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11-12-2016, 03:28 PM   #1
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DA 35 F2.4 ---- vs ---- SMC-F 35-70 F3.5-4.5

Yes, I want to compare cheap fix with cheap zoom. Why not?
How could it be?
SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Average User Rating 9.20 vs 8.78
I know, this user rating is mostly relating on to the price, both lens are cheap, so look at this:
Sharpness 9.2 vs 9.0
Aberrations 8.6 vs 8.4
Almost identical by the rating. I have opportunity to shoot DA 35 a little. I don`t own 35-70 yet.
Does 35-70 deserve the attention?
Help me to take a decision - which one I should bye first and, may be the only one of these?

PS the pics from there is very convincing:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/258498-smc-pentax-f-35-70-...lt-club-2.html
Is there any drawbacks ?

11-12-2016, 03:32 PM   #2
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The ratings numbers are relatively meaningless (subjective, and very close).

Do you want a prime or a zoom? Sharpness over flexible framing? Low light? Is size and weight important? You have lenses with similar focal lengths - do you want the duplication?
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The 35-70 is very good close up - it has a "macro mode" at 70mm that does maybe 1:4 or 5? I think in general I prefer it at the longer end to the shorter. I haven't used the DA35/2.4 but I suspect it is slightly better.
11-12-2016, 04:13 PM   #4
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I have both, and I'm generally happy with both of them. The prime is obviously a bit faster, and the zoom gives you a little more flexibility. Additionally, you do get a macro mode with the zoom. If I were to recommend one, I would go with the 35-70. My copy, at least, is very sharp. The AF is super fast and actually kind of quiet. One drawback might be flare. I guess because of its age it doesn't have the modern coatings. Otherwise, it's a great lens.

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Given the choice I would go with the 35-70. Test it carefully if you buy one though, I have had three, one amazing, one poor and one OK. I suspect a mint condition one will be fine but they are quite old at this point and we have no idea how they were treated.
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I love my 35 2.4! I have only had it a few weeks, but it's terrific. Nice and small, and sharp, and cheap. I've never tried the zoom though.


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QuoteOriginally posted by amp Quote
I have both, and I'm generally happy with both of them. The prime is obviously a bit faster, and the zoom gives you a little more flexibility. Additionally, you do get a macro mode with the zoom. If I were to recommend one, I would go with the 35-70. My copy, at least, is very sharp. The AF is super fast and actually kind of quiet. One drawback might be flare. I guess because of its age it doesn't have the modern coatings. Otherwise, it's a great lens.
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Given the choice I would go with the 35-70. Test it carefully if you buy one though, I have had three, one amazing, one poor and one OK. I suspect a mint condition one will be fine but they are quite old at this point and we have no idea how they were treated.
I have to agree with both of these posts, I have both and use the 35-70 more because of the versatility, and yes that macro mode is kind of nice. But the 35/2.4 is definitely no slouch.
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I have both and they are both good lenses. Obviously the F lens is much older so it will be a bit more difficult to locate a good one, but worth it when you do.

If you are a prime lens aficionado then you will appreciate the slightly faster aperture, the smaller and lighter footprint, and the very respectable image quality of the DA35. Build quality may not be quite as high as the older zoom but I see no reason why this prime should not hold up well over time. I actually use mine more frequently on my older Pentax digitals such as my K10D.

The zoom is certainly more flexible if you are not concerned about having no wide angle option on the APSC sensor. If you are using this lens with a K1 then you get the full range as it was intended. The lens itself is quite good at the "wide/normal" end but it does pretty well on the long end as well. It does exhibit a fair amount of vignetting and it will show CAs until you stop it down to f8. But, since all that is pretty well correctable in post processing then it isn't really a big deal unless you shoot jpegs and print straight from the camera. I actually like this lens better on digital than I did on film because I can quickly correct some of its small problems. It is also a small, compact little lens so doesn't stick out from the camera at all. It is a bit noisy in operation, but not obnoxiously so, unless you have been working with the 18-135 zoom and its almost silent focus for a month and forgot what a "real" Pentax lens sounds like.

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I have both. The 35-70 doesn't come close, IMHO.

For starters, the DA35 has an aspherical element - at such a low price!

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I like them both, but generally use the DA more often. DA has much better contrast, and can be used without a hood in a pinch; the 35-70 (at least my copy) is prone to flare even with a hood. Not that flare is always bad, and for certain situations I prefer the images I get from the 35-70. The DA is also more useful in lower light. However, the pseudo-macro function of the 35-70 is somewhat useful; I've got other lenses for that though, so not as much of a plus for me. I'd give the edge to the DA over the older lens, but really they're so cheap you should just get both.

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I've had both. The DA 35 2.4 hands down over the zoom. It has much better contrast, color and does not flare as badly nor does it have as bad CA.
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Yep, I also have both and the DA 35/2.4 absolutely blows the F 35-70 out of the water. No comparison.
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I have the F35-70. It is a useful small walkabout lens. It is my daughter's go to lens when she wants to do some close up photos of the jewelry she takes where the close focus mode at 70mm is very useful.

A bit like the 18-55, I find that the photos aren't great out of the camera and always need tweaking to look better. In contrast, the few photos I've taken with an old Takumar 35/3.5 had beautiful contrast and colors without much processing. I've also got a Tamron 28-75/2.8. But it is not a great lens at 2.8 and needs stopping down to good. It is also huge. Even with this collection I still want a 35/2.4 and keep looking for a chance to get one to use as a fast, sharp, "normal" lens. Either that or I need to buy a K-5 so that my 50/1.7 can be used as a normal lens, because on an APS-C camera it is too long when shooting indoors.
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For macro shooting I have Tamron 70-300. It takes 1:2 macro from 0.95 meter, unbeatable for shooting small livings, especially with teleconverter. I think it`s uncomparable with 35-70 macro capability.
30-70 are pretty rare lens, there is ONE lot locally in not very good condition - slightly (0.5-1 mm) wobbling frontal tube
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I like my DA35 more than my F35-70 - better sharpness, better contrast, better flare resistance, and faster. The F35-70 is a good lens, but IMO not quite as good as its reputation. Of course, the zoom is more versatile - and very small for a zoom (but bigger than the 35).

Since you already have close-focus covered I'd say go for the 35. I generally prefer primes over zooms, though.
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