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06-01-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Cheap "normal" lens for Pentax APS

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I was wonderig if there would be interes on such a lens. I like the idea of Nikon to manufacture the new AF-S G lens for DX format, the Nikkor 35mm f:1.8 ( http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3589/3358493087_a55d65c19a.jpg ), a cheap but very good lens for beginners and people with less money to spend, a lens more or less, equivalent to the "normal" lens that once equipped the 35mm camera kits (50mm f:2.0/1.7) and almost in the same price range (and maybe quality) as Canon/Nikon 50mm f:1.8 lenses (130-200 max, USD).

Particularly for me, the "Limited" lenses are too expensive and lately the price of FA 35mm f:2.0 increased and as an irony one of the reasons for which I choosed Pentax two years ago (over Nikon) was cheap system/lenses (Pentax K100D + 18-55 + a second hand 80-320 FA) +a good ration of features/quality vs. prices (in those times 50mm f:1.4 and the already mentionesd 35mm FA were much more cheaper).

I tried using 28mm/35mm manual focusing lenses (I stiil use them on FF film cameras with big and bright viewfinders) but it's not the same because for the kind of photography I do , a lens with AF , small and relatively fast (~2.0) prime would be the "last piece in the puzzle"

06-01-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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A few months ago I would have pointed you to the FA 35/2. It is a great lens both in terms of value and of performance. Now that it is officially out of production, both price and availability are a problem. Beyond that, the choices are pretty lean if you need AF and low price. Good luck.

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Pentax had a 30mm lens on their roadmap last year, I believe before the DA 35mm macro, then it vanished. Making a 30mm lens that competes with the FA31 for quality at any price would be illogical. Knowing that they were going to discontinue the FA35, had already discontinued the FA28, and otherwise had a great lineup of APS-C primes, they should recognize the need for a 30mm f2.0 lens. They might consider f2.4 to hit a size/cost target but anyone can get f2.8 in a zoom. Nikon's lens at least proved that someone thought of the same idea.

Although it makes sense to me, who knows if it's their plan or how long you might wait for such a lens. There are some Sigma options for around $400 or a used Pentax to tide you over.
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i believe that MIA lens was a 30mm DA*, so still not a cheap solution to a normal lens.

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I agree, an APS-C version of the FA 50mm f/1.4 would be great.
Now that Pentax has announced two weather-sealed DA lenses, we may even hope for a DA 35mm f/1.8 WR!
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I'd go with the Sigma 30 f/1.4 if on a budget, or try to score a FA 28, 30 or 35.
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QuoteOriginally posted by eyou Quote
i believe that MIA lens was a 30mm DA*, so still not a cheap solution to a normal lens.
Yes, but it vanished, therefore everything about it is up for change. It now can be any lens we can imagine.

Sigma has a 28mm f1.8 (FF, $380) and a 30mm f1.4 (APS-C, $440). Pentax has the FA31 f1.8 for $900 and used to have the FA35 f2 for $300. Is the Nikon sold out? It used to be $200.

A cheap normal has to be less than $300 or it isn't cheap, 28-35mm or it isn't normal. Weather sealing is a great idea and should not be terribly expensive on a prime lens. I would like to see them use the Pentax-M 50mm f1.7 as a model: not the fastest possible, but reaching maximum sharpness early, say f4.

They wouldn't need a huge maximum aperture if that was possible, but I think it would be hard to sell f2.8. I wouldn't expect an aperture ring, FF capability, more than 6 aperture blades or a metal body. I don't know whether that lens could be built for $250 on introduction, $200 later on, but it sounds great on paper.
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