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11-23-2016, 01:46 PM   #16
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This has gotten a little ridiculous. If you've never owned/used the FA* 28-70, keep your opinions to yourself, as you really have no idea how it handles.

As for the OP's original inquiry, it's a fantastic lens! FA* series lenses are amazing. I was lucky enough to score the 28-70 f/2.8 locally. I use it A LOT to shoot concerts, wide open, it's sharp as sh*t. I actually sold my FA 31 after using this one for a few months.





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I based my opinion on two older Pentax zooms - 70-210 f/4 and 80-200 f/2.8. I had them but sold them. Now I have Pentax 50-135 and Sigma 70-200. These contemporary lenses are better than the old ones. My opinion is not completely baseless as some suggested.

Kameko, your pictures are nice but not "out of this world", which was what I used as my criterion in my first post. My comment was for the OP - do not look for pixie dust as there are none. It is the skills in a photographer that make magic. Lenses and cameras are equipment. Kameko, I am sure you can take nice pictures with a variety of lenses, not just the 28-70.

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11-24-2016, 08:17 AM   #18
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No mater how many lenses you own, there are folks on the forum who own more. Just saying, it's a stupid argument. And no matter how many lenses you own, you don't own the lens under discussion. Any fool can come into a thread about older glass, and say 'Just buy the newest most expensive." That takes no knowledge at all.

Personally I'm quite happy with what i learned about this lens in this discussion.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kameko Quote
I actually sold my FA 31 after using this one for a few months
HERESY! Hmmmm...I may need to check this lens out. I've got an FA 31 too. I've been looking for a nice zoom but am not ready to spend over $1,000 on the new D FA model. Your pictures have convinced me

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Newbies need to understand, no matter what you think you know, there's folks who know more than you do on any given topic. You compose your posts fishing for information, not proclaiming how it is for all the great unwashed.

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The seller either retracted the lens, or another Pentaxian came to his/her senses more quickly than I did.
When you see a good lens at a price lower than the market, buy it, and if you don't like it, resell it later
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Please keep this thread on topic, or I'll have to close it.
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I WAS interested in reading about the FA*28~70.


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I WAS interested in reading about the FA*28~70.
So was I!
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The 28-70 2.8 works beautifully on the K-1 at full frame. Contrast is very good throughout the zoom range. Sharpness is excellent on the wide end and very good at 70. It is only at the 70 focal length where it falls short of the new 24-70 in sharpness. The weight of the lens is a factor but the power zoom is actually very useful in the field when being handheld. Be aware that autozoom also triggers autofocus so that overall speed of acquisition is enhanced. I opted to buy only the 15-30 DFA 2.8 as part of my "trinity" with the 28-70 FA*, and 80-200 FA*. As others have stated, it is likely that the 70-200 DFA 2.8 exceeds the 80-200 in terms of sharpness. I still like the FA* series for microcontrast and bokeh. Note that they also produce a slightly warmer rendering than the newer alternatives. If you use post-processing extensively, this will not be an issue.
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I'm wondering about this lens, too. While the 24-70 is tempting, I'd much rather spend the $450 for the 28-70 if the lenses are relatively close in terms of quality. I'm sort of entertaining the idea of one of these lenses, but I hesitate at the moment. Maybe if I get a K-1, I'll entertain one of these two, but until then I'll just see what others think. I'm not desparate as I do have a Tamron 17-50, which I'd also wonder how it might compare. I'd essentially trade it if the 24-70 or 28-70 are an upgrade.
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