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04-28-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Looking for film samples from FAJ 18-35mm

Hey all, I'm contemplating purchasing an FAJ 18-35mm to have an ultra wide for film.
I have been looking sample shots from this lens and haven't found any.
If you have any I would love to see some, specifically ones taken @18mm.

Thanks in advance,

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For this kind of investigation I usually turn to Flickr's image tags. Here's a small gallery, mostly from one photographer, I believe. I'm afraid you would have to look at the "more properties" feature to learn what focal length the images were shot at. Most of these appear to be from a *ist D.
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All pictures: Pentax MZ-6 with FA-J 18-35. Most at 18mm as far as I remember, apertures ranging from f5.6 to f22 probably. I don't record these things.
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Here's one taken with the ist, gold 100

http://www.pbase.com/thazooo/image/52638619/medium.jpg

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I am getting an FA J 18-35 soon. When I do I'll burn up a roll at 18mm and post the results!
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Erik those shots are fantastic. What film did you use?

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Those are nice shots.

I've contemplated whether this lens would be an improvement over the Sigma 17-35 2.8 DG EX. The Sigma would look as sharp as those lovely shots if the frame reduced to the size we display here. With a closer look at the corners, some limitations of the Sigma surface.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Those are nice shots.

I've contemplated whether this lens would be an improvement over the Sigma 17-35 2.8 DG EX. The Sigma would look as sharp as those lovely shots if the frame reduced to the size we display here. With a closer look at the corners, some limitations of the Sigma surface.
I have the Sigma 17-35 EX and really like it. I'm not too worried about corner sharpness. The only problem.... it's an Alpha mount and I have to keep a Minolta body to shoot with it. It would be nice to have a K-mount version that I could use with all my Pentax bodies.I have had a hard time finding it in K-mount. It usually sells for 2x what the Pentax sells for.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Erik Quote

i love this. it should on an album cover of rock band or something..

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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
I have the Sigma 17-35 EX and really like it. I'm not too worried about corner sharpness. The only problem.... it's an Alpha mount and I have to keep a Minolta body to shoot with it. It would be nice to have a K-mount version that I could use with all my Pentax bodies.I have had a hard time finding it in K-mount. It usually sells for 2x what the Pentax sells for.

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I took the Sigma out for a spin along with my Pentax M 20/4 yesterday for some film shots. The tiny Pentax prime is soft in the corners wide open at F4 as well. When you get them both stopped down to F:8 and beyond, there is very little difference in resolution. The Sigma is huge in comparison, but much easier to focus because of the wider aperture.

I posted some center crops here https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/99842-sigma-17...ml#post1028495 .
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Swift,

I'm nearly done with the roll of Color film in my PZ-1 shooting the FA J 18-35, did you still want to see the 18mm shots?
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Swift,

I'm nearly done with the roll of Color film in my PZ-1 shooting the FA J 18-35, did you still want to see the 18mm shots?
I would love to see them.

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Thanks for the replies guys.

Erik those shots are fantastic. What film did you use?

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Hey, thanks. I think one or two might be Ilford XP2 Super but most of them are Superia 200 converted to B/W in Photoshop.
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I've contemplated whether this lens would be an improvement over the Sigma 17-35 2.8 DG EX. The Sigma would look as sharp as those lovely shots if the frame reduced to the size we display here. With a closer look at the corners, some limitations of the Sigma surface.
The FA-J 18-35 is really not a fancy lens. Plastic mount, pretty poor build, and while I haven't pixel peeped it I shouldn't think that it is very sharp at all wide open (and wide open on this lens is only f/4-f/5.6, i.e. much dimmer than the Sigma.) If I had the choice to get either lens free, I'd pick the Sigma any day. The FA-J is just a really good choice if you're looking for a full frame wide angle zoom at a low price -- actually more or less the only option.

Doesn't even really matter though since usually I shoot wide angles stopped down, and when stopped down, the Pentax or Sigma or any-other-lens will be good enough for any reasonable purpose.



Oh, another thing: I can't wait for the resale value of this lens to soar to 5 x the current price after the inevitable Pentax digital full frame comes along Get 'em for $100 while you can, people...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erik Quote
The FA-J 18-35 is really not a fancy lens. Plastic mount, pretty poor build, and while I haven't pixel peeped it I shouldn't think that it is very sharp at all wide open (and wide open on this lens is only f/4-f/5.6, i.e. much dimmer than the Sigma.) If I had the choice to get either lens free, I'd pick the Sigma any day. The FA-J is just a really good choice if you're looking for a full frame wide angle zoom at a low price -- actually more or less the only option.

Doesn't even really matter though since usually I shoot wide angles stopped down, and when stopped down, the Pentax or Sigma or any-other-lens will be good enough for any reasonable purpose.



Oh, another thing: I can't wait for the resale value of this lens to soar to 5 x the current price after the inevitable Pentax digital full frame comes along Get 'em for $100 while you can, people...
Since I use the Sigma on my older, manual focus film cameras, the F:2.8 max aperture has really shone for focus. The difference between that and F:4 (as in the M20mm) means using the focus aids or not. I, too, tend to take the actual shot at F:8 or smaller.
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