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05-06-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Post your Pentax-F 28mm f2.8 lens pictures.

I am just curious to see what this lens can do.

Thank you.

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The F is clearly superior over the FA.
At f2.8 the FA suffers from low contrast.
Resolution is about the same.

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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
The F is clearly superior over the FA.
At f2.8 the FA suffers from low contrast.
Resolution is about the same.
Sorry, no pictures, yet. But is there a difference (i.e., in coating) between SMC-A 28 f/2.8 (which I own) and F 28 f/2.8, other than AF? The optical formula is the same for both.
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Yes, the A28 is comparable to the F28.
If you don't need or want AF, the A28 is a good choice.
Or, if you are able to find one, the A28/2.0.

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Thank you for those test shots....
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Wish I had better examples saved - from what I remember, a very fast-focusing lens with rich color.








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I wish I could post any examples, but the seller who was holding a copy for me, sold it day before I managed to get to the shop
oh well, I got FA31 instead
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Thank you for the samples...I've heard of the fast focusing, which would be fantastic for indoor portraits . I know you said the samples aren't the best, but it still look ok. It diesn't seem to have the sharpness or micro contrast of the limiteds and some samples of the F 135/2.8. But,it could be a good filler for my gap in between 21 and 43.

Axl...Can 't beat the FA31....

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Thanks to a very nice forum member who alerted me to a good ebay buy, I have one coming my way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
Thanks to a very nice forum member who alerted me to a good ebay buy, I have one coming my way.
How much did you pay for it?
that's if I may ask...
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I paid $129 for this lens along with an older SLR and a couple of other cheap lenses as a package. I am taking a risk however, as there was no mention of working condition, but The picture of the lens looked fine. So, hopefully it is a good copy...if it is in good working order then this would be a steal...I'll have to wait and see.....
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thnaks, keep us posted...
I know I have 31ltd but...
used to have MF Tokina 28/2.8 and I loved the FOV
If I would stumble across nice copy of F28 it would be hard to resist it, but then I think my "normal" section would be kind of overcrowded with 24, 28, 31, 40
well, we'll see

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
thnaks, keep us posted...
I know I have 31ltd but...
used to have MF Tokina 28/2.8 and I loved the FOV
If I would stumble across nice copy of F28 it would be hard to resist it, but then I think my "normal" section would be kind of overcrowded with 24, 28, 31, 40
well, we'll see

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BR, do you have a 24?, I know you are looking for the FA24/2.

IMO 24,28,31,40 would indeed be crowded. I had the 21, 42, 77 and decided on the 28 over the 24 for FOV and price reasons. I want this focal length for indoor casual portraits, and I usually prefer f2.8, so the f28/2.8 was the clear choice. The DA21 can be a bit too wide at times, and the 43 too long...so this could be a good choice. But, I really like using the 21 and 43 as a pair...they don't take much space and so easy to switch. so, at the end I guess I got the F28 because of LBA.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
BR, do you have a 24?, I know you are looking for the FA24/2.

IMO 24,28,31,40 would indeed be crowded. I had the 21, 42, 77 and decided on the 28 over the 24 for FOV and price reasons. I want this focal length for indoor casual portraits, and I usually prefer f2.8, so the f28/2.8 was the clear choice. The DA21 can be a bit too wide at times, and the 43 too long...so this could be a good choice. But, I really like using the 21 and 43 as a pair...they don't take much space and so easy to switch. so, at the end I guess I got the F28 because of LBA.
BR = Best Regards
but don't worry, I've been using it for a while and many people assume it's my initials...

I do have 24 but sadly not FA*, not even Pentax. I got good deal on Sigma 24/2.8 AF super wide (the older version from early 90s). I've only had it for a day, but I seem to like it.
Originaly I was thinking the same way as you (having Sigma 10-20 and DA40). One 28 would solve my problems. I got "gap stop measure" Tokina RMC 28/2.8. I loved the FOV, and it was decently sharp but the coatings left a lot to be desired. So it went.
Then in one shop they told me they have new old stock of F28. It was in the warehouse so they said they'll get it to the the shop and keep one for me (they had 2). I only managed to get there a week later and both were gone
3 weeks later I got great deal (345, brand new 1yr warranty from renowned high street retailer) on FA31 but I still felt there is a gap!
I'd love to have FA*24 but those still command around 350-400 maybe more that's if you can find one in London. So when I saw Sigma 24/2.8 for 69 I didn't hesitate....
Now I have 2 kits:
light weight = 24, 40
heavy = 10-20, 31, 50

Heavy git will by most probably my streeting kit and my main trawelling kit. The light one will go with me for parties, specific places, flahs allowed places and together with 400/5.6 as wildlife/landscape kit.
Now that I'm done in 10-50 section I'm looking forward to fill the voids behind 50

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I've probably taken more photos with the M series 28mm 2.8 than any other single lens other than the 50mm 1.4. Sadly, I have not gotten around to digitizing thousands of slides. This was/is a terrific lens, small, tack sharp--one of the best, ever.

I would love to find an A series that worked conveniently on the digital bodies. My "m" lense have been relegated to special duty, since the newer bodies require a metering procedure on these lenses I haven't used regularly in more than 30 years, and don't enjoy using now.
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