I dropped $25 and bought a Pentax 28mm wide angle lens today. Â It is manual focus which is fine because I enjoy shooting in aperture priority mode and can manually focus a lens reasonably well.
On my APS-C Pentax, it magnifies out at as about a normal lens (a normal lens is a lens that mimics how your eye sees life) which makes it a lens I am looking forward to using.
Itâ€™s fairly sharp at f2.8 and gets better until its optimum setting at f8. Â It still looks really good at f11 with the rather boring test shots I have taken so far (there is a polar vortex people, let me me shoot in peace). Â I love my 50mm but this will get used a lot as a walk around lens.
I donâ€™t think it will get used a lot as I still need to pick up Pentaxâ€™s new 35mm prime lens and get a decent walk around lens but there is something to be said about using some old manual lenses while out for a walk. Â Street photography has been shot this way for decades and it is something that I want to keep doing.
The other reason is that I have it is that my mom had a Pentax ME. Â Without us realizing it, she tossed it out while battling brain cancer (the cancer won) or else I would still have it. Â I may not have her camera but it is nice to know I still shoot photos using some of the same gear she did.
Either way, in the limited time I had to play with it today, it looks nice, has a decent bokeh, is sharp and was only $25. Â What more can I ask for?