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12-15-2010, 10:30 AM   #121
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Frank,

Extremely grateful for your informative tests! This has pretty much settled me on the DA 35 under the Xmas tree for my daughter, who has asked for this general range and I believe now the lesser sharpness than the more expensive primes won't actually translate as a lens that lacks sharpness for her. I don't think I've ever pored over test examples of anything like I did these!!! Very well done as a way to convey the differences between the lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jeffshaddix Quote
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

Based on Photozone's tests, I'd say the FA 35 has a bit better IQ than the DA 35 macro. The FA excels in border MTF. It's major drawback is chromatic aberration, which can be removed in post-processing. Of course, the DA should be better at close focus distances.
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This thread convinced me! I ordered mine yesterday and it just arrived. Feels quite solid for a plastic lens. It actually feels better than my old 18-55 kit lens. It's also smaller than I had thought. I'll post some shots later on.

I wanted something small, light and a little wider than the 55 (for inside) and was really stuck. Cough up the money for the 31, get the 35 macro or get this. The price, the positive reviews and this thread convinced me to buy this. I think I'll save up for the 31 anyway, but in the meanwile this will do fine.

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Have fun with it. And post pictures!

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Frank,

Extremely grateful for your informative tests! This has pretty much settled me on the DA 35 under the Xmas tree for my daughter, who has asked for this general range and I believe now the lesser sharpness than the more expensive primes won't actually translate as a lens that lacks sharpness for her. I don't think I've ever pored over test examples of anything like I did these!!! Very well done as a way to convey the differences between the lenses.

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Glad I could've be of some help. It's a good lens for its cost, and I really like its size/weight and fast AF. Optically it's as good as some of the best in practical use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chalion Quote
Of course it's franks fault.................but it was just delivered today, so I can let the jealousy go now...........

I'll need to take some shots with it tomorrow, a bit late right now to use it, but i'm tempted to get some shots of fall colors.



Lens size comparison versus a F50mm f1.7


Edit: Too dark outside right now. I pumped up the ISO to 1000 and the pictures looked ok before enlarging to 100%, but then the dreaded K20D noise came into play.
Hey chalion. I also have the F 50 1.7, and I've been thinking about the DA 35 2.4. How does the image quality compare, especially between f/4-8? Just so I have a reference. Thanks.
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Does anyone know if the various colors of this lens are going to be available through camera retailers or are they just a special order deal?
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Not in the USA... At least I have not heard any word of that. I too was hoping to get a colored one (well white for me). Might have to resort to ordering from Japan.

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Great review of some very nice lenses. 100% crops are simply stunning!

When I was looking to buy my K-7, I needed a lens that was relatively close to the 35mm equivalent of 50mm, and the only options were the FA 31mm Limited and DA 35mm Macro Limited. 31 was out of my price range. Everything I read at the time pointed to the DA 35mm Macro Limited being the lens to get. I went for it and shot almost exclusively with it for the past year, and it's been a dream.

The newly released DA 35 Limited looks VERY nice. Unless you need the Macro capabilities of the DA 35 Macro Limited, this new offering from Pentax is clearly the lens to have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by daunlimited Quote
The newly released DA 35 Limited looks VERY nice. Unless you need the Macro capabilities of the DA 35 Macro Limited, this new offering from Pentax is clearly the lens to have.
My ranking hasn't changed:
FA 31mm Ltd
FA 35mm
DA 35 macro
DA 35 2.4

All are nice lenses though.
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Frank:
Thanks for the pictures and the comparison of the 35mm lenses. I own a FA 35mm F/2 and couldn't be more happy. In fact I sold my FA 50mm 1.4 and I not missing it much.
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SOMFW, I tend to agree. I used my "plastic wonder" very heavily in Asia recently. While my copy is definitely better than my super-soft 18-55, I have been a bit disappointed with the sharpness and overall IQ. The one area that stands out is the bokeh; I think it's beautiful. Otherwise, the lens is very ordinary and definitely consumer-grade.
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SOMFW, G'day from the land down under where the light is so bright that we spend a large part of our daylight lives squinting. Yes, my eyesight's fading too and I'm always thinking about AF lenses but I'm still using my M series. Sounds like you might be happy with the F28, 2.8 which I don't have, but have heard so much about. Reviews I've read indicate this to be the best lens ever made. If I ever see one for sale I'm gonna try and get it for my old age.In the meantime I'll keep on with the manual focus. This DA35, from all accounts seems to be OK for the money but it probably wouldn't suit your purposes. If pixel peeping is the game then you'll have to cough up a few more dollars.
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I think you have to look at the DA-L 35mm for what it really is and not look too deep into it. The DAL35 is priced at 199.99. Whereas the DA35mm is 799.99. The DA40 499.99 and the FA35 your first born. The A35 is the only reasonable priced one. Which will not be AF. Now considering the price you can see why it's a plastic wonder. It provides above reasonable sharpness for the price compared to the alternatives. However, if you were to pony up more money for the DA40 or DA35 your paying double for some extra sharpness which for most people isn't required. I know that it performs much better than my kit lens which is what I expected and wanted.
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I don't know where you live but here in Canada. It lists the DA35 at 199.99 +/- $10. And the DA35 Macro at 699.99 not 799.99 as I mentioned before. Still a big jump in price. The DA40 is 499.99 as I mentioned. I will try to get the DAL35 comparison with the Kit lens DA18-55. However, I'm not sure if the differences will be exactly seen as they aren't very similar. you have about 1.5 stops difference between the two. However, I will do my best at comparing them. I do not have any test charts or anything like that so it will purely be random items.
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