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12-03-2009, 04:17 PM   #1
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SMC Pentax-M 24-35mm F3.5 - any good on K20?


I have the opportunity of picking up a 'mint' SMC Pentax-M 24-35mm F3.5. I've visited the Lens Reviews area, but the two reviews rate it well but appear to be film-heavy. I wondered whether anyone has had experience with this lens on a dSLR?



12-03-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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I have one and a K20D but so far have only shot it on film. Perhaps I'll have a chance to try it out on the weekend.

I will say this - it's a nicely-built, compact, handsome little lens. I don't particularly expect it to outperform most modern lenses though--even the 18-55 kit lens is strong and offers f/4 in the 24-35 range and considerably more convenient to use--though maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

I think the primary attraction today for that lens is probably that it's one of the least expensive ways to get a 24mm lens on a film body. Relatively few film zooms went as wide as 24mm, and the primes wider than 28mm are also going to be more costly than that zoom.

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Ah Andrew, the reasons you outlined are the very same that pricked my ears to this lens!...36-53mm eq FoV.

The reviews say the 24mm end had some distortion on the edges so...? But the rest seemed sharp. So if you get a chance to take it for a walk on the K20, I really like to hear about your results.

The one on offer is not really cheap, about USD150. I suppose it's not expensive either in the scheme of things. So your results might guide my hand.

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