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02-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #16
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I agree with some of the assessments of the FA* 24mm. I got one for a great price a few years back, and wasn't entirely impressed. I got rid of it, and found a few other items which make up the focal length.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
I really like the Sigma Superwide (II) 24/2.8. I have an AF version. It is good enough (with a hood) that I don't feel the need for a DA21.
Hmmm, well maybe it needs to go back on my list. Thanks for your feedback, Nick!


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I agree with some of the assessments of the FA* 24mm. I got one for a great price a few years back, and wasn't entirely impressed. I got rid of it, and found a few other items which make up the focal length.
That's interesting. Thank you, spade. When I read the reviews of the FA 24, I sort of came away with the impression that, while it's a very fine lens, it may not be worth the price tag for my particular uses.

At this point, I am looking into the cheap alternatives in the 24/28 FLs and if I don't do that, I believe I may just get the Tammy 17-50 to replace the kit lens and that would give me a nice quality lens in the focal range with more flexibility.

I never use my kit lens, though, and I can't decide if that is a quality issue or just that I am more of a prime girl. I believe it may be because, frankly, I have not been anywhere travelling since I've gotten the camera. I think a zoom would be much more useful in that sort if circumstance than my typical "grab a couple lenses and go shoot something" outing.

I really appreciate all the feedback/opinions so far!! Thank you!
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QuoteOriginally posted by loco Quote
I can't decide if that is a quality issue or just that I am more of a prime girl. I believe it may be because, frankly, I have not been anywhere travelling since I've gotten the camera. I think a zoom would be much more useful in that sort if circumstance than my typical "grab a couple lenses and go shoot something" outing.
I certainly prefer primes, but for travel or events, the Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a good substitute.
It doesn't have the color or rendering of a good prime, but still does the job.
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I would also consider the K24/3.5 or the Takumar 24/3.5. Same lens just a different mount.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
I certainly prefer primes, but for travel or events, the Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a good substitute.
It doesn't have the color or rendering of a good prime, but still does the job.
I'd add a vote for the Tamron 17-50. I've amassed a range of 24mm primes, as I like shooting at that focal length (and did a strictly amateur comparison here: 24mm prime comparison last year).

If you're after a prime, I'd suggest having a look at the Kiron made Vivitar 24 f/2. I had an FA*24, which was clearly very good, but I sold it (and put the proceeds towards an FA31) after comparing the results with those from my copy of the Kiron made Vivitar 24mm f/2.0. The FA* is marginally sharper and has better colours, but I prefer the bokeh from the Vivitar and, at a fraction of the price of the FA*, I was really impressed.
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I certainly prefer primes, but for travel or events, the Tamron 17-50/2.8 is a good substitute.
It doesn't have the color or rendering of a good prime, but still does the job.
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I'd add a vote for the Tamron 17-50. I've amassed a range of 24mm primes, as I like shooting at that focal length (and did a strictly amateur comparison here: 24mm prime comparison last year).

If you're after a prime, I'd suggest having a look at the Kiron made Vivitar 24 f/2. I had an FA*24, which was clearly very good, but I sold it (and put the proceeds towards an FA31) after comparing the results with those from my copy of the Kiron made Vivitar 24mm f/2.0. The FA* is marginally sharper and has better colours, but I prefer the bokeh from the Vivitar and, at a fraction of the price of the FA*, I was really impressed.
Hmmm, the Tammy is sounding better and better. Thanks!

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I would also consider the K24/3.5 or the Takumar 24/3.5. Same lens just a different mount.

Phil.
Hadn't really considered the Takumar and it's nice to know the K 24/3.5 is the same lens. Thank you!
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BTW ... sorted78, thanks SO much for posting the link to your 24mm lens comparison! That is very useful and helpful!
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According to tests by 16:9 done a few years ago, the Sigma 24/2.8 outperforms the A24/2.8.

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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
According to tests by 16:9 done a few years ago, the Sigma 24/2.8 outperforms the A24/2.8.
I never found that test very convincing,
since the A24 was on an adapter,
and the scoring system was bizarre.
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I really like my Sigma Superwide II 24/2.8 macro, Its a nice lens, Full frame so I can use it on my old Film bodies as well as DSLR, and small. Its sharp enough for me.
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I really like my Sigma Superwide II 24/2.8 macro, Its a nice lens, Full frame so I can use it on my old Film bodies as well as DSLR, and small. Its sharp enough for me.
Thanks for your feedback, cmohr! It's back into consideration. I appreciate you taking the time to post your opinion. That's a great point about it being FF, too.
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I'll be honest I like my ordinary M28/2.8 as much as my K24/2.8. In fact I'll probably sell the K because I don't feel that it's worth the premium price.

A lot of people have mentioned the FA*24 as the best 24/28 ever but I've considered the K28/2 to be the best ever (Pentax made). I want one but it's at least 4th on my shopping list. and the 3 in front of it aren't cheap either.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
I never found that test very convincing,
since the A24 was on an adapter,
and the scoring system was bizarre.
The Sigma 24/2.8 also scored the highest of all 24mm's in photodo tests.
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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
The Sigma 24/2.8 also scored the highest of all 24mm's in photodo tests.
WHICH Sigma 24/2.8? I had an M42 Sigma-Z, and currently own a T2 Albinar made by Sigma, that would NOT rate with the highest 24s. Not all Sigma 24/2.8s are equal.
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I am very happy with the performance of my example of the K24/2.8. It was fortunate to me, a thrown in lens along with an A400/5.6 purchase I made. It doesn't disappoint and does indeed make a good general lens to keep on my K200D. It is a shame that in sorted78's comparison linked above, the k24 @ 2.8 example, due to the shadow is hard to compare with the others, as I believe it to be one of the sharpest wide open. I also have the Tamron 17-50 and would not say it is a better 24. I also prefer the K24 color tone over my Tamron. The Tamron's tone looks similar to the FA24, demonstrated again using sorted78's comparison.
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