Landscapes lens - budget recommendation - Used acceptable.


johnjbloomfield

Link Posted 14/02/2016 - 12:03
Hi Guys

Any recommendations on a budget landscape lens for a KS-2.

I don't really care about autofocus for landscapes - as i'm rarely in a hurry when shooting them so quite happy to consider some old and used glass if you guys think the optics are good.

I enjoy long exposure.

McGregNi

Link Posted 14/02/2016 - 12:13
The Samyang 14mm f2.8 is a modern, high quality manual focus lens, and new at around 270 British Pounds is certainly 'budget' .... No compromises though in IQ nor build, plus its 'FF'.

It's not an architectural lens really, as the edge distortions are complex to try and correct. Plenty of examples in my PU portfolio if you click through ... Probably have to go to the 2nd or 3rd pages to see most, but there's a few taken around Canary Wharf at night with the Samyang and 20 to 30 sec exposures.
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DrOrloff

Link Posted 14/02/2016 - 12:48
It depends what focal length suits you.

The Sigma 24mm f2.8 'superwide' is excellent across the frame.

On a budget then the M28mm f3.5 is very good.

I like the K30mm f2.8 since it gives a lovely, natural perspective.
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geordie01

Link Posted 14/02/2016 - 14:56
Vivitar 24mm f2.8 is good and can be had in pka flavour also Kiron 28mm f2 also available in pka but rare and also the mk2 m 28mm f2.8

Cayman

Link Posted 14/02/2016 - 21:03
DA 16-45?

http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-DA-16-45mm-F4-Lens.html
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davidstorm

Link Posted 14/02/2016 - 21:49
If you are happy with fixed focal length and no AF, I would second DrOrloff's suggestions. I haven't used the K30 F2.8, but judging by DrO's images it is a stellar lens.

I own a M28 F3.5 and I love it, my best landscape lens. You can find decent examples for less than 50; mine cost 30 for a mint example.

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 01:31
Pentax M 28 is indeed nice, as is the A 28 (both under 40) I don't care for the A 35mm and, curiously, there are always lots of these for sale.
One that really surprised me is the F 28 - 80 zoom (note - not FA). These are autofocus, cost peanuts and look quite ugly. I fished it out of a drawer the other day where it had been dumped since it arrived with some other things. The Stratford on Avon river scene in the gallery was taken with it, for example. It will get a lot more use now.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 06:46
The M 28mm 3.5 is lovely to use and produces sharp, contrasty images but may be a little on the "long" side. I find 18mm to be perfect including enough foreground to offer that 3D effect but not so wide that distant hills are rendered small and insignificant. To that end, a kit lens stopped down to f8 or one of the usual "upgrade" 18-50 or 18-70 lenses is perfect. I have a Tamron 2.8 17-50 but a similar Sigma or PENTAX would be just as good.
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Algernon

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 09:04
davidwozhere wrote:

One that really surprised me is the F 28 - 80 zoom (note - not FA). These are autofocus, cost peanuts and look quite ugly. I fished it out of a drawer the other day where it had been dumped since it arrived with some other things. The Stratford on Avon river scene in the gallery was taken with it, for example. It will get a lot more use now.

The SMC version is excellent. Very close to a prime at around 50mm f/5.6 - f/8.
I've never checked, but a cropped 50mm might be better than using 80mm.

FF lens as well.

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Last Edited by Algernon on 15/02/2016 - 09:05

RobL

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 09:38
[quote:One that really surprised me is the F 28 - 80 zoom (note - not FA). These are autofocus, cost peanuts and look quite ugly. I fished it out of a drawer the other day where it had been dumped since it arrived with some other things. The Stratford on Avon river scene in the gallery was taken with it, for example. It will get a lot more use now.[/quote] I too dug out one I bought as a kit lens in the 1990s and gave it a try; it has a 'macro' setting which whilst not true macro means you can get decent close-ups. The reason I don't keep it in the bag is it is much heavier than modern lenses but hey, maybe just the thing for a FF camera to supplement a good prime or two.

PS I bought a screw thread hood a short while ago which matches perfectly.
Last Edited by RobL on 15/02/2016 - 09:39

Algernon

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 10:58
RobL wrote:

PS I bought a screw thread hood a short while ago which matches perfectly.

The front element is so close the front of this lens it can get easily scratched. On APS-C at least you can screw a 58mm to 52mm reducer ring and use a 52mm hood. My hood is threaded at the end to take the 58mm lens cap, so I don't have to remove the hood.

Similar to this one, but they don't say what thread is on the end.....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FOTGA-52mm-Screw-Mount-Standard-Metal-Lens-Hood-for-Ca...

I also use the more expensive Heliopan hoods like these (bottom of page) on other lenses such as the 35mm f/2.4 ...

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/33808-heliopan-...

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Last Edited by Algernon on 15/02/2016 - 11:04

LennyBloke

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 11:47
Algernon wrote:
davidwozhere wrote:

One that really surprised me is the F 28 - 80 zoom (note - not FA). These are autofocus, cost peanuts and look quite ugly. I fished it out of a drawer the other day where it had been dumped since it arrived with some other things. The Stratford on Avon river scene in the gallery was taken with it, for example. It will get a lot more use now.

The SMC version is excellent. Very close to a prime at around 50mm f/5.6 - f/8.
I've never checked, but a cropped 50mm might be better than using 80mm.

FF lens as well.

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I think it was Algernon that alerted me to this "hidden gem" a couple of years ago?

The SMC version really is an excellent lens, but I think more people are aware now so it's not easy to get quite so cheaply now
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Algernon

Link Posted 15/02/2016 - 12:43
I'm gobsmacked ........ I'll have to go for a lie down ........ Just tried mine to see if it was correctly centred ......

HARDLY ANY DIFF LHS - CENTRE - RHS AT 50MM F9 !!! WOW!!!

Only had time to do 50mm. Never seen a lens that good before even my Holywood 28mm f/2

Edit:
Quick screen grab of 1:1 vew at about 1000w reduced in Zoner to 800w slight resharpen for loss due to reduction.
CENTRE - LHS - RHS in that order. Can't see any difference




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Last Edited by Algernon on 15/02/2016 - 12:57
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