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06-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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pentax da 35mm f2.4

do you recommend this lens for indoor(studio)/outdoor work? i just sold my old 40mm limited lens, i think to buy this one from the money, but i am interested if you recommend this 35mm plastic-case lens. i read already the lens reviews, but i need some encouragement. thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by piskota Quote
do you recommend this lens for indoor(studio)/outdoor work? i just sold my old 40mm limited lens, i think to buy this one from the money, but i am interested if you recommend this 35mm plastic-case lens. i read already the lens reviews, but i need some encouragement. thanks.
I've never owned a ltd 40 but do have the 35 2.4 I find that it is reasonable indoors and plenty good outdoors. It is very sharp for the price. I personally usually have it mounted to my camera all the time with the exception of vacationing or taking shots of wildlife that I can't get close to. It is very light which is good when your walking around town as it doesn't cause unwanted strain or weight. I'd recommend it if you are missing the 35mm focal range and don't need macro or pancake design. The plastic mount is durable enoughfor normal use.
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It is a lovely lens, based on the classic FA35mm.
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it is much better than the kit lens? i need it for stock photos.... thanks for the comments....

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if the kit lens is a lada, the 35 2.4 would be a Bentley
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Hello Piskota,
Yes, the DA 35mm AL f/2.4 is extremely sharp and I find it renders skin tones and other colors very well. At 35mm it appears sharper than the kit lens.
The plastic (composite?) lens mount seems strong enough for the application. The same type mount has withstood rugged outdoor use on my FA 100-300mm f/4.7-f/5.8 for many years.
Here's a few recent samples taken with the DA 35 and a K-7;
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Check out the sample shots thread or the review on this website.
It gets good reviews because it is good
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The image quality from the DA 35/2.4 is leagues above the kit lens even comparing the same apertures (and yet the 35 can shoot at more than a full stop of light faster than the kit lens at 35mm). It is a professional quality lens in a cheaper yet reasonably durable housing. The DA 40 would have given you an indication of what the DA 35 will be capable of.

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I shot this yesterday with the DA 35/2.4, overexposed it a little so this has a quick Lightroom fix:

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thanks a lot. i go for it. great pictures.
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I did do an informal test between the kit 18-55 and the da35 2.4 when I first got my DA35. I found that across the board the DA35 was sharper than the kit 18-55. The 18-55 wide open isn't sharp but when stopped down it holds its own. In my opinion, if you need a wider aperture and slight-medium sharper images than the kit then the DA35 is a good way to go for a budget.

From sample images, if you want even more sharpness then the next route is the DA40 or the DA35 macro. That is the only other way to get more sharpness but those are expensive options.
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I'm not sure why you would want a DA35 if you just sold a DA40? They are a very similar focal length and speed and the IQ is going to be all but identical.
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the 40mm was an old lens, with some mechanical problems. when i changed the shooting axes i heard a clucking noise, so i decided to sale it.
where i shooting my indoor photos, counts the difference in focal length between 40mm and 35mm lenses. i don't have too much space inside.
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