Pentax SMC FA 28-70mm


Lennardinio

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 20:36
Hi, I was thinking of buying one of these lenses as I have read a few good reviews and I just wondered what peoples thoughts are that own one?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Kind Regards

Andrew
Pentax K-30, Pentax K-m, Pentax 18-55mm DAL, Pentax 50-200mm DAL, Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8, Tamron AF 70-300mm Di LD, Ricoh XR Rikenon 50mm f2, Sigma 18-125mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Pentax FA 50mm 1.7

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 20:43
I know nothing of the lens itself, but the zoom range is extraordinarily useful. Great for a walk-about lens.

I have one of more plebeian provenance.

Regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

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Lennardinio

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 20:49
Hi Andrew, yes I am thinking of going for a lens in the 10-20mm range and teaming it up with this lens. I have the 18-55mm DAL at the moment but I am not that happy with it.
Pentax K-30, Pentax K-m, Pentax 18-55mm DAL, Pentax 50-200mm DAL, Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8, Tamron AF 70-300mm Di LD, Ricoh XR Rikenon 50mm f2, Sigma 18-125mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Pentax FA 50mm 1.7

beginner

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 21:12
Which one?.....the *2.8 or the F4 ?....I had the F4 version ,a decent enough lens but not spectacular!.It is light weight and plasticy!....
K20D...ist DS ,DA18/55,DA16/45.DA* 50/135,"A"1.7 50MM..."A" 70/210..M 50mm f2...Tamron 90mm macro,28/300 Tamron,200/500 Tamron 6.9....A Pentax DA*300... Sigma10/20,FA31mm 1.8 Ltd*********,FA 77mm Ltd!

Dangermouse

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 21:14
I do know that the Pentax-F 35-70mm is very well thought of, although I've yet to try mine properly. It's compact and sharp with a good focal range - equivalent to around 50-105mm on digital.

IIRC the 28-70mm can suffer from separation of the rear elements, which is pretty much terminal. If you decide to go for one then make sure you get a guarantee or can check it carefully before buying.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

Lennardinio

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 21:18
Thanks for both your input, it was the f4 I was looking at, but I may look at the Pentax-F 35-70mm instead now.
Pentax K-30, Pentax K-m, Pentax 18-55mm DAL, Pentax 50-200mm DAL, Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8, Tamron AF 70-300mm Di LD, Ricoh XR Rikenon 50mm f2, Sigma 18-125mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Pentax FA 50mm 1.7

MostlyHarmless

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 21:34
Dangermouse wrote:

IIRC the 28-70mm can suffer from separation of the rear elements, which is pretty much terminal. If you decide to go for one then make sure you get a guarantee or can check it carefully before buying.

Yep - looking through the rear element it's pretty obvious as (usually partial) fogging. Pity because it's small, light (OK a bit 'loose') and quite nice optically.
Neal

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 24/03/2010 - 21:38
I really like mine, but wish it was wider. I want a 24-70; for portraits and parties it's excellent, especially on a small cam, like the k100d.

I don't find the light weight an issue at all - and f4 is really nice to have.

Bret
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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
Last Edited by bretti_kivi on 24/03/2010 - 21:39
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