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04-13-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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Which wide-angle lens for a KM?

Hey guys, I'd like to ask you what would be a good 28mm wide-angle lens for a Pentax KM. I want the lens to be 100% mechanical, of course.
How big is the difference between a Tokina RMC and a Pentax SMC lens?
Is there a difference between Pentax SMC and SMC-M lenses?
Couldn't find any info especially on the last question and would be happy if you helped me out.
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04-13-2008, 09:59 AM   #2
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welcome to the forum spray13, when i saw KM i thought Konica Minolta :P
if you're looking about information on older Pentax lenses, check out this site
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the SMC-M lenses are newer and smaller than the SMC and i think they give up just a tad of optical quality from what other people have said. not sure about the Tokina tho
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I do not have the Pentax 28, but I do have the RMC Tokina 28MM F2.8, and i love it. Here are a few examples.







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QuoteOriginally posted by spray13 Quote
Hey guys, I'd like to ask you what would be a good 28mm wide-angle lens for a Pentax KM. I want the lens to be 100% mechanical, of course.
How big is the difference between a Tokina RMC and a Pentax SMC lens?
Is there a difference between Pentax SMC and SMC-M lenses?
Couldn't find any info especially on the last question and would be happy if you helped me out.
Cheers
I still own it (although I think I will need a shotgun to get it back from my daughter-in-law) and can highly recommend the M 28mm f/3.5. It has amazing lack of distortion, and is a good 100% mechanical M lens. The amazing part is that I bought it brand new for Cdn $109.95 in 1976 or thereabouts.

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Just another vote for M28/3.5, very enjoyable lens to use. I still use it on my DS as a standard/normal lens.
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Thanks for all your answers, especially Stratman. Think I'm gonna go with the Tokina RMC
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