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07-16-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Any Love for this crappy little zoom?

I refer to the FA 28-90mm f/3.5-5.6. Plastic body, plastic mount...but light as a feather and a handy range for walk-about shooting. I got mine for about $20 US.

I should hate this junky little lens, but it is capturing my affection as I use it. On my K-7 it feels very strange--the apex of Pentax craft united to one of the flimsiest lenses they ever made, but somehow it works and the images are much better than I'd have predicted.

Anyone else use this lens?

Or do you have a "FA Plastic Ugly" that you find you like for no good reason?

07-16-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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I bought one in a late night eBay frenzy, mistakenly believing I had pounced on a cheap24-90. It was instead an expensive 28-90. It probably raised my opinion of the FA 28-80 f3.5-5.6, which was also light but not all-out cheap. I tried to use it for some eBay photos and it didn't seem as sharp as the kit lens, so I gave up and sold it.
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I have one of the infamous F 35-80 zooms. I almost didn't buy it, even for $6.50 in my hand, because of its terrible rep. Surprise! I've made some nice pictures with it. It isn't quite as nice as the F35-70 (yes I have that too), so I've thought about selling it, but for the price I might be able to get (about $6.50!) it has never seemed worth it.

The older F 35-70 is a great lens for outdoor walking around, chasing kids, and is very small and light. I am amazed you can pick one up usually for under $50. I just found a cheap FA 28-80 that needs a little TLC, and I am interested to see how that stacks up.

I should add that the FA 20-35 is one of the best 2-3 lenses I own, and easily the best zoom, despite it's plastic build. Light, reasonably sized, very portable --> no more DA 18-55 for me.

With the F 35-80:
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
I have one of the infamous F 35-80 zooms. I almost didn't buy it, even for $6.50 in my hand, because of its terrible rep. Surprise! I've made some nice pictures with it. It isn't quite as nice as the F35-70 (yes I have that too), so I've thought about selling it, but for the price I might be able to get (about $6.50!) it has never seemed worth it.

The older F 35-70 is a great lens for outdoor walking around, chasing kids, and is very small and light. I am amazed you can pick one up usually for under $50. I just found a cheap FA 28-80 that needs a little TLC, and I am interested to see how that stacks up.
I had the F 35 - 80 with my MZ-50 when I got it long ago in 1999. It was the only lens I used for the first 7 years I had an SLR, since I was just starting off, and it gave me some of my best shots. It won't win awards for its sharpness, but its a very useable lens, nonetheless.




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I have a Takumar F 28-80 that is not bad at all. I have gotten some decent shots with it...






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07-17-2009, 07:23 PM   #6
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My son loves it but he uses it to burn ants and start fires in the back yard.
But seriously I have an F 35-80 .The images are far better than I expected after reading the reveiws here and I actually have a print in a gallery taken with this lens.
I let my wife use my F35-70 which I really kinda liked but she likes it so much that it has become her "it's on my camera " lens.
In closing I'm not familliar with your 28-90 but I think the 35-80 is OK for an ultra cheap knock around zoom and the 35-70 is really a very nice little lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lawsonstone Quote
I refer to the FA 28-90mm f/3.5-5.6. Plastic body, plastic mount...but light as a feather...

Anyone else use this lens?
I just picked one up, in silver, locally over the weekend in a packaged deal. Haven't taken it out yet but ran a quick head-to-head with FA 28-70mm f4 at 28mm, 35mm (or was it 50mm) and 70mm on K20D, indoors and w/flash. Same apertures and settings.

A quick look told me the plastic held its own against the 28-70mm f4, which looks like crap but is quite sharp.
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