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Pentax smc FA 35 mm f/2 AL

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc FA 35 mm f/2 AL
Lens style Wide angle
Focal length 35 mm
Maximum aperture f/2
Angle of view 63 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:5.88
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 6
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 6 elements / 5 groups
Filter diameter 49 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 63.5 x 46 mm
Weight 195 g
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Average rating (6 owners reviews)
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4.44 Good
Owners reviews (6)
  1. Kiwi Jono
    Kiwi Jono 23 February 2017, 21:05
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    IP 122.61.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Manual focus feel could be better. Not silent autofocus

    Pros: Small, light, excellent optical performance, nice colours and very useful focal length. Good bokeh on FF too.

    Summary: Now I have spent time with this lens on the K-1, my opinion of the FA35 and has only improved further! Its a great match with the K-1, light, small, sharp, fully usable wide open, and FF bokeh sees a surprising improvement over APS-C (possibly due to closer focusing distance for same field of view). Also stopped down to f16 I\'m seeing nice star flares (like DA15). Its my most used lens on the K-1.

  2. Vedran
    Vedran 20 February 2012, 21:43
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    IP 85.94.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 450€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: autofocus can be inconsistent and slow, sometimes lens delivers ugly bokeh

    Pros: good sharpnes at f/2.8, excelent sharpnes at f/5.6, compact, great contrast

    Summary: very good lens for everyday use

  3. FotoPete
    FotoPete 15 August 2010, 06:06
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    IP 99.225.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $320
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Very pricey now, hard to find.

    Pros: Sharp from wide open, great contrast, compact and light.

    Summary: Great normal for the dSLR or wide for film cameras, the lens is sharp right from f2 and exhibits great colour. The petal hood also comes wtih the polarizer window! The bokeh as mentioned can be a little busy at times but all and all a solid staple to any Pentaxian's lineup.

  4. vrrattko
    vrrattko 11 August 2010, 14:02
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    IP 91.84.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 235 GBP
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: chromatic aberation, slow autofocus

    Pros: very sharp when stopped down, good resolution, great colours, price

    Summary: Great lens for a price, I use it as my standard lens on K20D. It produces very sharp images, resolution is at the highest at f4-f8. Another strong point of this lens is great colour reproduction and smc coating. Bokeh is not bad but not the best. The main weakness is autofocus: bit too slow and hunting quite often.

  5. GPBurdell
    GPBurdell 13 July 2010, 19:54
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    IP 192.91.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: $415
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Can't think of any. Previous reviewer mentions build quality, but I have not used enough lenses to be able to tell a difference

    Pros: Great image quality, very sharp

    Summary: This lens produces excellent quality images. If you like sharp rendering lenses, this is one for you. Mine produces fairly noticeably sharper images than my FA 50mm f/1.4, but I like the bokeh of the 50mm better.

  6. Arnold
    Arnold 19 February 2010, 16:05
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    IP 134.100.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
    Price: 140 Euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Build quality is very decent but could still be better. I hate plastic aperture rings...

    Pros: Very good image quality wide open, near-perfect from f2. Compact.

    Summary: If this lens would have the build quality of the FA31/1.8 Ltd it would be the perfect normal lens on the K20D.

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