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12-18-2011, 10:55 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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DSLR fun with 28mm: Club for any 28mm lens

I see so many 28mm lens from
famous to unknown brand,
rebadged or original
cheap or expensive,
different formulae,
49mm to 67mm filter ring,
color & size, etc.

So, why not we see them in a common place, therefore this club.

Cross posting are very much welcome & encouraged. Reverse macro examples are also welcome.

And, here is my cheap but likeable Vemar 28mm f2.8 with 62mm filter ring.




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12-18-2011, 11:56 AM - 2 Likes   #2
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Seems like a good idea - I like the bubbly bokeh of that Vemar! I have a couple off-brand 28s. A fully manual Image 28/2.8 (52mm thread), which is a pretty nice lens. I also just got an A-type CPC 28/2.8 macro that I haven't really used yet. Here's a few from the Image 28mm.






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Texas and Kentucky look much alike with an old 140 setting in the barn.Also have a 140 in my barn and a CPC 28mm that is on the KX now.
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A 28mm club is a good idea, though many photos are already in the M, K, A etc clubs.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
A 28mm club is a good idea, though many photos are already in the M, K, A etc clubs.
...as well as the off-brand, dirt cheap, and Vivitar clubs!! Still, though, 28mm is sort of a "lost" focal length for APS-C. A little too wide as a "normal" and and not really wide enough if that is what you need. I have two 28s, but they see very little use on the K10D despite being my fav's on my 35mm film cameras.

A gallery showing good work might be just what the focal length need!


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
28mm is sort of a "lost" focal length for APS-C. A little too wide as a "normal" and and not really wide enough if that is what you need. I have two 28s, but they see very little use on the K10D despite being my fav's on my 35mm film cameras.
Only too wide for normal if you consider 50mm on 35mm film the benchmark for normal. But, by the usual definition of a normal lens, 28mm is perfect on Pentax.

Having recently acquired an M 28/2.8, I spent some time with it on a recent trip. Most of these are cross posted, but what the hey. I'll stick to images that are uncropped or only slightly cropped, as I see this thread as interesting for showing the normal perspective.







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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
... Still, though, 28mm is sort of a "lost" focal length for APS-C. A little too wide as a "normal" and and not really wide enough if that is what you need.
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I don't really agree. I find the DA21 often slightly too wide, and the DA35 (still more so the DA40) often a bit too tight on the subject. I love using my dirt-cheap M28/3.5 and I regret selling my FA28/2.8.

For on on APS-C it's the 'Goldilocks' FL - not too short, not too long, just right.
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A 28mm club seems like a good idea to me... 28mm seems to be a good snapshot lens for my purposes. The slightly wide angle of view just works, similarly to using my Pentax-M 40mm f2.8 on a 35mm body.



K100D Super, Vivitar-A 28mm f2.8, ISO400, AF-280T

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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
But, by the usual definition of a normal lens, 28mm is perfect on Pentax.
I assume you mean the somewhat arbitrary convention of "normal" being equal to the diagonal of the image frame? If so 27.3mm should be spot on. Similarly, 43mm should be normal for 35mm film. This assumes a normal FOV of about 53 degrees. Put another way, this is the same as viewing a 8x12" print at viewing distance of only 14". For many of us, that is a little on the close side and may be the reason why few manufacturers made "normal" 35mm film lenses in the 40-43mm range. The exceptions to the rule are various pancakes and the excellent Pentax 43mm Limited.


Still though...focal length is focal length and the proof of the pudding is in the tasting! Bring on the 28mm APS-C excellence! Here are a few of mine:



K10D, Vivitar 28/2.8 CF (K02)



K10D, Vivitar 28/2.8 CF (K02)



K10D, Tamron 28/2.5 (02B)



K10D, Vivitar 28/2.8 CF (K02)



K10D, Tamron 28/2.5 (02B)



K10D, Tamron 28/2.5 (02B)


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I assume you mean the somewhat arbitrary convention of "normal" being equal to the diagonal of the image frame?
Yes, and I agree it's an arbitrary definition. AFAIAC any such definition will be arbitrary, since our eyes' FOV varies from sharp in a very small circle to just perceptible at a very wide angle, nothing like a photograph. However, it does seem to be the accepted convention. That Pentax has been one of the few manufacturers to produce lenses in the 40-43 range is one of those things we like about the company.

At any rate it all comes down to taste and I won't try to argue out of your preference for a slightly longer FL! I've only just started shooting with my 28s and 35 so I can't say I've developed a preference yet. No 30 or 31 yet (get thee behind me, LBA!).

Thanks for posting the nice set. Funny, yours do look like a wider perspective than the others posted so far. I guess because most of them share a rapidly receding subject.
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Since I got my F 28 mm f2.8 it's my most used lens. Beside the FOV I love the sharpness and color of this lens.



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I won't try to argue out of your preference for a slightly longer FL!
I actually prefer a somewhat wider FOV for much of my shooting, though for some reason the FA 35/2 seems to be pretty much glued to my K10D...probably because I have not found a light and fast lens that I can afford in the 24mm range


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QuoteOriginally posted by Davidw0815 Quote
Since I got my F 28 mm f2.8 it's my most used lens. Beside the FOV I love the sharpness and color of this lens.


I have FA28mm which is fairly close in character with the F version










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woo, a new club!

crossposting these from the vivitar thread

here's the Vivitar Series 1 28/1.9 Tokina which rocks so hard in the the 28 focal length:

Last Sip



Ferry Building



Shelter Cove

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Cool shot with the can, Mike! Already caught my attention on PPG. I keep wondering how you did that...
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