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12-27-2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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What's wrong with this lens

Just picked up this SMC A28/2.8 and took a couple (about 50) pics with it. I personally could not find anything wrong with it but would like a 2nd or 3rd opinion of it.
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DS + A28/2.8
1st one shot jpg***


This one shot raw


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12-27-2006, 05:03 PM   #2
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No raw shot came through.

Only thing I can tell is wrong with the lense: it isn't very fast as the windmill blades still look like their moving...
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Clarence,
Just hit the refresh and the raw should show up. As far as the windmill blades still showing movement, I guess I'll have to work on that part of my technique... LoL
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I found nothing wrong with the image or the lens. Actually pentax fa 20 f2.8 can be of problems with images soft wide open.

I actually like your 3rd shot, with a bit of motion in the photo. Windmill supposed to move. A snap shot showing stationary windmill would be less interesting.

The 2nd photo has better composition than the first IMHO.

Thanks for sharing the photos and congrads on the new lens

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QuoteOriginally posted by wjwncpro Quote
Just picked up this SMC A28/2.8 and took a couple (about 50) pics with it. I personally could not find anything wrong with it but would like a 2nd or 3rd opinion of it.
Are you looking for problems, and if so, why? Buyers remorse?
12-27-2006, 06:34 PM   #6
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nothing wrong w/ the lens....
pics look good.

i agree w/ roentarre, the motion of the windmill makes it a better pic overall.

it showing motion, has nothing to do w/ lens..(more shutter speed than anything in that situation)
12-27-2006, 07:15 PM   #7
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Really bad lens

Looks completely wrong to me; put it in a box and send it to me. I'll give it a test or two; shouldn't take more than a couple dozen months for me to figure out what's wrong and get it back to you...
12-27-2006, 08:04 PM   #8
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Ok, the joke is over

I went pawn shopping today and found this lens. I ask the sales person how much they wanted for this 'old' lens and he said $20 bucks. I would have easily gave him $50 for it and I aleady have one but instead I ask if he would take $15 for it. Well after about 15 seconds of thinking about it he said ok.

Clarence was only joking about the blades moving as I was about my reply on technique.

Jf, waite a couple of weeks and I'll have it on ebay and then you can have it as long as you like.

Thanks to everyone for their comments, I like the second one too...

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I finally got the raw one to come up. How about making a long narrow picture by cropping the top and the bottom just keeping the geese and ducks. I see quite a dynamic crop there. What do you think?

blurred blades Thanks for that guys! You increased my endorphines.
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What?!?!

A28/2.8 for $15???
Amazing!

I own A28/2.8 and of course there is nothing wrong with it (as you know), except that I paid 7X more, you lucky #&#%&@$&!!! :-)))
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To give it a meaningful test, you should use the methods ala Trogg - camera on tripod, the ruler across the room at a range of f stops - especially wide open , and take the same photos with a lens that you have much faith in. You could do the same outdoors.

A cheap kit lens can produce a stunning photos under certain conditions, but may not perform well across the board.

If you wanted to find out if there is an obvious, glaring defect in the lens, from the photos you posted, the answer is no. Chances are you have a decent lens.

Good luck!
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Hi superfuzzy, thanks for your input and comments.
You have to follow the replies to this thread in order to get the jist of it. Theres nothing wrong with the lens and it's in mint condition with caps and UV filter. I picked it up in a pawn shop and the sales person did not know what he was selling, thats why I got it for $15.

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That is a nice find!

Yesterday I was in a local camera shop, the owner was in the back so the kid "helped" me. This is how it went:

SF: Do you have used Pentax 135mm primes?
Kid: Do you have a digital camera?
SF: Yes
Kid: They won't work with digital, only film.
<I explained Pentax backward compatibility - and how it differs with other brands...>
We walk over to the camera case. He looks around.
Kid: Sorry, no 135mm.
SF: (points) What about that one?
Kid: Uh -- that is 135mm. (it was indeed an smc-M 2.8 135mm for $50)
I noted that the focusing action was not smooth, and the focus ring was loose. I said I'd be back when the owner was there.
Kid: It will be here. Everything is going digital!



QuoteOriginally posted by wjwncpro Quote
Hi superfuzzy, thanks for your input and comments.
You have to follow the replies to this thread in order to get the jist of it. Theres nothing wrong with the lens and it's in mint condition with caps and UV filter. I picked it up in a pawn shop and the sales person did not know what he was selling, thats why I got it for $15.
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That is a nice find!

Yesterday I was in a local camera shop, the owner was in the back so the kid "helped" me. This is how it went:

SF: Do you have used Pentax 135mm primes?
Kid: Do you have a digital camera?
SF: Yes
Kid: They won't work with digital, only film.
<I explained Pentax backward compatibility - and how it differs with other brands...>
We walk over to the camera case. He looks around.
Kid: Sorry, no 135mm.
SF: (points) What about that one?
Kid: Uh -- that is 135mm. (it was indeed an smc-M 2.8 135mm for $50)
I noted that the focusing action was not smooth, and the focus ring was loose. I said I'd be back when the owner was there.
Kid: It will be here. Everything is going digital!

You can get some good deals at a pawn shop as long as you know more about what you're looking at then the salesperson. I don't try to educate them knowing that I can get a good buy off there lack of knowledge.
Offer them $20 for the lens, you may be surprized at the pics those crummy old lenses will take on a digital

Ps, I'm glad I don't live near NYC anymore. My LBA would break the bank...
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This pawn shop wouldn't be within driving distance of NYC by any chance? I could use a crummy old A28 for $15 or so. Or maybe they've got a A50 1.7 for about $30?

NaCl(I indulge in fantasy alot)H2O
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