I dropped $25 and bought a Pentax 28mm wide angle lens today. 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.
It’s fairly sharp at f2.8 and gets better until its optimum setting at f8. 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). I love my 50mm but this will get used a lot as a walk around lens.
I don’t think it will get used a lot as I still need to pick up Pentax’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. 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. Without us realizing it, she tossed it out while battling brain cancer (the cancer won) or else I would still have it. 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. What more can I ask for?