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09-30-2007, 06:54 AM   #1
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SMC PENTAX-A 35mm/f2.8

I saw one of these on Ebay and was wondering if anyone has one or has even had the pleasure of using one. Pentax made an 35mm f2.0 which is almost impossible to find, but I have seen a few of the f2.8 version around.

I would appreciate it if anyone can offer any advice on the quality of this lens. Or should I hold out for the f2.0 version? I am looking to achieve as close as possible the 50mm appearance on my DS and K10D.

09-30-2007, 07:37 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
I saw one of these on Ebay and was wondering if anyone has one or has even had the pleasure of using one. Pentax made an 35mm f2.0 which is almost impossible to find, but I have seen a few of the f2.8 version around.

I would appreciate it if anyone can offer any advice on the quality of this lens. Or should I hold out for the f2.0 version? I am looking to achieve as close as possible the 50mm appearance on my DS and K10D.
For the same purpose (normal lens on APS-C) I use FA 35mm f/2 AL which I would warmly recommend: apart from mechanical construction (still excellent -- tight and very smooth focusing!) optically this lens could have been labeled "Limited" with no problems. Older K/M/A 35mm f/2 may sell at comparable price but with less quality then FA. So why not getting FA 35mm f/2 AL then?

Test on Photozone:
Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2 AL - Photozone Review / Test Report

(Note: Forget about the purple fringing at f/2, I have never seen anything like this.)
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Thanks for the reply.

The FA 35mm f/2 AL does look like it would fit the bill perfectly! I did a quick search on Canadian retail websites and none list it as a lens they currently sell. I see a few on Ebay but am a bit wary of buying from Hong Kong.

One reason I want this focal length is to try out another Pentax device I bought last year - the Stereo Adapter! I have yet to try it out and 50 mm is the ideal focal length to achieve optimum results.

I'll keep searching for a North American retailer that has the FA 35mm f2.0 AL in stock.
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