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08-18-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Good value K mount lens in the 28ish-70ish mm zoom with macro feature

Anyone have any thoughts on a lens that fits this criteria?

K mount, manual focus
Good value - don't need professional quality but would like good performance at a decent price
28mm (or close) low end for landscape photos up to 70mm (or close)
macro feature

08-18-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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I'm selling a decent 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Vivitar right now in the marketplace. Zoom creep is pretty bad but most push-pull lenses from the '80s are like that; image quality is pretty nice. I will look around for samples from it.
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I use my 28-80mm Pentax A a lot. It has a macro function for close-focusing and is nicely made and easy to use. SMC Pentax-A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database. Price? I think I paid about 15 on ebay.
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The F35-70, has AF and decent speed (3.5 @35mm). The AF is really fast.

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08-18-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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A 28-105 was made with the Tamron,Pentax and Promaster brand.This is a good lens that sometimes can be found used for pretty reasonable.This is a good daylight lens but a little slow for low light
08-18-2012, 04:06 PM   #6
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The A & F 35-70/3.5-4.5 are the same optical formula.
SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-A 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

There's an A 35-70/4 that has a shorter minimum focus distance.
SMC Pentax-A 35-70mm F4 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The F 35-105/4-5.6 has AF and same MFD as the A 35-70/4.
SMC Pentax-F 35-105mm F4-5.6 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The A 28-80/3.5-4.5 gets you a bit more coverage on the wide end (28mm on APS-C is ~42mm FOV).
SMC Pentax-A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Bunch of Tamron Adaptall options. Can get a KA-mount adapter for any of these.
Tamron Adaptall-2 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5 (44A) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 35-80mm F/2.8-3.8 (01A) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 35-105mm F2.8 (65A) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Tamron Adaptall-2 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 (40A) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Tamron Adaptall Lenses ADAPTALL 2 (PENTAX KA) - KEH.com

Also the old Vivitar Series 1 28-90/2.8-3.5...
Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm F2.8-3.5 Lens Reviews - Vivitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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