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10-20-2010, 05:43 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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DA 35mm/2.4 should be called as DFA 35/2.4? - Full Frame Film Results (many photos)

As promised in my other threads, I put this new lens on a film camera (MZ-5n), took a few random shots to see if the lens can cover FF image circle.

Just got the results back (developed and scanned at the same shop I always do my film). Well, I can't see any vignetting or dark corners on any of the photos taken by this combo, wide open or stop down, closeups or far away subjects. I can't even see any sign of optical degradation at all on edges or corners. I guess Pentax should've called it a DFA 35/2.4

Here are some quick testing photos I took w/ MZ-5n + DAL35/2.4 on Fujifilm Reala 100:

























This following one was taken at wide open aperture, a bit out of focus (hard to focus w/o liveview at this low angle), but you can see there isn't any vignetting even for closeups like this:




A slightly bigger photo to show the edges:



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DAL means "-"
DFA means "+"
"-" and "+" equals "0"
so, still "DA"
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Thanks for sharing, some great shots
- I am also going to buy this lens!!!
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Thanks Frank. The performance is even better than the DA 40mm Limited on film.

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What a cool little lens.
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Frank, thanks for this, but why does black appear to be purpleish... also is there any purple fringing (a problem I have with my FA 50 1.4 outdoors).
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I've still not seen anything that tells me not to buy this lens.

Keep up the good work frank.
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QuoteOriginally posted by laissezfaire Quote
Frank, thanks for this, but why does black appear to be purpleish... also is there any purple fringing (a problem I have with my FA 50 1.4 outdoors).
it's the Reala film. I've been getting this kind of pinkish and purple color results for the past a few rolls, all developed and scanned in the same shop.

Next time I'm gonna change shop for the development ...

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QuoteOriginally posted by laissezfaire Quote
Frank, thanks for this, but why does black appear to be purpleish... also is there any purple fringing (a problem I have with my FA 50 1.4 outdoors).
I haven't had any problems with the FA purple fringing outdoors. Sometimes I use a hood and sometimes not.
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If not for the plastic mount, it looks like it should indeed have been a DFA!

Btw, frank- you should add your remarks to this entry: SMC Pentax-DA L 35mm F2.4 AL Lens Reviews - Pentax Lens Review Database

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Thanks for doing the review.
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thanks for the review frank. do you have any film shots with the FA35 ? all this for reference.
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Thanks for posting these. To my eyes though at least half seem to have some vignetting (3 out of the first 3 for example, and the dragon fly pic ). Not sure if that amount is normal anyway though for an FA lens on 35mm.

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It's definitely a lot less than some lenses (lookin' at you, 24-70/2.8G) on my D700...
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Frank,

How'd you control the aperture on the MZ-5N?

Am 90% certain to get this lens on my next trip to Singapore. How much does it retail over there? And what colors are available? I want a silver one to match my MZ-5N.

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