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07-19-2019, 09:43 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Pentax K 35mm f2, anyone knows it?

I have been in the mood of vintage lenses for quite a while, so except for travelling, when going out I bring my camera with a legacy lenses. I have been looking for a K 28 3.5 or K 35 3.5 since everybody is praising them, but not yet found one within my budget. Recently I picked up a K 35mm f2, since the price is acceptable. Now I realize there are so few information of it on the Internet, even in Pentaxforum, I guess because it's not common? Any of you have used it, or know it? Should I end my quest for the K28, K35 (3.5)? Is it comparable to the FA 35, for example?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bui Quote
Should I end my quest for the K28, K35 (3.5)? Is it comparable to the FA 35, for example?
Different would be the best assessment. If you like the K 35/2.0 then it is a good lens and worth keeping, though it is not a 28mm and never will be. I own the FA 35/2.0 and could not be happier. It is light and compact and works well for both auto and manual focus; I have done a lot of good work with that lens. Would I buy a K35/2.0? Quite possibly, if for no other reason that it has stellar reviews and has typical K-series build. Would I buy one to replace the FA 35? No, that would be silly.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Bui Quote
Any of you have used it, or know it? Should I end my quest for the K28, K35 (3.5)?
I've got all three K Series lenses (K28/3.5, K35/2 & K35/3.5) The K35/3.5 is one of those little gems that's a must have and my favourite of the three.

Of course if your looking for the best K Series wide angle, then the K28/2 is the top of the pile.

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I have a copy of the K35/2 and she is gorgeous.... I have never had an FA35, so cannot compare...

here's some examples of what she can do:


SMC 35mm f2 | Flickr

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I have its M42 predecessor, the Takumar 35 f2.0, and itís lovely.

I use it a good deal on film, and I keep flirting with the idea of getting one in K-mount to make it easier on digital...

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I've a K 35mm f2.0 that I use with my film cameras and it is quite nice. Not a small lens but not horrible to swing around either. Nicely sharp enough wide open and only gets better stopped down. Nice out of focus rendering. For a travel kit I would rather have my M 35 f2.8 with me as it is much smaller and just as sharp wide open for a cost of one stop of max aperture.

Take a bunch of shots with your K 35 f2 and share some pictures here.
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One of these was just on Goodwill Auctions.....Sold for $101 ! I missed the auction by 10 seconds but someone got a Real Nice Lens !
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I have it, and find it almost unusable for focussing in my theatre photography (even when my taking aperture is f/2.8~f/4)--I believe/guess the problem is it is quite low in contrast wide open. I mostly do manual focus so it's not that I usually have problems. Other than that it seems fine. I have used it for night shots of lights in the city, and liked the results, but it is in part the aberrations (glow) that I like. It is not very large and is a typical K construction. If I find an example image (my print are easier to find!) I will attach it.

I previously uploaded the image and I don't know how to attach it here again. It is in following thread dated 3/27/17: 35mm f2 vs 35mm f1.4 depth of field


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Okay, I believe I am able to attach the photo here/now.
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I feel deprived. I only have the K30/2.8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
I've got all three K Series lenses (K28/3.5, K35/2 & K35/3.5) The K35/3.5 is one of those little gems that's a must have and my favourite of the three.

Of course if your looking for the best K Series wide angle, then the K28/2 is the top of the pile.

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Thank you for your comment. So how do you think the K35 f2 compares with the other 2 in terms IQ and handling?

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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I have a copy of the K35/2 and she is gorgeous.... I have never had an FA35, so cannot compare...



here's some examples of what she can do:





SMC 35mm f2 | Flickr


Thank you for sharing. I donít know if you did some color and tonal processing, but they look great to me, the kind I like very much from a lens. Excited!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
I've a K 35mm f2.0 that I use with my film cameras and it is quite nice. Not a small lens but not horrible to swing around either. Nicely sharp enough wide open and only gets better stopped down. Nice out of focus rendering. For a travel kit I would rather have my M 35 f2.8 with me as it is much smaller and just as sharp wide open for a cost of one stop of max aperture.

Take a bunch of shots with your K 35 f2 and share some pictures here.


Thanks. It has just arrived at my mailbox today. Physically itís in a very good condition. I will find time to play with it soon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bui Quote
Thank you for your comment. So how do you think the K35 f2 compares with the other 2 in terms IQ and handling?
Handling all three are very good, depends if you like larger or smaller lenses. The K35/3.5 is the smallest.

For IQ the order I would rank them in is: K35/3.5, K28/3.5 then the K35/2.

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