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10-12-2012, 06:44 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax-FA 35 mm F2 AL lens

How would I use the SMC Pentax-FA 35mm F2 AL lens on the K-r (or my manual focus MX for that matter) in manual focus mode ? This lens does not seem to have a focus ring on the lens barrel !

The sixth response by Armanius in the Pentax lens database for this lens in pentaxforums.com mentions no manual override. I cannot see the focus ring on the barrel with any distance markings.

If anyone has any information on this please respond. Many thanks.

10-12-2012, 06:55 AM   #2
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Hi,
Like most FA prime lenses (eg. FA 50 1.4 etc...), it features a slim rubber focusing ring at the front of the barrel. It also has distance markings in a small window on top of the barrel. I don't know if it has DOF markings though. EDIT: just checked the picture, it does have them! To my knowledge there are NO Pentax SLR lenses without a focusing ring.
No manual override means there is no Quick-Shift. On an AF body you need to disengage AF to be able to manually focus.
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Would I be able to use the SMC Pentax-FA 35 mm F2 AL lens on my manual focus Pentax MX and Pentax ME Super cameras ? Thanks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by psur45 Quote
Would I be able to use the SMC Pentax-FA 35 mm F2 AL lens on my manual focus Pentax MX and Pentax ME Super cameras ? Thanks.
Yes. I use mine on my non-AF K-mount bodies all the time. It takes a little bit of effort to get used to the focus ring location, but the focus throw is generous and the focus mechanism precise.

Very much recommended for street photography with 35mm film. On your K-r, it will make for a great "normal" prime. Mine is pretty much a fixture on my K10D.


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Thanks all for your help.
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If it helps... FA35 is also pretty much permenetly attached to my K5 (and K-x before that)
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