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01-05-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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LBA: SMC Pentax-A 1:2.8 28mm

WooHoo! LBA is striking me as well. My Wife found this excellent condition lens you see attached to my K10D in the mailbox today. I hope to write up a review on this one soon, as I expect to put it throught it's paces over the next couple weeks. (Thanks Jim for parting with this wonderful lens!)

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01-05-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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The A28/2.8 is a great lens, smooth focus, small and good color. I picked up one (my second one) over the holidays at a pawn shop in mint condition for $15. I posted some pics with it here;
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/1820-whats-wrong-lens.html
I keep it in my day bag all the time along with my A50/1.4 and M120/2.8...
01-05-2007, 10:54 PM   #3
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$15?? As the folks on the other thread have already stated. You lucky ^&%$#^^!!!! I agree with you, the focusing on this unit is silky smoooth, and nicely torqued. It's easier and more fun to focus than my FA50/1.4

I paid a tad more than you did for this particular lens, but I must say I was quite happy with the price I paid, compared to what the same lens has been going for on e(NUT)Bay lately!

I don't mind manual focusing, but I have discovered at this point that I'm lazy, and don't like having to perform "stop-down" metering. So that rules out all the "M" or screwmount lenses at least for now. But there's lots of good "A" glass out there still to be had.
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I'd say focusing on all A, M, and K lenses is silky smooth

My LBA 200mm A* comes in tomorrow- we'll see how it fares. I also hope to have the reviews system up by then, but I'm encountering a strange error that's preventing me from adding any lens to the database


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QuoteOriginally posted by getmoresoon Quote
$15?? As the folks on the other thread have already stated. You lucky ^&%$#^^!!!! I agree with you, the focusing on this unit is silky smoooth, and nicely torqued. It's easier and more fun to focus than my FA50/1.4

I paid a tad more than you did for this particular lens, but I must say I was quite happy with the price I paid, compared to what the same lens has been going for on e(NUT)Bay lately!

I paid $71 for my first one and that was also a good price as I was willing to go up to $90 for one.
Mo, if you find nother A*200 let me know. I have the M200/4 but I don't carry it around that much. Maybe after I play with the A35-105/3.5 for a couple of weeks I'll switch it out for the M200 to play with.
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The M200 is much more compact, but 1 stop slower. I think it's a reasonable trade-off, so both lenses are about equally useful.

I hear the A*'s are rare (roscot sold this one) and I can't find any on froogle or on ebay.

I'll post some results later today.

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