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07-08-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Is there anybody having and shooting with FA 35 2.0?

I'm shocked! I have spent almost one day of searching on the internet for sample images with this lens and - nothing! No samples for bokeh at 2.0, nothing. Google can't find almost anything, the situation is no different here - almost nothing. It looks like nobody have the lens or everybody have it but in the basement and never get it out for shooting...
Please if anybody can post some samples on F2.0 I will be thankful!

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Check out the lens reviews for this lens on this Forum.

Second and fourth reviews have just what you want!

Maybe others do too, but that's were I stopped looking.
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I know about them, there is almost nothing like sample image on 2.0 aperture, I have also checked all sites for reviews like lenstip.com, photozone.de, .......... flickr.com, google.com, ... almost nothing.
I can't understand it... there are many times more samples from the new junky 35 2.4 which I don't like, but there is almost nothing with the older one FA 35 2.0. I have found many resolution and ... etc. tests. Still need samples to decide which one to buy sigma 30 1.4 or FA 35 2.0
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Full-size sample photos from Pentax 35mm F/2

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Very nice of you, considering he slammed the 35/2.4
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The 35mm 2 and the 2.4 share the same optical formula. Both are great lenses. I usually shoot my FA at 2.8, but it is good at 2.0.
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Now I can sleep I have this LBA crisis at the moment and I was not able to decide which one to buy, now I think it is more clear to me .
10x again!!!


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The 35mm 2 and the 2.4 share the same optical formula. Both are great lenses. I usually shoot my FA at 2.8, but it is good at 2.0.
I know that but I need this almost full stop and I also don't like the idea to pay that kind of money for lens which is almost as fast as some midpriced zooms...
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This https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/118765-da-35mm...ny-photos.html thread has center and edge tests for the FA 35 2, DA 35 Macro, and DA 35 2.4 (and a manual focus variety). The DA 35 2.4 held up pretty well, especially for the price. The FA 35 and DA Macro were definitely the better of the four.

Granted, I'm more in favor of looking at actual shots that display bokeh, etc.

I'm having a similar quandary for the moment with the lenses in the 31-43 range.

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Please if anybody can post some samples on F2.0 I will be thankful!
Here's a sample with the Samsung "Schneider" clone:

Schneider-Kreuznach D-Xenogon 35mm f/2.0 (imgs): Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
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The FA 35 seems a popular lens in Japan:

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I have found something disturbing about this FA 35 2.0, in most of the landscape shots there is softness in corners. Is this a matter of current copy of the lens or... because if the lens is not perfect for landscape maybe sigma 30 1.4 and not selling the flektogon 35 2.4 is the better choice for me! The flek is quite good at infinity and F8.0-16 range
For example:
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There are actually quite a few people on this site that have the FA 35/2. 45 reviews in the review section here isn't too shabby. The only reason I don't is I have a F 28/2.8, K28/2, DA 35/2.8 LTD but still considered it a few times. Anyway, you can go to the Pentax Photo Gallery and search by lens to get images taken with various lenses.

PENTAX : Select a PENTAX interchangeable lens camera or a lens model

You have to click on the info for each shot to see the exif data.

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The FA 35 seems a popular lens in Japan:

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That's great link, I'll examine it all night
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If you look at any technical review (eg lenstip, photozone) where they've reviewed both lenses, the Sigma 30 1.4 has FAR softer corners than the FA 35. The Sigma 30 1.4 would not be my choice for landscape.
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QuoteOriginally posted by simbon4o Quote
I know about them, there is almost nothing like sample image on 2.0 aperture, I have also checked all sites for reviews like lenstip.com, photozone.de, .......... flickr.com, google.com, ... almost nothing.
Hmm? Four of the twelve sample images at the end of the lenstip.com review were taken at 2.0 aperture: Pentax smc FA 35 mm f/2 AL review - Summary - Lenstip.com
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