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03-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Pentax-a zoom 1:3.5 35-105mm lens

Hi all,
I heard good things about PENTAX-A ZOOM 1:3.5 35-105MM LENS and a friend of mine has bought it for me in the UK.
Unfortunately I could not have access to sample images online.
Does any of you have any photos taken with that lens?
What are your opinions about this lens?
thanks in advance...

03-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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I don't personally own this lens but there are a number of examples here ---> SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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Really great optics, a disaster to repair however.
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I've had two copies of this lens and it is a good one. Honestly I think its length is better for film than digital. 35mm is just not wide enough for me. My images with it are on my flickr site here:

Flickr: blackcloudbrew's stuff tagged with a35105

03-11-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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I own the lens and I like it, it's has some quirks though. I find it difficult to focus and of course it's quite heavy. Some say it's a "Stack of primes", I think that is an exaggeration, but it has good sharpness and superb colours. Really the best colours of all my lenses. Others might disagree but I think It has a nice bokeh, too. I use it mainly for prtraits at 105 mm and 3,5 or 4,0. Works very good, the macro capability is a plus.
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I owned one of these, which I used with an LX. I found it to be very good, a bit heavy, but not nearly as heavy as the Pentax "A" 28-135 zoom that I replaced it with, & which I preferred because of its extra range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by happyprince Quote
Hi all,
I heard good things about PENTAX-A ZOOM 1:3.5 35-105MM LENS and a friend of mine has bought it for me in the UK.
Unfortunately I could not have access to sample images online.
Does any of you have any photos taken with that lens?
What are your opinions about this lens?
thanks in advance...
I have this lens and it's quite good when you hit it just right, otherwise a slightly missed focus will make you think this lens is soft.

Here are a few photos: Pentax A

This lens shines at the longer end, maybe from 70-105, I have no need for much wider. I have the much heralded Pentax A 100/2.8 but I prefer the Pentax A 35-105/3.5 it just seems to deliver better more crisp images. Yes, I think at the longer end, it is a stack of primes. One issue you might run into is what to set Shake Reduction, I usually will set at 70 or 77 and only use it at the longer range. The lens has a very very short focusing throw, so one needs to be more mindful when focusing. Though it has close/macro focusing abilities, it's also a bit more cumbersome in this mode.

Nice lens, at a reasonable price it's worth it... oh, yes, it is a large and pretty heavy piece of glass!
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I think they were an OK lens, a lot of the members here seem to like them.

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I have one of the 35-105mm zooms and I like it a lot. I like to shoot detail shots, so for me, it's a great range on APS-C. Contrary to it's reputation, I'm not sure it's equal to a "stack of primes", but so far it's performed very well on my DSLR. I would put it on a par with the 16-45mm. It's much better than standard zooms, but not quite the equal of primes...but then, not many zooms are. Be aware that what other folks have posted is true...this is a relatively large, heavy lens. I view it in much the same was as I view 80-200 f2.8 zooms...big and heavy, but worth the trouble if you want the best IQ available in a zoom.
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Here are a couple shots, full-size:

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/350/pose2done.jpg

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/7690/imgp372265pp.jpg

Both taken with a K-x. Except for facial blemish retouching, these are both pretty much straight out of the camera. I don't know how much sharper you can reasonably expect a lens to be. I also really like the bokeh. It's my go-to portrait lens, along with the DA-L 55-300.
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I have a copy of this lens and I can echo most of the accolades about it ... love to use it, but the throw is a bit too short for my tastes ... Check out the lens review for it, I put some photos there with my review ... J
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I will second the comments theunartist made. I feel that when I nail the focus with this lens it is just plain WOW!. I had a fellow photographer comment on how rich the colors were when we were on a shoot last week. She used a Canon 18-200 lens and I used the A35-105mm. It is a manual focus lens so it's not for sports (at least not for me) but for studio work and as a walk around lens it's great albeit heavy lens. I've noticed that it's somehow has taken up residence in my camera bag ..hmmm.
Added a couple of shots with the lens.




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thanks a lot to all for the reviews and photos
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