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SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Sharpness 
 9.1
Aberrations 
 8.7
Bokeh 
 8.4
Autofocus 
 8.5
Handling 
 8.9
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
$116 USD current price
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 35mm AL
Product Code
21987
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Unofficial Full-Frame Compatibility Tests by Pentax Forums
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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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New Member

Registered: March, 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 12
Lens Review Date: January 19, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $260.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: optical quality, fast AF, light weight,
Cons: cheap build.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: New   

Since I have have this plastic wonder it's my most used lens.

I just love 35mm on a cropped sensor, it gives me e very authentic feeling.

The reason I bought this lens is doing street-photography, and for this purpose it has some unique features:
- very fast AF (my other 35 is the famous SMC-K 35/3.5, which obviously is MF, and not thé thing for fast snapshots), even on a "slow" cam as the K10; on the K5 it's simply very, very fast.
- very good optical quality: it is sharp, has wonderfull colour-rendering, and a really nice Bokeh, better than the K (which, I must admit, is a little bit sharper)
- it does not look impressive at all, which means you don walk around with an impressive camera, and that's just what I want. I also own the DA-40mm, but that's just a little to tight for what I want.
- it's very lightweight, which makes it easy to just let the cam hang around your neck, and use it without even looking through the viewfinder: point, focus and click, even when riding the bike, which I love when taking pictures this way.

One could argue that the cheap build is a con, but for me it just isn't; it might be that the lens will not last as long as the K35, which is built for eternity, but then: I will not last forever either.

And the price is just stunning for all the pro's it has.
I'd like to give the lens a 9.5, but since that is not possible and this is really the lens I allways wanted I decided to just give it a 10

To finish this little review: this is thé lens that everybody should add to his or her collection, especially those who only own zooms!

And oh yes: it is backwards compatible to cameras like the MZ-range!
   
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Registered: March, 2008
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 200
Lens Review Date: January 19, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $199.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, good colour, fast AF
Cons: Feels not-so-sturdy, I get some purple fringing
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 3    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

Re-evaluating this lens after some in depth usage... My first 2 copies from online had bad backfocus tendencies. I since have returned them and chose the best from a local brick and mortar. Even the best copy there had a degree of backfocus. I think I checked 6 copies in the store.

I finally had to have it calibrated to the camera by Pentax Canada. AF is now spot on, but 4 weeks is a long time to wait.

Optically, it's very good, but not excellent. I notice considerable purple fringing in high-contrast shots, typically found in lower quality zooms. Also, it's plastic... nothing inherently wrong with that, but it makes me wonder how long the mount will last before starting to wear.

Things that really impressed me though were the AF speed and sharpness. I needed to mention that here, because it is now really fast and quite accurate, producing crisp, crisp photos following calibration. Heads and tails over any other lens I have. It may miss 1 in 20 AF targets in good lighting -- probably even less really. I've come to just trust it now... something that I rarely, if ever, do for my other lenses. **Keep in mind, I had to send the lens and camera in for calibration to each other, as over 8 copies I tried (6 in a brick and mortar store before purchasing) had varying degrees of backfocus. It is most likely an oddity of my camera.**

Paired with a k-x it is fast enough for indoor low-light (night-time) shots. With only indoor lighting, you can use 1600 to 3200 and get a relatively fast shutter with low-moderate noise in the picture. Totally usable for casual pics. I find wide open sharpness to be excellent, and feel as though the lens is limited in the aperture... because the photos on wide open look stopped down a click, it's really that good.

Very pleased now with this lens after service.
   
Lens Review Date: January 7, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $190.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: light weight, very sharp even wide open, nice bokeh, same filter size as other prime 49mm, extremely fast focus,
Cons: plastic mount looks cheap, and non-durable

for this price, i'd give this lens a 10. Though the mount is plastic, i can predict I am gonna leave this on my camera most of the time as it is so versatile, so i suppose it will not break that easily. I used to own 35mm F2, and i cannot tell any major difference between the two in the pic they produce.

I also own 50mm F1.4, and often find 50mm to close to my object, but i love the 1.4 bokeh, so i am often left in the dilemma, but 35mm is the perfect focal length. I am in love with this lens. I will say this lens is a must have for beginners and whoever wants to try the power of prime lens.
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2010
Location: bronx
Posts: 6
Lens Review Date: December 16, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $190.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price..Aperance on camera Price
Cons: bouquet is shallow
New or Used: New   

Hello all.

I bought this lens based on the the reviews on this board.

Definitely worth the money.

Maybe not a NINE.

Mine came with a small internal scratch which I did not
expect on a modern lens..Trying for an exchange but will see.
I bought it from prodigital2000 on ebay. It's difficult to return stuff to canada.
Pentax USA will honor warranty with receipt. Next time I will buy local.

I don't know how common this is since I have been buying mostly
used lenses on ebay.

This lens is price wise what one would pay for a used auto focus wide angle one on ebay.

The reviews here are a little overstated
The pro review here I feel is is understated.
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I think the lens is an 8.5.

The Bokeh, I prefer bouquet is shallow compared to my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7.

I don't know if this is due to the aperture or because of the focal length.

I thing cosmetically its attractive compared to the older Pentax grey whales.

Much better than the SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL.

If you really need a 35mm then buy it.

If I can return mine because of the blemish I would not replace it.

I prefer the SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7 for indoor shooting.

I must say that that this lens feels sturdy. If it were not so light it would feel more expensive than it is.
I personally really like the weight, look and feel of this lens.
I feels funny screwing in a steel filter in to a plastic mount. I felt worried I would strip it but I did not.
Focusg is really fast and smooth.
I took at F2.4 ad f3.4 but really could not see any difference in sharpness.
This forum is excellent.
Thank You
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2007
Location: Tallinn
Posts: 22

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 27, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: image quality, size and light weight, low price
Cons: no quickshift focus for manual focus correction while in AF, plastic KAF2-mount

It is made of plastic, this isn't something uncommon, what I'm little concerned is how long shall its plastic bayonet last. Perhaps it is not designed to last at all. My first impressions with this lens was great. It focuses fast and accurately. Following captures are made with AF and 3 aperture settings F2.4, F3.2 and F5.6 (MTF recommended value is F5.0) and this lens should be on its best around F5.0.

It has impeccable barrel distortion (0.08%) and slight light falloff full open but its gone by F3.5. TCA is very well under control and I most definitely shall love this lens for high contrast scenes and portraits.

For those who like manual focus or quickshift feature expensive DA 35mm F2.8 macro counterpart offers its not available for this lens. Focus ring rotates while focusing.


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Veteran Member

Registered: November, 2006
Location: Singapore
Posts: 3,202

7 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 22, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent IQ, Beautiful Lens, Light and Compact, Cheap but Feels Nice
Cons: Plastic mount, no quick shift, no lens hood (but can use a screw on one).

DAL 35/2.4 - A Plastic Wonder!

I got the new DA35/2.4 lens along with my new K5 camera. It is a beautiful looking lens, kinda like a smaller sized FA77. But when held in hand, it feels really light. It's probably the lightest non-pancake lens I've every had. Yeah, it's plastic lens with a plastic mount like all the DAL lenses, and it doesn't come with quickshift feature. Why Pentax called this one as a DA instead of a DAL is beyond me, but I'd call it as DAL35 in this short review simply because it has a plastic mount, it doesn't have quickshift feature, and it's easier to differentiate from the DA35 macro lens.

I got it purely because of its price and curiosity, not because I need another 35mm lens (I already have the FA31 and FA43 Ltd lenses, two of my favorite lenses). Well, after two days play, I really like this little lens, and think its light weight is a selling point instead of a drawback. It is so light and compact, I don't feel much extra weight at all when mounted on the K5 camera. Believe it or not, this has been the only AF lens that I've ever used to actually take photos ever since I got the new K5 camera. Normally I'd try all my lenses on a new camera just to make sure the camera and all my lenses are matching well. But this time I decided to give this lens a really good run.

30mm to 50mm happens to be my favorite focal length on cropped dSLR cameras, and I've had pretty much all Pentax 35mm lenses except that mystery SMC M 35/1.4 which never came to production stage. The results from the K5 and DA35/2.4 have been very satisfactory so far, and I do think I've got some keepers.

Pentax has made quite a few 35mm lenses, other than this new DAL35, there is a DA35 macro which is still under production, and the highly rated FA35/2 might still be in production too. I guess sometimes we are spoiled by so many options offered by Pentax, just don't know which one to buy or keep. A few friends asked me to do a thorough comparison between a few Pentax 35mm lenses, two of them even offered their DA35 macro, FA35/2 and a rare A35/2 to me for the comparison review. To be honest, I'm not really good at reviewing lenses, normally when I got a new lens, I'd just bring it out for a spin instead of shooting some charts at home. But since this is probably the only prime lens under $250usd currently offered by Pentax, I'd like to see how it stands against the other few 35mm lenses too.

Enough said, let's get to the points. Obviously Pentax designed this lens based on the FA35/2. Both lenses have the same 6 elements in 5 group optical design, both feature the AL element to minimize aberrations, and both can focus as close as 30cm. The new DAL35 is much lighter at 124g vs 195g for the FA35 (and 215g for the DA35 macro). To save the cost, this new DAL35 lens doesn't come with bayonet fitting for a matching lens hood, only a 49mm screw on lens hood can be used. But this lens has Pentax Super Protect coating on the first lens element to help minimize dust & water to stay on the lens. AF is very fast, even faster than the FA35/2 which is considered as one of the fasted AF lenses by Pentax. During the test against the other 3 35mm lenses, I felt that DAL35 is actually slightly faster than F2.4. Photos taken at the same settings (iso/aperture/shutter speed) appear to be brighter than those from the other 35mm lenses. It is more or less an F2.2 lens I think.

Anyway, after a couple of days play and some tests, here are my over impressions about this lens:

1. Looks beautiful, compact and light weight
2. Makes sharp photos even at wide open aperture
3. Produces very pleasing bokeh and colors
4. Hard to see any CA in the actual photos
5. SP coating for easy cleaning
6. Can focus down to 30cm for some nice closeups
7. Plastic mount might feel cheap, but it's not the first ever
8. Widest aperture is actually faster than F2.4, It's more like a F2.1 to F2.2 lens

Overall I'd say this is a plastic wonder.

A few samples on K5:





After some testing shots w/ this lens on an MZ-5n film camera, I'd say it has no problem working on an FF camera (well, it doesn't have aperture ring, so make sure you have a camera which can adjust aperture from the camera body - directly or indirectly). I can't see any vignetting or dark corners on any of the photos taken on film camera, wide open or stop down, closeups or far away subjects. I can't even see any sign of optical degradation at all on edges or corners. I guess Pentax should've called it a DFA 35/2.4

Here are some results on film by this lens:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/119054-da-35mm...ny-photos.html
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