Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
New Member

Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1
Difference between "35mm f/2.8 Macro" and "35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL"

what is the difference between "SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro" and "Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL"? Which one is better? I am unable to decide based on the specs. On I found that more people bought "SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro" but it is not compatible with full frame cameras. "Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL" on the other hand is compatible but I couldn't find more informaiton on it. Will I be losing anythign by buying "SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro"?

10-23-2011, 11:11 AM   #2
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 49,431
The DA 35mm is a macro lens designed for digital cameras only, while the FA 35mm is a faster wide-angle that covers the full-frame format. Both are excellent lenses, the FA is obviously a bit older. Both lenses are listed in our lens database:

Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Pentax-FA 35mm F2 AL Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

See also our in-depth review of the macro:
Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro - Review

Adam Webmaster (Site Usage Guide | Site Help | My Photography) server and development costs are user-supported. You can help cover these costs by donating. Or, buy your photo gear from our affiliates, Adorama, B&H Photo, KEH, or Topaz Labs, and get FREE Marketplace access - click here to see how! Trusted Pentax retailers:

10-23-2011, 12:57 PM   #3
Veteran Member

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Prague
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,199
I own the FA 35/2 and I like it a lot. But today, provided that you don't plan to shoot film, I suggest you to get DA35 macro limited. If you plan to shoot film, DA35/2.4 is nice cheap lens that can work with some newer film bodies.
10-23-2011, 01:02 PM   #4
Veteran Member
mysticcowboy's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: port townsend, wa
Photos: Albums
Posts: 968
Macro lenses have longer focusing throws, which makes manual focusing very accurate, but autofocus relatively slow. The FA 30 autofocuses much faster and the F2 makes it a whole stop faster, as well as enabling a noticeably shallower depth of field. Both are fine lenses.

10-23-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
Veteran Member

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ontario
Posts: 550
The da macro35mm is a very nice lens but at a high premium. Thefa35 mm is a good lens for the price. The macro is going to give you much sharper images and a closer focusing distance then the fa. However if you are not going to be shooting with film then the da35 2.4 should be considered as unconfirmed rumors are that the da35 2.4 and the fa 35 2.0 are one and the same. However if you search the forum there was an in-depth eeview/comparison between a bunch of 35mm done by someone if I wasn't on the mobile site I'd find the link for you but if you search for it you can't miss it.


Last edited by epqwerty; 10-23-2011 at 02:25 PM.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
angle, camera, f/2.0, f/2.8, pentax help, photography, smcp-fa
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Post your "Park Bench" "or "Picnic Table" images tessfully Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1822 06-18-2020 03:25 PM
Don't say Pentax "Q" in French ... "Q" = "cul" = "A--" Jean Poitiers Pentax Q 52 11-10-2013 06:25 AM tests available "soon" - DA L 35mm 2.4 & 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 ED AL LowVoltage Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11 02-18-2011 08:14 AM
For Sale - Sold: "For Sale" Pentax MX Legendary 35mm SLR (Worldwide) redfox22 Sold Items 2 02-01-2011 01:27 AM
Sports "Highside Exit" took 1st Place in DPReview "Missed It by THAT much, Part 1" Challenge MRRiley Post Your Photos! 27 02-21-2010 08:26 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:03 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]