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SMC Pentax - M 28-50mm f3.5-4.5 Lens

philstaff
Posted 20/09/2016 - 14:56 Link
Can any one recommend this lens or can offer any feed back.

Regards Ian
LennyBloke
Posted 20/09/2016 - 15:04 Link
Nicely built, fairly compact, good optics when stopped down - but because it's a bit "slow" in the first place it means you often need to shoot at f5.6 to f8 as a starting point. Awkward range (for me) on APS-C, and I don't have a K1 to comment on the results on FF digital, but as they can often be had for well under 50 they are very good value lenses.

Just my view
LennyBloke
philstaff
Posted 20/09/2016 - 15:11 Link
Thanks Lenny might be useful for landscapes then.
regards Ian
LennyBloke
Posted 20/09/2016 - 15:47 - Helpful Comment Link
philstaff wrote:
Thanks Lenny might be useful for landscapes then.
regards Ian

....on a K1 it's a classic landscape range, on APS-C I find it a bit awkward
LennyBloke
nocturnal
Posted 16/12/2016 - 10:49 Link
Try a SMC M 35-70mm f2.8-f3.5

This is a seriously good lens and the focal length may be better for you

I got it for 28 a few years back with original case in mint condition.

It is a 'Bismarck' of a lens, check it out on the database but I was astounded by it.

A real 'collection of primes'
"In a photographic context I don't like the use of the word 'shot' as where I live this word refers to an extreme act of violence and not the beautiful craft of photography"
Edited by nocturnal: 16/12/2016 - 10:49
davidwozhere
Posted 17/12/2016 - 00:53 Link
35 - 70mm: I couldn't agree more -- either a manual 'M' series or 'A' series one (but get the bigger, constant f4 version even though it's slower) or the F series auto focus. The whole lot of them are fantastic performers and they all come up on Ebay regularly. Also, if you see one, the 'A' zoom 35-105, "stack of primes" is just as good but it weighs a ton and has a huge 67mm filter ring, making a suitable hood hard to find.
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JAK
Posted 17/12/2016 - 01:27 Link
I found the Chinon 35-70 f3.5-4.5 A series equivalent to be sharper than the Pentax (from a sample of one of each.)
John K

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