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Pentax A 28mm

rosstownsley
Posted 06/08/2012 - 11:50 Link
I just received a 28mm Pentax in the post. I spotted it on gumtree and it seems in near mint condition.

I'm looking forward to getting out and playing with it; it is a little more inconpsicuous then the Tamron 28-70!

Now if only I could leave work early to play with my new toy...
Pentax K5iis, Samsung GX-20, Pentax A 28, A 50, Tamron 28-70, 70-300
DaveHolmes
Posted 06/08/2012 - 11:57 Link
Quite a nice focal length too... I had the 'M' version for a while... Now have the FA28 which is my widest AF-prime and always makes the bag...
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McGregNi
Posted 06/08/2012 - 19:32 Link
Good choice - if its the 'a' 28mm f2.8 like I have, then its a great little lens. Looks the business on my K7 with its high quality setting rings and the numbers all around, and a solid build.

I tend to frame a little wider than normal, as the resolution is high on this lens then cropping is no issue - better to have more than you need in the frame than miss something. I have noticed that it provides a very nice soft range of colours, sort of muted shades and very natural tones.

The only negative is that the colour fringing can be a bit severe, mostly a clear / purple fringe, mainly along strongly backlit edges.
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Pentax K7 with BG-4 Grip / Samyang 14mm f2.8 ED AS IF UMC / DA18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR / SMC A28mm f2.8 / D FA 28-105mm / SMC F35-70 f3.5-4.5 / SMC A50mm f1.7 / Tamron AF70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro / SMC M75-150mm f4.0 / Tamron Adaptall (CT-135) 135mm f2.8 / Asahi Takumar-A 2X tele-converter / Pentax AF-540FGZ (I & II) Flashes / Cactus RF60/X Flashes & V6/V6II Transceiver
MrB
Posted 07/08/2012 - 01:27 Link
It's a very good lens, Ross, and it makes the dslr quite a compact set-up. The f/2.8 aperture gives quite a bright view, making manual focusing not too difficult. I'm sure that you will enjoy using it - on an APS-C dslr it is almost like having a standard lens (F equivalent to 42mm).

Philip
Smeggypants
Posted 07/08/2012 - 03:23 Link
I have the A28/2.8 - I'll be honest I haven't used it for a long time, but I remember it being very good indeed.

note to self: use some lenses you haven't used for ages
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283
rosstownsley
Posted 07/08/2012 - 09:45 Link
It makes quiote a nice pair with the 50mm A, which I really enjoy using, when I can nail the focus!

I'm lookign forward to gettign out and about with. As much as I like my Tamron and the versatility it offers it is sometimes a bit big and bulky when I just want to sling my camera over my shoulder in the hope I might see something intereesting. It also won't be quite so inti iatadating when I am trying to take a candid photo.

Let the (fun and) games begin!
Pentax K5iis, Samsung GX-20, Pentax A 28, A 50, Tamron 28-70, 70-300
Edited by rosstownsley: 07/08/2012 - 09:45
rosstownsley
Posted 07/08/2012 - 12:38 Link
Smeggypants wrote:

note to self: use some lenses you haven't used for ages

I amm trying to avoid this situation and the dreaded LBA. AS much as I would love to go out and buy lots of lenses I just know that most would see most of their time colelcting dust.

I take my A50 most places and nearly always have my Tamron 28-70 on the camera and I think if I buy any more they will just sit on the shelf... I do have a hoya 70-150 which I keep meaning to take out for a whirl to see if it is any good but haven't gotten round to it...
Pentax K5iis, Samsung GX-20, Pentax A 28, A 50, Tamron 28-70, 70-300
McGregNi
Posted 07/08/2012 - 15:22 Link
Sometimes the best approach is to reverse the norm - instead of going out with your lenses and seeing a scene or subject first, then fitting the lens, try fitting the lens first and then going out and finding the scene or subject for the lens (if that makes some kind of sense!)

I mean, stick to one lens and move around and frame shots to suit that particular lens. I shot an indoors event recently with only the 28mm f2.8 fitted - a zoom wasn't even in the bag. I set iso 1600, worked between f2.8 - f5.6 and I was getting speeds of 20th - 90th second. Shot 360 images.

It was liberating to forget about autofocus (all the repressing the shutter button all the time), and just kept on adjusting the focus ring as I moved around the room, concentrating on clicking the shutter at the key moments.
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Don
Posted 09/09/2012 - 14:01 Link
I just picked one up for pocket change. must say the focus action is superb for video shooting!
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.
davidstorm
Posted 09/09/2012 - 15:38 Link
I have the Pentax-M 28mm F3.5 and really like it. I use it sparingly, but when I do I usually like the images it produces. Very low distortion and sharp from wide open.

Regards
David
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