What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

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jromeophotography Forum Member • Posts: 72
What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

I am looking into buying a 28mm manual lens for my Pentax ME Super. It is a K-Mount film camera. I want prime only. I have looked at Pentax SMC 28mm 2.8 and the 3.5. I have also seen some lenses made by Sears MC 2.8 28mm, Vivitar 28mm and Tokina EL 28mm. I am not sure which one of these are decent and which are junk. Any insight would be great thanks.

loock Regular Member • Posts: 399
Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

SMC K 28 f 2 is the best for bokeh and everything.

smc M and A 28 f 2 not so fine, bokeh is pretty terrible in fact.

SMC K 28 f 2.8 is very good.
SMC K 28 f 3.5 very good sharpness but show strong vigneting

smc M f 2.8 - two versions, first very good, second good.
smc M 28 f 3.5 OK

smc A 28 f 2.8 so-so good

smc F 28 f 2.8 good but not mutch

smc FA 28 f 2.8 better then F but not very good, and rectangular lens hood is recomanded, not just for flare resistance, but for contrast too.

Pentax 28 is in fact 29 mm

SMC K 30 f 2.8 is very-very good, but warmer/yellower in rendering.

FA 31 f 1.8 LIMITED show fantastic gradation rendering, but at f 1.8 is too creamy for my taste on full frame 35.
Is very good for APS-C....

kuuan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,553
Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

the Pentax lenses are very good. the f3.5 is said to be better, the SMC 'K' again superior to the 'M'
there is a f2 which is stellar, but very rare and very expensive

there is a big variety of Vivitars, with luck you can get a f2.8 which says 'close focus' for rel. little money, it is a very good lens. If you want to it fast there also is a f2 Vivitar which is rather nice, but of course rarer and dearer. Could be worthwhile to check out Pentaxforums lens section, you will find a very a long thread about the many Vivitars

I am sure someone else can tell you more

edit: oops, already happened, loock was faster and gives much more detailed info
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Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

I had the Tokina EL and bought it in 1983. Nice lens on film ( i really noticed the color saturation) However, when I went to digital it was disappointing. I also had a A28 and through the A was better than the tokina. on digiital, the tokina did not provide enough contrast and pictures looked a bit washed out. I sold both.

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Vivitar/Kiron 28mm f/2.8 MC Close Focus Wide Angle

jromeophotography wrote:

I am looking into buying a 28mm manual lens for my Pentax ME Super. It is a K-Mount film camera. I want prime only. I have looked at Pentax SMC 28mm 2.8 and the 3.5. I have also seen some lenses made by Sears MC 2.8 28mm, Vivitar 28mm and Tokina EL 28mm. I am not sure which one of these are decent and which are junk. Any insight would be great thanks.

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Here's the best 28mm I've personally used on Pentax:

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LKeithR Veteran Member • Posts: 4,090
Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

loock wrote:

SMC K 28 f 2 is the best for bokeh and everything.

smc M and A 28 f 2 not so fine, bokeh is pretty terrible in fact.

SMC K 28 f 2.8 is very good.
SMC K 28 f 3.5 very good sharpness but show strong vigneting

smc M f 2.8 - two versions, first very good, second good.
smc M 28 f 3.5 OK

smc A 28 f 2.8 so-so good

smc F 28 f 2.8 good but not mutch

smc FA 28 f 2.8 better then F but not very good, and rectangular lens hood is recomanded, not just for flare resistance, but for contrast too.

Pentax 28 is in fact 29 mm

SMC K 30 f 2.8 is very-very good, but warmer/yellower in rendering.

I haven't used all of the lenses mentioned above but--based on what I have used and/or read about--I tend to agree. Of all the Pentax lenses the K30 is my favourite. It is just enough warmer--can't say I've noticed a yellower effect--to produce some stunning results.

On 35mm film 28mm was a very popular focal length, both in K-mount and M42, so you have lots of lenses--perhaps too many--to choose from...

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mike703 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,519
Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

The Pentax 28mm f/2.8 is great. I haven't used others so I can't give you a detailed comparison but I really enjoy it: far from 'junk', and cheap on fleabay (I paid about £45 for mine on a buy-it-now after getting bored losing auctions). Here are some examples:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=38501089

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=37712419

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Re: Vivitar/Kiron 28mm f/2.8 MC Close Focus Wide Angle

Need to find out where I can find one of them. Any word on the Vivitar 28-135mm macro focusing lens for k-mount?

aidan obsidian Regular Member • Posts: 252
sigma 28 2.8 close up

i havent used any other 28mm on k mount yet, but really do like the 28 2.8 sigma close up II. i got it with the caps and lens hood. the hood really helps with contrast and i usually always keep it on the lens. its 1:4.5 reproduction on FF, so don't know what it ends up being on aps-c but you can get quite close to anything.

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Re: sigma 28 2.8 close up

I second that, I have both this (Sigma Miniwide II macro) and a Vivitar, the Sigma is sharper and has better contrast, although I think I have a bad copy of the Viv
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Jonathan Mac Forum Member • Posts: 91
28mm

For info on the many Vivitars, have a look here:

http://photografica.robinparmar.com/vivitar.html

I have a Komine 28 / 2.0 on the way, but not tried it yet.

The Pentax M 28/2.8 is so-so. Reasonably sharp even wide open, but pics are somewhat lacking somehow. The 3.5 version is better, and EXTREMELY sharp wide open, but needs a hood for good contrast and is not the fastest option. I´ve never used either on film though.

UtahManSir Veteran Member • Posts: 4,650
Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

loock wrote:

SMC K 28 f 2 is the best for bokeh and everything.

smc M and A 28 f 2 not so fine, bokeh is pretty terrible in fact.

SMC K 28 f 2.8 is very good.

No such lens: http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/wide-angle/index.html

SMC K 28 f 3.5 very good sharpness but show strong vigneting

Never noticed vignetting with mine on APS-C.

smc M f 2.8 - two versions, first very good, second good.
smc M 28 f 3.5 OK

smc A 28 f 2.8 so-so good

Used as a traveling lens in another forum, superior to the K 28mm f3.5 IMHO

smc F 28 f 2.8 good but not mutch

smc FA 28 f 2.8 better then F but not very good, and rectangular lens hood is recomanded, not just for flare resistance, but for contrast too.

Pentax 28 is in fact 29 mm

SMC K 30 f 2.8 is very-very good, but warmer/yellower in rendering.

FA 31 f 1.8 LIMITED show fantastic gradation rendering, but at f 1.8 is too creamy for my taste on full frame 35.
Is very good for APS-C....

You may find this useful
http://erphotoreview.com/wordpress/?p=729

And this

http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/resolution.html

I actually don't love 28mm on APS-C, but I do love it on film.

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Huh??

loock wrote:

smc M and A 28 f 2 not so fine, bokeh is pretty terrible in fact.

Can't speak for the A 28/2.0, or the film-base ME Super, but your declaration is flat-out WRONG on the M 28/2.0 when paired to the K-5. Use it skillfully, the M 28/2.0 is as capable any MF lens in the Pentax arsenal.

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Re: Vivitar/Kiron 28mm f/2.8 MC Close Focus Wide Angle

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Re: What is the Best 28mm Lens for Pentax K-Mount - Pentax ME Super

I own the K 28mm f3.5 and the FA31mm f1.8. On my K10D, the K 28 is just as sharp wide open as the FA 31 at the same aperture. Of course, the bokeh cannot be compared to that of the FA 31. I paid 60 $ dor it and it's the best value for money lens I have. For landscape, it's brutally sharp at f8. I know the K 28mm f2 is highly regarded, but it is also rare and very expensive. My advice is go with the K 28 f3,5. You can't go wrong with this lens.

iksomodo Regular Member • Posts: 342
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This isn't systematic or scientific, but since a lot of people have replied I might as well add my observations. I don't know why I ended up trying so many lenses of this focal length, but I've liked a lot of them. This has been MOSTLY ON DIGITAL, where 28mm is a normal lens, not wide-angle, so I'm really just using the center of the lens. Results on film may differ. Starting with the ones you mentioned:

M 28/2.8: I like! I've had a couple of these, and one happened to be better than the other.

M 28/3.5: Not tried.

Sears 28/2.8: Less contrast and definition than Pentax at f/2.8. There might be more than one version, though.

Vivitar 28/2.8: Not tried.

Tokina EL 28/2.8: Nice, but stopped focusing for some reason.

I've also used:

A 28/2.0: My current favorite walk-around lens. Bokeh is okay, nothing special when compared with longer lenses. There's some distortion.

K 28/3.5: Lower contrast than I expected. Remarkably low distortion.

Tokina 28/2.8 "A" type: Not as good as the one you mentioned.

Anyway have fun! John

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Duplo Veteran Member • Posts: 6,656
Zeiss 28mm f2

I have used it a lot on my nikon 35mm digital, an excellent lens I think.
Not good on APS-C, but on a film body it will likely be just as excellent.

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Sigma 28 f/1.8

A long time ago a poster named DarrenM (I think I got that right) posted a lot of great stuff from the Sigma 28 f/1.8. I doubt it's in their lineup anymore. I was kind of tempted to buy it back in the day as it used to be about $220 new and was auto focus. Last time I saw it online it was $350 or so. It's quite large and heavy as it is full frame and fast. Nice bokeh. Great street shooter.

I have an MC Cosmicar 28 f/2.8 that I picked up on ebay for $12 that I have been happy with. It's a rebrand of the bayonet Takumar 28 f/2.8. It's a sharp lens, though it does benefit from using a hood as it lacks the smc coatings. It's functions as an "A" lens, so for $12 its been fun. There is another rebrand of that lens called a CPC phase II as well.

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