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10-28-2011, 06:46 PM   #31
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There is a Cosine made Vivitar 24mm.2,8 that I used to have that is quite nice for the cost. I gave it up for a Vivitar 24/2 (Komine, I think, could have been Kiron), which was so dreamy wide open it seemed almost a specialty lens. Really sharp stopped down, though. And then I gave that up for an AF Sigma Super Wide, which has been just fine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RichyX Quote
I find my 17-50mm to be hopeless for video. It's incredibly hard to accurately focus pull with it. Old manual lenses have much more focus travel and often a nicer dampened feel to the focus ring.

Agreed. Tamron 17-50/2.8's manual focus is not suitable for hot zooms. It's fine for still images, though no joy like a Pentax k lens or DA limited.
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There's a Sigma 24/2.8 in the marketplace for $115.
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I eventually bought the Pentax 25/1.4 cctv lens.
It's an interesting lens but technically pretty poor. The build quality is lovely, centre is sharp wide open and stepless aperture is a pleasure I haven't had since filming with Zeiss primes in college.
On the other hand the bokeh is horrendously ugly and the edges of frame are remarkably soft.
I'll keep it for novelty purposes but it borders on useless for typical narrative film.

So I'm back looking for another 24mm


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Stop messing around and grab a Sigma 24/2.8 Super-Wide as soon as you can.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Stop messing around and grab a Sigma 24/2.8 Super-Wide as soon as you can.

Yeah, I agree, buy the Sigma. I really miss mine, but I sold it to buy a DA21, which I also love. I wish I could have kept both.
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Stop messing around and grab a Sigma 24/2.8 Super-Wide as soon as you can.
I'm currently waiting to hear back from someone near me who's selling one.
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here you go:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographic-equipment-sale/167431-sale-w...-19-3-8-a.html

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Is 24mm really sufficient? You might find more possibilities around 20-21mm.
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Is 24mm really sufficient? You might find more possibilities around 20-21mm.
This won't be my widest lens. My 17-50 Tamron currently fills that role.
I need something with a decent focus throw to bridge the gap to my FA35 f/2.
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The tamron 17-50 has excellent IQ. I have been using it instead of my sigma 24/2.8, k28/3.5 and k35/3.5. I think you would need to go to zeiss ZKs to do better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
The tamron 17-50 has excellent IQ. I have been using it instead of my sigma 24/2.8, k28/3.5 and k35/3.5. I think you would need to go to zeiss ZKs to do better.
At 24mm/1in, I use the K24/2.8, Tamron 17-50/2.8 A16P, and ZK25/2.8.
Each has its strong points (in my experience of still photography on APS-C).
Unfortunately, unless you have a lucky find with the K24/2.8,
they'll set you back 2 - 10 times RichyX's budget of 100 Euros.

The Tamron has the best resolution, and no distortion (at 24mm).
But like many modern lenses, its images seem a bit soulless.

The K24/2.8 is the most compact, making it an excellent street lens.

The ZK25 is small for a ZK, intermediate in size
between the K24/2.8 and the Tamron A16P.
It's tricky to use, but the rendering is magic,
and it resists flare very well.
The GH1 would be using the lens's central sweet spot.
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The Ensinor ( also sold under Clubman ) is stunning. It's one of the best kept secrets.
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After months of (again) looking for the right lens I purchased a Kiron 24/2.
It's a little softer wide open than expected and I hoped there'd be a longer focus throw, but overall it's a nice lens.
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Thanks for the update.

Let us know how you fare
(maybe on Camera Enthusiast for the GH1,
as it would be a non-Pentax lens on a non-Pentax body).

Was the Kiron expensive?
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