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01-26-2012, 06:26 AM   #1
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Recommend a Good Wide Angle Lens

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I am new here, but I've been using my K1000 for about 8 years now. I'd like to get a decent lens capable of some wide angle shots. I was using a friends 28 to 75 mm zoom lens on his Canon and thought it would be nice for the various nature shots I like to take.

I've noticed there is a huge range in lenses out there (especially in price). I am not looking to spend very much and will most likely purchase used. Can anyone make some recommendations. Lens type? Manufacturer?

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01-26-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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I hear the new version of the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 is amazing, and covers 35mm film. Not sure how much it costs. There's a 24mm f/1.4 they're releasing soon as well, along with the 35mm f/1.4. All amazing lenses that are built like tanks, at a very good price. They should work amazingly with the K1000.
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Wide Angle lens for K1000

I'd start with the ubiquitous SMC Pentax M28/2.8. Since you have the most basic, manual Pentax camera a manual lens of similar (same) vintage is just fine!

You can get them in excellent condition on auction sites for $30 - $70, and at KEH (www.keh.com - a bit more expensive, but zero risk) for around $80.

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I'd start with the ubiquitous SMC Pentax M28/2.8. Since you have the most basic, manual Pentax camera a manual lens of similar (same) vintage is just fine!

You can get them in excellent condition on auction sites for $30 - $70, and at KEH (www.keh.com - a bit more expensive, but zero risk) for around $80.

PentaxForums Review M28/2.8

M28/2.8 @ KEH
+1 for the M 28/2.8. A great starter wide angle for film.

Personally, I prefer the K 24/2.8 for most of my wide angle work but the 28mm is a better length to start with.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
+1 for the M 28/2.8. A great starter wide angle for film.

Personally, I prefer the K 24/2.8 for most of my wide angle work but the 28mm is a better length to start with.

Tom G
Tom: I agree on the 24/2.8; I just got another in the mail today (never should have sold the first one).

I was thinking in terms of "starter cost" then upgrade if he keeps shooting.
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There are plenty of lesser-priced third-party 28's out there, most are at least decent, so if budget is a consideration, you won't go too far wrong with any. And you should be able to find them in K-A mount. Vivitar, Soligor, Focal, and on and on, there's loads of them out there. Keh seems to sell these as 'miscellaneous' brand, ie. they don't differentiate among 28/2.8's.

For 24mm, especially if you already have the Adaptall K or KA, the 01b/01bb Tamron is pretty nice (KEH sells them for a bit over $100 new). The problem is the cost of the adapter, especially the KA.

If you luck out you might find a smc-a 28/2.8 pentax - I like mine and it sure is easier to use on digital than a M lens. I found mine at a great price since it was attached to a Program Plus camera
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I have a Tamron 24mm f/2.5 with an adaptall KA mount. Also a Tokina 17mm f/3.5 K mount so use it aperture priority or manual on
my Pentax Super Program.
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My FF wide experience:

* The M28/2.8 is a good place to start. I like mine. Zillions of other decent 28/2.8's can be found, often for considerably less. My favorite at the moment is a Toyo / TOU 5-Star (Sun) in KA mount that is quite sharp. And cheap.

* I like faster 28s. In one week last year I got lucky: the Vivitar-Kiron 28/2.5 for US$20, the Tamron BBAR 28/2.5 for US$4, and the Vivitar-Komine 28/2 CFWA (close-focus) for US$18. Shipped. That last is my favorite 28 by far.

* Wider lenses usually (but not always) cost more. My Super-Paragon PMC (Cimko) 24/2.8 and Super-Albinar (Sigma) 24/2.8 averaged US$20, and I just sold a Sigma-Z 24/2.8 for US$43. Faster DOES cost more: my great Vivitar-Kiron 24/2 was US$130, and that's probably starting price for other fast 24s.

* Even wider: My Super-Lentar (Tokina) 21/3.8 is great, and can probably be had for under US$100 now. Others laveled Vivitar or Mir or whatever in the 19-20-21mm zone cost more. But the Lentar is almost married to my ZX-M or Spotmatic.

* Wider yet: The Zenitar 16/2.8 is very fishy on a FF cam, and quite sharp, and goes for around US$200. The Vemar or Spiratone or Vivitar or whatever (Sigma) 12/8 is almost full-circle fisheye on FF but it's slow and weird; cost is around US$100.

Those are a few possibilities. Good luck!

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K 28 3.5 its bit slow lens.

but its so sharp.

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Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I've been looking on Ebay for some of those lenses. Looks like I can get something in my price range.

But what about something like this:

Pentax Takumar A 28-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Z Lens with Macro - K Mount | eBay

What are the drawbacks? Am I better off with a fixed lens?
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I have never tried one of those. I do have a Tokina f/4-5.3, 28-105mm macro KA mount that I use a lot on Pentax Super Program. Good for
street shooting.The zoom is handy for wandering about.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BradSe Quote
Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I've been looking on Ebay for some of those lenses. Looks like I can get something in my price range.

But what about something like this:

Pentax Takumar A 28-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Z Lens with Macro - K Mount | eBay

What are the drawbacks? Am I better off with a fixed lens?
It does not have the Pentax SMC lens coatings, best check out the reviews:

Pentax-A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - Non-SMC & Other Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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I much prefer zooms, just for the variety in composing. Maybe not always as sharp, but I'll take the tradeoff. After much prolonged searching, reading reviews, etc. & many questions on here, I wound up with a Tokina 19-35 f3.5-4.5 from someone in Japan through eBay. It was in lovely condition. Maybe not the sharpest at the wide end, & there seem to be a number of manufacturers who have more or less the same lens, but so far I have been satisfied with it. The Pentax SMCs in the same range were outside my current budget.
Hope you find something you like.
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But... But... the Saymang 14mm f/2.8
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Just about any name-brand 28mm will be decent. The Pentax-M 28/2.8 has the advantage of SMC coatings, but was not a premium lens when new. (My Tamron 28/2.5, for example, was more than twice as much money new in 1982.) I would suggest Pentax, Tamron, Vivitar, Rikenon, Sears (usually Rikenon), or any number of 28s with decent build from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s.

If you want wider, the above-mentioned Tamron 24 is an impressive lens...


Steve

(BTW...the nicest 28 I have shot with is the 28/3.5 Super-Takumar...oldie, but goody...)
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