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12-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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K 35 2 vs M 35 2

Hello,

I have the opportunity to buy an K35 2 lens, but recently acquired an M 35 2.
I mainly shoot b&w film.
Is there someone who has both and can tell me their difference is worth having both?
Or is the K so much better over the m that i need to look and buy the K version and eventually sell the M?

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12-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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Both lenses are rather uncommon, so there will be hardly anyone who has used them both (esecially on film). In the lens review section, there is one user who tried both, whom I quote:

"In comparison with my M35 f2, this is much bigger and longer. The image quality is more uniform throughout the whole picture. While the contrast is slightly low at f2, the Vignetting problem is less significant than M35. More importantly, the corner quality is much better than M35 at f2. The differences are less apparent at f8.

If you have a M35, should you get a K35 f2? For me, absolutely if you can find one. For daily use M35 is more than sufficient in my opinion."


Another review compared the M35/2 to I presume the SMC Takumar 35/2 (same optical design as the K), and found "The sharpness is a tad better on the M42 version when wide open, but is so close to the M35/2 otherwise".

I personally have only the M35/2 and love it, and any minor difference in optical quality to me is more than made up for by the very small size and light weight of the M35. There certainly is not enough differnce between them to have both (if you somehow wanted two 35mm lenses, get the K35/3.5 as a compliment), and I personally don't think the differnce is great enough to trouble yourself over selling the M. The question is, I suppose, are you happy with the results you are getting from the M. If so, then no reason to make a change.
12-22-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by macTak Quote
The question is, I suppose, are you happy with the results you are getting from the M. If so, then no reason to make a change.
I agree with macTak. The only reason (aside from LBA) to make the change would be if you are not satisfied with the results from the M 35/2.

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12-22-2013, 01:03 PM   #4
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Get the K35/3.5, it's better than the faster versions.

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12-22-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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The K is the better one, the M the slightly wider one, compare here

And the K35/2.0 is not the same optics as the Takumar version.
12-23-2013, 01:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies!

Had read the reviews about the K & M version, but tought i would gather some more info if i asked.
Only shot one roll of film with the 35 2 and find it quite sharp even wide open. Mostly used for people shots in the evening.

Strange thing that the M version is wider than te K version!

@Glasbak

Thanks for posting the link!
12-23-2013, 03:39 AM   #7
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I have the M and am very happy with it. It's fairly sharp wide open and excellent by f/2.8. I haven't tried the K but optical quality was sometimes cut to make the M series lenses smaller.
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I had the M35/f2 version for a few months (bought from this forum), and it compared very favorably to my ZK35/f2. I was hardpressed to tell the difference between images taken with these 2 lenses. I sold the M35 as it had (famous) oil-on-the-blade issues.

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There's a bit more info here which is a compilation of comments from the old Pentax Discuss Mailing List from the late 90's and early 2000's. Click Short Prime Lenses Best 35MM and then General Discussion of 35MM lenses for more than you really want to know.

I have the K35/3.5 as well and I agree with Phil - sharper and great color rendition. Takinami says the FA35/2 and K35/3.5 are the two best 35's Pentax ever made.
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I use the M35/2.0 as my fast "normal" lens for film.
It accounts for perhaps 75% of my photos.

I have owned the M35/3.5 also. It's a fine lens but harder to focus.

I've always wanted to try the K35/2.0 but I've never seen one I could afford.

I suppose what I'd really like is the mythic M35/1.4...

Chris
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