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03-10-2010, 05:29 AM   #1
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SMC-DA 35mm/2.0 AL

New lens? Mistake?

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SMC-DA 35/2.0 AL >> NEUHEIT!! << 848,00 €

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That is an interresting find!
The site says it is news.

I don't know if it is a mistake - a misinterpretation. Pentax making new batches of the FA 35 that was previously discontinued, or if it is a new DA version of the FA 35 optics.
With quick-shift focus, perhaps even SDM (but that is unlikely).
The price level does hints to a new lens. With weather sealing?
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French RRP for SMC FA 35 mm f/2 AL is €849 VAT incl.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
French RRP for SMC FA 35 mm f/2 AL is €849 VAT incl.
I see, then it is probably just a new batch of the FA 35.

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why not f1.4?
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848 EUR? lol, never gonna buy it. it`s much cheaper to buy oly e-420 with pancake 25mm than one this lens. they must be joking. i would appreciate price around 250-350 EUR.
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Yeah, it's listed for MORE than an FA 43 Limited.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
French RRP for SMC FA 35 mm f/2 AL is €849 VAT incl.
For the FA35?? Are they out of their minds?

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QuoteOriginally posted by zelovoc Quote
848 EUR? i would appreciate price around 250-350 EUR.
you can get one from nikon or canon but unfortunately f2 is absolutely not to use what do you prefer usable f2 for 800 or unusable for 300?
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you can get one from nikon or canon but unfortunately f2 is absolutely not to use what do you prefer usable f2 for 800 or unusable for 300?
I prefer usable f/2 for under 400 - and don't tell me Pentax can't do it. I'll pass on both of the choices you offer.
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I prefer usable f/2 for under 400 - and don't tell me Pentax can't do it. I'll pass on both of the choices you offer.
The price for the FA35 skyrocketed a while ago. I see yodobashi charges about 650 euros for it now, when I visited their Shinjuku and Osaka stores in December 2007, the price was far below that, I think below 300.
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QuoteOriginally posted by filorp Quote
you can get one from nikon or canon but unfortunately f2 is absolutely not to use what do you prefer usable f2 for 800 or unusable for 300?
1/ I can get one for Canon for €250 and f2 is perfectly useable (on FF mind you...)

2/ I bought (and still have and use) the exact same FA 35f2 a few years ago for €330 (new): do you think the price increase also increased magically its quality at f2 (which is no better than the Canon version I have BTW)?

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CANON IS SUBSTANDART - Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0 review - Image resolution - Lenstip.com , BUT Q. GOOD ON Canon EF 35mm f/2 (full format) - Review / Lens Test Report - Analysis, QC problems? tests differences? I dont have neither 35 but... i wish to see Pentax version outperforming every 35's for that price as it happened among 50's.
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QuoteOriginally posted by filorp Quote
CANON IS SUBSTANDART - Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0 review - Image resolution - Lenstip.com , BUT Q. GOOD ON Canon EF 35mm f/2 (full format) - Review / Lens Test Report - Analysis, QC problems? tests differences? I dont have neither 35 but... i wish to see Pentax version outperforming every 35's for that price as it happened among 50's.
The 35/2.0 from Canon or Nikon is a cheap plastic lens so it's not surprising to have significant sample variation. 35/2, 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 are classic designs I wouldn't say that one brand is better than the other on measured performance(center, border sharpness, chromatic aberration etc...) But they do have a difference in flavor and build quality, Pentax being on the good side of the average (Zeiss being the best)

Now, the current price for 35/2.0 from Pentax is pure delirium, it's about 10% cheaper than the FA31/1.8 wihich is in a whole different league on every aspect. If you want a faster lens than the DA35/2.8, this is clearly the way to go.
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The price is absolute lunacy, but I thought this lens had been discontinued for good? I can't find it on the Pentax Japan web site, for instance.
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