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Old Feb 1, 2009, 5:23 PM   #1
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well i saw this SMC Pentax-M 1:2.8 28mm on ebay going really cheap (£22) so i had a quick bid without doing any research on it at all, a few days earliar id bought a SMC Pentax-A 1:1.7 50mm (did lots of research on this one first) but i was still waiting for it to arrive.

well yesterday i went out and took a few pictures, i was hoping for a red sunset, which didnt happen but even so i got some nice pictures.


this ones been cropped a bit mainly at the bottom to get cut out some ugly metal sheeting.




heres a 100% crop of the branchs against the sky, im pretty sure my kit lense would have given me some purple fringes or CA here




the close up sharpness is pretty good too




this one i did multiple exposures of the sky and the ground then blended them together in photoshop. i didnt get my sunset and this was the best i could salvage.




its probably no surprise to you guys, but to me im amazed at just how sweet these old lenses can be and considering none of these pictures have been sharpened im very very happy even though i didnt get my sunset :-)


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Old Feb 1, 2009, 7:28 PM   #2
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Nice going Dave,
I'm a little confused though, are these taken with the 28 or the 50mm?
either way you done good.

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Old Feb 1, 2009, 7:36 PM   #3
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Good job, Dave. Looks like you got a winner.

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Old Feb 1, 2009, 8:06 PM   #4
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Very nice! That old 28mm 2.8 has a good reputation. I have the older 24mm 2.8, which has similar optics, though wider, and have been impressed with it on the dSLR cameras. the 28 doesn't have the barreling that the 24mm has and is considered more desirable. Enjoy it!
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Old Feb 2, 2009, 2:21 AM   #5
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Goldwinger wrote:
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Nice going Dave,
I'm a little confused though, are these taken with the 28 or the 50mm?
either way you done good.

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sorry they were taken using the 28mm, although the exif on one says 24, i must have set it wrong when i turned the camera on. ive still got to get used to using the manual lense, i kept forgetting to press the green button before shooting as well.
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Old Feb 2, 2009, 5:08 AM   #6
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I posted some photos recently under heading "Legacy Lens". Photos done with the Pentax SMC M 30mm F2.8. I have found the lens is really great (and it has a top reputation), but takes a little practice to get used to M mode. Similarly, I initially had poor results with a SMC M 55mm F1.8 lens. With some practice I'm finding it quite good. The main issue is that it is very easy to overexpose shots with these manual lenses.

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Old Feb 2, 2009, 9:37 AM   #7
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Looks like a keeper. Nice and sharp.

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Old Feb 2, 2009, 2:44 PM   #8
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Nice work, Kaz. I got a cheap 50mm 2.8 and it is wonderful for inside shots. I used it inside a cathedral and the shots are very sharp. I'm looking for a 28mm as well. By the way, nice shots too!

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Way to go Kaz...Nice shots. You know me I love the old manual lenses. I have more fun per shot with them most of the time.

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