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Pentax smc FA 35 mm f/2 AL

Pentax smc FA 35 mm f/2 AL
20 July 2010
Szymon Starczewski

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2009-01-16 on Optyczne.pl

Two lenses our Readers ask after the most often are 50 mm and 35 mm primes. In fact every system offers such instruments as they count among classics - our equipment bag would look simply half empty without them.

When it comes to the most popular systems, we’ve already tested almost all 50 mm lenses. There’s still some number of 35 mm devices to catch up, though. Small wonder we started to get interested in a classic from Pentax so the smc FA 35 mm f/2.0 AL lens. It is very popular as its price is acceptable, its optical properties, as described by the users, good and its dimensions – small. In such a case we couldn’t wait any longer with publishing the test of this instrument. Happy reading!

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We would like to thank Mr. Mariusz Wnuk who lent us the lens for testing purposes and helped with the material analysis.

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.


Pentax smc FA 35 mm f/2 AL - Introduction