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10-05-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Super Takumar 28mm f3.5 vs Pentax-F 28mm f2.8?

I've read the reviews in the lens database, but I'm wondering if anyone has firsthand experience with both lenses. I'd be using it on my K200D.

I have a genuine Pentax M42 to K-mount adapter so can use either. Obviously the F has autofocus and a bit faster design going for it.

Just wondering which you prefer optically or otherwise. Thanks for any feedback!

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When looking for a 28mm for myself, I found that a lot of reviews and opinions pointed me to the M 28 f3.5. I got my own off the forum for about $80 in outstanding shape and I must admit that I love it. Easily my favorite prime, with the DA70 in 'second'. I wouldn't look past it.
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I have both an F 28/2.8 and an SMCT 28/3.5. Truthfully, I can't really find any faults with either lens. Both perform awesome wide open, really sharp and great contrast/colors. The F will probably cost 3 times as much. The extra speed of 2.8 vs. 3.5 isn't that much of a difference.

I absolutely adore my F28 and would probably not sell it unless I bought an FA31 Ltd. And doubt I'd sell the SMCT because it's not that much money and so finely built and produces wonderful photos.

So, you can't go wrong with either as far as I'm concerned.

F28 @ f4


SMCT28 @ f3.5 ? 5.6 ?
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I have the S-M-C Takumar 28mm. Very good lens, sharp wide open, small and light. I just wish it was a 2.8 so I could use it in low light but other than that it's a great daytime lens.

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Wow, that is one fine smallmouth bass !!! I hope she was released !!!
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Wow, that is one fine smallmouth bass !!! I hope she was released !!!
Yessir, released. That's about as big as we caught them there. It's in the mountains of Virginia, near Graham's Forge & Wytheville. Reed Creek. It's my brother with the big catch. I have just as much fun being there with my camera these days .

Here's the fight! Also the F28.



Ok sorry, this is the SMCT 135/2.5 (beauty), but just to share the location

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Either would be a good choice. I've used the SMC Tak 28mm f/3.5 and own both the A 28mm f/2.8 (supposedly very similar optically to the F version) and the FA 28mm f/2.8 AL.

I haven't used the FA enough to have an opinion but I liked the A at f/3.5 a bit more than the Takumar wide open. Both are good enough that it is reasonable to decide between them using factors other than optical quality. If you find an F 28mm at a good price then I would pick that up and wait for a cheap Takumar, seeing as the F probably shows up a bit less often and would generally be quite a bit more expensive.
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I used to own the F 28 2.8 and I still own the S-M-C Tak 28 3.5.

Yes, as stated, both are pretty good. That F 28 focused really fast IIRC.

Some shots:


Here's the Tak on the K20D with grip and square hood - I like the look of this rig!



In close-focus:




Here's from the F 28 f/2.8:







joeyc mentioned the M 28 3.5 - that's probably the second sharpest 28 I've shot, after the Vivitar/Komine 28 close focus:



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QuoteOriginally posted by joeyc Quote
When looking for a 28mm for myself, I found that a lot of reviews and opinions pointed me to the M 28 f3.5. I got my own off the forum for about $80 in outstanding shape and I must admit that I love it. Easily my favorite prime, with the DA70 in 'second'. I wouldn't look past it.
I have one just like that listed on FleaBay, ending tomorrow. It's in the same shape as the one you bought.

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If you find an F 28mm at a good price then I would pick that up and wait for a cheap Takumar, seeing as the F probably shows up a bit less often and would generally be quite a bit more expensive.
I have BOTH lenses on the way, at the moment. (I'm on a bit of a lens acquisition roll). Was offered two Pentax-F lenses for $150 (shipped): 28mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.7 so couldn't turn that down, even though I'm also getting complete package of three bodies (two Spotmatics and one Chinon CE-3 with power winder) and 5 Super Takumars.

Was wondering which one if the 28mm to keep. Super Taks are going for such low prices right now it hardly seems worth it to sell one. Would rather keep it than give it away.
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In my experience, and I own both the F28/2.8 and the SMCT28/3.5, the SMCT has weaker corners (even on a crop sensor). I once sold one of my SMCT28's to a guy with a Sigma SD14 and the corners were horrible on that camera (color shift/abberations). So maybe it was good back then, but I'm not so sure it's good today.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cheekygeek Quote
I have BOTH lenses on the way, at the moment.
For the price you paid for the F I'd keep both. The autofocus lens will be good for general purpose use and the Tak lets you post in the Takumar club when you feel like it...
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I got my 28mm Pentax-F and it does perform just as everyone said it would, but I think perhaps I am a bit of an old fart. I just don't go for the "modern" lens bodies and I don't mind focusing manually. I've decided to list it on ebay and use the proceeds for more Takumars or sumpin'. (I may regret it one day, but this is not that day.)
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