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05-18-2018, 04:40 AM   #1
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Best "cheap" lens.

Maybe I should say "inexpensive" rather than cheap. Cheap kinda' hints at shoddy, or poorly built. What I mean is.... what's your best "inexpensive" lens?


Mine would probably be my Sigma 28-80mm f:3.5 - 5.6 Macro lens. I'm surprised that the low scores in the review. Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 Macro Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database


Maybe I just lucked out and got a "special" copy, but mine has always performed quite well. It's produced some amazingly sharp 1:2 macro images in the past. For $30.00, I'm not sure there's a better lens on the market for that price. It's proven to be a great landscape lens, also.

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M135/3.5.

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Edit: Actually any M-series (prime or zoom) would qualify that you get well below 50 $, £ or €...

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No brainer! The 50mm f1.7's are basically the best price/IQ going. Knocks the socks off the kit lens 50mm vs 50mm - and more than 3 (three!) stops faster.

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I'd probably have to agree with Marcus on the 50/1.7 lenses being a bargain..

my own personal winner is my SMC A 200mm f4 - she's mint and cost me $27...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
Maybe I just lucked out and got a "special" copy, but mine has always performed quite well.
Often luck is involved in either getting that "special" copy or a gifted ʻhand-me-downʻ or donated lens from some kind soul or friend that is less interested in money and more into "paying it forward."

Of lenses that Iʻve purchased, both the Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR kit zoom and the Pentax 35mm DA f/2.4 AL plastic prime both outperform their price categories.
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QuoteOriginally posted by marcusBMG Quote
No brainer! The 50mm f1.7's are basically the best price/IQ going.

One shouldn't even have to spell it out...
I'd say that any 28/3.5 or thereabouts can be a close second... my M has very nice resolving power, is quite ok even wide open, is very compact and cheap and the FoV is just about normal on APS-C.
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Zeiss Biotar 25mm f2 in absolutely pristine condition which I got on Ebay for less than $20 AUD (about $15 USD) including postage. On the downside, it is Pentaka 8 bayonet mount (which I knew when I bid on it). I have done a rough test and the optics look pretty good. I am now putting together a bespoke mount to use it on the Q. (That exercise is not as expensive as it sounds.)
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As Alex645 hints at, the DA35 and DA50 plastic fantastics are superb value old or new. Fifties in general from any brand are kind of in the sweet spot of price vs performance, especially on full frame. The FA28 has its fans. I have a pretty fragile looking 'Quantaray' 28-90mm that's really a Sigma and is quite a good lens.

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I purchased a Sigma mini wide once and the seller asked if I wanted an old beat up 55mm for the added cost of shipping. That’s a no brainer. When I got the package, it was a K 55 1.8 which was beat up and had dented threads on the front, but the optics were pristine.

I sold the mini wide, but still use my “free” 55 regularly.
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I purchased a Sigma mini wide once and the seller asked if I wanted an old beat up 55mm for the added cost of shipping. That’s a no brainer. When I got the package, it was a K 55 1.8 which was beat up and had dented threads on the front, but the optics were pristine.

I sold the mini wide, but still use my “free” 55 regularly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by marcusBMG Quote
No brainer! The 50mm f1.7's are basically the best price/IQ going.
One more vote for this.
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The F50 f1.7 is by far my best inexpensive lens. But the DA35 f2.4 and DA50 f1.8 would by my picks for lenses still available as new on the market.
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QuoteOriginally posted by marcusBMG Quote
No brainer! The 50mm f1.7's are basically the best price/IQ going.

BINGO, Marcus! Totally spot on! A magnificent lens for mere peanuts!
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Ditto for the M50/1.7.

There are lots of good bargains out there, especially among nifty fifties, but I can't think of any other
lens that delivers so much for such a cheap price.
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While a proud user of a few 50/1.7's (M-A-F), and I concur with most, I have to give the nod to my M 28/2.8 (as it has been the one I've paid the less for)...
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