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03-11-2013, 02:12 PM   #16
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If we're discussing lenses that are now cheap because we don't have a digital FF, an often overlooked and undervalued lens is the Tokina AT-X 28-70 f/2.6-2.8. But I've already used this on a nikon D600. As far as pentax-exclusive lenses go, the 50 f/1.2-s might well be good. The A 20 f/2.8 (or FA) is probably nice if you can find it. I would like to play with the 35-105-s on FF. I've got the F version, and it's surprisingly sharp, fast-focusing and well-colored. There are a number of semi-fast portrait lenses, that might benefit from the wider angle of view.
Just curious...what's so special about the ATX 28-70 f/2.6-2.8?

I have the lens, and I like it (nice FL range, decent sharpness when stopped down, nice bokeh, and specially build quality), but so far I haven't found the "magical Angineoux pixie dust" quality that people say.

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I know I posted the Samyang 8mm FE but the more I think about it the Samyang 85/1.4 is also a killer lens that will be even more useful on a FF camera.
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35-105 f3.5 is a sleeper all around carry lens and the 24 f2.8 was a very nice wide angle on ff film cameras, pretty flat for the price when new .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
I know I posted the Samyang 8mm FE but the more I think about it the Samyang 85/1.4 is also a killer lens that will be even more useful on a FF camera.
About the 8mm, I've read you have to cut the hood on FF otherwise it's vignetting (at least the canikon versions).

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I agree that the F 35-70 would be very fun on a FF. My best 50mm is the A 1.7, but that will work! My sleeper is a Tamron 24-135 3.5-5.6 I've been holding on to. That will be a great walkaround lens.
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Agree with the above F35-70, FA 20-35. Would add the FA 24-90, which I no longer have alas, and any of the 50 1.4 or 1.7s. Plus the 16 and 17mm fish eyes will be back to their original 180 degree glory.
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....Plus the 16 and 17mm fish eyes will be back to their original 180 degree glory.
Just to inform you, i've tried the current DA10-17 FE on my Super A and it works! Useable settings are between 14mm-17mm.. At the current asking price of the vintage 16 and 17mm FE, i'm more opinionated to recommend the newere DA10-17FE over them.

But if you do already have them vintage glasses, might not bother you. :P
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QuoteOriginally posted by SyncGuy Quote
Just to inform you, i've tried the current DA10-17 FE on my Super A and it works! Useable settings are between 14mm-17mm.. At the current asking price of the vintage 16 and 17mm FE, i'm more opinionated to recommend the newere DA10-17FE over them.

But if you do already have them vintage glasses, might not bother you. :P
Had, and the A 16/2.8 was just spectacular. The K was more pedestrian, although amazingly compact. Have been thinking about the DA 10-17, but if I sold the A and K lenses because I never used them, it wouldn't make that much sense to get another, now would it? Of course, who says LBA has to make sense? :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
Had, and the A 16/2.8 was just spectacular. The K was more pedestrian, although amazingly compact. Have been thinking about the DA 10-17, but if I sold the A and K lenses because I never used them, it wouldn't make that much sense to get another, now would it? Of course, who says LBA has to make sense? :-)
Haha! It would... Considering selling them could net you more or less around the US$1000 mark each on Evil Bay, i believe, you could easily obtain the DA10-17 which covers 14mm-17mm with autofocus and just as compact, with lots of spare cash to further feed LBA, why not right? ;P

Similar to saying, better have $50 holed up than $5000 holed up when you can spend it further.. :P
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My favorite sleeper is the KA mount Tokina 90/2.5 Macro. It's extremely sharp wide open, goes 1:2 by itself and 1:1 with matching adapter, it's compact (sans the adapter, but I don't need it often), the focus ring turns Pentax style, and the bokeh gives it its "bokina" name.

It's still fairly cheap $300-$400 range.

Another deep sleeper is the KA Spiratone/Soligor 20/2.8. It's compact for a 2.8, nice sharpness stopped down, and it's bokeh is psychadelic (some think in a bad way, I think it's great). It's an odd duckling, so it'll never be popular, but I like its character.
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Oh! Another one is the line of Vivitar 70-210. They are well known but so inexpensive for what they offer...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
these are three lenses I know that will probably develop a real following,partly because of how uncommon they are:

Pentax SMC K 28mm f/2 - the Zeiss clone.
It took me months to find this guy. If pentax ever decides to build a FF, this may be the only lens I use ever again
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Tamron 28-75 F/2.8 yet. Most excellent lens. Maybe not "sleeper" but I'm sure that the used price of them will go up. It would be a perfect 'walk around' lens on FF.
As far as true "sleepers" go I have to mention the Zenitar 16mm F/2.8 fisheye. It's a true fisheye on FF and since the hood is removeable you won't have to destroy it if it vignettes (never tried in on a FF camera, so don't know if it does).
Some other lenses to think about: Some have already been mentioned but since I own them and like them I'll put them out there again
FA 20mm F/2.8
FA 20-35mm F/4.0
The three limited amigos: FA 31mm; FA 43mm and the FA 77mm. Those are going to be fun to try on FF.
A 35-105mm F/3.5 I use mine a lot on my K-5; another fun one to try on FF
A 70-210 F/4.0 nice lens and light. Can be found relatively inexpensively
The inimitable K 135 F2.5, tho I must admit I really like it's reach on crop sensors. But a fine fine lens none the less
The K 300mm F/4.0, Can be easily found for around $300 (or it used to be)
The Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG non macro version. Another lens I like the reach of on crop sensor but should still be fun.
A 50mm F/1.7, it's my favorite fast 50, even tho I also own the K 50 F/1.2. I simply like it's ease of use.

There are a lot of others out there. Anyone who owns "A" glass is going to be sitting pretty.

NaCl(come to think of it, I probably won't have to buy any glass, I'm set from 16mm FE thru 300mm)H2O
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Anyone who owns "A" glass is going to be sitting pretty
That'll be me then.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
The inimitable K 135 F2.5
I like your adjective. I did not find myself using it so I let it go, but it's a great lens, for sure.
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