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01-08-2012, 10:43 PM   #16
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The K28/2 is the best 28mm that Pentax has ever made. Check the reviews it's worth the cost.
There is one for sale on the forum now.


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01-08-2012, 11:21 PM   #17
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The K28/2 is the best 28mm that Pentax has ever made. Check the reviews it's worth the cost.
There is one for sale on the forum now.


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It's out of my budget plus I think buying cheaper lens with it's own characteristic is the fun part as oppose to get the well-known carl zeiss design.


I just did a search on sigma 28mm f1.8.
I am surprise I am not able to find a used one.

It is the only one with AF and the largest aperture among the common ones.
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I picked up a tamron 28mm 2.5. Its the adaptall2 flavor. Very impressive and you are all right, it makes are really great walk around lens. Better than a 50mm on FF IMO due to the slightly wider angle. Its on my k-7 right now. Some moderate barrel distortion, but this lens has a lot of charm. Nice and sharp past f4 too....
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Ok...now that I got it in daylight I don't like this lens as much. The flare is pretty rough and diffraction kicks in pretty good past 5.6. I do love the 28mm though. I think I want a decent pentax 28mm......

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I picked up a tamron 28mm 2.5. Its the adaptall2 flavor. Very impressive and you are all right, it makes are really great walk around lens. Better than a 50mm on FF IMO due to the slightly wider angle.
It's actually almost twice the angle. AOV on APS-C of a 50mm lens is 34 degrees; a 28mm lens is 57 degrees. That's just about what you see with one eye. And an eyepatch over the other one, I guess. Aaargh, matey!
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I have a Pentax-FA28-2.8 on the way (I updated signature as soon as I bought it! Geek!) as of 1am this morning...
Bought a Vivtar 28 a while ago to try it out... Love the FoV but hated the lens (a real dog IMO) and sold it at lunchtime...
AF makes a lens that little bit more usable to me - I have a Pentax-M50-1.7 but it stays with the ME (along with the M-40 pancake) ... It's the FA50-1.4 that gets the real workout on the K-x... I may even get rid of the ME and 'M' lenses, if I can find a 35mm *ist film camera for a decent price... (but the ME does look great with the 40 on it!!
I seem to 'use' manual lenses to 'try out' focal lengths before I invest in an AF equivalent...
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Ok...now that I got it in daylight I don't like this lens as much. The flare is pretty rough and diffraction kicks in pretty good past 5.6. I do love the 28mm though. I think I want a decent pentax 28mm......
A28/2.8 is a good one if you do not need larger aperture.
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Yeah...I want a better 28 now....its quickly becoming a much used lens. Its weird I get focus locks, but the focus is usually sharp. Behind the subject. I set it to center only just to force it. It seems a bit better, but I still have to check focus better....no enough contrast for phase detection?

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I'm thinking I went a better focusing screen now........
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
The K28/2 is the best 28mm that Pentax has ever made. Check the reviews it's worth the cost.
There is one for sale on the forum now.


Phil.
Not cheap and not easy to find but it's the one I want. Possibly more than the FA31 and that is also a special lens.

Temptation resisted this time since I need to get my finances in order or sell some that I don't use.
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I don't really need f2. I just want a decent walkaround lens. It was just low light focusing. I can get pinpoint focusing in good light. Tried it today. This lens is kind of charming me with its shallow dof and soft corners. Its center sharpness is decent. Its no zeiss, but its. Still on my camera....
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Ok....so far I'm liking this lens with black and white and shots at night. Due to the lack of coating, chomatic aberrations are pretty bad in. Bright light. You could pp some of it out, but it still leaves kind of a nice shimmer over everything. I'm guessing it probably even had this effect on film a bit. Nevertheless this lens is almost my default lens, which is fine cuz I do black and white a lot. Id post pics but I'm lazy so check out my photostream. If it is says 28mm in the exif with f0 its most likely that lens. Most of my newer shots are from the 28mm. I think an smc a 28mm would be the way to go.

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