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09-08-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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DA 35 - Quickshift?

If it is a DA AL, doesn't that mean it automatically comes with Quickshift?

09-08-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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It's DA-L - no QS. No distance markings, lens hood - optional (as I understand), no aperture ring. All plastic.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve Beswick Quote
If it is a DA AL, doesn't that mean it automatically comes with Quickshift?
It is being called a DA L 35/2.4 AL. If it had quickshift, they would be touting it on the Pentax Imaging site. The only thing this lens has on the FA 35/2 is the SP. It is a down grade in every other way, slower, no aperture ring, and plasti-mount.
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Well if I could buy a FA 35 for $219, which means probably $170 from B&H, I wouldn't be looking at this thing!

Edit: also, I didn't notice it is a DA-L.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve Beswick Quote
Well if I could buy a FA 35 for $219, which means probably $170 from B&H, I wouldn't be looking at this thing!

Edit: also, I didn't notice it is a DA-L.
The FA was $299 shipped when Pentax canceled in their infinite un-Wisdom. Some guys in Tokyo need kicked in the arse until their noses bleed.
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When I saw the release, I thought of the Lens-In-a-Caps from ebay lol. sad day but at least the FA35 formula is back minus 1/2 a stop?
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I predict this lens will be a colored flop...

When the press release says "a lightweight inexpensive 'normal' prime", "one of the lightest SLR lenses available at a mere 124g" and "hybrid aspherical optical element"

it just screams PLASTIC, including the lens elements.
Sadly, I think Pentax just killed sales of the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited with this new lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote

it just screams PLASTIC, including the lens elements.
Sadly, I think Pentax just killed sales of the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited with this new lens.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

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What's also troubling, there's apparently no place to attach a hood except for the filter thread. Some serious corner cutting here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
I predict this lens will be a colored flop...

When the press release says "a lightweight inexpensive 'normal' prime", "one of the lightest SLR lenses available at a mere 124g" and "hybrid aspherical optical element"

it just screams PLASTIC, including the lens elements.
Sadly, I think Pentax just killed sales of the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited with this new lens.
Most lenses have plastic elements. If it was f2, i'd be all over it. I'll stick with my DA40...
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It'll be a flop amongst enthusiasts, but amongst the newbies keen on a good prime, this may just be the ticket.

The rest of us know to go with the FA 35 or DA 35 macro ltd...
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Personally, I think it looks pretty. That's about all it has going for it though... that and the lightness of it is quite nice.

I think I'll keep saving for the Sigma 28mm f/1.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by FotoPete Quote
When I saw the release, I thought of the Lens-In-a-Caps from ebay lol. sad day but at least the FA35 formula is back minus 1/2 a stop?
Seems like it very well might be. Both are 6 elements in 5 groups with 1 aspherical element. If it performs like the FA35 minus a 1/2 stop and sells for $150 or below I could see it being a very nice starter lens for someone. I think the people who are most disappointed are the people who would have paid $300+ for a reborn D-FA35 f/2.
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F2.4 when Nikon is offering f1.8 in the same price range/focal length?!? Am I the only one who thinks Hoya is loosing it? I think the should kill off FAltds, they are holding then back too much and this is one fine example...IMO
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QuoteOriginally posted by Urkeldaedalus Quote
I think the people who are most disappointed are the people who would have paid $300+ for a reborn D-FA35 f/2.
Or those who have been asking for a DA 28mm f/2 for the past few years

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