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03-29-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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24mm on film if I already have a 28?

I have the K28/3.5 and really like it, but since picking up the DA15, I'm curious if a 24 will be close enough on film to give me similar results. I'm seeing varying opinions about going wider than 24 if one already has a 28, but I'm not sure I want to go as far as a 20mm and everything wider than 24 that isn't fisheye starts to get stupid expensive. I like the sub-$150 manual lenses, less so the $600+ options. Anyone have both and lean one way or the other? The 24 I'm looking at is a K24/3.5.

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24 is considerably wider. Back in my film days I had a 24 (Sigma Ultra-Wide f/2.8) and 28 (Kiron f/2.0). Although the 28 was a better lens I preferred the angle of view of the 24.
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4mm on the wide end is a lot. Significantly wider
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Absolutely - a 24 is worthwhile. I had a 28-55 and a 17mm. I got the 24/2.8 because it was much cheaper and smaller than the 20mm, if I recall. Oddly, I never really missed having a 20mm, but definitely missed having something between 28 and 17 before I got the 24.

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Hi, jt, Sandy, fgaudet and tibbitts nailed it, I've had the same experience, both with film and digital. My 24mm is a standby, less so the 28mm, especially if I'm also bringing a 35mm.
Those four mm's seem like as much, if not more, than the 7mm difference between 28-35, if that makes any sense.
So, if you can find a good (or, great!) 24mm for under $200, grab it! You won't look back, film or digital.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jtkratzer Quote
24mm on film if I already have a 28?
Of course it's worth it and if they did a 26 mm that would be worth getting too, LBA Rules.
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As others have said, 24mm on film is quite different to 28mm, it depends on how you want to work. Having several 28mm lenses myself (long story), and not wanting to spend a fortune on a 20mm 'for film' lens, I opted for an FA20-35/4 zoom - based on the idea it was also usable on digital and my AF film bodies.
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Thanks for the insight. I love the 15 and the K24 or 24 in general is the closest FOV I can get on film that isn't an exotic and expensive lens. At some point, I'll have to get the tripod out and compare a film 24mm and digital DA15 shot comparison.

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A24/2.8 and FA20-35/4 are both good. Never tried the K24.
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I can still recall the experience the first time I used a 24mm lens and marveled at how wide the view was compared to 28mm. That was about 30 years ago, so the fact that it still hits me shows what a difference I felt it was!
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Absolutely. I have the A24 2.8 and the K28/3.5 both, and it is definitely worth it.
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My 24mm lenses remains unused as I don't feel like carrying extra lens just for a bit of wideness. I somehow find 28/2 more versatile both for landscape & the street shots instead of carrying two lenses.
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I use 24mm less because my 24mm (Sigma AF version) is not all-manual, so I don't get the full manual-gear experience from it, and 28mm is wide enough for almost everything I want. Having said that, it's useful to have and I use wide-angle lenses more than I used to and I really need to get out a learn how to get the best from the Sigma.
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I have the M20mm and the M28mm and the M35mm....I haven't used the 28 for a couple of years. The 20 is in use as is the 35. I've just bought and am waiting for it to arrive, a Sigma 24AF. I think it will work a little better than the 28....on the K5. At least I hope so.
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I use the 31 and 77 on manual film bodies, but their focus throw is pretty decent for AF lenses. I bought a K24/3.5. We'll see how it goes on my recently CLAed bodies if the post office figures out the difference between their assess and elbows. Priority mail package on its 10th day in transit going from TN to VA. I didn't realize they reverted to the Pony Express.

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