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02-18-2016, 09:36 AM   #1
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Best wide angle lens for K-1?

Preordering or not, but I will get K-1, and I realized that I don't have any wide lens for it, only old M45 Vivitar 20mm f3.8. It's a great lens, but adding wide AF would be a plus.

I really did not pay attention to wide lens selection, except I wanted DA15mm ltd, now it's not the priority
Any recommendations for any AF generation wide lenses, primes or zooms for FF?

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my guess is the new 15-30 will be tops
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my guess is the new 15-30 will be tops
The new one will cost $$$$$
I'd like to hear about older glass, from film AF and non AF era, and some old digital era as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
Any recommendations for any AF generation wide lenses, primes or zooms for FF?
SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF] Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

I am really looking forward to attaching my FA* 24mm to my pre-ordered K-1 to go shutter-bugging about.


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I have an A 20mm f/2.8 which I think will be a excellent WA on the K-1. I know Kerrowdown has an A 15mm that should be outstanding on FF too.
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I got my Sigma 24-70 F/2.8 HSM for less than 400. I imagine it will be great. I also got my Sigma 12-24 for under 350, again, I imagine it will be good.
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There is also the F 20-35 f4. But I do not know its performance on a digital full frame camera.

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Thanks, guys! Some interesting selection. Good I have time till April to re-search all options.
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QuoteOriginally posted by redrockcoulee Quote
There is also the F 20-35 f4
I think that is FA not F.

I imagine the best selection will be the new 15-30 but as noted that is going to be expensive. After that we have the F 17-28 fisheye, the FA 20-35 f/4, the FA 20mm, the FA*24, and some assorted older glass such as the A 20mm. There are also Takumars in 20mm and 24mm but I'm not sure how well those will perform. Yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
I think that is FA not F.

I imagine the best selection will be the new 15-30 but as noted that is going to be expensive. After that we have the F 17-28 fisheye, the FA 20-35 f/4, the FA 20mm, the FA*24, and some assorted older glass such as the A 20mm. There are also Takumars in 20mm and 24mm but I'm not sure how well those will perform. Yet.
Yes you are correct, it is my FE17-28 that is the F as are the F 50 1.7 and F 70-210. I need to remember that I have one FA lens
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I'm not sure best, but my 28mm SMC-A f2.8 is an incredibly versatile lens when I'm shooting film. And the lens is super affordable and easy to find. I think it's going to shine on the K1. With wide angle, you can go too wide.

I also have a m42 Tokina 28mm lens. I wouldn't expect the lens to perform at all, and yet my keeper ratio with my spotmatic is shocking with that lens, especially when stopped down a ways.
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I have had a lot of wide angle lenses, the A 28 2.8, the K 35 3.5 and the M 28 3.5. In my opinion the A 28 2.8 was the worst lens i have ever had, even worse than my 18-55. It was only really sharp at 5.6 or higher,
My tip would be the M 20 F4, because it's really a wide-angle lens, it's small and very well build, even though the edges seem to be a little blurry.
If you want to go for a great price-performance ratio i would consider the M 28 3.5. Its performance is great all over the frame, it is already great from open aperture.
I bought the K 35 3.5 because it is told to be one of the sharpest lenses in that area.
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Just picked up a Pentax FA20mm f2.8. Ready to sell my Pentax K24mm f2.8. Anyone interested, message me...
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My tip would be the M 20 F4, because it's really a wide-angle lens, it's small and very well build, even though the edges seem to be a little blurry.
My 28-35 for now is covered, but I probably will shop for that range later as well.
As for M20mmf4, it does look interesting, but a pricey for MF lens. Interesting why.
My similar Vivitar was between 60 and 70 dollars, it's strong and comfortable heavy, with 82mm thread, and extremely close focusing ability. If M20 would be cheaper it would be fun to have that MF lens as well.


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