "family", a little warmer than the DA lenses.
I do like the aperture speed of the F 35-135 over the 35-105mm . . . 4.5 @ 135 vs. 5.6 at 105. The 35-70 is a small lens and excellent qualities.

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The 28-105 3.2 version is a great walk around and optically sound
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
I do like the aperture speed of the F 35-135 over the 35-105mm . . . 4.5 @ 135 vs. 5.6 at 105.
So do I, of course. Every choice usually comes with some compromise. In this case, the weight, size, & focal length parameters were more important to me than the extra speed. To someone else, the opposite may be true. Having access to a variety of lenses, as I do, allows me to pick & choose certain qualities over others, choices that might be different if it was going to be my primary shooter.
Most original buyers, apparently, shared your sentiments (& rightly so, as it is the more logical choice under most circumstances), as the 35-105 seems to show up for sale a lot less frequently than the 35-135 (although when they do, they are dirt cheap).

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