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05-30-2016, 11:39 PM   #16
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I would try the FA 24-90mm F/3.5-4.5 - extremely well-liked and far less costly.

I had it for a few months as part of another purchase and really enjoyed it.
I didn't keep because I just rarely use zooms these days but I was quite impressed by it.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-FA-24-90mm-F3.5-4.5-Zoom-Lens.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
I would try the FA 24-90mm F/3.5-4.5 - extremely well-liked and far less costly.
I own this lens and indeed it is very good optically and considered a classic. The only problem, it is very sought after. Which means it is hard to find because, as I understand it, not many were made and when you do find one it is not cheap. I paid for mine some three years ago, if I remember correctly, approx. Au$450.00.,

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QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
I own this lens and indeed it is very good optically and considered a classic. The only problem, it is very sought after. Which means it is hard to find because, as I understand it, not many were made and when you do find one it is not cheap. I paid for mine some three years ago, if I remember correctly, approx. Au$450.00.,

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Yes, I think that's true - but they can be found. There's a Japanese seller with one on Ebay now. I found mine on Ebay as well - it came with another camera. I sold it locally - cant' recall precisely but I think believe for just over USD 200. At any rate, something to keep an eye out for.
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I have had my FA 35-80 work very well in tests against other lenses. I don't consider it a pro quality lens because of the build. There is a world of difference between the build of my DA*200 or DA*60-250 and the FA 35-80. And I'm convinced, with no weather sealing and a flimsy feeling plastic barrel, it wouldn't hold up to every day use. But optically I have no issue with it. And to me that's the difference between pro gear, and consumer gear. Pro gear is built to take a beating in the field, be it weather, dust, cold or bumps and grinds. and keep on chugging. Consumer, not so much.

After my tests, I wouldn't be surprised if any consumer zoom that hasn't been banged around didn't perform close to par with any pro zoom.The new 28-105 has many pro qualities. Shooting at ƒ5.6, which is my favourite overall focal length (ƒ8 on a K-1) I'm not really sure what it's downside would be.

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Can someone provide examples an real world pictures of the 28-105 vs. a prime like the 35 mm or 70 mm? Ideally it would be on a older camera body. I have a K5II and am seriously considering the 28-105 as it is more versatile than a single prime. I already own a FA50mm f1.4 and the 35 and 70 mm prime were also on my consideration. Thank you in advance.
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I have both the 28-105 and the 24-70. I use the former for my travel kit, when I have to travel light and can only bring one lens.

I use the 24-70 paired with my 15-30 and 70-200 when I'm doing "serious photography". The shallower dof of teh 24-70 is nice at 2.8. I like both quite well. I am wow'd by the colors and sharpness of the 28-105.

If you can't decide, buy both :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by TroutHunterJohn Quote
I have both the 28-105 and the 24-70. I use the former for my travel kit, when I have to travel light and can only bring one lens.

I use the 24-70 paired with my 15-30 and 70-200 when I'm doing "serious photography". The shallower dof of teh 24-70 is nice at 2.8. I like both quite well. I am wow'd by the colors and sharpness of the 28-105.

If you can't decide, buy both :-)
Would you say that the 28-105 is sharper then the 24-70?
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When I shot a brick wall the 24-70 was sharper at wide aperatures. The were about equal stopped down. Both are quite good.

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Shot both - kept the 24-70. Wide open it is as sharp or sharper than the 28-105 at F4, definitely in the center and about the same in the corners.

By F8, the differences are hard to tell - pixel peeping both and there is an improvement to the 24-70 but it also comes at a heavier weight and price tag.
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I am not a big fan of variable aperatures like the 28-105. But I am keeping the lens..
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I got the K-1 with the 28-105 and the 15-30. Main reason being that 28 on FF might not be wide enough for important parts of my shooting (mainly Carnaval .. ) (for example, on APS I like the ability to go to 16 mm better than 18mm, the only reason I did NOT get me the 16-85 was the arrival of the K-1).
So far I have noticed that indeed the 28mm is often not wide enough.. 15-30 is a very lovely lens BUT, it is heavy and bulky an there is no possibility for a filter... (working on that but that might cost me some wide angle mm)
The thought of getting me the 24-70 for wider angle, lower f and less bulky than 15-30 and the possibility to add a filter(very usefull for carnaval ( although when you rinse and thoroughly clean your lens each day I have noticed (on other lenses) that water, beer, mayonaise and other dirty stuff does not do much harm to modern lens coatings) is strongly rooted in a small part of my brain.
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