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04-05-2008, 05:48 PM   #1
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35mm ltd macro is in

some shots and crops...very quick and dirty











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what are your first impressions? focus speed and accuracy, construction, size, IQ
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build quality is excellent...its a limited.

AF is quick. It'll run in and out like a typical macro will do in low light. Size is great...it it not a big or heavy lens. AF accuracy is off just a tad (this is shooting from about 5" away and handheld, but that's how I shoot), but the beauty of the K20d is that I tweaked it and it is spot on.

Manual focus is perfect, and it does quick shift so you can get close with AF then fine tune if you're doing close/fine work. For anything beyond a couple feet AF is fine.

I need to shoot more but my quick impression is that color and bokeh are very nice, and there is some 3D and pop to the lens. I'm very happy with it...it is a good substitute for the 31ltd and more versatile (but a tad slower).
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Bokeh looks very nice!

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Wow, you already got the lens!

Could you test foreground bokeh as well?

I would love to know how this macro perform with highlight bokeh and bokeh with metallic surfaces. Thanks
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a few more random shots. Tomorrow I'll be able to get more (losing the light and need to do some cooking and cleaning)











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Looks very nice. Looking forward to seeing more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Wow, you already got the lens!

Could you test foreground bokeh as well?

I would love to know how this macro perform with highlight bokeh and bokeh with metallic surfaces. Thanks
That would be one tough test. Can I add to the list a CA test as well? So far, this lens looks good.

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The IQ in all respects looks great with the lens. For me it seems like a bit of an odd focal length for a macro. I realize it replaces the 50mm length with the crop factor. But since Pentax has no P-TTL ring light and this focuses to 5.5" or so, it's going to have a fairly specialized use. Not much of a bug lens unless they are dead IMO.
B&H sells the P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro at $398, P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro at $524. This lens comes in at $599. Sure it's a Limited but I'd like to see how much better it is than the 50mm macro or the 35mm f2.

Btw. B&H still list it as coming soon. Where did you find it?
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I have to confess that I'm seriously debating the purchase of this lens ... but I'm trying to avoid a severe case of LBA.

I've already got the DA 40 Limited (which I absolutely love. and I have two zoom lenses that cover 35mm (one of which is a f/2.8 constant aperture zoom. I also have a dedicated macro lens (but it's a longer focal length).

The rational part of my mind tells me I don't have any need at all for the DA 35 Limited Macro, but I keep coming back to look at sample photos taken with it.

Must ... resist ... must ... give in ... must ... aaarrrrggghhh !!!
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Highlight bokeh

QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Wow, you already got the lens!

Could you test foreground bokeh as well?

I would love to know how this macro perform with highlight bokeh and bokeh with metallic surfaces. Thanks
Hi!

I tested the lens for some minutes (not mine) and got following results of highlight bokeh (full unresized crop of background area)...

http://www.kolumbus.fi/veijo.matikainen/Galleriat/Sekalaiset/DA35bokehrings.jpg

-Veijo-
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Which camera did you use for the test?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
B&H sells the P-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro at $398, P-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro at $524. This lens comes in at $599.
i don't understand how Canada got so lucky and we have this lens for $449 or less
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K20D, handheld (shows in the pic as some shake, sorry, but had no time or tripod), but tells about the shape of the circle. Strong ring, light gathering around the ring, not so nice, but seems that you get that kind of bokeh rings from macro lenses.

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Bought it from my local shop (Bel Air Camera). They like me. I shot with K20d, handheld, available light.

Here are a few more images. Apologies for the poor "testing" but I really don't do the focus chart, brick wall, etc. My testing usually is shooting things that I know, and comparing with "good" shots. These are attempts to get fomr foreground bokeh, ca, and show distant sharpness. Just walked out the door and snapped some things. Hopefully this afternoon I'll get to do a proper walkabout but just too many stupid little errands that have to be attended to right now.

My initial impressions are that this is well worth the money, is a great walkaround lens, and allows very close focus. It will *not* get you insect eyeball shots, and if you're into "macro" this likely cannot be your only lens for that task...just not enough magnification.













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