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09-17-2014, 07:10 AM   #16
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i gave up on manual focus with a dslr viewfinder. manual focus on a more modern body with focus peaking is a pleasure. the 28mm autofocus lenses will be out of your price range. i don't think i'd recommend a manual focus 28mm unless you're doing focus peaking or your subjects are far and you want more DoF.

I'd second, third, and fourth the DA 35mm f2.4. It's very close to your price range, closer to "normal" on APS-C dslr sensor.

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The 35mm budget choices are well-covered already. Oddly, older 35mm lenses are not anywhere near as common as 28mm lenses.

At exactly 28mm, you can find almost any type of lens except for DA-series Pentax. I think I've tried about a dozen. My favorite is usually $200-225, the Pentax-F 28mm f2.8. I like manual focusing and the Pentax-A version is very similar, for $100-125. For a normal prime, AF is handy. These lenses are small so I can take the camera more places. I often use the onboard flash, which doesn't play well with non-A lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
The 35mm budget choices are well-covered already. Oddly, older 35mm lenses are not anywhere near as common as 28mm lenses.
In K-mount. But the 35/3.5 seemed to be more popular than the 28 before the mid-70s.
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DA 35mm f2.4 no doubt. It has FF compatibility and one of the best coatings pentax has ever put on their lenses.


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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
DA 1:1.8 50mm

BTW between 43mm and 55mm would not be considered "normal" on an APS-C sensor - 30mm +/- 5mm like the DA 35mm F2.4 would be normal.
I'm meaning lenses like 28-35mm that multiply by 1.5x to become 43mm-50mm
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Go for the Zeiss T* 28mm f/2 Sandy, I heard that the K version is based on this Zeiss design, but the M and A aren't. and the Zeiss has A setting. and is more expensive.
I was searching for a 28mm f/2 lens for some time, but because of the price ended up buying the Kiron 28/2 one.
I have that Kiron 28mm, it's real nice!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
DA35/2.4
Are you noticing a pattern here?

If you are willing to dabble with manual focus, 28mm is closest to the true normal for APS-C sensors. There are lots of variants from the FA series (OK, that's autofocus) down. Personally, I'm after the A28/2.0, but I gather they are pretty thin on the ground, and not cheap.
I think I've got the pattern haha. Must have a look at that lens, thanks for the help!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bradley981 Quote
I have that Kiron 28mm, it's real nice!
Yes, it is.
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35mm f2.4 or 40mm f2.8 xs (60mm equivalent, but microscopic)

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35mm f2.4 or 40mm f2.8 xs (60mm equivalent, but microscopic)
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