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05-13-2011, 10:02 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I don't really understand the focal length of 20-35 as a crop lens.
It was a film lens - about exactly what the DA 12-24 is to asp-c DSLR.

I tried a 20-35 for a couple hours - it's a pretty sharp lens, a little softer at 35mm (just like the 12-24!)

I wouldn't buy one for aps-c (although it is pretty small, also.)

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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
It was a film lens - about exactly what the DA 12-24 is to asp-c DSLR.

I tried a 20-35 for a couple hours - it's a pretty sharp lens, a little softer at 35mm (just like the 12-24!)

I wouldn't buy one for aps-c (although it is pretty small, also.)

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Right, but considering that the 16-45 f4 and 17-70 f4 are out there for the same price or cheaper, why would you think about this lens?
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I've owned this lens for about a year. Bought it new for about $ 500.
It haven't seen much use. That's a shame, because it is "four primes in a neat little packet".

I expect it will see more use in near future, because it will compliment my coming K-5 well. I imagine it to be a perfect discrete walk about combo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I don't really understand the focal length of 20-35 as a crop lens. On full frame, it would be pretty wide (although not as wide as some of the lenses out there now for full frame), but why not just go with a DA 21, otherwise?
Well, for me it is a wide angle lens that can zoom in to a normal if I need. Useful for scenery shots and then taking a few snaps of people closer up. I personally rarely feel the need to go wider, so the extra size of the 16-45 or 17-70 make them less appealing, although I have had thoughts about the 16-45 a few times - supposedly the IQ is just as good or better. Still, back in the film days many shooters didn't go wider than 28mm, so 20mm on aps-c isn't that crazy. And I do have some film bodies, on which the FA 20-35 is just great. But even on a smaller digital sensor the picture quality sparkles - it rarely takes a bad shot (that I can blame on the lens) and often takes very nice ones. Outdoors, or with a bounce flash indoors, I can rarely do much better.

I don't know that I would pay $700 for a replacement if mine broke, though. Probably would try the 16-45 first. I an glad I have the FA.

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I agree. Where do I sign up for the following lenses:
FA*250-600
Sign me up for any hidden stocks of the FA*250-600 too!
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There is a goober on fleabait that has 5 of the FA 20-35mm/4 lenses for sale at about $4k a piece.
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There is a goober on fleabait that has 5 of the FA 20-35mm/4 lenses for sale at about $4k a piece.
It seems to be in stock at Yodobashi for $1k, a trip to Japan would pay off, then
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Very interested in FA 20-35 but for me the price is not reasonalble. 450~500 should be ok, any way it is a good lens for scenery photography

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My copy of the FA 20-35 gets a fair amount of use. It's an excellent focal length range for gardens, it's got excellent color rendition and it's a good close focuser. It's light small and unobtrusive, so I guess it would make a good street lens too.

NaCl(but it's not worth $700---$500 maybe $400 for sure but not $700)H2O
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I don't know about the FA 20-35... but the FA 35 was available at Pentax's own U.S. online store for a long time - for that very same $475. I almost ordered one on New Year's Day 2010 (perhaps a bit too much bubbly?) before I came to my senses. Perhaps that's where the new-found supply is from (the Pentax store, not the bubbly).

Hey, the FA 35 is a great lens and was a fantastic deal at or near its original retail price. But, for me, $475 is simply too much for a (admittedly very good) plastic fantastic. That's why I waited and scooped up the DA 35mm f/2.4 for $200 when it came out. For $475, I'll save for a few months and buy a DA Limited prime.

But that's just me. If anyone simply must have the FA 35, who am I to say they shouldn't buy one?
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
My copy of the FA 20-35 gets a fair amount of use. It's an excellent focal length range for gardens, it's got excellent color rendition and it's a good close focuser. It's light small and unobtrusive, so I guess it would make a good street lens too.

NaCl(but it's not worth $700---$500 maybe $400 for sure but not $700)H2O
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