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07-15-2015, 11:32 PM   #1
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The 35mm f2 has saved the day

I just dropped my 16-50sdm away on holiday in sardegna and had to result to my plastic fantastic FA 35mm as my landscape lens on my k5. Wasn't easy getting in that field of view though. I am blown away by the results however of how well this lens performs. Shotting with my manfrotto and using liveview the results on the viewfinder look amazing. Sharp, great colour contrast and crystal clear. I look forward to applying this lens as a real 35mm on the FF when it eventually comes out. Truly great performer. I will post some photos up when I get home for those interested to see the final results

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mattox Quote
I just dropped my 16-50sdm away on holiday in sardegna and had to result to my plastic fantastic FA 35mm as my landscape lens on my k5. Wasn't easy getting in that field of view though. I am blown away by the results however of how well this lens performs. Shotting with my manfrotto and using liveview the results on the viewfinder look amazing. Sharp, great colour contrast and crystal clear. I look forward to applying this lens as a real 35mm on the FF when it eventually comes out. Truly great performer. I will post some photos up when I get home for those interested to see the final results
From what I know the term 'plastic fantastic' refers to DA 35mm f2.4 lens - nit FA 35mm f2. I don't have the former but the FA version is truly a superb lens, image quality is out of this world. My best 35mm lens overall considering the AF.
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There have been a number of 'Plastic Fantastic' lenses but I think the most commonly nicknamed was the Canon EF50/1.8.

I had always believed the FA35/2 was commonly known as Pentax's. So named at a time when Pentax was on its second generation of engineering plastic barrels and internal parts - which were often derided by reviewers on lesser lenses - It predates the DA35/2.4 by a decade.
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Sorry to hear of your 16-50, but great that you have "discovered" your 35 It's not a lens I have, but if it's anything like its little brother FA28/2.8 it renders beautifully.

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The FA 35mm f/2.0 was my first prime lens. I'm still missing it now that it's moved on. Definitely a great lens.
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Sorry to hear about the demise of your 16-50.

You are right about the FA35 f2 - its a fantastic performer. Sure it could be made of metal / tighter build but then its quite a nice weight as it is. I don't even mind its narrow manual focus ring.
The only thing, I occasionally mumble about is that sometimes (depending on focus distance, aperture and scene) bokeh can be a bit nervous.

Overall though its great (and small!) all round 35mm. I sometimes go on outing with just this one lens on my camera and rarely regret it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mattox Quote
I just dropped my 16-50sdm away on holiday in sardegna and had to result to my plastic fantastic FA 35mm as my landscape lens on my k5. Wasn't easy getting in that field of view though. I am blown away by the results however of how well this lens performs. Shotting with my manfrotto and using liveview the results on the viewfinder look amazing. Sharp, great colour contrast and crystal clear. I look forward to applying this lens as a real 35mm on the FF when it eventually comes out. Truly great performer. I will post some photos up when I get home for those interested to see the final results
As other members pointed out, the 35 plastic fantastic refers to the 35 2.4

I have the FA 35mm f/2 and this is my favorite lens by far. It produces stunning images. I have two of these and I think I will never be without one even if I do not go to FF. I also have the A version of this and it is every bit awesome lens too.
Enjoy the ride.

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I have the 35mm f2.8 limited but I was thinking about getting something less intense...

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My FA 35mm was the second prime I purchased for my Pentax DSLR; the first being the FA 50 f/1.4. It still remains my most dependable, go-to lens for the most important occasions-- like for the birth of my children, it was the only prime I took to the hospital. Even after getting some excellent zooms and other primes (like FA 43mm), I still know that I can count on my FA 35 to produce sharp images.
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I am another fan of the FA 35/2, though mine is damaged in the front filter ring. It does have some plastic in the body, and it is fantastic, but unlike the two lenses I hear called "plastic fantastic," it has a metal mount.
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I agree with Gene, the metal mount disqualifies the FA 35 from the "plastic fantastic" nickname.

I love my FA 35. A few months ago, I bought an a6000 and a couple of Zeiss lenses. I did some testing, a6000 and Touit 35mm f1.8 vs. K-3 with FA 35mm. I honestly cannot tell the images apart, they appear to be identical in sharpness, bokeh, CA, etc. The only clue is that in a couple of images with an orange flower, the Sony gets is wrong (nothing to do with the lens, it is a Sony flaw).
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Here's the result of the 35mm FA 2 away on holiday as promised. The weather wasn't on my side at all. Boiling hot and not a cloud in the sky. So the sky subsequently cut out. Gotta hate that about landscapes though. The photo was only sharpened 20 % and subsequently mask 50% in Lightroom and look how clean and crisp the results are. Very happy. Can't wait to try this boy out on the FF
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I like your photos Matt, regardless of lens used.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
It does have some plastic in the body
QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I agree with Gene, the metal mount disqualifies the FA 35 from the "plastic fantastic" nickname.
Yep. The FA 35/2 shares its construction with the other FA-series primes. The outer barrel is polycarbonate but my understanding has been that the internal construction as with the mount is still largely metal. The difference is readily apparent when compared in-hand with a DA 35/2.4 or DA 55/1.8.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Mattox Quote
Can't wait to try this boy out on the FF
I shoot my FA 35/2 on 35mm film and it does not disappoint.


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