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11-06-2011, 09:30 AM   #16
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Bonjour Bhairavp,

I have the FA 28 mm f2.8, and really like it. I found the opposite of you though. I thought it was really nice indoors, not too wide, not too long... The only thing I didn't like about it was that you can't adjust the focus while in auto-focus like on the DA lenses.

And build quality might not be what people call robust, but I think it's built quite nicely and robustly just with "cheaper" materials than the DA ltd.

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11-06-2011, 11:04 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by woof Quote
I did a "Single in <month>" last year using the 28mm f/2.8 and found that I really loved it for what I refer to as architectural detail. It has a certain quality that is quite nice for architecture. Have never been able to put my finger on it, but it has the look of an illustration almost.
I think that's because 28-31mm are the 'normal' focal lengths for our dSLRs, the diagonals of their sensors. (For nominal APS-C it's 30mm; for my K20D it's 28mm.) Least distortion, closest FOV to human vision with one eye, that sort of thing. Other focal lengths seem either to stretch (shorter) or crop (longer). 28mm just delivers the image straight-on.
12-25-2011, 09:38 AM   #18
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Bump. So I've been using this lens for a bit, and as Rio and others said, it's excellent for street shots. Using a prime does force you to think more about your composition.

But LBA has reared its ugly head again - I got a DA35/2.4 for very cheap off Amazon UK, impulse buy looking at the price. Now I have a 28,35 and 50/1.4. As I mentioned in the All-Prime thread I created earlier, are these too many focal lengths too close to each other? Or should I just bump off the DA35/2.4 and retain the FA28 (tough to find!) and FA50?

Decisions, decisions!
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QuoteOriginally posted by bhairavp Quote
But LBA has reared its ugly head again - I got a DA35/2.4 for very cheap off Amazon UK, impulse buy looking at the price. Now I have a 28,35 and 50/1.4. As I mentioned in the All-Prime thread I created earlier, are these too many focal lengths too close to each other? Or should I just bump off the DA35/2.4 and retain the FA28 (tough to find!) and FA50?
No, those focal lengths are not too close together. Yes, I accumulate lenses, with bunches at 28-35-37-40-45mm, as well as 50 Fifties. (And the FA50/1.4 is my only AF prime.) Some days I wander with a 28-35-45-55mm kit, each with a distinct view, and I savor their variety and limits. The differences in both focal lengths and lens character are great enough to be noticeable.

Each focal length forces me to move and see differently. Whether YOU would notice the differences, I can't say. Shoot shoot shoot! See how you behave with each focal length. Look for DOF differences -- much thicker at 28mm than 50mm, with 35mm in-between. See if various lenses make you look and move at subjects differently.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bhairavp Quote
Hey, so I've acquired a nice FA28/2.8 on this forum. This is only my second AF prime, the other being the FA50/1.4, which I find very useful for portraits. What do you guys normally use the 28mm FL for? Set it to F8, and everything outside a 3 metre radius in focus?
I have FA28mm as well and I hardly use it for portrait as it is not that fast for blurring up the background. But lately I was forced to take a group shots of 60 people in in-indoor /no flash/no tripod setting. It is not exactly glamorous but it works flawlessly.




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12-25-2011, 10:21 PM   #21
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28MM on APS-C

I stopped this down to f4 but still had the option to got to 75mm. 28 at 2.8 would've been okay too. Tamron 28-75/2.8.
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12-25-2011, 10:30 PM   #22
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Landscape at 28MM

Or you can do this with a K10 at 28MM. 3 years old but the 20x30 inch print looked good and the buyer was very happy. Tamron 28-75 again.
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