Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-22-2019, 06:15 PM   #31
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 182
I really love the DA 35 LTD, but the DA 70 LTD consistently produces my favorite shots. The pictures have a depth and dimensionality that is hard to quantify.

10-22-2019, 08:35 PM - 1 Like   #32
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
clackers's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 14,372
The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 never seems to get much attention, but it's full frame and here it is on the K-1:



The DA*55 didn't get much love until a few owners here on the forum showed the great stuff it can do. Designed as kind of the ultimate Pentax APS-C portrait lens, it's very good as an all-purpose WR fast fifty on the K-1 too:



The DA12-24 is almost forgotten, but is good even in the longer lengths on the K-1:


Last edited by clackers; 10-22-2019 at 10:11 PM.
10-22-2019, 09:29 PM   #33
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
luftfluss's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,680
QuoteOriginally posted by tlfaust Quote
I really love the DA 35 LTD, but the DA 70 LTD consistently produces my favorite shots. The pictures have a depth and dimensionality that is hard to quantify.
Yes, but those lenses are highly regarded. This thread is about lenses that do not have good reputations but you love them anyway.
10-23-2019, 02:16 AM - 4 Likes   #34
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 758
For me it is the "soft" lenses, both the 85 2.2 and the FA 85 2.8, it was a phase back in the day that I still love........



10-23-2019, 02:47 AM   #35
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Floreat
Posts: 354
The DAL 50-200mm.

Taken today on Pentax K-m using Landscape = Custom image but with sharpness dialed up high. This is an out-of-camera jpeg.

The 10MP CCD sensor is said to be best in bright daylight, which means I can shoot at around f11.
Attached Images
View Picture EXIF
PENTAX K-m  Photo 
10-23-2019, 03:54 AM   #36
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Digitalis's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Adelaide.
Posts: 10,144
QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
I should have also mentioned the Sigma 30 1.4 Art.
I think the presumptive indifference comes from the days of the original Sigma 30mm f/1.4 [pre art] lens, which had such abysmal corner sharpness...let me put it this way, on APS-C the pentax FA31 @ f/2.8 is sharper in the corners than the sigma 30mm [pre art] lens is @ f/16.
10-23-2019, 11:43 AM   #37
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 7,660
QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
People saying they like the FA 31 and FA 77 and saying few others do????????? I don't know a single person that doesn't appreciate those lenses
I'd have to say that in "the other thread" I named the 31 as the lens that everyone loves except me. I appreciate its numerous qualities, but never warmed up to it.
10-23-2019, 11:54 AM   #38
Veteran Member
IgorZ's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 1,720
QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
For me it is the "soft" lenses, both the 85 2.2 and the FA 85 2.8, it was a phase back in the day that I still love........

Interesting... I have a soft lens for my Rb67 and I find it hard to use. In fact, I don't think I nailed focus once since the original 3 test shots...

10-23-2019, 05:51 PM - 1 Like   #39
Pentaxian




Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Eureka, CA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,364
QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
For me it is the "soft" lenses, both the 85 2.2 and the FA 85 2.8, it was a phase back in the day that I still love......
For me it's the "soft" lenses as well, in my case, the F 85 f2.8:



One lens that is largely despised but which I find pretty decent for my uses is the FA-J 75-300. In terms of the older film era consumer-grade telephoto zooms, the FA 100-300 f4.7-5.8 and the FA 80-320 get the most respect, but I find the former over-rated and the latter too heavy:

10-23-2019, 05:59 PM - 1 Like   #40
Moderator
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,028
QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
For me it is the "soft" lenses, both the 85 2.2 and the FA 85 2.8, it was a phase back in the day that I still love........

Wonderfully soft image...
10-23-2019, 07:41 PM - 2 Likes   #41
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
luftfluss's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,680
Tangentially related to the thread topic, I've learned through experience that if there is a lens - particularly an older lens - I'm interested in, the best thing for me to do is to acquire it, and then learn it. Too many opinions are formed from hastiness, skewed preconceptions, or simply the vagaries of sample variation.
10-23-2019, 09:58 PM   #42
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 758
QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Tangentially related to the thread topic, I've learned through experience that if there is a lens - particularly an older lens - I'm interested in, the best thing for me to do is to acquire it, and then learn it. Too many opinions are formed from hastiness, skewed preconceptions, or simply the vagaries of sample variation.
Wise words indeed, very easy to absorb other peoples biases

---------- Post added 10-24-19 at 04:00 PM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
For me it's the "soft" lenses as well, in my case, the F 85 f2.8:



One lens that is largely despised but which I find pretty decent for my uses is the FA-J 75-300. In terms of the older film era consumer-grade telephoto zooms, the FA 100-300 f4.7-5.8 and the FA 80-320 get the most respect, but I find the former over-rated and the latter too heavy:
I think we can bring back the soft..... Nice to see some love for the FA-J lens, I have the FA-J 18-35 than came with my *ist-D, full frame compatible and I still like the quality, it just doesn't get the love in reviews.
10-23-2019, 10:10 PM   #43
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
luftfluss's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,680
QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
Wise words indeed, very easy to absorb other peoples biases.
Thanks. I should have added: And if I don't like the lens, simply re-sell it. Even if I take a loss on the transaction, I've (hopefully) learned something.
10-24-2019, 08:12 AM   #44
Pentaxian
Thagomizer's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: London Ontario
Posts: 1,706
QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
For me it's the "soft" lenses as well, in my case, the F 85 f2.8:

Nice use of the soft lens. Nice glow that works well with the form and colours of the bloom.

One lens that is largely despised but which I find pretty decent for my uses is the FA-J 75-300. In terms of the older film era consumer-grade telephoto zooms, the FA 100-300 f4.7-5.8 and the FA 80-320 get the most respect, but I find the former over-rated and the latter too heavy:


I had an FA 100-300 that I disposed of pretty qickly. Not impressed. Didn't help that it was ugly...
10-24-2019, 10:24 AM   #45
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
luftfluss's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,680
A lens I like a bunch but has a (deservedly) less-than-stellar reputation is the DA 17-70/4. Obviously it has a sordid history and even good copies have flaws, but if you are fortunate enough to get a good one it is a fine lens and surprisingly - I'm usually a primes shooter - enjoyable to use.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
copy, fa, fa-j, k-mount, lens, lenses, love, pentax, pentax lens, review, reviewers, situation, slr lens, tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like? Auzzie-Phoenix General Talk 2196 11-26-2020 04:37 PM
What are your most used lens and what do you use them for? What lens do you have that pearsaab Pentax K-5 47 11-13-2020 02:22 AM
Your motorcycle - flog it please, say why you love it and do you use it to shoot? Wolfie665 General Talk 27 05-07-2019 07:02 PM
Camera collection-what do you have + how do you show it? lesmore49 Photographic Technique 23 05-26-2009 10:43 PM
Love my new FA35! What do others think of this lens? Vertex Ninja Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 26 12-22-2007 01:36 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:56 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top