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07-02-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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F28 f2.8 of DA35 f2.4

Here's my dilemma: should I get a used F28 f2.8 for $300 or a new DA35 f2.4 for $180. In other words is the F28 worth the extra buck and the used condition?


07-02-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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No, I don't think so. The 28 makes for a nice normal FOV but it isn't an exceptional lens for the money... the 35 is a little tight for my tastes, but it is a better quality lens for less money. I think (right now) 28mm is best done with a manual focus f2, cheap 2.8, or some sort of zoom lens.

I currently use the Vivitar Komine 28mm f2.8, a fine lens and exceptionally sharp. The "problem" is that the 18-55 I have (II) is just as sharp, with better colour and autofocus. I think I have a really good copy of the kit lens, but nevertheless, it is hard for me to really see the point of using a prime when a compact zoom like the kit lens will suffice.

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So it's not worth selling my tamron 17-50 for a used F28 he? I'm just so in love with my F50 f1.7 and I heard the 28 delivers the same way....
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I think that the Tamron 17-50mm gives you better performance for your money. At somewhere around $200 I could see picking up an F 28mm as an additional lens, but not as a replacement unless lens size is the single most important factor to you and you don't need a lens wider than 28mm (or you have another wide angle lens that you like). Trying the 28mm out first would probably be a good idea.

I've had two FA 28mm f/2.8s and an A 28mm f/2.8 and eventually sold all of them in favour of a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 and later a DA* 16-50. I held onto my F 50mm f/1.7 because it is fast, light and sharp but other than size and flare resistance (against the Sigma lens) I didn't find the assorted 28s to significantly outperform the much more flexible zoom lenses for my purposes.

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I use a Sigma 28mm 1.8 EX, despite it's mixed reviews, it is a pretty stellar lens, really good low light performer...
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Hard decision.
I can live with either focal length as my main walkabout lens.
The 35mm FL does lens itself to be better for portraits on APS-C though.
The 28mm does a bit better for environmental portraits.

So in the end my opinion is that it depends on your personal preference of focal lengths.
Optically, the DA35/2.4 is very good. The F28/2.8 is considered ok/decent
07-03-2012, 07:42 AM   #7
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DA35 f/2.4 is a very good value. Agreed with pinholecam, you need to decide if you're okay with 35mm versus 28mm. I have the FA 35 upon which the DA 35 is based and it's an outstanding lens and offers amazing optical abilities. But I just got a F28 because I wanted a slightly wider perspective; yes the price was a bit more than I wanted to pay but there are buyers (like me) who are still willing to pay a slight premium for it because of its reputation and how rarely it seems to be for sale. Still, if you already have a Tamron 17-50, I think you should hold onto that for the flexibility it offers, and the image quality close to prime lenses. It's not worth trading it for a F28. If you want the lighter weight and smaller size, then hold onto the 17-50 and add a DA35/2.4 to your stable of lenses.
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I paid 140 euros ~ 180 $ Pentax SMC F 28/2, 8, (produced 1988 yr.) I compared the Pentax DA 35/2, 4 AL (produced 2012 yr.) and more suits me F 28/2,8 on K-r because the 35/2,4 too narrow, I have the Pentax SMC F 50/1, 7 (produced 1988 years) I paid 130 euros ~ 170 $ and Pentax SMC F 28/2, 8 ( (produced 1988 yr.) great complement to,

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I agree with most of what has been said above. I own the FA 35 and F28, all I can say is that the FA 35 is a better lens optically. If you are expecting the F28 to perform like the F50 1.7 ( which I also own) your going to be a little disappointed, not that the F28 is a bad lens just not as good as the F50 1.7. So if you are looking to get the best lens for your money go with a DA35 2.4.

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Thanks everyone.

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