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08-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #16
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I have both Sigma AF 24mm f/2.8 Superwide-II and a Pentax-F 28mm f/2.8. A bit insane to have both but I enjoy using them. I find them to be fast enough for indoor use and definitely gives me a nice wide-normal view-- definitely wider than a 35/40 lens and cheaper than the 31.

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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
I have both Sigma AF 24mm f/2.8 Superwide-II and a Pentax-F 28mm f/2.8. A bit insane to have both but I enjoy using them. I find them to be fast enough for indoor use and definitely gives me a nice wide-normal view-- definitely wider than a 35/40 lens and cheaper than the 31.
I'd be interested in your compare/contrast of those two lenses.
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I've been meaning to do that, as well as a compare/contrast of the Sigma 24 f/2.8 and the DA 21. All three of these lenses have been enjoyable to use and produce excellent images; it may come down to intangible such as build, handling, etc.
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I bought a Sigma 28mm f1.8 off the market place as I felt the focal length would be better for me than 35mm (as I already have the 40mm LTD), the macro capabilities also intrigued me as well as it being slightly faster. I hope she works out!

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I'm curious to see how that lens works out for you. I have the older, non-macro version. It's alright for portraits below f/4 but otherwise not very sharp. So even though it's fast, I don't feel overly confident using it at those larger apertures. I had seen some MTF charts for the macro which suggested similar behavior but it'd be interesting to see how that plays out in use.

Sigma 28 mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro review - Introduction - Lenstip.com
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There's also the Vivitar Series 1 28 f/1.9 (Tokina), which is a good fast wide angle. Hard to come by, but may fit the bill.

here are a few of my pics with this beautiful lens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/sets/72157629063840461/
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
I don't like FA31 at APS-C at all. ....
I'm curious - can I ask why?

(Apologies if you have already explained in another thread.)
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Another vote for the Sigma 28/2.8 EX Macro.
It is a relatively big lens, but it is sharp, great close focusing ability and nice bokeh (when focusing close).

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I think that you could buy sigma 30 1.4 for bokeh and for example K 35 3.5 for sharpness. It is much cheaper than 31Ltd. I'm selling my FA35 2.0 now and searching for sigma 30 1.4 because I already have Flektogon 35 2.4 MC and I don't like the render of the FA35. DA35 is the same lens, if you look in the thread about the DA35 where they compare it side by side with the FA35 you can see from the back photos, the DA35 had a ring which cuts the light from 2.0 to 2.4. The DA35 and FA35 are the same lens it is just the new one is build much more cheaper!
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My FA35 F2 is my primary lens and quite fantastic. I love its sharpness wide open, too. Plenty of examples posted in my blog.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
There's also the Vivitar Series 1 28 f/1.9 (Tokina), which is a good fast wide angle. Hard to come by, but may fit the bill.
It is a beautiful lens but a bit of a pain to focus. Manual focus and a fairly short focal length makes for a challenge.

I love mine but would not recommend it for fast paced shooting.
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I do not have the Sigma 30 f1.4 or DA35 but FA31, which is my main lens for K5.
I love it and i don't think you will be disappointed with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Imcalfin Quote
It is a beautiful lens but a bit of a pain to focus. Manual focus and a fairly short focal length makes for a challenge.

I love mine but would not recommend it for fast paced shooting.
OP said he was shooting indoors, didnt say anything about fast paced shooting. Gee, i even turn off my AF on my modern lenses sometimes so i can focus them manually; not everyone sees AF as the only way to focus i guess.
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