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07-13-2012, 08:51 AM   #16
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I would say the Pentax-M 28/3.5 lens. I have one and it is an excellent performer. It's a good bit cheeper than the K28/3.5 but from what I've seen only gives up a little in optical performance (the K is considered the best 28mm available except for those who covet the rare K28/2). It is also nice and compact. I've also seen a lot of good photos from some of those Vivitar 28/2.8 and 28/2 lenses (we have a whole thread the Vivitar Bestiary) on their 28mm lenses). In part because of that thread, those Vivitars now cost almost as much as the Pentax M28/3.5.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SenorBeef Quote
I have a shot at picking up a Pentax-A 28 2.8
I have owned this exact lens for close to 30 years, first used on a Pentax Super Program where I almost exclusively shot Ektachrome. It's hard to doctor out flaws when you shoot reversal film. It was one of the lenses I kept when I sold the Super Program and moved to a K-r because I have never been disappointed with the images it produces. And as an A series lens, it will allow all features except of course auto focus, on your Pentax digital camera.
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I've had mine for 29-30 years too from my Super Program days. Don't know if I'd part with it, 'cause I like it.
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In order of how much I love them -
Vivitar 28 2.8 close focus - Komine. Fabulous lens.
Soligor 24 2. I know it's a 24mm but it's worth including because it's just so damn good.
Elsinor 24 2.8 I can't see any difference from the Viv'. ( also found as Clubman - Tefnon and many others )
Chinon Auto Reflex 28 2.8. Is this a contender for the top spot ? I've only had it a few weeks, the Vivitar is still top dog. The Chinon is PK mount as well
Miranda 28 2.8 MC Macro. Very good, I like the close focus, a good alternative if you can't find a Vivitar.
Pentacon 30 3.5 Forgive it's slowness, the stunning colours and sharpness are worth it.
SMC Takumar 28 3.5. Sharp, nice colours but a stop slower than the competition.
Tamron BBAR 28 2.8. A good lens, I should use it more but the Vivitar and Chinon have a hold on me.
CZ Jena 29 2.8. Center sharpnes is ultra sharp, the edges less so. A good lens if you bear that in mind
Hoya 24 2.8 Only had this a week, so far so good. A nice lens
Super Paragon 28 2.8.mmmmmmmm can't make my mind up about this. It's not bad, but it's not a contender for top dog.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SenorBeef Quote
Is the 28 3.5 bette than the 28 2.8?
If you mean the M 28/2.5 and the K 28/3.5, yes the 28/3.5 is better. I would not necessarily claim that the K 28/3.5 was better than the F or FA 28/2.8s.
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Where does the Pentax-A 28 2.8 rank in there?
07-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #22
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Best value (price/performance)? Most of the Vivitar 28's are cheap and excellent. Ditto for the Tamron Adaptal-2.

07-13-2012, 06:55 PM   #23
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Ended up getting a nearly perfect Pentax-A 28mm 2.8 for $60 so I'm happy.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SenorBeef Quote
Ended up getting a nearly perfect Pentax-A 28mm for $60 so I'm happy.
That'll do you just fine. The "A" setting is nice to have. Especially for fill flash on a walk-around type lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SenorBeef Quote
Ended up getting a nearly perfect Pentax-A 28mm 2.8 for $60 so I'm happy.
Good job! You will love that lens and that is a very good price.
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I do not know and never have tested Vivitar /Kiron 28 f/2 , so I would say the best ( regarding price/performances ) is my K 28 f/3,5 ( payed 36 euro in 2001 for a Exc++ copy ) . I also own the very rare K 28 f/2 and of course is a wonderful lens specially as regards its close focus capabilities , but the prices of such lens are really very expensives.

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I REALLY like my Super Takumar 28mm F3.5 lens. It is sharp, contrasty and gives that Takumar look. I also have a Sigma Mini Wide 28m F2.8 but I no longer use it since getting the Super Tak.

A few taken with the Super Tak 28mm F3.5

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Im new here but thought I would throw in my two cents worth. I couldn't find The coveted SMC K 28/3.5 which is acclaimed for its sharpness so picked up a Ricoh XR Rikenon 28/2.8 for $38 bucks on Feabay. I read the high reviews in the lens section . After scrutinizing it on a chart at home......Im more than happy ! It is sharp , bright , and cheap in price.
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My Rikenon-P 28 cost $29 Canadian, and optically it's exquisite.
I have the same lens & it's a superb performer all around.
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Pentax F 28mm/2.8, if you can find one. Paired to a K5 IIs, I'd rate it a 9+ (w/10=perfect). It's AF, too. Mine has no material weaknesses. Great bang for the buck.

My 2 cents....M

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