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03-27-2012, 12:46 PM - 1 Like   #16
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My M28/2.8 is just fine, but it's not my favorite 28. I have about fifteen 28s. My most-used prime lens is the Vivitar-Komine 28/2 CFWA. Other fast favorites are the Tamron (02B) and Vivitar-Kiron f/2.5s. All were cheap but may be pricier now. Of my 'slow' f/2.8 28s, my favorites are an A-type Toyo 5 Star (very sharp), M-type Access (Tokina?) macro (even sharper), and then the M28 (a close contender).

My other 28s (Accura, Chinon, Focal-Makinon, Hanimex x2, Rokinon, Vivitar-Cimko, Sears-Tomikoa, Soligor-Tokina) are all good and probably should get more use. I haven't encountered a 'bad' 28. Yet.

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I had a JC Penney 28 f/2.8 that was dreamy soft wide open, but stopped down a little was wicked sharp and had gorgeous color rendition. I was just looking back at some photos with it and I'm surprised by their sharpness. I sold it to buy an A 28 f/2.8. It seemed to be badly decentered, but I discovered that the front element was loose and just needed to be turned to tighten. I really liked the A 28. It had great sharpness and color at every aperture. The overall contrast was also very good, though it could flare. It just wasn't fast enough for me. I ended up getting a Sigma 30 f/1.4 and selling the A 28. I would have kept the A 28 if I could have afforded to, though. It had character.
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I have tried the M 2.8/28 versions 1 and 2, the M 3.5/28 and the Vivitar Komine 28/2. The Vivitar I had was awful, lower contrast was apparent through the viewfinder in my opinion, and I got rid of it immediately. This could have been a bad example, so you might find different. The 3.5/28 was very nice, and in retrospect, some of my nicest pictures outdoors have been taken with that lens. Could have been the weather on the day etc, but it did produce a nice picture. In direct comparison, tripod mounted etc, using a ist DS and pixel peeping, there was no difference apparent between the version 1 2.8/28 and 3.5/28.

I've also owned the 2.8/28 SMC Pentax K mount lens, which was a great lens too, but requires larger 52mm filters.

I'd be interested to try the 3.5/28 Tak.

And at the end of all the comparisons, I now own a second copy of the 2.8/28.
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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
I think version 1 is a fine performer, if perhaps lacking in pixie dust
That's pretty much my own assessment of the M 28/2.8: solid, dependable, with good resolution (although not so good wide-open), but somehow lacking in those qualities that separate a good from a great lens. In comparison to most other SMC Pentax primes, the M 28 has less contrast and less distinctive colors. I ended up upgrading from mine to the K 28/3.5, a much better lens.

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Skip them both and get the F or FA version instead...
03-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
There are two versions of the M28/2.8. The second version is optically the same as the A28/2.8.
I had the second version. Sometimes I liked it, other times the CA/PF annoyed me. I don't have it anymore. It was the second nail in the coffin of my interest in M lenses.

I also heard that the f/3.5 version is preferable to the f/2.8 ones.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DaveHolmes Quote
Skip them both and get the F or FA version instead...
The F28/2.8 shares the same optical formula as the A and M (v2).
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QuoteOriginally posted by DaveHolmes Quote
Skip them both and get the F or FA version instead...
+1

My F28/2.8 ranks with the best of my bunch. It's somewhat of a sleeper as it does not have the 'eye candy' appeal of the A24/2.8, or FA31/1.8, but it delivers. I'd rank it a solid 9-9.5 paired to my K-5. Got it for cheap off eBay, too.

Good luck... M

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