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07-08-2017, 05:42 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro on K-1 in FF Modus


I today did some testing mit my SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro on the K-1.

It was recognized as APS-C lens. When i switch it manually to FF Mode, it works fine! I see no vignetting at all!
Has someone experience the same


07-08-2017, 05:54 AM   #2
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Yeah, I think there were reports that the DA 35mm f2.8 macro covers the FF image but only at some focus distances and apertures. So try focusing to infinity, then to minimum focus distance and something in between. You will get suboptimal corners in some focus distances, and completely black corners on some other. And aperture also plays some effect. You can try f2.8, f7.1, f16 at each focus distance to see how the image circle changes.
Feel free to post some sample photos to answer this question once and for all

Edit: Here is a really old thread with an test of DA 35mm macro on full frame film camera:
This test might not be enough to give the full story, but it is pretty decent. Someone with a K-1 could redo the tests much faster than someone with a film camera

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07-08-2017, 05:58 AM   #3
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I am definitely dialed into this thread. I have a DA 35 macro and am very interested if it covers FF. I am planning to upgrade my K-5 in the next 12 months and if it is FF compatible, even under certain conditions, this could sway me in what I upgrade to. The DA 35 Macro SMC is one of my favorite lenses.
07-08-2017, 06:32 AM   #4
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You can get away with using this lens in FF mode, but IMHO it stops being a Limited as far as image quality goes. Purple fringing can easily occur outside of the APS-C image area. At wide apertures, corner sharpness is poor, while at narrow apertures and close focusing distances, corner vignetting intensifies, though nothing gets fully cut off unless you deploy the hood. The edges are really quite good after you stop down past F4, though. If you can settle with the corners looking a little funky the rest shouldn't matter too much when shooting macros.

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