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01-29-2008, 03:27 AM   #1
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FA28f2.8 VS FA*24f2

I'm looking for something to use with my k10d like a 35mm.
Reading the varius reviews, the FA28 has good rates and it's an economy lens.
The FA*24 is more expansive, and the reviews are different, some positive some negative.

What do you think?


01-29-2008, 03:39 AM   #2
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There are also the Zeiss ZK 25 f2.8 and ZK 28 f2 in that FL range. I belive the FA 24 has mixed reviews...
01-29-2008, 03:45 AM   #3
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I prefer AF lenses.
About FA*, I'm confused...

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As you noted, the FA*24 has mixed reviews, with most saying it perform better on film than on digital. However I have never owned the lens myself so can't comment on it.

I do have FA28/2.8 and really enjoy using it. I used to own FA35 too but I find it just a little too long for my liking, even though it might be sharper wide open and more contrasty.

If you want AF, then you have got two other choices, Sigma 28/1.8 EX DG and 30/1.4 EX DC. The thing with Sigma lenses seems to be that if you get a good copy, it is really good. So if you do decide to get Sigma, make sure you can exchange the lenses easily if they are faulty.


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You can check this links for comments on these two lens:

Brief Comments

FA28 looks like a better choice then FA*24 based on these feedbacks.

You can also consider the Sigma 24mm and 28mm. Popphoto reviewed them with positive comments:
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FA*24 suffers from poor corner performance. If you read review, you'll understand why some hate it, some praise it. However, on, they did a "World Cup for the Ultimate 24mm," the FA*24 was only edged out by the Canon 24/1.4, which is the ultimate 24mm lens. The new Zeiss 25mm went neck to neck with this Canon in performance. If you shoot a lot of 35mm FL in full frame, then 24 is the way to go. Pentax 20-21 isn't as good as other brands'. If you're after the best, then Zeiss 25 is your must, though I think all the new Zeiss are overpriced.
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The FA24 has slightly worse corner performance compared to the FA28/2.8, but the comparison is a little unfair, because the FA24 is an f2.0 lens.
Superfast lenses are always a little soft wide open.
Interestingly the FA24 shows better contrast wide open than the FA28.

In my view both the FA28 and the FA24 are top performers on the K10D.
I have them both and am satisfied.

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