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10-11-2010, 03:09 PM   #16
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At the 100 dollar mark, I can vouch for the A 28mm 2.8. It takes a little getting used to, focusing at that focal length, and REQUIRES a good hood, but it's a great little lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
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Vivitar
P.S. If you can manage the f/3.5 maximum aperture, the Super-Takumar 28/3.5 and similar Pentax-K 28/3.5 is the best 28mm I have ever shot with.
That's what I finally picked up off the 'bay. Hopefully the Tak (my first one) will be what it's billed as: a great lens. It was a bit more than I wanted to pay, but not that much.

Pentax Super-Takumar 28mm F 3.5 screw mount m42 ex+++ - eBay (item 150501916695 end time Oct-10-10 09:47:21 PDT)

It's a screw mount, but that's not a big deal for me since I have two other recent additions that are screw mount also and just bought the adapters that let me focus to infinity.

The 3.5 aperture wasn't an issue since I wanted to use it mostly for landscape at higher apertures. Once I get used to the lens, I may want to test it out wide open, but that'll be at least a few months away - if I ever decide I want to even use it that way. It's quicker than my 12-24, so I'll see what I can do with it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
Steve brought me here, so now it's my pleasure to introduce the OP to the thread Vivitar 28mm As FA31mm Replacement?, in which the wonders of the Vivitar manual focus 28mm lenses are expounded -- at length! The Vivitar Bestiary lists all known variants. Not all are equal, but many do a nice job. Of course the standard Pentax A 28/2.8 is also decent. Even if it is not as nice as the Vivitars can be, it is better than other off-brands.

As an example of what can be easily achieved, here is a shot hand-held in low light with the Vivitar 28mm f/2.8 Close Focus [aka K02].


"A spider on the ceiling!"
Nice shot!
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Thank you everyone for the great feedback. I sincerely appreciate all the help!

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