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10-18-2010, 05:35 PM - 7 Likes   #31
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Guys, I think all of you reading this lens shootout should give Frank his due credit by clicking on the Reputation icon on the bottom left of his avatar. I know Frank personally for a number of years now and he is definitely highly respected for the depth of his knowledge on things relating to Pentax.

Very personable and objective, you'll get no mumbo-jumbo, airy fairy theoretical bullshit from him, and having owned just about every recent Pentax lens I can think off, whatever he says is backed by plenty of experience. It is largely through his efforts that he has steadily grown the Singapore Pentax community through his tireless Pentax monthly outings and his personal interaction to help newbies and experienced shooters alike to discover what makes Pentax unique. I can personally attest to so many who have opted to make Pentax their choice due to him personally.

A BIG kudos to you, Frank for your tireless efforts.

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Thanks for the reminder creampuff. We'd be sitting in the dark if it weren't for people like you and frank (and many others) showing us the first dibs and reviews.
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QuoteOriginally posted by einstrigger Quote
I'm liking this lens more and more. Though LBA is growing, I'm going to hold out and see what prices will be like in a few months.

Maybe it's apples to oranges, but when the 100mm WR was released, MSRP was $849.95(USD). It's now selling at B&H for $619.95 or about 27% cheaper than what Pentax has listed.

Adorama currently has the new DA 35mm f/2.4 at $219 for pre-order, which I'm going to guess is MSRP. Hmmm...don't know if I can hold out for any discounts. Must resist LBA...
Hehe. Good luck with that!

After this superb review of the lens, my LBA is kicking into high gear...
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Since I Adorama won't take my paypal for the pre-order, i'm safe this week for not getting this lens. (of course, this allows me to build more of my macro collection from ebay, lol).

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QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Thanks guys for your feedback.

From the results you can see that DA35macro certainly has the best center and corner sharpness, that's inline w/ my experiences with this wonderful lens. FA35 might have slightly better resolution, but the difference really isn't much especially considering we are viewing at 100% crops on a 16.3mp sensor. You probably won't feel the difference during actual shooting.
I don't know what you're trying to say here. The FA 35 has MUCH higher resolution in the center compared to the 35 Macro, they're equal in the corners by f4, and the FA 35 is much sharper in the corners at 5.6. The FA 35 wins on resolution over these lenses by quite a large margin as far as I can see.
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I have to admit... I was going to buy myself the DA 35mm macro Limited for Christmas but now I'm wondering if I should spring for this new 35 now. Of course, it won't have that Limited build but it doesn't seem to suffer too much for it.

Frank, you say the DA Limited macro isn't the best for subjects farther away from the camera. I didn't really notice that in your shots. Could you maybe throw up a shot or two that demonstrates what you mean?
10-18-2010, 10:16 PM   #37
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FA35 is sharper. Simply sharper. At test photos. Still want to see DNG from DA35/2.4 till f/4.
10-18-2010, 10:39 PM   #38
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Thanks for the great work !!!

10-18-2010, 10:51 PM   #39
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thanks so much for this review. as others have said, this is a no brainer and I'm definitely getting one.
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CZJ copy?

Does anyone know if this copy has the same construction as the Carl Zeiss Jena 35/2.4? I recognized that the DAL also has the psuedo ~1:2 macro and minimum focus at 30cm, identical to the CZJ.

I just became very interested!
10-18-2010, 11:04 PM   #41
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Thanks for this wonderful test! As an owner of the FA35/2.0, I have no interest in the DA35/2.4, but I think it is a good thing (tm) that Pentax introduces low cost, high quality glass.

Adding a fast normal to the kit lens would be a very good first prime for the beginning photographer, I think.
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it's a shame you couldn't include the FA31mm f/1.8 limited amongst this exhaustive test of the Pentax 35mm lens line up, but that lens is in a entirely different price bracket. and it continues to surprise me how much the FOV changes with the loss of four mm (31mm Vs 35mm)

I have been doing some of my own testing on a leica M9 with a novoflex K mount adapter pitting the FA31mm f/1.8 against the Leica summilux 35mm f/1.4 and the voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 - and the differences in FOV makes things difficult to make a technically unbiased comparison.
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Pixel Peeping, what else ?

But this lens (DA 35 F/2.4) will be very very good for this cheap price !

The couple K-5 + DA 35 is so charming !

In France... They are available around November, and with the Cashback it's very interesting !
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More and more I wanted K-5 and this lens. Haha. Thanks Frank! *wink*
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Thanks for this comparison. How does the lens handle closeup subjects? I know it's not a macro, but have you any comments on it when used at close range? The images you included that are closeups certainly look ok at web resolutions..

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