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10-26-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL

I was thinking of getting a fixed focus lens to use as a walk aound lens and for taking pictures of my children etc.
Is this budget lens from Pentax any good? Does anyone has any experience from it? I am not really convinced over the test pictures iīve seen so far?
Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL - Review / Lens Test

I have read som reviews and it seems pretty alright, but will I see any difference from my Tamron 17-50 2.8 for instance when taking pictures of my children?
I mean when i use it as a portrait lens?

Or should I look at something completely different?

10-26-2012, 05:03 AM   #2
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The Pentax DA 35 F2.4 is a fantastic lens and priced very very well. At 35mm it will perform as well or better than your Tamron.

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In my opinion, 35 mm requires you to get too close for portraits. I prefer my 50 mm or 85 mm lenses for those uses. However, the DA 35/2.4 is quite a bargain and the lens is pretty good (it's known as the "Plastic Fantastic" around here). I suspect you'll get lots of replies singing its praises. I can't compare to the Tamron 17-50 because I don't have that. I don't think the aperture difference from 2.8 to 2.4 would make much of a difference.
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Thats pretty much it. Its a good lens, though the focal length isn't exactly optimal for classical portraits. Though, taking a shot of a person and some surroundings will be fine. Its especially good for things that are relatively near (but its not a macro lens).
As a first prime I think its a good idea, fast focus, sharp, and as opposed to the zoom it will force you to move around instead of just standing still and twisting the zoom ring. This will affect your composition. However, you might want to look at the DA 50mm f1.8. That focal length is slightly better for portraits and the lens is noticeably brighter when wide open. It has only hit the shelves recently, though, so not very many reviews exist. But its optical design is proven, it has been used in many lenses before.

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I agree, for portraits longer focal lengths are better but as a light walk around nothing is better. Mine is very sharp. As for f2.8 vs f2.4 I would agree but mine seems brighter than that.


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I realize that it isnīt the most suitable lens for portraits, but i already have an old manual Pentax 50mm lens and when i use it as a walk around lens, especially in the city or indoor at a museum or in my house i often get too close.
The best thing would of course to buy a portrait lens and a even wider lens than the 35mm, but i am on a tight budget here so i have to compromise !
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I have both of these lenses and love them both. I would probably suggest the FA 50 1.4 before the 35mm though. It is better for portraits and will give you better low light performance. The tamron is pretty close in quailty, but the 35mm probably has a slight edge. The tamron is a much better walk around lens do to its range though.
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I can only agree with what has been said already. The 35mm performance wise is better than good its superb and outperforms all others but the mighty 31mm. The tamron is also a superb lens and is about the best out there. The tamron would obviously be a lot more versatile of course, but then it is twice the price too. If you can afford it I would go for the Tamron. The Tamron does suffer from excessive field curvature at 17mm so it is advised to stop down to F8 here if critical sharpness is needed edge to edge. Its normal in the real world to want to stop down when using wide angles anyway, so its not exactly a show stopper.

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QuoteOriginally posted by peos99 Quote
I was thinking of getting a fixed focus lens to use as a walk aound lens and for taking pictures of my children etc.
Is this budget lens from Pentax any good? Does anyone has any experience from it? I am not really convinced over the test pictures iīve seen so far?
Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL - Review / Lens Test

I have read som reviews and it seems pretty alright, but will I see any difference from my Tamron 17-50 2.8 for instance when taking pictures of my children?
I mean when i use it as a portrait lens?

Or should I look at something completely different?
My daughter has the DA 35 f/2,4
I am not that impressed. I hate the plastic, and it feels rather cheap.
It takes sharp images though.

If you are out for maximum bang for the bucks, look at the SMC A 50mm f/1,7
Its very easy to use, and is exeptional sharp with very nice bokeh.
Inexpensive too
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I already have the Tamron!

Thatīs why i wonder if i can get even sharper picturers with the Pentax 35 for instance when taking pictures of my kids?

Maybe i donīt need to buy the Pentax lens if the Tamron 17-50 covers what the Pentax 35 can do?
(but i like buing lenses though.....)
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Ach zo.
Then look at something else.
Maybe this would make your day?
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If not the DA 50/1.8 look for a FA 50/1.7. I've only had this lens for a month or so but I'm already in love with it.











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Would this be a better alternative? Pentax SMC-DA 50/1.8
Price is almost the same. Only 70 euros more.
Oris it the same as the 35, only longer focal length?
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QuoteOriginally posted by peos99 Quote
Would this be a better alternative? Pentax SMC-DA 50/1.8
Price is almost the same. Only 70 euros more.
Oris it the same as the 35, only longer focal length?
I believe the consensus is that the DA 50/1.8 is the same as the FA 50/1.7 but with rounded aperture blades, no aperture ring, and a plastic mount.
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