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09-08-2008, 02:06 PM   #16
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I wholeheartedly agree with the OP. Just got this lens 2 weeks ago. It is spectacular! It hasn't left my K20D since.

My take:

1) nice walkabout focal lens for me
2) as sharp as the FA31 Ltd. (to my eyes anyway) right off F2.8
3) Macro as a bonus
4) Built quality is up there

1) No faster than F2.8, although it being very sharp wide open compensates to some degree...
2) No SDM. However, compactness would have suffered
3) To use 1:1, need to retract the hood and get REALLY close to the subject, in case of insects, unless it is knock-out first (...) chances are it will be gone by the time you can focus on it... Although I see some really spectacular pictures above that prove otherwise... Did you use crazy glue on the bugs?

I was really hesitant to get it because I have the 31 Ltd already but the Pentax rep (Bill) was in the store at the time... (note: if you have LBA, stay away from Bill!!!). No regrets!


09-11-2008, 07:16 AM   #17
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I'm not big on landscape shots, but I've recently been cycling the I & M canal trail in Illinois and decided to try out the da 35mm macro. I am very pleased with its performance. Heres a few examples:

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