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07-20-2008, 05:59 AM   #1
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Good standard zoom for an AF film body?

I recently acquired a secondhand *ist film body. Up to now, I only had manual focus film bodies, and my lenses covered them adequately. In the digital realm, I use the DA 16-45mm as my standard zoom on the K10D, but that's not adequate on a film body, and a FA 50/1.4 and F 28/2.8.

So here is my question: I'm looking for a standard autofocus zoom with good or better image quality for when I don't want to use my autofocus primes. Anything like an 28-70, 28-80 to 28-105 (or maybe something starting at 24mm?), Pentax or other, to be bought second hand at a reasonable price (as it is not to be my main lens).

What are your suggestions?

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07-20-2008, 06:39 AM   #2
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why not look at some of the 28-80 or 28-105 pentax FA power zooms.

Although you can't use the power zoom function these lenses are good optically.
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The 28-105 lived on my Pz-1. Its very good.

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I used the FA 28-105 f3.2-4.5 on my MZ-S, it was an excellent lens and also worked exceptionally well on my istD. I found that the K10D began to show up it's shortcomings as the IQ didn't improve greatly from the istD whereas the DA 16-45 improved considerably.

Another fine standard zoom to consider would be the Tamron 28-75 f2.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
Another fine standard zoom to consider would be the Tamron 28-75 f2.8
I've found that a Tamron 28-75/2.8 + a compact telephoto prime (e.g. M135/3.5) + a film body makes an excellent travel kit.

It might be hard to find a used 28-75 at a good price; however the street price of a new lens is quite reasonable for the image quality and versatility.
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I recently bought a Pentax SMC-FA 28-70 with a constant aperture of F4 for 65€. Good lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
I used the FA 28-105 f3.2-4.5 on my MZ-S, it was an excellent lens and also worked exceptionally well on my istD. I found that the K10D began to show up it's shortcomings as the IQ didn't improve greatly from the istD whereas the DA 16-45 improved considerably.

Another fine standard zoom to consider would be the Tamron 28-75 f2.8
I had some focus issues with my istD at the 28 and 105 end, but yes agree the IQ suffers a bit on the K10D.

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How about the F35~70/3.5~4.5 and the F70~210/4~5.6 as a pair. Great IQ / price ratio, both rated in the 8's here and the 70~210 has a bit of a cult following. I let the 70~210 go last week since I bought the DA 55~300, but I kept the 35~70.
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QuoteOriginally posted by earlofmar11 Quote
I recently acquired a secondhand *ist film body. Up to now, I only had manual focus film bodies, and my lenses covered them adequately. In the digital realm, I use the DA 16-45mm as my standard zoom on the K10D, but that's not adequate on a film body, and a FA 50/1.4 and F 28/2.8.

So here is my question: I'm looking for a standard autofocus zoom with good or better image quality for when I don't want to use my autofocus primes. Anything like an 28-70, 28-80 to 28-105 (or maybe something starting at 24mm?), Pentax or other, to be bought second hand at a reasonable price (as it is not to be my main lens).

What are your suggestions?

Marc.
I suggest the FA 24-90. The wide end is the equivalent to 16mm on your dSLR, the long end stretches to just make the portrait focal length. This was my walkaround lens with the MZ-S, and it is still on it now that my wife is using that camera.
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A bit late to report back... I ended up getting a silver finish FA 28-105mm f/3.2-4.5 from eBay. It looks great on my equally silver *ist camera. Nice lens.

By the way, this is the original film version, NOT the *istD as some people seem to have misread. Maybe understandable, as it seems this camera is not so commonly known, having been launched together with the original Pentax *istD DSLR...

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QuoteOriginally posted by earlofmar11 Quote
By the way, this is the original film version, NOT the *istD as some people seem to have misread. Maybe understandable, as it seems this camera is not so commonly known, having been launched together with the original Pentax *istD DSLR...
That's a great little camera. Perfectly paired with a DA 40mm, for an insanely small kit.
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I actually have been using this combo (*ist + DA 40mm) and quite like it. Very compact and great results. And even though the DA lenses are advertised as APS-C only, at least the 40mm covers the 24x36 frame without any problems.
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maybe I missed something in my origonal response.

why not look for an FA-J 18-35 F4-5.6?

this is the origonal kit lens from the *istD and 18mm is really good and wide on a film body

in fact, when I got my *istD, I still used my PZ-1 with the 18-35 just so I could cover wide angle properly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
maybe I missed something in my origonal response.

why not look for an FA-J 18-35 F4-5.6?

this is the origonal kit lens from the *istD and 18mm is really good and wide on a film body

in fact, when I got my *istD, I still used my PZ-1 with the 18-35 just so I could cover wide angle properly.
I think he is looking at a *ist film camera, which would have come with an FA-J 28-80. It's not a lens I would recommend, very prone to vignetting and flare.
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