Fixed Prime Lens


HarisF1

Link Posted 19/04/2017 - 15:05
nocturnal wrote:
Haris, you have very nice stuff on ebay, one being the Vivitar close focus 28mm f2.0

I bought the same lens yesterday and just wondering what you thought of it? I have the same on in f2.8 M42 and it is great for close focus but will sell it if the f2 is better. They are specialist lenses, I've bought it for close ups but maybe pub/band photography and interiors. I'll not be using it for mountain scapes!

I got the f2 for the brighter viewfinder and the PK mount advantage over M42, I'm an MX user you see (film camera as you might not know)... Only joking 😁

Cheers

The f2 is a pretty nifty lens but has a bit of CA wide open. It gives a blue hue to objects just out of focus although it has decent sharpness. Stopped down it should be great. Mine looked almost brand new and has a receipt from 1986 or something with it. I bought the K28 so didn't really need it any more.

nocturnal

Link Posted 19/04/2017 - 22:38
I may use the Viv wide open only for monochrome film, I've got the K, M, and A in 28 for landscapes, buildings etc. Also for the bright viewfinder inside or darkness. I'll see how I go with it, I've a chapel to photograph soon if I get permission, not sure if they will let me use a tripod you see even if I was baptised in it 😇 😋

The A is an underestimated lens, I've a few photos in my portfolio taken with it.

Thanks for the info.
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams

derek897

Link Posted 19/04/2017 - 22:54
I have had the M 28mm, cracking lens. F 28mm, and now a Petri 28mm f2. The petri is one sharp lens. Well worth trying if you see one.
I know what i like, If not always why.

nocturnal

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 01:06
Derek I need to attend LBA sessions again, specifically the 28mm group, but I'll keep the petri in mind if I relapse.

The F is the A with autofocus, super sharp in the centre with a bit of distortion, sharper than the K28 3.5 in the centre according to the legendary Japanese tester Yoshihiko Takinami.

There is the Zeiss killer K28 f2 for sale in the forum here, have you seen it?
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams

derek897

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 01:41
Im afraid to look at it.

Had the k 35mm f3.5 too. Another savage lens. Sharp as a tack wide open.
I know what i like, If not always why.

nocturnal

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 14:57
derek897 wrote:
Im afraid to look at it.

Had the k 35mm f3.5 too. Another savage lens. Sharp as a tack wide open.

I know, you were going to sell it to me then changed your mind 😣 However I got one in a job lot treasure find and won't tell how little I paid for it. 😁 It is very close to the K28 though so usually don't bring both out. I have yet to really appreciate it but it looks so cool on the MX, I love the K font so so much alone 😍😍😍
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams

derek897

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 15:53
Ahhh yes
I know what i like, If not always why.

HarisF1

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 17:11
I got myself a K28/3.5 after buying a K28/2.

It was meant to arrive today but I missed the post

nocturnal

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 23:26
HarisF1 wrote:
I got myself a K28/3.5 after buying a K28/2.

It was meant to arrive today but I missed the post

You probably have a K1 which should make good use of it, how come you wanted a 3.5 besides the bulk/weight?

I mainly use the K28/3.5 on film cameras, it is a superb focal length for full frame 35mm... and really is sharp across the frame . On a K30 crop body I can see no CA at all, it is excellent in the near field too, I've used it for product photography, has a planar type quality.
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams

HarisF1

Link Posted 20/04/2017 - 23:36
Got it at a reasonable price and I'm stocking up on the cheaper K series lenses too these days. Next up on my hitlist will be the K35 (either will do, but the 3.5 one is probably the better lens overall).

nocturnal

Link Posted 22/04/2017 - 06:17
HarisF1 wrote:
Got it at a reasonable price and I'm stocking up on the cheaper K series lenses too these days. Next up on my hitlist will be the K35 (either will do, but the 3.5 one is probably the better lens overall).

Top tip... you can stick a very long lens hood on the K35 3.5 without vignetting, much longer than you'd think, even of full frame, it is sort of designed with a built-in lens hood too, a recessed element like the Helios 44/2.
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams

nocturnal

Link Posted 22/04/2017 - 17:52
HarisF1 wrote:
nocturnal wrote:
Haris, you have very nice stuff on ebay, one being the Vivitar close focus 28mm f2.0

I bought the same lens yesterday and just wondering what you thought of it? I have the same on in f2.8 M42 and it is great for close focus but will sell it if the f2 is better. They are specialist lenses, I've bought it for close ups but maybe pub/band photography and interiors. I'll not be using it for mountain scapes!

I got the f2 for the brighter viewfinder and the PK mount advantage over M42, I'm an MX user you see (film camera as you might not know)... Only joking 😁

Cheers

The f2 is a pretty nifty lens but has a bit of CA wide open. It gives a blue hue to objects just out of focus although it has decent sharpness. Stopped down it should be great. Mine looked almost brand new and has a receipt from 1986 or something with it. I bought the K28 so didn't really need it any more.

Haris, I briefly tried it. It is bokehishious, the colour saturation is superb even wide open, it flares like crazy with point sources and has significant distorion. Yes an artsy lens it is and a different role to the job of a K28.

It has such a narrow depth of field at f2 at minimum focus distance and is sharp wide open, surprisingly so. It does fringe at f2 with white flowers against dark backgrounds but kind of blends in.

I'll have to try it with a roll of Ilford Delta, on FF 35mm even more bokeh but nailing the focus will be even more difficult.

It is built like a tank and minty condition with the 'passed; sticker on it.
I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop. Ansel Adams
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