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04-08-2017, 02:11 PM   #16
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Have you used a DA 15 on the camera via one of the crop modes? Seems like a honey in 1:1 crop mode. If a K-1 fell into my lap tomorrow I would be eyeing that solution pretty hard. I love the DA 15 SMC on crop and wouldn't want to give it up.

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24mm FF lenses are sizable if good.

I have the Sigma 24mm f1.8 and it's AF but similar to the Samyang in dimensions.

I've also got he Voigtlander 20mm, which is reminiscent of the DA15 but like it is a modern MF pancake but can't be expected to match others for corner to corner sharpness.

If you're reconsidering 28mm, the K28 f3.5 is very good.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
Have you used a DA 15 on the camera via one of the crop modes? Seems like a honey in 1:1 crop mode. If a K-1 fell into my lap tomorrow I would be eyeing that solution pretty hard. I love the DA 15 SMC on crop and wouldn't want to give it up.
This lens is why I sought a 24mm to use on film. Very similar FOV between them on the appropriate format.
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This lens is why I sought a 24mm to use on film. Very similar FOV between them on the appropriate format.
Yeah, the field of view is great, and quite useful (although sometimes I wish it was a 14mm...), but I really love the lack of flair. Shoot straight into the sun, or offset a bit but well into the frame, and it doesn't flair. The starbursts are awesome. The hood setup is very nice.

It's an awesome package.

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Another vote for the k24 3.5. Hard to beat for sharpness and character at an affordable price.
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I have been using FA 20mm for couple of months, and very pleased with its performance. It is a gem of lens. Can only found in used market, but if you can get a good copy , it works great on the K1. Here are some photos from a Lego exhibition scaled down less than 25%.[IMG][IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
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QuoteOriginally posted by BarryE Quote
Pentax 24mm FF recommendations
Strangely enough I find that my “Friendly Lady” (Pentax-A 24mm F2.8) is one of my least used focal lengths for my type of applications. Again... it of course depends on what your doing with your photography.

As use 28mm for street work and when I need to go wide, I tend to go 20mm or even 15mm. This may well be due to film days upbringing, where all the lenses mentioned were used in preset focus and F8.0, so for me AF is not a requirement.

Guess I'm that old now.
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I have a Pentax-m 20mm F4 which is a nice little walk around on aps-c It is not too expensive. You have to focus it using the distance and DOF markings (undoable through the VF unless you are doing a close up). On full frame it has a moustache distortion, making it less than ideal for architecture but there are lightroom profiles for that. SMC Pentax-M 20mm F4 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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28mm is the only focal length I've never held onto for long lengths of time for some reason, though I use constantly on a few point-&-shoots (Ricoh GR, GR1s and others). For one reason or another I prefer 35mm on both my film bodies and APSC bodies, particularly the former. When I go wider it's always with the K24/2.8 (which I adore, honestly) or the M20/4.0. The latter of those is tiny... I mean freakishly tiny and it is a stellar little thing. I quite literally cannot find it some times because it disappears in a bag or a drawer.

At any rate, the difference between 24 and 20 is actually significant and between those two and 31-->35-->43-->50 and up... everything has been covered. I've actually stopped looking at lenses for 135 (fullframe) format for the first in, well.... forever. Though recently I've been wanting an ultra-wide or fisheye but haven't really followed through much since I'd use it so rarely. They're fun and I love seeing others' work using them, but not my cuppa for the most part.

edit - and for what it's worth - the K28/2.8 is the size/weight of most M lenses. I thought for sure it was an M variety at first - only the filter thread is larger. It's quite compact.

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The K24/2.8 is actually quite good.

There is a large sized sample on my Flickr

The K28/3.5 on the other hand, is excellent.

Full sized one on my Flickr as well.
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The RMC Tokina 24mm F2.8 has some nice lens flare:
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I have the FA*24/2.0 and the two DFA f/2.8 zooms which cover 24mm. All three are excellent copies as far as I can discern.
At 24mm, the DFA15-30 has the least distortion, and the DFA24-70 has the most. The FA*24 is in between.
Both DFA zooms resolve more detail than the old prime, but not in a game-changing way.
The FA*24 takes 67mm filters, the 24-70 takes 82mm, while the 15-30 needs a special arrangement.
All three focus quickly and well, but the FA*24 is screw drive.

A month of images with the FA*24 can be seen HERE
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I have the FA*24/2.0 and the two DFA f/2.8 zooms which cover 24mm. All three are excellent copies as far as I can discern.
At 24mm, the DFA15-30 has the least distortion, and the DFA24-70 has the most. The FA*24 is in between.
Both DFA zooms resolve more detail than the old prime, but not in a game-changing way.
The FA*24 takes 67mm filters, the 24-70 takes 82mm, while the 15-30 needs a special arrangement.
All three focus quickly and well, but the FA*24 is screw drive.

A month of images with the FA*24 can be seen HERE
Thanks Sandy, that's useful, especially the comparison shots. The FA* version is looking like the strongest 24mm (not surprisingly, I suppose) - heavier too. I'll look out for one, I think ...
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