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10-29-2010, 02:55 AM   #106
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Wow - what lovely bokeh the DAL 35 has! Looks very pleasant to me.

Thanks Frank - I also really appreciate you taking the time to shoot and post this review. Very helpful.

You have caused me to add this to my buy list too (once prices have settled).

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Thanks for the thorough review! (I suppose I need to go to the pharmacy at once to ask for an anti LBA attack inhaler ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by indytax Quote
I noticed the same thing in Frank's original post. I suppose someone will disassemble one soon enough to tell us.
Who will volunteer to be the first?
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Beside the A35's lack of sharpness at wide apertures, I see no clear differences between the lenses on resolution and contrast; especially given the exposure variance. The DA35 f2.4 has the smoothest bokeh. It also seems a bit sharper a f16, but again, the exposure variation may mask the true optical differences.

Without further evidence to the contrary, I would say that the new lens is quite a bargain and possibly as sharp as any Pentax 35, perhaps with the exception of the k35 3.5.

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I am wondering what the extra, large contact is on the DA35, at five o'clock:

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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
I am wondering what the extra, large contact is on the DA35, at five o'clock:
Don't touch it! It could be the only thing holding the lens together!
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perhaps it replaces the conductivity of the metal mount.
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Hate to swim up stream on this, but the 35 f/2.4 is at best an average lens. Inexpensive to be sure compared to available lenses. It works well, focuses quick and well, produces nice colors etc etc but... something was lacking in the images I got. The 2.4 I had, and sent back, produced a (subjective) "flatness" compared to other prime Pentax lenses I've used (DA35, FA43, A50 1.7). It even lacked the same snap and the 3D feel of the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 at the same aperture and focal length. It's may be a great value/quality offering, but it's just a average prime lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
perhaps it replaces the conductivity of the metal mount.
Most likely, my k-x kit DA-Ls have these too (plastic mount with these too).

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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
perhaps it replaces the conductivity of the metal mount.
Oh man, of course, yes!
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QuoteOriginally posted by FHPhotographer Quote
Hate to swim up stream on this, but the 35 f/2.4 is at best an average lens. Inexpensive to be sure compared to available lenses.
Brian, I think the main issue is compared to other inexpensive lenses, 18-55mm, etc. it is very good.

I don't think there is anything else you can get at $180 that even comes close. Personally I don't like the "normal" focal length, but it is something that has been lacking for parents who only have the kit lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by omega leader Quote
Brian, I think the main issue is compared to other inexpensive lenses, 18-55mm, etc. it is very good.

I don't think there is anything else you can get at $180 that even comes close. Personally I don't like the "normal" focal length, but it is something that has been lacking for parents who only have the kit lens.
agree, why are you comparing it exclusively to lenses that cost many times more? This is one of the two perfect primes (the other being the incredible DA 40mm) for beginning Pentax users.
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Looking at those test pics (which were excellent btw), the new 35mm looks great (especially for the price). The DA35macro still has them all beat for IQ in my opinion, but the difference is fairly small with the new DA, and I dare say the new lens has a bit better bokeh characteristics.

Anyway, nice samples, thanks!! (I'm still dreaming of the macro though) :P
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Cost isn't the issue, quality is...

QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
agree, why are you comparing it exclusively to lenses that cost many times more? This is one of the two perfect primes (the other being the incredible DA 40mm) for beginning Pentax users.
Well no, it really isn't "perfect" and that's my point: good for the price, but at best an average quality prime. Paying $200 or $600 doesn't change the outcome I saw: the renderings of the 2.4 are flat.

Note that I didn't expect a inexpensive prime to be the same as the Limiteds, but I did expect that a new prime would hold it's own against a slower, two-year-old standard zoom under like conditions. It didn't.

Is the 35 f/2.4 IQ okay? Sure. And is that good enough? That's up to you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by FHPhotographer Quote
I did expect that a new prime would hold it's own against a slower, two-year-old standard zoom under like conditions. It didn't.


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I wouldn't call the Tamron an ordinary standard zoom by all means, it's a very nice lens although you may have a point that 35/2.4 didn't meet your expectations. I can't fault Pentax if they came up with a cheap/affordable 35mm prime. obviously, the lens itself was made or marketed for the budget conscious newbies that can't afford or warrant a better lens and answer the clamor for a missing cheap 35mm prime lens. I believe Pentax did this on purpose inorder not to cannibalize the sales of the DA35 macro, DA40 and possibly the FA43.

as you mentioned, it can get the job done. but people shouldn't expect something miraculous from a $200 prime lens. if someone expects a miracle, he should look for more expensive options.

speaking of zoom lens versus the new prime 35mm, it is not even a fair statement that just because it's a prime, it suppose to be better. there are zooms that are better than a prime.
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