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04-01-2010, 05:49 AM   #1
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35mm Limited or 40mm Limited? I'm very torn

Dear pentaxians, I'm very undecided between this 2 limited lenses. Is the 35mm worse than 40mm in non macro situations?
Let me know in portraits and landscapes how does the 35mm compared to 40mm.

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04-01-2010, 06:01 AM   #2
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The 35mm is widely regarded as one of the best lenses ever. The 40mm is pretty good too. Of course the 35mm costs more and is bigger. So it boils down to if you're willing to expend the extra for the 35mm, want macro, or prefer the smaller size and weigfht of the 40mm.
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Neither of these lenses is really "worse" unless you need macro. If you need the macro, get the DA 35. If not, save the money and space and get the DA40.
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I have neither, however, consider that Pentax non-macro primes don't focus all that close...
15.7" and 0. 1:8 max magnification for the 40, while the 35 focuses to 5.5" and 1:1magnification. There's a lot of close up territory between the two before you get to macro... My 43 gets 1:8.4 and 18" and I wish it got closer.

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I chose the DA 40 for landscape and general use. The price was excellent compared to the DA 35 and FA 43, and it's performance has been steller IMO. I did not want a macro at this focal length, and was not concerned with being able to focus very close as the 35 and 43 can do. I will buy a macro in the 50-100mm range in the future.

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Check out the photos here to give you some idea on the shots they are capable of. I chose the 35mm over the 40 purely for the macro capability and it is a solid lens for anything i want from landscapes to flowers and anything in-between, easily my favourite lens to date. Some people swear by the 40mm ltd others by the 35mm Ltd. I don't think you will be unhappy with any limited lens.

Why not get the 15, 35, 40 and 70..... you know you want to.... they are calling your name
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I recently made the same choice (and went with the 35)

One thing not yet mentioned in this thread is that the 40 is a faster focuser - the throw is shorter on the 40 by a long shot because of the extra travel to get to macro focus distances on the 35. Many who use the 35 do a quick manual (since it has a clutch) into the region they want and then let autofocus take over - that makes it very fast in usage. It's a consideration. On my K-x the 35 is a very fast focuser and I don't mine giving the focus ring a spin if I was just shooting macro and then turn my head and my son is being adorable 25 feet away

Looking at dozens and dozens of images from both, you can see that they are each fantastic lenses. If you want macro and the slight loss of focus speed doesn't bother you, the 35 is the obvious choice. If fast focus is vital to you and you rarely want macro, the 40 is the obvious choice.

I do love the 35 - such gorgeous pure color and micro-contrast. I've never had a lens that could capture variances of contrast like this lens does! I also had just sold my FA 50 and knew I wanted to go quite a bit wider - that also made me lean toward the 35 (ask me if I now want the 15 Ltd - heh). I'm on a limited budget. I wanted a lens that could do more than one thing, and that macro ability mattered a lot to me. In practice the 35 does everything I want and more. It shoots close portraits, landscapes, macro and 'daily life/kids' shots all beautifully.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
I have neither, however, consider that Pentax non-macro primes don't focus all that close...
15.7" and 0. 1:8 max magnification for the 40, while the 35 focuses to 5.5" and 1:1magnification. There's a lot of close up territory between the two before you get to macro... My 43 gets 1:8.4 and 18" and I wish it got closer.
True. Most Pentax lenses over the years seem to be around .14x max magnification. Closer focus definitely comes at a price in size and speed of focus. I like the FA 50/2.8 for its resolution and tru macro, but it is not the fastest focus lock in the bag.

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Another vote for the 35 mm. I love the lens. But, as others have said, you can't go wrong with either. I love the close focus feature. I don't do macro much. But I love not being limited on closing in on a subject.

I think the issue of focus speed is often overblown for most practical shooting settings. The focus throw is long from MFD to infinity. But, from 2' to infinity is only a few degrees and is incredibly fast. Sometimes it doesn't seem to even change focus. Only for times which would be rare that one is shooting macro and then immediately needs to look up and shoot at infinity. In fairness, the speed becomes an issue when shooting in low light a subject with low contrast. If this lens hunts, the speed is then a hugh issue.
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We had this thread literally last week...

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/93729-da-35mmf...t=35mm+limited

I vote for the DA35.
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And almost every week before, it seems.
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I have the 35. My wife has the 40. We share. It's nice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MSM Quote
In fairness, the speed becomes an issue when shooting in low light a subject with low contrast. If this lens hunts, the speed is then a hugh issue.
Well put - and something I didn't specify in my post RE focus speed. If the lens hunts through it's entire range....that takes time! LOL! But the only time it does that is in very low light or strange focusing conditions (through glass, say). In daily use it's very fast
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnmflores Quote
I have the 35. My wife has the 40. We share. It's nice.
. . . oh you mean the ltd lenses! HystericalThe FA 35mm hasn't been brought up yet which is better in the close focus area than the DA 40mm. Nothing including the 31mm ltd is going to get any better in that respect than the DA 35mm.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
And almost every week before, it seems.
Actually, that could be said of about one third of the threads on the lens forum.
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