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08-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
My best landscape lens is the K 28/3.5, which I suspect was originally optimized for landscape use. Superb microcontrast, rich, striking color. My most frequently used landscape lens is the FA 24-90, which, in the middle of its range, is better, for landscapes, than any zoom lens I've ever used (and I've used the DA 10-17, the DA 12-24, the DA 16-45, the A 35-105, and the F 70-210 for landscapes, all fine to very fine landscape zooms). My favorite landscape lens is the M 20/4, maybe not as good as some of my other primes, but it provides one of my favorite FOVs on APS-C cameras and never disappoints.
Yes, the K28/3.5 is a nice lens.

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I have an UWA lens, the Sigma 10-20 that is my most used lens because I use it for some of my work (home interiors) but now I have better lenses I would never use it for landscapes (due to the high level of distortion) some people say you can correct it in PP with PT Lens but I have tried and found it crops away some of the shot so defeating the whole object of the UWA ... and it still doesn't straighten 100%).

I also have the 15 Ltd - which I love and carry everywhere, though I do use it for landscapes on occasion it wouldn't be my go-to lens for that use.

That honour goes to the Contax Zeiss 28/2.8. A simply glorious lens ! I also have the M28/2.8 but it not a patch on the CZ and will be sold at the first opportunity.

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No contest: my Super Takumar 20mm/4.5 every time. Simply because it captures colours and light more truthfully than any other lens I've ever tried.
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Interesting Dartmoor Dave. I recently got a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 20mm f4.5 but have not tried it on the K-5 yet. (Sheesh... is that a sign that I have too many lenses, or what?)

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For me two lenses are above my others for landscapes: Pentax SMC 20/4 (original series) and FA 43/1.9 Limited. I would love to have a go with Distagon 25mm/2.8 Zk, but that one is incredibly expensive unfortunately
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QuoteOriginally posted by cheekygeek Quote
Interesting Dartmoor Dave. I recently got a Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 20mm f4.5 but have not tried it on the K-5 yet. (Sheesh... is that a sign that I have too many lenses, or what?)
You have to forgive the Takumar for some pincushion distortion and a smidgen of ultimate sharpness, although shots sharpen up beautifully with a touch of high-pass. But for me what it does with colour and light is just magical.
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For when I'm walking around shooting landscapes, and I don't want to be changing lenses frequently, I choose the DA*16-50 and leave it set at f5.6-11. For more static, thoughtful shooting, I go with the FA31, FA43 and FA77. The FA Limiteds provide superior IQ, but the DA* is more than adequate for most purposes. The fact that it is weather sealed is another nice feature for shooting outdoors.

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Got the Pentax SMC DA* Series 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL IF SDM Wide Angle Zoom Lens, for Christmas last year and that seems to be all I use anymore for landscapes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
My best landscape lens is the K 28/3.5, which I suspect was originally optimized for landscape use. Superb microcontrast, rich, striking color. My most frequently used landscape lens is the FA 24-90, which, in the middle of its range, is better, for landscapes, than any zoom lens I've ever used (and I've used the DA 10-17, the DA 12-24, the DA 16-45, the A 35-105, and the F 70-210 for landscapes, all fine to very fine landscape zooms). My favorite landscape lens is the M 20/4, maybe not as good as some of my other primes, but it provides one of my favorite FOVs on APS-C cameras and never disappoints.
Good to see another user of the FA24-90 - not many of us around. It's a good lens. Actually mine is pretty good throughout the zoom range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
You have to forgive the Takumar for some pincushion distortion and a smidgen of ultimate sharpness, although shots sharpen up beautifully with a touch of high-pass. But for me what it does with colour and light is just magical.
The Super-Multi-Coated version is a different optical design from the 20mm Super Takumar, which is supposed to correct for that distortion. I hope they didn't lose any of the other qualities in the process of "improving" it! I'm excited to try it now.

NOTE: The final Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lens is normally the same lens used in the original K mount version. The K 20mm f4.5 is rated at 9.25 in the PF Reviews. The score for the m42 version (which stupidly mixes the Super Takumar with the S-M-C version which are two different optical designs) is 7.25 in PF Reviews. IMHO a different optical design is a different lens and should be reviewed separately, accordingly.
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I didn't know that the Super Tak and the Multi-Coated Tak were optically different. Thanks for the info Cheekygeek. You've made joining the site worthwhile for me with that piece of knowledge alone.
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I'm a noob but I like the DA 21 and the FA 43. I just got the 31 and will soon see how it does.
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Easily the DA 21 Ltd.
Pros: It's small, sharp, and contrasty.
Cons: I haven't found any so far.

The DA 70 Ltd. gets an honorable mention.
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On film the SMC Pentax 28mm f3.5 (in short K28/3.5).
On digital the SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50/2.8 if its raining, and the Sigma 20/1.8 if it isn't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
I didn't know that the Super Tak and the Multi-Coated Tak were optically different. Thanks for the info Cheekygeek. You've made joining the site worthwhile for me with that piece of knowledge alone.
Looking for where I read that, I think I may be reading too much into the source. I'm going to hopefully go home and check "the bible" tonight and see if that is accurate. It may be only SMC coatings throughout (including internal lenses) that makes the difference. But I took what I read to mean that the S-M-C improved the distortion problem. Having trouble re-finding that source.
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