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10-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Difference between "35mm f/2.8 Macro" and "35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL"

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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 BhPhotoVideo.com 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"?
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10-23-2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/118765-da-35mm-2-4-plastic-wonder-dal35-vs-fa35-vs-da35m-vs-a35-many-photos.html

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