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12-19-2013, 10:40 AM   #16
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Your F 35-70 is just about as fast as the DA 16-45. f/4.5 to f/4 isn't much at all.

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Your F 35-70 is just about as fast as the DA 16-45. f/4.5 to f/4 isn't much at all.

Yes! And the 35-70 is so tiny by comparison! So I'm wondering about the actual sizes of various lenses. You've got these pancake f/2.8 lenses, and then these big, long heavy f/2.8's! One costs $300, and the other $1000! What else differentiates them? I mean, glass-wise or whatever. Does an increase in the physical girth of a lens result in less optical compromise or something?


Maybe I am getting ahead of myself...
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Here is my "new" used Pentax-F 35-70 from an eBay seller named Jennifer in North Carolina.


It says Macro on it, but it's not listed as a macro in the lens database. And expert members have told me it really isn't a true macro. And, by my own observation, I now believe that this lens right here may be the best lens Pentax ever made. Not the best model. What I am saying is that this lens right here in my hand may be THE ACTUAL BEST LENS Pentax ever made. The one and only. Pound for pound. Mile for mile. I mean, it is so obvious that it is special. Unique among its peers. Anyone can see that. Even to a banana head goofball like me. Yes. There can be no doubt about it. I am the luckiest guy in the entire history of photography. Really, by all accounts, this specific particular lens should be in a museum. Clearly. Literally. Surely the spirit of Ansel Adams is standing behind me right now, his hand gently resting on my shoulder. Pack up the car! We're off to Yosemite! Who's with me?


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Yes, when you see "macro" on a zoom lens like that, what it means is "put it here if you want to get close up to something".

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QuoteOriginally posted by davids8560 Quote
Here is my "new" used Pentax-F 35-70 from an eBay seller named Jennifer in North Carolina.


It says Macro on it, but it's not listed as a macro in the lens database. And expert members have told me it really isn't a true macro. And, by my own observation, I now believe that this lens right here may be the best lens Pentax ever made. Not the best model, but THE ACTUAL BEST LENS Pentax ever made. I mean, obviously it is special. Unique among its peers. Anyone can see that. Yes. I am the luckiest guy in the history of photography. Really, by all accounts, this specific particular lens should be in a museum. Clearly. Literally.


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The amazing thing is this was the AF kit lens for years. At the end of its life in 1991 it was selling for $109, $100 less than the F28-80/3.5-4.5, a lens that isn't nearly as good. The F35-105/4-5.6 was $69 more and the F35-135/3.5-4.5 was $169 more. Strangely, the now beloved F50/1.7 sold for $62 in 1991...the F50/1.4 was $125.
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The amazing thing is this was the AF kit lens for years. At the end of its life in 1991 it was selling for $109, $100 less than the F28-80/3.5-4.5, a lens that isn't nearly as good. The F35-105/4-5.6 was $69 more and the F35-135/3.5-4.5 was $169 more. Strangely, the now beloved F50/1.7 sold for $62 in 1991...the F50/1.4 was $125.

Where is one of those time-traveling DeLoreans when you need one! hahaha
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Yes, when you see "macro" on a zoom lens like that, what it means is "put it here if you want to get close up to something".

Alright then! I will see what this lens' macro mode can do! For my next amazing feat. I'm going to try and photograph a tiny, spinning atom on a chipmunk's nose!


Hmm. I better use shutter priority, huh!
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Heh. What's really been fun is - after they "discovered" the K-01 on the close-out deals - watching how meany members have discovered the F35~70 as a "kit" lens for their K-01's. Mine spends most of its time on my K-01 since it is such a great video lens.

Reality - this is a very good lens - but not a great lens. Of course, you got the one and only one 35~70 that a retiring lens assembler added his last ounce of pixe dust to on his way out the door. You lucky David you.

Its big brother the F70~210/4~5.6 has a cult following as an incredibly sharp, versatile variable aperture zoom. They sell for a decent premium today in good shape.

I took a pristine SF1n 2-lens kit here just to get the 70~210.

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