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02-28-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax FA 28-80mm AF lens

Hello people,

I just bought a used SMC Pentax FA 28-80mm AF lens off eBay for cheap (at least i thought it was reasonably cheap - $30).

Do any of you personally own this lens? How do you like it?

02-28-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
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There are three different versions of this lens, one with a maximum aperture of f4.7 (black), one at f5.6 (silver or black), and another at f5.6 and with aspherical elements (silver with large black zoom ring). I had the middle version in silver and used it for some eBay photos. It turned out that there was no advantage over the DA18-55. I could zoom to 80mm but the minimum focus distance was greater so the object was about the same size. The photos seemed to be a bit softer but that's an impression, not formally tested. I liked the focus ring. I sold it to a guy in England who really wanted it to replace an identical lens. I think I read something about one version being much better than the other two, probably the version with an aspherical element, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 AL.
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thanks for the reply just1moredave.

mine is a 1:3.5-5.6 AF ... i'll probably snap some photos this weekend and test it out.
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it could be the 3.5-5.6 AL ... here's the pic:
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it does have an aperture ring so it can't be an FA J

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QuoteOriginally posted by timberspine Quote
Hello people,

I just bought a used SMC Pentax FA 28-80mm AF lens off eBay for cheap (at least i thought it was reasonably cheap - $30).

Do any of you personally own this lens? How do you like it?

You may want to check out this forum's lens review page:

Pentax Lens Review Database - FA Series Zooms
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ole Quote
You may want to check out this forum's lens review page:

Pentax Lens Review Database - FA Series Zooms
thanks ole! that helps!!
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