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04-16-2008, 06:13 PM   #16
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FA 28-80/3.5-5.6

Actually, I would not pay any money for this lens. In fact, if you wanted me to take it off your hands you would have to pay me (but then I would gladly throw it against a wall).

04-16-2008, 06:28 PM   #17
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However, I think the worst lens ever award might have to go to the cheap 500mm f/8 mirror reflex lenses that you can buy on ebay for $80 or less. That's a lens I can "almost" consider throwing into a brick wall.
I guess I have something to look forward to in a week or so. But it won't surprise me if true. It's just a LBA test, after all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I guess I have something to look forward to in a week or so. But it won't surprise me if true. It's just a LBA test, after all.
It's not a completely worthless lens, but you have to put in some work to get consistently decent results out of those cheap 500mm mirror lenses. I've personally found I can get better results by cropping a cheap 70-200mm zoom lens image than what I get from the 500mm mirror lens.

Still, it's possible to get nice images out of that lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jerry Thirsty Quote
FA 28-80/3.5-5.6

Actually, I would not pay any money for this lens. In fact, if you wanted me to take it off your hands you would have to pay me (but then I would gladly throw it against a wall).

Is it really so bad? I bought it on e-bay a while ago, because I was missing the 55 - 70 mm range in my bag. I took some pictures with it, and I'm not sure that it is so bad.
This is taken with this lens:





I agree: it is nothing special, but it isn't to throw it in the wall either...

04-17-2008, 05:29 AM   #20
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If anyone wants to send me their F 35-80mm f4-5.6 to destroy, I would do it with pleasure- this is humanitarian. That lens is absolute CRAP!!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentagor Quote
Is it really so bad? I bought it on e-bay a while ago, because I was missing the 55 - 70 mm range in my bag. I took some pictures with it, and I'm not sure that it is so bad.

I agree: it is nothing special, but it isn't to throw it in the wall either...
At the place I worked a couple of jobs ago, we had that lens to use on a film camera for documenting some work (in addition to a real macro lens; we weren't completely stupid). The amount of barrel distortion at 28mm was so bad as to make it unusable, and it wasn't very sharp at any focal length that I recall. Maybe we had a bad copy, but I'm not going to bother tracking down more of them to do a scientific comparison.
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I have a couple of IX Nikkors that are totally useless for any other camera than a Pronea. I already took a ball peen to the camera......it felt good at the time. I see a potential for some entertaining youtube videos here.
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I have a couple of IX Nikkors that are totally useless for any other camera than a Pronea. I already took a ball peen to the camera......it felt good at the time. I see a potential for some entertaining youtube videos here.
Let me know what you have there reeftool, Theres a small chance that I can get you something for them.
I know of someone whom was planning on modifying those things to fit a Sigma body. It might not work though

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Seems to me that not too long ago, someone on here (think it was Goosen??) took a hammer to a lens. I think he wanted to see what it would take to destroy it.
04-17-2008, 11:03 AM   #26
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So far we have
Zeiss Vario Sonnar 80-200 f4 (frustration)
Pentax DA*16-50 (frustration)
Pentax FA28-80 (crappiness-humanitarian)
Pentax FA35-80 (crappiness-humanitarian)
IX nikkor lenses (potentially useless)
Tamron adaptall SP28-135 (to check built quality)
Cheap mirror 500 f8 (crappiness-humanitarian)
Canon 350D Kit lens. I think that it should be the 18-55 mkI (crappiness-humanitarian)

It seems that there is not consensus yet regarding which lens is more "throwable". Keep them coming
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Pentax FA 28-80 power zoom just do not fell like one of Pentax's better ideas is it me or are most of them you see are missing the little button on the side or it is taprd on lol
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QuoteOriginally posted by nathancombs Quote
Pentax FA 28-80 power zoom just do not fell like one of Pentax's better ideas is it me or are most of them you see are missing the little button on the side or it is taprd on lol

I think that the power zoom button rates high in a top 5 list of crappiest lens parts ever.
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try this combo a Soligor 500 mirror lens W/ a JC Penney 2x converter lol

i did a bit of a comparson with my Vivtar sears 1 100-500 just for fun i know that these lenes are not for this but it is what i had in my frunt yeard. both shot @ 1600 K10D F 11 or so nor an i all that good at shotting small stuff


Soligor 500 mirror lens W/ a JC Penney 2x converter


Vivtar sears 1 100-500


i recntly got a Pentax - F 35-80 it not the best but not bad in my opinion i took this the other day with it




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Love the question and great topic....
For me, I have two lenses that need to meet the wall...
My phoenix 100-400mm lens (I actually do not have it any longer) and my Sigma 28-300 Super Zoom....Both are worthy of the wall....
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