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11-13-2009, 02:54 PM   #31
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On an outing today with my Sigma mini zoom, These first five were not edited at all - right from the camera:






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Now these last two are the only ones that I processed with software after the image was captured
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Nice work Matt!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nowhere Matt Quote
I was playing with my Pentax F 35-80mm a bit yesterday. I think some of the reviews may be right on that lens. I never noticed how poor the lens was when I used it on my ZX-50 but put it on a K10 and it can be very soft focusing often.
I think it demands a lens hood as well. I took a few shots with it outdoors and they showed very low contrast. Indoors it has good color and contrast but not as sharp as one would hope for. Still fun to use some of these lenses that I don't use very often with the digital but I don't think this 35-80 f4 will get much use at all in the future.
I have that lens, and to be honest the poor colour saturation and contrast killed it for me. I like the idea of an 80mm lens with those compact dimensions but it's nothing like as good as the 18-55mm DA L. On the other hand, it only cost me 10 with a mint MZ50, so it hasn't cost me too much to find out.

I still think the FA 28-90mm is the best of their cheap zooms in this focal range, if you want a short telephoto for not much outlay. I've not tried the SMC coated version of the F 28-80mm, although that tends to go for higher prices as not many were sold. Most of the F 28-80s you see are the cheaper non-SMC one, as these were sold with SF-series cameras as a kit lens.
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I like my F35-80 plenty, with a hood and polarizer. It can't toch the F35-70, tough, or the FA 28-70. From a farm breakfast:

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12-13-2009, 03:33 PM   #35
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I can't believe I forgot about this thread!

Nick, I like the one of the horse.
12-15-2009, 01:01 PM   #36
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Man I really enjoy reverse mounting this FA 28-90mm. I have even started to carry the lens and reversing ring in my bag more often than simply the Sigma 28-80mm mini zoom macro.
Pentax FA 28-90mm reverse mounted, uncropped




Pentax FA 28-90mm proper mount

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FA 28-90 f3.5-5.6. Got it for free, and I wouldn't pay any more than that to get another one. Though it did have a fascinating background rendering wide-open at the wide end, which you can see a bit of in the second shot:





Obviously those have been through a lot of post. Overall sharpness and contrast from this lens were rather unsatisfactory, though the colors were nice enough. I got rid of it once I got an 18-55. If I'm not mistaken, I've seen a couple of these offered on the used forum here for free to anyone willing to pay shipping.
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Using a Quantaray 28-90, no PP except a crop




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For any kooks out there who may be interested, this morning I perform a quick study for macro images using various lenses of questionable quality.
The short of it it:
The Sigma 28-80 mini zoom macro mounted to an extension tube then to a teleconverter produces the largest magnification but shutter speed was .3 sec and a focus distance of just under two inches.
The second largest magnification was a 50mm on extension tube and then tc with 1/8 shutter and 2.5 inch distance to subject.
In third was the Pentax FA 28-90, reverse mounted set at 28mm and the minimum focus. This allowed a 1/20 shutter speed and 2" to subject
Reversing the lens, mounting it to extension tubes and setting it to 50mm and minimum focus gave me a nice large magnification, respectable 1/20 shutter and distance of a bit more than 3"
Those were all much greater magnification then the Sigma mini zoom in macro with proper mounting which of course allowed for a 1/250 shutter and distance to subject of four inches.
Reverse your Pentax FA 28-90 and have some real (tiny) fun!
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Out again with the FA 28-90





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Bumping this thread up!
I have the Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II Macro mini zoom, which i havent used since shooting film, and thought i will take it out on my next outing, whats everyone's opinion on this lens compared to the pentax kit da 18-55 AL II?

Im keen to see how it goes on a dslr.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
Bumping this thread up!
I have the Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II Macro mini zoom, which i havent used since shooting film, and thought i will take it out on my next outing, whats everyone's opinion on this lens compared to the pentax kit da 18-55 AL II?

Im keen to see how it goes on a dslr.
Well I'm sure you have already answered this question for yourself, But I personally really like this lens on my K10d. I'm not really sure why I don't us it more.
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Yep i did answer this question myself, since the lens fell apart in my hand!
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Yep i did answer this question myself, since the lens fell apart in my hand!
Yikes!!!
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Tamron 28-105 f4-5.6 - which according to the database here is the FA 28-105 design, and PhotoMe thinks so too when I look at the exif data. Very good contrast, not incredibly sharp, but pretty good, needed a bit of AF adjust on my K20. Got it on e-bay recently as it is a nice range for lcomotive/train shots, not really given it a thorough run through yet, but nice build, nice and compact, AF fine, but not a large aperture lens obviously.
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