SMC Pentax-A 28mm f2.8 disappointment

Started Mar 24, 2005 | Discussions thread
.Sam.
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Re: SMC Pentax-A 28mm f2.8 disappointment
In reply to John Mc Dermott, Mar 25, 2005

FA28 (AL) is totally a different lense. It's one of pentax's best, as good as the 31 limited.

How do you like your FA 28-70? I like it's size. Do you think it's any better than the kit lense?

John Mc Dermott wrote:

KonstantinL wrote:

Today I got this lense for a "test drive".
I didn't expect it to have that narrow sweet spot and be so soft at
the corners.

100% crop of the right down corner

So, it was a big disappointment. I own two other old Pentax-M
lenses + Tokina 70-210(KA) and they are very solid.

Can it be just this particular copy? Seems to be made in Taiwan 20
years ago...

I've just done a very quick test with a load of Pentax lenses all
either 28mm or zooms set to 28mm. I didn't do all the zooms that do
28mm but I did do all the primes I have. I only looked at central
definition all set to F8 and in order of preference.

FA28mm F2.8
SMC A 28mm F2.8 ( for sale on ebay just now, I'll get banned I
suppose )
DA 16-45 F4
FA 24-90 F3.5-4.5
M series 28mm F2.8
Cosina 19-35mm F3.5-4.5
FA 28-70 F4

The FA and A were the best but the DA and FA zooms were VERY close
behind. So I think if your A lens isn't at least great then you've
done something wrong or have a duff one.

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