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07-24-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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Lens advice for compact wide-angle

I'm currently using an ME Super for b/w and a Nikon D200 for color.

One thing I LOVE about the ME Super is how compact it is. I'd like to keep my lenses compact, as well. I'm a wee thing and hate carrying a lot around.

I will probably end up getting a K7 to replace the Nikon, once I have enough replacement lenses.

I just bought an FA Limited 43mm which will replace the 50mm f2.

I shoot urban decay/ghost town type stuff and like the 20mm on my Nikon, as far as composition goes.

What would you guys recommend to "replace" it in my growing Pentax kit?

07-24-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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Depends, if you want the smallest and most compact, the 15mm DA limited is a great choice. However, being a DA lens, it is not a good choice for the ME. On the K7, that's another story. Full frame choices are going to be pricey - FA 20 and 24.
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Tamron Adaptall-2 02B 28/2.5

Tamron Adaptall-2 28mm F/2.5 Model 02B

PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - Adaptall-2 02B 28mm F2.5
Also, Tamron Adaptall-2 01B 24/2.5

Tamron Adaptall-2 24mm F/2.5 Model 01B

PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - Adaptall-2 01B 24mm f/2.5 (picture is of an older Adaptall, not the 01B)
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Thanks, guys.

I should have mentioned it has to be full-frame, so no DA lenses for me.


And, while I won't say money is no object, I do have upwards of 1K to blow.

I was thinking of the FA Limited 31mm but maybe it's not terribly compact? It's so hard to tell sizes, you know?

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Here you go:



Perhaps the FA 20 is a good choice for you:

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QuoteOriginally posted by booklady Quote
Thanks, guys.

I should have mentioned it has to be full-frame, so no DA lenses for me.


And, while I won't say money is no object, I do have upwards of 1K to blow.

I was thinking of the FA Limited 31mm but maybe it's not terribly compact? It's so hard to tell sizes, you know?
Have a read through this thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/34654-vivitar-...placement.html

If you have 1k to blow, you can always get the FA31. But, if you want to spend 1/10th of that - make sure you read the above thread. It convinced me that a MF Vivitar is good 'nuf for my $. At least until I have 1k to blow anyways,
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QuoteOriginally posted by booklady Quote
I'm currently using an ME Super for b/w and a Nikon D200 for color.

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I shoot urban decay/ghost town type stuff and like the 20mm on my Nikon, as far as composition goes.

What would you guys recommend to "replace" it in my growing Pentax kit?
For Digital:

I'm pretty happy with the Pentax DA21 -- but I would have seriously considered the film-compatible Voigtlander SLII 20/3.5 Aspheric Color- Skopar had it been available earlier.

The 20mm Pentax manual focus lenses are not easy to find and usually not cheap.

For Film:
As mentioned above, there are good third-party 28mm lenses that fit your criteria (and some bad ones, so be careful ).
Also consider one of the Pentax 28/3.5 variants if you can find one at a good price.
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PentHassyKon, my head started spinning after a few pages of that thread.


I think I'd prefer something that has AF but I'm not sure.

That FA20 sure looks nice, Erasmo.

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QuoteOriginally posted by booklady Quote
PentHassyKon, my head started spinning after a few pages of that thread.


I think I'd prefer something that has AF but I'm not sure.

That FA20 sure looks nice, Erasmo.
Here's the reader's digest version of that thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/56451-great-vi...-bestiary.html

and thanks to robin who generated this: Photografica

I read it every now and then whenever I lust for the FA31 or the FA35. or any WA
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I've got an M20/4 in the closet somewhere - it's not AF, but I think it's pretty small and will work nicely on your ME Super. You might look for one of those.

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I think you should get two lenses. The DA 21mm f3.2 will be great on the K7, AF, fully compatible, small, everything you need. Then a used manual focus, manual aperture 28mm for the ME, very close to the same field of view, way cheaper, dozens of choices. The requirements rule out so many good options when you try to use just one lens. The ME can't take advantage of any cool features, and the field of view will be different.
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Don't know exactly how wide you want to go, but the Pentax 28mm f:3.5 M lens is made for your camera, very compact , sharp, reasonably priced, pops up often enough, & is a better lens than it's more commonly available stablemate, the f:2.8 version, if you don't mind sacrificing an f stop.
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It's not really that small but have you considered something like the 10-17 fish eye?
That would be an interesting lens for the kind of stuff you do and the fish eye effect isn't that pronounced at the long end.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
It's not really that small but have you considered something like the 10-17 fish eye?
That would be an interesting lens for the kind of stuff you do and the fish eye effect isn't that pronounced at the long end.
It would be great for the K7 (equiv. to a 16-26mm zoom), and we've proven in the past that the DA 10-17 can be (safely) used on a film camera.... with, uh, some crazy vignetting from the built-in hood at 10mm (Gooshin's image):

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small and great wide angles

M20/4 : fantastic lens, and its a pancake! smallest wide angle of them all!

K24/2.8, even better lens, a little bigger..

F28/2.8, (btw: the M28 is not as good)

K28/3.5 rumored to be the sharpest 28 ever made by pentax, a little larger than the other lenses here...

K30/2.8 (difficult to find, among the most renowned Pentax lenses..)

K35/3.5, (Easy to find, among the most renowned Pentax lenses..)

FA35/2 still available new
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