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12-02-2009, 03:42 AM   #1
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Hi, I've been working-up a prime collection and as money is rather scarce, I've been picking-up older manual lenses. And though I've gotten most of the popular ones into my bag already(28, 55, 58, 86, 135, 200), I've encountered a few instances where I found the 55 and 58 a little to much for close encounters.

And though the 28 works well enough, it's not a very fast lens, and I'm almost tempted to say that it puts me just a little to far from the subject.

I picked-up a 37mm Russian M42 lens also, but I don't find it very good for anything as its quite soft wide open and the bokeh is kind of boring too.

So I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for a low cost alternative to say a 35 or 40mm equivalent? Or... possibly something else that might help fill the gap for up close and personal work.

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M 35mm f/2.8 should be easy enough to find, as well as M 40mm pancake. Both should easily be under $100.

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12-02-2009, 05:36 AM   #3
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why not a SMC or Super Tak 35mm F2?
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Even if you can't get a Super Tak 35 f/2 cheaply ... the Super Tak 35mm f/3.5 is a nice little lens with beautiful rendering and is nice and sharp as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
Hi, I've been working-up a prime collection and as money is rather scarce, I've been picking-up older manual lenses. And though I've gotten most of the popular ones into my bag already(28, 55, 58, 86, 135, 200), I've encountered a few instances where I found the 55 and 58 a little to much for close encounters.

And though the 28 works well enough, it's not a very fast lens, and I'm almost tempted to say that it puts me just a little to far from the subject.

I picked-up a 37mm Russian M42 lens also, but I don't find it very good for anything as its quite soft wide open and the bokeh is kind of boring too.

So I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for a low cost alternative to say a 35 or 40mm equivalent? Or... possibly something else that might help fill the gap for up close and personal work.
I had a Super-Takumar 35mm f2, 49mm version. It wasn't that great for sharpness wide open, probably better for portraits than landscapes. I also had the Pentax-M 35mm f2 and f2.8 lenses, with better sharpness but I never really liked using them. Those two have five-blade apertures, like most of the Pentax 28s and 35s and the M 40/2.8. What I did was sold these and bought the FA 35mm f2. It was only my second new lens purchase out of many others. Since that's not a cheap option any more, I'll skip the glowing review.

You said 35-40mm equivalent, so maybe you want a 24mm or 28mm? I don't know which 28mm you have. There are so many 28mm MF choices, even within Pentax. I would look at this thread for third-party choices:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/34654-vivitar-...placement.html

You ought to be able to find something 28mm that's cheap, competent, f2.8 and with a KA mount, Pentax or Vivitar. The f2 Vivitars are also pretty good. Pentax f2 lenses must be great, but priced out of my league.

At 24mm, you'll have only a handful of choices. I like my Sigma Super-Wide II 24mm f2.8. My copy of the Kiron 24mm f2 is not as sharp, even stopped down to match the Sigma, but the small differences are the corners, not important in portraits.

I really like having an f2 lens for these focal lengths, but speed is not inexpensive.
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Huh, you must have found an odd Mir-1B individual. Generally the bokeh on that is wild, though not in a very good way. I have two of those, one of which is sharp, the other fuzzy.

FA35 could be good.
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Sigma 24mm

If you're ok with 3rd party lenses, I just picked up a Sigma 24mm AF f2.8 "Superwide II" lens for $100. It was a lot less than the FA 28mm F2.8 that I tested along with it.Name:  IMGP7427.jpg
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