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

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

Regards Ian
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
Posted 20/09/2016 - 15:11 Link
Thanks Lenny might be useful for landscapes then.
regards Ian
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
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
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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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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