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SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Sharpness 
 9.1
Aberrations 
 8.7
Bokeh 
 8.3
Autofocus 
 8.5
Handling 
 8.8
Value 
 9.7
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SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
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SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
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SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
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Description:
The SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL is a budget lens retailing for only $219.95 in the USA. This lens features SP coating. For a limited period of time, the DA 35mm was available in 12 different colors to match different camera bodies. Despite being labeled as a DA lens (as opposed to DA L), it does NOT feature quick-shift focusing, and has a plastic bayonet and no distance scale on the focusing ring.

SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
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Image Format
APS-C
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
No
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
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Max. Aperture
F2.4
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
30 cm
Max. Magnification
0.17x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 44 ° / 38 °
Hood
PH-SA49 (rectangular plastic clip-on), RH-RC49 (threaded folding rubber hood)
Case
S70-70
Lens Cap
Coating
SMC,SP
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
63 x 45 mm (2.5 x 1.8 in.)
Weight
124 g (4.4 oz.)
Production Years
2010 to present (in production)
Pricing
$146 USD current price
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 35mm AL
Product Code
21987
Reviews
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Notes
User tests show that this lens covers the 24x36 mm format.
One aspherical element.
Lens hood and case are not included with the lens.
Plastic lens mount.
Variants

Produced in many colors


Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusAutomatic ApertureAPS-C Digital Only
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Pentaxian

Registered: July, 2017
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,529
Lens Review Date: April 22, 2022 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $87.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Inexpensive , sharp , small.
Cons: No aperture Ring , plastic mount.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: KS2 , KP   

I don't know exactly why I didn't do this earlier.
Picked this up on an Amazon Prime deal for $87. I wanted small and light.
There is not much to be said that hasnt been said previously by other reviewers.
It is sharp , small , and inexpensive.
I could live out the rest of my life a contented man if it was the only lens I had.
( Thankfully it isnt)
Mine does everything well. From quick portraits , to landscapes.
I have zero complaints even if it cost triple what it did for me.
Definitively has lived up to its name and reputation as the " Plastic Fantastic" !
My overall rating is 8.5 considering everything.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: February 7, 2022 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $90.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Superb price to performance ratio
Cons: Plastic mount, no hood
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 5    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K70   

Great lens, sharp, compact. Only drawbacks are lack of aperture ring, no hood supplied, and a plastic mount. Optically very good, superb when cost is factored in.
   
Junior Member

Registered: October, 2010
Location: Portugal
Posts: 30
Lens Review Date: September 18, 2021 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $165.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: -Is light, -it takes up little space, -it is cheap, -compatible with 35mm format -focus fast
Cons: -Makes noise (little) -no marks on the lens -no quick-shift -no wr
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K5   

It is a "correct" focal length. 35mm is sufficient for all normal photos. Half-length portraits with a slight blur or sharp landscapes. As they say, it is the 4x4 of the fixed lens.

Pros
-Is light,
-it takes up little space,
-it is cheap,
-compatible with 35mm format
-focus fast

Cons
-Makes noise (little)
-no marks on the lens
-no quick-shift
-no wr

I personally love these low cost lenses
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2021
Posts: 8

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 21, 2021 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast enough and lightweight
Cons: Not weather sealed
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K5 iis   

This little plastic fantastic was my first lens with autofocus, and I can say I was not only surprised by how useful it is, but also by the quality of the images I can get from such a cheap lens. I do love some sharp images, and with the K5 iis, this lens delivers in that respect. Strictly speaking of image quality, it won't disappoint. My only gripe is how the lens handles. It's not too bad, but the lack of weather sealing and on-the-go focus adjustments and a decent focus ring are minor annoyances. All in all, I can't complain for the price. Us Pentax users are lucky to have access to this much quality at this price!
   
Site Supporter

Registered: February, 2017
Posts: 1,477

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 29, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight, price, IQ
Cons: None
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3, KP   

This is the first DA prime lens I bought for my K3, back in 2016. It is the best value prime lens along with its sister, the DA 50mm f1.8, that you could wish to buy. So, if you are looking for your first prime, look not further than this (or the 50mm).

I also now own the HD DA Ltd. 35mm f2.8 Macro, and since the acquisition of that lens, the DA f2.4 sees rare use. Let me explain why.

Overall I prefer the handling and build quality of the Ltd. - as to be expected considering the price difference. Also, the close focus abilities of the Ltd. suit my shooting better, and despite the DA being marginally sharper at f2.8 than the Ltd. I prefer the "look" that the latter's images produce. However, this is all subjective, and if not for the ownership of the Ltd., I would never feel I would be lacking anything when using the DA.

From f2.8 the DA is plenty sharp enough for any ones needs. Its images are crisp and punchy. There are some handling limitations - no quick shift MF and it does not focus as close as I would like - but for the money you will not find better IQ. In fact you will not find better IQ unless you spend considerably more than several more times its price. The low cost is of course the result of the plastic construction and plastic mount and lack of weather resistance, but due to its size this does make the lens fragile. The plus side of this construction is that it is very light and easy to pack around with you. The AF is relatively noisy, being screw drive, but no worse than other screw drive lenses. I do not find it distracting

In short, if you are wondering whether or not to dip your toe into the waters of prime ownership, there is no better place to start. Small financial outlay means minimal risk should you decide that primes are not for you, and you will not be disappointed with the IQ. The only question you should be asking is "this or the DA 50mm f1.8?"

   
New Member

Registered: December, 2015
Location: Piła
Posts: 6

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 11, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: picture quality, price, handling, overall value
Cons: none
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: Pentax K5II   

This is my primary lens since long time. Very useful angle, light and sharp even wide open. With this price is best 35mm for amateur (also advanced). Great also with diorama photo
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2016
Posts: 4

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 17, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Unbelievably good value for money
Cons: doesn't perform as well on the 24mpx sensor (K3) as on lower mpx sensor
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-S2, K-3, K-1   

I made a full review in video format at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q54QKPKp3bE but to summarise this lens is outstanding value for money and was excellent on my K-S2 but I didn't feel it was so sharp on the much higher pixel density sensor of the K-3 but was actually better on the K-1 than the K-3 I can only surmise due to the lower pixel density of the sensor.
   
Junior Member

Registered: March, 2020
Posts: 44
Lens Review Date: March 9, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $199.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Quick focus, ease of use
Cons: None yet
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 7    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-50   

Decent lens for the price, ok value for the money.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2017
Location: Sale, Cheshire
Posts: 147
Lens Review Date: January 13, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $97.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, low CA, fast focussing
Cons: Some AF noise, lack of quick shift focus, not WR
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-3   

I initially had a 2nd hand version of this lens, which appeared to have infinity focussing problems (perhaps my calibration technique at the time was a little suspect). This was returned and I bought a new lens, which is excellent. I bought it for stills and video use in low light conditions. Initially, autofocus calibration of +7 was required, after which very sharp from f 2.4, when shooting in RAW and sharpening appropriately. Excellent colour rendition, with fast and accurate autofocus. Very resistant to flare, even without a hood, and generally very low CA. A little noise from the screw autofocus, but I have number of screw autofocus lenses, where the noise does not bother me (and they generally focus quickly on the K-3). If the autofocus speed is good, I am more concerned about the optical performance and handling.
I do have a 50mm SMC Pentax-A 1:1.7 lens, but focusing using the viewfinder focus light is not always spot-on, hence the attraction of the SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL, which also gives a greater depth of field.
Overall, optically, the SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL is excellent and amazing value for money.
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 11
Lens Review Date: January 12, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $160.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast AF; pleasing warm tones for portraits
Cons: Bit soft
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-S2; K-30   

Probably the best value lens in Pentax world. Much better than DA 50mm f/1.8 with respect to AF speed, AF sound, and CA. For good results for portaits use it at f/3.2. Make sure you micro-adjust the AF. For optimum sharpness, use it at f/5.6. Good warm pleasing colour tones for portraits.
   
Senior Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 129

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 5, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, good, the start of my photography journey
Cons: busy hexagonal bokeh, but that's all.
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 5    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K50, K3ii   

Much better than it looks, I took my baby photos with this and began my photography journey in the process. I don't like the bokeh or the focus ring or the lack of a lens hood, but everything else is good. I don't use it much now I have better lenses but I wouldn't part with it.

   
Pentaxian

Registered: May, 2008
Location: London, UK
Posts: 1,529
Lens Review Date: January 1, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Very sharp, decent contrast
Cons: I didn't "suit" my "style"
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Used   

I had a used one for a few months some years ago when I bought it for a trip toThailand - I used it there once or twice, and the results were impressive, but as mentioned above, it doesn't "suit my style" because, for "my usage" a semi-wide angle zoom is more useful for me.

OTOH, if it suits "your style" then "go get"
PS: didn't lose much cash when I sold it on - "people" love it!
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 5

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 31, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: No CA, very sharp, fast focus
Cons: Screw type autofocus is louder
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K50   

I recently bought a used K50 from Ebay, for $270 Canadian. It is in like new condition, only had 1100 shutter actuations when I received it and I am extremely happy with the value I received. I paired it with a newly bought 35mm f2.4 Pentax lens I purchased from AZN, for $100 USD.

I am extremely impressed with this 35mm f2.4 lens. It focuses super fast, has no CA even when I magnify the image about 40x - 50x its original capture size, and overall, the sharpness is excellent. I also like the manual focus ring. The ring doesnt have a long focus adjustment window, but it is very responsive and you can fine-tune the focus easily. The length of the lens is perfect as well. I think this lens is the bargain of the century, except it doesnt have manual aperature adjustment and the focus motor is louder than I would like.

Some additional background on my K50 purchase, just as an fyi to camera newbies who might be thinking about buying a Pentax, as that was me not too long ago:

Last winter, I bought an Optio E80 and was blown away by the fact that this old camera could outperform my new Canon ELPH 180 in picture quality. I suppose the pentax lens was superior to the canon lens, but there could be other reasons too. Anyways, I thought to myself that Pentax must make great DSLRs if their old point and shoots perform so well. So, I started thinking about buying a Pentax DSLR when the opportunity presented itself.

Perusing Ebay, I found a seller in Canada that had a mint K50 with only 1100 shutter actuations. Tax was included, shipping was included and Ebay was giving me a 10% Ebay bucks discount if I bought something in the next 24 hours. I found the K50 and pulled the trigger. It arrived shortly after and I am so impressed with how the camera handles, how it is built and how it performs.

The K50s bigger grip is SUPER COMFORTABLE. I was mislead into believing that Pentax cameras have grips that are too large, but I found the larger grip to be much better to hold than the tinier girps found on Canons and Nikons. The smaller grips cause my hand to cramp because the grip is unnaturally compressed, whereas the Pentax K50 allows me to naturally curl my fingers around the camera grip. It results in a much more comfortable, satisfying grip to hold onto. My hand doesnt hurt at all and I dont even feel like I am holding much weight. The K50 actually feels lighter to me than a Nikon D5600 because of the K50s better grip.

Next, I was further impressed with how easy the K50 is to pick up and shoot with. I didnt read the manual, yet in about 20 minutes I was able to use the camera with better efficiency than my Fuji XT100, which I have owned for over 1 month. The Fuji isnt a hard camera to master, but the Pentax is so logical and easy, I truly think anyone can enjoy using it. It makes a big difference when you dont have to think about the complexity of your camera and can just focus on taking pictures and composing your shot.

Now for image quality, the Pentax 35mm f2.4 lens I bought - brand new - for $100 USD, is spectacular for the price. I can take a photo, upload it to my computer, crop the photo and magnify it about 50x bigger than its original recording size and the crop is still without any Chromatic Abberation. The detail is also good, considering I have blown up the image 50x over and I am using a 16MP sensor instead of a 24MP sensor as found in the KP, for example.

I cant wait to get a dediated macro lens and see what my Pentax camera can do. The results, I suspect, will be phenomenal.

I wanted to say that many of the knocks against Pentax that are proclaimed by non-Pentax users turned ou to not be true. The grip is not uncomfortable and is actually the best grip I have ever used on any camera. The image quality is the best I have ever seen on any camera regardless of brand. The focus is great. The build quality is great. Almost everything is much better than I was told by those who tend to dismiss Pentax as a brand option.

The only area in which my K50 has to improve is the shutter sound and vibration. I find the K50 makes a louder than typical mirror sound and the movement causes the camera to sligtly vibrate. Having said that, with the built in IBIS, all my pictures turned out super sharp and without blur. So, I guess it doesnt much matter in the end.

Regards,

Michael
   
Pentaxian

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 2,015
Lens Review Date: December 30, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $110.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent image quality, Light, Ideal focal length for a prime
Cons: No distance scale, Classic autofocus, No hood, Front cap
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-S2   

The Plastic Fantastic (this lens!) is extremely light, has a good look (even if it does not look like premium), and has an excellent image quality. Furthermore, 35mm on APS-C is more or less the "human eye point of view", this means that even if it is a prime, it can almost do everything as long as you zoom with your feet. Only wide landscapes and astrophotography will be out of reach with this lens. You can see that "Fantastic" is not a too strong word when it comes to this lens.


This lens is cheap (second cheapest of Pentax lens line) and have a really good image quality, so it is not a surprise that cost measures have been taken : no quick shift, no distance scale, no hood.

The front cap is rather annoying. Instead of the common center-pinch cap, here you have to put your fingers on the edge of the cap and press the buttons in order to remove the cap. It's taking a longer time and I am always worried to put my fingers on the front element. The DA 50 F1.8 (the Other Plastic Fantastic) does not have this problem. I replaced the original cap with a cheap generic 2 center-pinch one.

Bottom line, if you want a prime for greater image quality, greater maximum aperture or just for the sake of trying prime, this one is probably the first one you should buy. And you will probably keep it and love it, like me. Well, until you buy a Limited of course.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2017
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 551

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 23, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $89.99 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Good Clarity for Close Up Modeling Work
Cons: Does not work well with standard MACRO attachments
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-50   

I use this for close up (face) modeling. It provides good clarity and sharp focus. For a camera manufacturer's lens it is 2x better than the kit lenses, but trails behind some equivalent lenses for add-on manufacturers. For the price point, it is a good buy for an amateur or semi-pro (which is the category I put myself in). Probably not for full time pros, as there are other, more expensive options with slightly better optics.
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