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03-10-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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what did I buy, anyway?

Got a manual lens from KEH. No photo displayed, incomplete description. One sales rep said it was a fully manual lens, another that is was an A series, e.g manual focus but able to adjust aperture/shutter automatically, sort of like my FA 50 in manual mode. Focal length 35 mm/f2.
Well, it arrived today. Sure bears no resembles to an FA series. Hefty, beautiful all-metal construction with rubberized focus ring. zilch in the way of automation. The lens identifies as "Ashai Opt. Co. Japan; SMC Pentax 1:2/35 5006889. Price was around $250.
I have no experience with manual lenses, but this one seems to render beautifully with a little "chimping" on my part. What the heck is it? A keeper? I have return privileges, it's not what I had in mind, but I gotta wonder if this one's worth playing with...

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Ashai or Asahi?
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check here... only 2 reviews though
Pentax Lens Review and Specification Database - 35mm F2

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well, I read those reviews, which is why I bought it figuring maybe that was what I was getting. But it does not have an A setting as shown in one of the photos. My bad, it did say asahi.
Anyone have one of these? I was sorta hoping this would be my go-to walkaround lens, not so sure at this point.

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Oh, one other thing, the aperture ring is flush against the body, there's not secondary inset behind it as per the photo in the review section, or like you normally see in an FA series. In other words the lens cylindrical.
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could you take a picture of the front of the lens?
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Oh, one other thing, the aperture ring is flush against the body, there's not secondary inset behind it as per the photo in the review section, or like you normally see in an FA series. In other words the lens cylindrical.
Like this one?
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QuoteOriginally posted by LouD Quote
Got a manual lens from KEH. No photo displayed, incomplete description. One sales rep said it was a fully manual lens, another that is was an A series, e.g manual focus but able to adjust aperture/shutter automatically, sort of like my FA 50 in manual mode. Focal length 35 mm/f2.
Well, it arrived today. Sure bears no resembles to an FA series. Hefty, beautiful all-metal construction with rubberized focus ring. zilch in the way of automation. The lens identifies as "Ashai Opt. Co. Japan; SMC Pentax 1:2/35 5006889. Price was around $250.
I have no experience with manual lenses, but this one seems to render beautifully with a little "chimping" on my part. What the heck is it? A keeper? I have return privileges, it's not what I had in mind, but I gotta wonder if this one's worth playing with...
OK, you paid $250 and aren't sure what you bought. By the way, I happen to have a few lenses for sale...

Just kidding. The lens is the first K-mount 35mm f2. We tend to call these the K series (like K35/2) because the other series have letters, but the lens label doesn't have a K on it. It is regarded as a very good 35mm lens. Here's a test on film, comparing it to the FA 35mm f2:

The New smc PENTAX-FA35/2AL Impression

It's one of the lenses that got worse when they made the Pentax-M line. The price is reasonable. The A version works better with a DSLR but isn't a very good formula. If you don't mind the manual stuff, it's got image and build quality.

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Like this one?
I was just going to ask if it was a K lens.. If so, very nice hunk of glass.

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What Dave said...

Given the relative rarity of this lens, the price was appropriate.

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Oh dear. Rare? This is indeed it. Though I had avoided LBA. This isn't what I need, but it's what I want...I'm going to give another day or two...
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Oh dear. Rare? This is indeed it. Though I had avoided LBA. This isn't what I need, but it's what I want...I'm going to give another day or two...
good find and worth the money.
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Great lens. Keep it.
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yet some people still complain why the autofocus 35/2 costs at around $350. AF should be worth atleast a $150 given the convenience.
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yet some people still complain why the autofocus 35/2 costs at around $350. AF should be worth atleast a $150 given the convenience.
Well...you can buy the Samsung version for $600 if you really want to pay a big extra for AF

For a bit less, you can get the authentic FA 35mm f/2 for $550 on eBay.


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