Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
08-14-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
Junior Member




Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 40
Advice on a 28mm prime lens (film)?

Hi folks,

I've got a k1000 and am currently looking for a decent 28mm prime. I've been looking on ebay. Any opinions of these lenses?

1) pentax-a 28mm f2.8
2) kiron 28mm f2
3) tamron 28mm f2.5
4) chinon 28mm f2.8
5) promaster spectrum 7 28mm f2.8 macro

The idea of having the versatility of a macro is kind of cool, I think?

Thanks so much.

08-14-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
Pentaxian
Lowell Goudge's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 15,400
i would check the promaster to see if it is the same as a sigma mini wide macro, these have really bad CA but it can be fixed inpentax photo tools

the kiron is prone to sticky aperture blades,

the tamron is reasonable but I would go to the SMC-A 28 if the price is reasonable
08-14-2011, 10:15 AM   #3
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Eastern Kentucky
Posts: 416
All the lens in the list should work well.The Pentax a will go pretty high and have a function that the k1000 don't use.Check out the Pentax Lens and Accessory Review Databases on this forum.
Jake
08-14-2011, 10:31 AM   #4
Junior Member




Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 40
Original Poster
Thanks. Very quick responses! Yes, I realize that the pentax-a aperture control would mean beans in my k1000, but should I buy -a instead on -m if I'm planning to go digital down the road? Any differences in IQ between the -a and -m. I have two 50mm f2, -a and -m, and I don't notice any difference.

08-14-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,421
Tamron 28/2.5 could be affordable but the mount will be cost prohibitive (PK/A = 80.00 ~ 120.00, PK/M = 30.00 ~ 60.00). If you already have a mount, Tamron is a great lens to have and quite affordable.

Thanks,
08-14-2011, 11:07 AM   #6
Site Supporter
jimr-pdx's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: 1hr north of PDX
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,550
I recently picked up a Sears 28/2.8 "macro". I am not sure who the original manufacturer is but it's not like my Ricoh clones in that it has half-step aperture settings, uncommon on Rikenons. It can do 1:4 "macro" which is quite fun, and it has shown itself to be a good lens in my limited tests. It was certainly an excellent deal at around $50. I have the auto Chinon and this lens beats it, though the Chinon is OK and a bit smaller - I plan to let the Chinon go cheaply, and soon.
08-14-2011, 11:29 AM   #7
Pentaxian
builttospill's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Utah, Idaho
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,675
Why not consider the Pentax K 28/3.5? It's a very capable lens and it's fairly reasonably priced. Also the M 28 as someone suggested above would do well and cost less than the A lens which isn't useful on the K1000.
08-14-2011, 12:13 PM   #8
Veteran Member
RioRico's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Limbo, California
Posts: 11,264
I have a pile of cheap 28's, none of which is 'bad' nor problematic-sticky, but some of which I prize more than others, and not because of price. In one lucky week I won: Vivitar-Kiron f/2.5, Tamron BBAR f/2.5 (with PKM adapter), and Vivitar-Komine 28/2 CFWA, average cost US$14 each (shipped). Ooh ooh! All quite sharp and fast.

All my rest are 28/2.8's. The next finest are SMC-M and Access-Tokina 'macro' (1:3.7, PKM mount). Then there are the Accura and Chinon and Focal and Hanimex and Makinon and Rokinon (PKM) and Sears and Soligor and Toyo (PKA) -- no slouches, just not quite as exciting as the fast guys, and they all averaged ~US$14. It's hard to go wrong with almost any 28!

08-14-2011, 04:30 PM   #9
Veteran Member
Stratman's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: St Louis, Missouri U S A
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,464
I have 2 28mm F2.8 lenses, an RMC Tokina 28, all manual, and a CPC ( made by pentax ) "A" 28, both are sharp in my opinion, especially stopped down to F4 or more. Both were bargains when I bought them, I think around $30 each, and both are in like new condition. I can give those two a thumbs up....

Here is a sample from the Tokina on my K110D



And the CPC same day, same camera.

08-14-2011, 09:58 PM   #10
Pentaxian
Marc Sabatella's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 10,686
You don't mention having checked the reviews in the lens database on this site. That should be the place to start.
08-20-2011, 07:03 PM   #11
Senior Member
j0n4hpk's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: California
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 196
Try checking also the SMC M 28mm f2.8 lens for the M series cameras. They work with K cameras (in fact, with M, K and A series 35mm SLR Pentax cameras).
08-21-2011, 03:34 AM   #12
Junior Member




Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 40
Original Poster
I ended up getting a Pentax-M 28mm 3.5. Thanks for your help.
05-26-2012, 06:36 AM   #13
Inactive Account




Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Berkeley,CA
Photos: Albums
Posts: 32
Really :o?

QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
Why not consider the Pentax K 28/3.5? It's a very capable lens and it's fairly reasonably priced. Also the M 28 as someone suggested above would do well and cost less than the A lens which isn't useful on the K1000.
I can't find one for less than $800

Pentax K 28/3.5 Shift Lenses
05-26-2012, 08:58 AM   #14
Pentaxian
builttospill's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Utah, Idaho
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,675
That's because you're looking at the shift lenses. Take a look at the lens above the 28/3.5 shift on this page: Pentax K Prime Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database. The one above the shift lens is the one I own and was recommending. It's much cheaper.
05-26-2012, 09:10 AM   #15
Inactive Account




Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Berkeley,CA
Photos: Albums
Posts: 32
Oh lol, sorry for the accusation!
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
28mm, 28mm prime lens, camera, f2.8, macro, pentax help, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-M 28mm F/2.8 Prime Lens (Worldwide) icywarm Sold Items 2 09-21-2010 07:50 AM
28mm prime lens bokeh WJJ3 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 90 01-22-2010 01:07 PM
Best Prime/Standard Lens for K7 (28mm to 35mm) - (f1.8 to f2.8) brosen Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 74 10-16-2009 02:54 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:32 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top