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07-15-2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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Wide Angle K-Mount Club

I thought I'd start a wide angle club, all K-Mount brands welcome

Start with the DA 14 f/2.8, a wide angle portrait shot;



and the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver;



07-15-2008, 01:11 PM   #2
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I was just thinking about doing the same!
Until what focal length do you consider a lens to be a wide angle? 28mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by deudeu Quote
I was just thinking about doing the same!
Until what focal length do you consider a lens to be a wide angle? 28mm?
28mm sounds good to me but I believe 36mm (in 35mm terms) and under is considered wide-angle.
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16-45 on a film camera.







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This is the Sigma 15mm Fisheye EX at f8.

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Hello all. I'm a novice/amateur film photographer. I've been shooting with a pentax k1000 (metal body) with the regular old 50mm that it came with and a UV filter, that's it. as I've been teaching myself the ropes the last year or so, I've noticed more and more that I would really benefit from a wide angle lens. I was wondering if you could recommend a good "starter" (read: decent quality, but not super pricey) lens to look for? k mount, of course... Thanks for any suggestions, and beautiful shots posted in here so far!

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Welcome

Have you checked the lens reviews in the Pentax lens database? Here:Pentax Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database. There are reviews for third party lenses, too.

Also, you might get more recommendations if you ask in the Film SLR sub-forum. Here: Pentax Film SLR Discussion - PentaxForums.com

Last, from experience I can tell you the Powers That Be would prefer you start a new thread to ask a question rather than resurrect an old one.

Enjoy.

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It's a short thread. It can stand re-reweaving.

For a 135/FF camera like the K1000, 43mm is 'normal', the diagonal of the frame. So 37mm or shorter would be wide. Besides numerous great PK lenses, M42 screwmounts can be easily mounted with a cheap adapter. If you don't want to deal with that, K- and M-mount lenses will do you well; you don't to pay extra for A- or AF mounts unless you intend to acquire a dSLR. As suggested, look through the database for reviews.

Good 28's and 35's are common and can be pretty cheap -- not just Pentax, but also Sears, Vivitar, many other brands. Wider than 28, they're not so common nor cheap, especially not in PK mounts. I love my Vivitar-Komine 24/2 (PK-M) which cost around US$150. To go REALLY wide, the fishy Zenitar 16/2.8 (PK-M) is around US$200. The Tokina-made 21/3.8 (M42) is probably still under US$100; it's usually branded as Vivitar, Soligor, Lentar, etc. I was lucky and got some Sigma- and Cimko-made 24/2.8's and a 25/3.5 (M42) for under US$20 each.

It boils down to: How wide do you want to go, and how much do you want to spend? A bit of eBay work and luck can turn up some cheap decent glass. Good luck!
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Thank you so much for the replies!

RioRioc, your post was especially helpful and was precisely the info I was looking for. Thank you! I will start looking around.

all thumbs - my apologies for digging up the old thread, I will keep that in mind, and thank you also for the links to the other areas of the forum. I will definitely browse around some more.

Have a nice weekend!
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxk1000denver Quote
all thumbs - my apologies for digging up the old thread
I'm sorry if I came off sounding like the Forum Enforcer - "Make my day!" Personally, I think reviving old threads can be very helpful. But, The Boss seems to feel otherwise.

And while my lens knowledge is limited, I agree with RioRico about Vivitar. I have a Vivitar 28 f/2.5 which I like a lot. I think they can be had on ebay for around $20 (or less), if you're lucky. "Do you feel lucky..?"

Tim

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QuoteOriginally posted by all thumbs Quote
And while my lens knowledge is limited, I agree with RioRico about Vivitar. I have a Vivitar 28 f/2.5 which I like a lot. I think they can be had on ebay for around $20 (or less), if you're lucky. "Do you feel lucky..?"
In the not-too-distant past, like within the last four months, I scored a Vivitar-Kiron AWA (auto wide angle) 28/2.5 on eBay for US$20.50 shipped, and I thought I was in hog heaven. A few days later I won a Tamron BBAR 28/2.5 with Adaptall2-PK adapter for US$4 shipped and I *knew* I was blessed. And a few days later I won a Vivitar-Komine CFWA (Close-Focus Wide-Angle) 28/2 for US$18.55 shipped, and my joy runneth over.

Those are all good-to-excellent lenses. These were all straight-up auctions. None of the lenses was perfectly described, so the competition was slight. If *looking* for a quality lens, expect competition. So filter through zillons of listings, bid low, and don't worry if you're outbid because another auction will come along straightaway.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
These were all straight-up auctions. None of the lenses was perfectly described, so the competition was slight. If *looking* for a quality lens, expect competition. So filter through zillons of listings, bid low, and don't worry if you're outbid because another auction will come along straightaway.
I've always wondered how you acquired such a collection...
Maybe one day I'll try your technique.
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I definitely know the art of sifting through crap on ebay through my other hobbies. I have already begun sifting for lenses, now. I've found a 28mm f2.8 albinar that I might try out for less than $30.

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqEOKicE14+k5cOPBNwwc1s2qw~~_3.JPG
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