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10-19-2010, 02:27 AM   #46
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Many thanks for an extensive review & plenty of real-life pics. Like others, I am interested in the light transmission, especially if it is, as you say, more than F2.4. This is easy to calculate.

Take identical shots at F2.8 & wide open, without auto ISO (fix it at 200 or whatever) and the wide open shots should have a shutter speed 50% faster if it is indeed F2.4.

If you can do that, it would be great, and we can see what the max aperture really is.

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The F4 sample is wrong, Exif says 2.4 for 2.4 lens.
Otherwise I think the lens is a very good portrait lens.
Great Bokeh, above all the other IMO. Shrapness is good and even, although not the best. As I said. great for portraits. If I get this lens, I will not be getting the FA35mm. No point, slightly faster, stops down too much, and slightly sharper. and Bokeh not as great.
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This is really good! I hope Pentax will do this kind of lens in a much wider FL, say 20mm?

Great review Frank!
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QuoteOriginally posted by deadwolfbones Quote
FA35 and DA35 Macro definitely look a liiiittle bit sharper, but not very much. Nice!
Yea for the 219 they are listed this for pre-purchase, its a steal. I would say this is a great lens for someone who wants to learn the ins and outs of a prime without spending more (like a first time ... K-X buyer maybe?)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Steelski Quote
The F4 sample is wrong, Exif says 2.4 for 2.4 lens.
Otherwise I think the lens is a very good portrait lens.
Great Bokeh, above all the other IMO. Shrapness is good and even, although not the best. As I said. great for portraits. If I get this lens, I will not be getting the FA35mm. No point, slightly faster, stops down too much, and slightly sharper. and Bokeh not as great.
Sorry about the mistake. Didn't notice the copy/paste error

Updated w/ the correct links, hope DA35/2.4 would look slightly better at F4 now

Thanks for pointing this out.
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I was planning to buy the 40mm Ltd... Should I wait and buy this one instead?
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I was planning to buy the 40mm Ltd... Should I wait and buy this one instead?
You won't be disappointed if you buy either one. But I do like this one better
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QuoteOriginally posted by leommj Quote
I was planning to buy the 40mm Ltd... Should I wait and buy this one instead?
From the looks of it, the DA35 and DA40 seem to very similar in a lot of ways. I'd still probably give the nod to the 40 mm in most ways, but the DA35 f/2.4 is a nice cheaper alternative.

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Thanks Frank for the review. I agree a good general walkabout is how I test a lens as well. What I can say is when i was starting out I was looking for image quality and bokeh like you have expertly demonstrated here. While I love the DA35 Macro that I ended up with the DA35L was more the price I wanted to pay for the resulting image quality. The point is that this lens to me is exactly what customers new to SLR or Primes are likely looking for and the price is right. It has its limits and drawbacks when compared to DA and FA lens built quality etc. But I think Pentax have provided users an attractive alternative for beginners and enthusiasts alike!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Urkeldaedalus Quote
From the looks of it, the DA35 and DA40 seem to very similar in a lot of ways.
The DA 35 2.4 should have been a DA 28 2.4.
10-19-2010, 01:03 PM   #57
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If I didn't already have the DA40, I'd be ordering one of these today!
Thanks for the great review!
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Come on guys this lens ( while being very good, esp. for its price ) is a copy of FA35 lens with "cropped" elements and new coatings.

Its really good, no one denies it, but its really nothing new.

PS: Thanks to original poster for this awesome review.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The DA 35 2.4 should have been a DA 28 2.4.
I agree, it would have been much closer to the nomal 43mm perspective that Pentax tried to inplement not long ago
it is also my favorite focal lenght
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The DA 35 2.4 should have been a DA 28 2.4.
I'd be more interested in the 28mm flavor but the world in general needs the 35. Gotta have the right 35. This appears to be it! Thanks, Frank!
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