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Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 - $170 on Amazon
Posted By: rrstuff, 02-17-2014, 09:06 PM

Amazon.com: Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras: Electronics

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02-17-2014, 10:29 PM   #2
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Ooooo, sweet deal. Love this little lens.
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I'm trying to find a lens for my KX on a budget $300 but preferably less, I don't mind if it is used. I only have the lens kit and the Tamron 28-300mm, but need something more capable of capturing good portraits for kids and families, would this work? I am a bit torn on a few and this one is one that I am thinking of getting. Would you prefer this over the da 50mm 1.8? Thanks for sharing the deal. Thank you.
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Hi,

anything in the normal range will do well. I recently got the DA40 Limited, for around $230 on ebay. Amazon also has a DA 40mm XS for $199 new. They have really nice colors, contrast and are pretty sharp.
DA50mm F1.8 is reported to have some autofocus issues, so if you are a beginner (?) you might not like it that much.

You will be fine buying anything like: 35mm F2.4, DA40 (either), or the 50mm. I would look into KEH.com stock, they have some nice 50mm F1.4 lenses for less than $300 which could be a very versatile choice.
If you want to include more surroundings, go for DA40 or 35mm F2.4. If you would like to have more classic, posed portraits, go for one of the 50s, either used from KEH or new.

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Ok, are you talking about the KX



Or the K-x (with the dash and lower-case x)?



If it is the latter, the 35 2.4 is highly recommended, as is the DA 50 1.8. If it is the former, then no, no DA lenses would work properly on that camera because they don't have the aperture ring.

I'm fairly certain that you're talking about the K-x... so... For portraits, the 50 1.8 is a better recommendation, but the 35 2.4 would work as well. I have one and I use it for taking pictures of the family all the time, including head and shoulder portraits. They come out great, at least to my amateur eyes. The DA 35 2.4 also works very well indoors and for small group shots, and also for some landscapes, while for these uses the 50 is a bit too long sometimes. So if you can - have both
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
Ok, are you talking about the KX



Or the K-x (with the dash and lower-case x)?



If it is the latter, the 35 2.4 is highly recommended, as is the DA 50 1.8. If it is the former, then no, no DA lenses would work properly on that camera because they don't have the aperture ring.

I'm fairly certain that you're talking about the K-x... so... For portraits, the 50 1.8 is a better recommendation, but the 35 2.4 would work as well. I have one and I use it for taking pictures of the family all the time, including head and shoulder portraits. They come out great, at least to my amateur eyes. The DA 35 2.4 also works very well indoors and for small group shots, and also for some landscapes, while for these uses the 50 is a bit too long sometimes. So if you can - have both
K-X good to know there is a difference (I had no idea there was another K-X lol)
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awesome deal
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The da 35 is great. For portraits the da 50 1.8 is much better. Less distortion and significantly better bokeh. These two lenses are some of Pentax's greatest values. I had great memories of the two K-x I owned. Personally, I would recommend the tamron 17-50 2.8 and you get a great wide portrait zoom that is sharp wide open. $280 used is a steal for that lens.

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6ave seller on ebay has this lens with free filter and cleaning kit for $147.10. Just got mine from them on Saturday via fedex. Comes in retail box with all the paper work. Unbeatable price as far as I've seen.

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What do you shoot mostly with the 35mm??
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Oooh. Tempting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smileyz1gin Quote
What do you shoot mostly with the 35mm??
I like this video explaining uses for street shooting:

I found the normal focal length pretty good for detail shots in architecture as well, a classic use is also a medium landscape.
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I see this lens at $151 today with Free Shipping on Amazon. So another $20 price drop since this thread started.
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Some newbie questions:

What is the best use for the 35mm lens?

Any thoughts on the 40mm pancake lens that is also around or under $200 on Amazon?

In what settings do you use the 35mm vs 40mm vs 50mm?

Thanks,
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QuoteOriginally posted by radman Quote
Some newbie questions: What is the best use for the 35mm lens? Any thoughts on the 40mm pancake lens that is also around or under $200 on Amazon? In what settings do you use the 35mm vs 40mm vs 50mm? Thanks,
You should post these questions in a separate thread here:
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On Pentax DSLRs, a 35mm gives you roughly the same magnification as what your eyes see, so it's a very versatile focal length.

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