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08-07-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a 35 mm lens

Hi,
Somehow I am missing a focal length between my K50/1.2 and my K24/2.8 for my K7. So I'm thinking about getting something 35ish. My budget is limited, therefore FA 31 and FA 35 are not an option. Obviously the DA 35 mm f2.4 comes to mind, but are there any good alternatives? Doesn't need to be an AF lens.
Or would you suggest to buy a 28 mm lens as normal focal length?

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It's hard to go wrong with the DA35/2.4 for the money. It's a great lens and the price is quite reasonable for what you get (IMO).

As far as a 28mm alternative, 28mm AF primes tend to go for about $100 more than the DA35/2.4 and would be a bit closer in FL to your existing K24/2.8. The K28/3.5 is a fantastic lens for the price, but I might be biased in saying so because I'm about to list one for sale

The other alternative you could consider is the DA40 limited. However, if you're in a limited budget I think the DA35/2.4 is the better value, in addition to being a better "normal" FL and half a stop faster.
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The DA35mm 2.8 limited is a very well regarded lens. It is a very sharp macro lens but can also be used for other purposes. It can take some time to focus though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fries Quote
The DA35mm 2.8 limited is a very well regarded lens. It is a very sharp macro lens but can also be used for other purposes. It can take some time to focus though.
True, it's a great lens, but since the OP said the FA35 was out of his budget, I assume the DA35 (which costs more) would be out as well.

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I have a zillion lenses. Only one AF prime, the FA50/1.4; the rest of the primes are old (mostly cheap) manual-focus classics. I only have ten 35's that I don't use that much; my favorites are M42 screwmounts, the SuperTakumar 35/3.5 and the Isco Westron 35/2.8, rather pixie-dusted. Now, 35mm on a crop sensor is FOV-equivalent to 50-55mm on FF, and I didn't care for that focal length much in my film days either. But that's just me.

I *really* like 28mm as a 'normal' lens on APS-C; I have around fifteen of those. The best and fastest, which I got cheap, are: Vivitar-Komine 28/2 CFWA (close-focus wide-angle); Tamron BBAR 28/2.5; and Vivitar-Kiron 28/2.5. All these are sharp and fast. The Tamron is Adaptall2 mount; a PK adapter may cost more than the lens! (I got them together for US$4, heh heh.) The Vivitars are available in various mounts, including M42 and PK. (Mine were under US$20 each.) Other folks have their own favorites, but these are mine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
True, it's a great lens, but since the OP said the FA35 was out of his budget, I assume the DA35 (which costs more) would be out as well.
You are right. I am not up to date with the prices of the FA and thought the DA was cheaper. Perhaps a second hand DA35?
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I'm about to sell my 35mm Tak you're welcome to buy that. I've heard some say that the kit lens is at it's sharpest at 35mm though, have you tried it?
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It would be very hard to go wrong with either the K 35/3.5 or the S-M-C Tak 35/3.5

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
It would be very hard to go wrong with either the K 35/3.5 or the S-M-C Tak 35/3.5
It's hard to go wrong with ANY Tak or SMC-K lens! I didn't mention the f/3.5's as they seemed a little slow, based on OP's list. Another slow sharp winner is the Meyer Primagon 35/4.5; or for a great budget zoom, the F35-70/3.5-4.5. I saw one listed for US$20 BIN a couple days ago on eBay. But faster 35 primes aren't cheap, while faster 28's are often great bargains.
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Thanks for all your quick responses! You gave me a lot to think about. Sure isn't an easy decision for me.
And RioRico, you're right. I prefer a fast lens. I really love the low light performance of my lenses.
I already own a Pentax-A 1:3.5~4.5 28-80 mm zoom lens which I don't really like and rarely use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Davidw0815 Quote
RioRico, you're right. I prefer a fast lens. I really love the low light performance of my lenses.
I correctly deduced that preference, eh? [/me buffs fingernails, looks humble] Well, as I said, fast 28's are much less expensive than fast 35's. The three that I mentioned above -- Komine, Kiron, Tamron -- cost me a total of US$43 shipped, all won in straight-up eBay auctions within one week a few months ago. Did I experience paroxysms of joy? Rather!

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I already own a Pentax-A 1:3.5~4.5 28-80 mm zoom lens which I don't really like and rarely use.
That A28-80 isn't quite as bad as the A28-70, which like totally sucks (except when reversed). The F35-70 is in a different league -- tiny, sharp, and agile. But not fast. My fastest 35 is a Nikkor-O 35/2, the old photojournalist's standard. I spent all of US$48 for it. Whew! Nikkors are pretty easy to mod for PK fit, as are Exakta-mount lenses, Olympus OM's, and Contax-Yashica C/Y's. All totally manual, of course.
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as for manual lenses....try to seek out K30/2.8....great little lens although i suspect they're not selling cheap nowadays
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I just checked out the K30/2.8 on eBay and they're quiet expansive (>> 250 €).
My daughter recently learnt to crawl which makes it really hard to take a picture of her with MF for me. This made me think if should buy an AF prime. But that brings me to an other hard decision:
Buy the DA 35 mm f2.4 or save some money and buy the DA35mm 2.8 ltd or DA40mm 2.8 ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Davidw0815 Quote
I just checked out the K30/2.8 on eBay and they're quiet expansive (>> 250 €).
My daughter recently learnt to crawl which makes it really hard to take a picture of her with MF for me. This made me think if should buy an AF prime. But that brings me to an other hard decision:
Buy the DA 35 mm f2.4 or save some money and buy the DA35mm 2.8 ltd or DA40mm 2.8 ltd.
Keep in mind that if the DA 35 limited is in play, then your budget could probably also handle the F35/2. You get an extra stop of speed that way.
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