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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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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
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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: May, 2008
Location: London, UK
Posts: 1,041
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!
   
Site Supporter

Registered: August, 2017
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 548
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.
   
New Member

Registered: September, 2014
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: April 8, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Cheap, IQ
Cons: poor focus ring, build
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: Samsung NX1   

Good IQ also wide open, cheap if buy used, indecent costruction but for low price. Plastic mf is hard to use
photo at wide open crop no pp
   
Senior Member

Registered: November, 2006
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 227

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 25, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $205.00 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Very light and handy for an all-purpose use
Cons: Cannot focus infinity
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 1    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K10   

With my K10d, I cannot focus infinity unless I am at least at 5.6.... I thought it was the back-front-focus problem but I cannot even focus infinity MANUALLY.
   
Junior Member

Registered: December, 2010
Posts: 27
Lens Review Date: March 3, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Next month I'm buying either this lens or the DA 40mm 2.8 Limited, and I'd like to hear from people who's used both of them. Wich one you think I should buy?

I like the focal lenght of this one, but from what I've read the 40mm seems to be sharper.

I don't know if this is important, but I shoot digital with a K100D, and I'm upgrading to a K7.

On a related note, I've always shot film with a K1000, but I'll have to change thad body too, since neither of the two lenses have an aperture ring, any advise?

I'm also posting this on the DA 40 2.8 Limited review.


Thank you all for the help!
Regards,
Viernes
   
New Member

Registered: September, 2015
Posts: 16

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 4, 2019 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Price, weight, image quality
Cons: AF, fringing, axial CA, cheap
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 2    Handling: 7    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-r, K5ii   

This was my 1st lens upgrade after DAL 18-55 kit lense. Image quality improvement is noticable and lens was long my favorite. It gives you 1st sense of pro lens after you get a camera. I use it on K-r and shot a few paid jobs with it. It enables better image quality in low light, with it's f2.4 apperture.

It is lightweight and gives very good image quality. Plastic mount never wasa problem. It have that chep press-on back lens cap which I replaced with twist one from eBay. What a difference - but that costed 10% of the lenss

It is great lens until you experience better. Lens have quite pronounced purple fringing (which is easy correctable), but also annoying axial chromatic abberation (which is not correctable). Shooting with shallow DOF on rough/contrasty surfcace at angle it is affected by axial CA. Product shot on rough suirface at strong light will be affected. For normal street or portrait shooting it is not and issue.

Autofocus:
Bad AF reminded me to review this lens, because it enjoys so overstated score regarding AF. It is so unreliable in less than perfect light and it hunts, or just locks out focus, especially on moving people. AF needs really steady target to lock properly. Similar mediocre AF performance can ebe expected from DA 70 mm F2.4 limited, which have even better score regarding AF. Both lenses utterly sucks in low light enviroment in comparison to even cheaper DA 50 mm F1.8 which is my now favorite lense, since it is REALIABLE and give me consistent results - but it have the worst score for AF among the three. It just locks fast accuratelly whether 35/2.4 or 70/2.4 will hunt and fail. It hase the worst AF performence of all lenses I ever had.

It is noticably faster than DAL 18-55, but it is re-fining focus a lot with quite some delay in between - so in the end focus procedure takes longer than on DAL 18-55 and it often fails, where 18-55 or 50-200 just locks in the first attempt correctly. This is no problem for taking pictures of monuments, but for moving people it is. DA50/1.8 surprisingly have no issues at all. It just locks with minimal or no corrections. No several AF presses to focus, no frustration.

Do I reccomend this lens:
DA35/2.4AL is fun lense and can give nice results but AF is of type that brought Pentax bad reputation. If your eyes allow accurate AF or you will use it in LV or AF is not your main concern, this is great lens. But for enyone expecting to have AF at least usable in a live event as late night dance, this lens is not for him.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 793

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 14, 2018 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $110.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Light, cheap, sharp
Cons: Slow, bad bokeh, no quick shift, plastic, not WR
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 5    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: KP, K-30   

This lens has a good image quality even wide open, but the aperture is too slow for a prime lens. It can't produce a decent bokeh. I've got it as a wider alternative to my DA50, but it doesn't work. While it was good for landscapes or buildings, it wasn't good for street portraits or indoor full body portraits. The separation wasn't enough.

My main problem was that I could produce near the same quality with an F2.8 zoom lens. The Tamron 17-50 for example small enough to give an alternative to this lens.

Here are some examples:
IMG170616_0001 by Benjámin Czétényi, on Flickr

IMG170617_0004 by Benjámin Czétényi, on Flickr

IMG170603_0408 by Benjámin Czétényi, on Flickr

IMG170603_0374 by Benjámin Czétényi, on Flickr

IMG170603_0411 by Benjámin Czétényi, on Flickr

IMG170604_0474 by Benjámin Czétényi, on Flickr
   
Junior Member

Registered: June, 2015
Location: Százhalombatta, Hungary
Posts: 37

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 8, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $105.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Fast, lightweight
Cons: Poor constrution, useless wide-open
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 6    Value: 7    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K10D, K-5   

I got mine second-hand when I still had my K10D. Unfortunately mine had sever back-focusing, so I had to resort to manual focusing and a split-screen on the K10D. It didn't get much love from me on that body. Then I switched to my K-5, which can store different calibration settings for different lenses and it came to life. But I still don't like it that much. The reason is that I thought a similar FOV to a 50 would be great on APS-C. Which is half-true, but unlike a nifty-fifty, this lacks a shallow depth of field, so it's not nearly as impressive or useful on APS-C. Though the lens covers the full-frame image circle, it lacks an aperture ring, so its' use is pretty much limited to a few automatic film bodies or a K-1. Forget using it on manual bodies altogether.
Construction-wise this lens is very poorly made: all plastic, even the mount and it's not internal focusing either. The focusing ring rotates while focusing, so make sure you don't hold it by the focusing ring during AF operation, or you might damage the camera/lens. Doesn't look durable either. Pretty much useless at f/2.4 for far-away subjects. Stop it down and it starts to shine: it's very sharp really. For close-ups even wide-open could be used. As a positive, it's cheap at least. It's screwdrive based, so it grinds when focusing.
Don't think that my review is biased or anything: it's a light, sharp and cheap prime and is good for... say street photography, or perhaps landscapes, just don't compare it to legacy glass quality or even higher-end primes. It's a prime kit lens.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2017
Location: Tbilisi
Posts: 17
Lens Review Date: November 19, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Price, Bokeh, Colors
Cons: Resolution, Unimpressive Photos (No "Character"), Fringing
Sharpness: 6    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 7    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K50   

Been a while that I could buy this lens, so this will be a large one.

First I should tell some about me so that you can know how you should read it: I have been using only the manual Takumar 3.5/35, Helios 2/58, and M3.5/28 for a really long while. I was sick of the shots that I missed because of poor focusing, or having to focus every second for even the least important shots. I would love to have a 24-70 (as we all would do, I believe) for the focal length, or 1.4/50 or 1.8/77 for their amazing micro-contrast and real photos, yet I could hardly afford 100 dollars and this is all I could get.

Comparison: Takumar 3.5 vs Pentax 2.4

I have to admit, I love the images that Takumar produces. When you nail the focus, 9/10 times you'll find a wonderful pop of your subject. The colors, the way that it renders shadows, the resolutive power...

It is the best lens that I could have owned so far and except its poor maximum aperture, I could compare it to Summilux 1.4/35 with no hesitation. It is really an amazing piece of glass, maybe one of the very few Japanese glasses that can compare with the "superior German quality" as we call in my country.

This little guy, as its price suggests, is nothing close to that and when I have time, I would prefer Takumar on my camera. Both of the lenses need some PP so I would prefer a 3D pop over a "still image".

Now let's start with this guy...

3D Capability
Little to none. I have been trying to fins some setting in which it can produce those stunning photos, but there is no chance to do that. Some very few photos had this quality in them, yet they were just few exceptions and were not really "popping". This is a huge dealbreaker for me, as it was the reason that I had my Takumar on 9/10 times except when I was to do portraits, and makes me "cold" towards this lens.

Resolution Power
Unlike many "modern" people, I do not do pixel-peeping. It is an utterly unnecessary and, for me, stupid practice. In the best case, we look at our photos at the regular screen size, or a bit bigger (maybe 2000px most?), and that is what almost any of us need (except few who would not use this lens anyway).

I shoow RAW normally, and I am mainly against reducing noise. My Takumar gives me photos at 6400 ISO at K-50, and I can use them in color even with no worries. It has amazing resolution power. This guy though, with its coating and supposedly better optical formula, makes me doubt if I should go up to 1600. I am supposed to be able to use 6400 as well with this, no? Or it should at least compete with Takumar? But it does not.

Does it mean that it produces noisy photos always? Well, for me yeah. Either my eyes are so used to the noise of Takumar, or my copy is bad. Because I do not want to believe that at 1600 ISO this guy produces noticeable and disturbing noise.

Sharpness
The lens is fairly sharp for its price. Half of my photos are "sharp", and the other half are sharp. By "sharp", I mean good enough for an image yet not as it should be for a good photo. So the other half are, well, "cream of the bunch". I yearn for the quality of 1.8/77, absolutely no questions.

Here I should repeat: I look at the frame overall, I do not pixel-peep. So if a frame is sharp, then it looks sharp the way that it is not cutting-edge sharp but it is as sharp as it should be. The more it resembles reality, the better it is. This guy fails me in that sense too. Not that it is bad for the buck, but it is bad for what it should do if Takumar is a rival of it.

Bokeh
Not the best, not the worst. There are times, especially in B&W shots /and comparably closer shots, it looks pretty fine. I do not have much complaints with it.

Colors
Well well, we like Pentax because of its colors. Right?

I tend to warm the colors some (a lot?) so that it gets closer to Pentax colors. I need to increase saturation almost always even after dehazing, and this is a negative thing for me. When I was shooting JPEG though, just dehazing and adjusting the colors some helped most of the time. So it is not bad I believe.

Haze, Flair, Fringing
I hate the fact that I need to dehaze even with a new lens, which makes me wonder if there is any lens with which I can shoot JPEG with twisting the in-camera settings and using SOOC photos.

It is rather good with flair and I never had a problem with except one or two shots over around 500 (or 700 shots).

When full open, the lens suffers from fringing, both green and purple, whenever it can and it goes at f4 or later generally. This is a very weak point of this lens and a disappointment for me.

Focus
Generally good, sometimes front-focusing, sometimes back-focusing. Probably the 2.4 vs 2.8 case makes it problematic. Not bad though. Not bad at all.

Some people here mentioned about the sound of the screwdriver but come on, the camera makes a huge sound while shooting anyway and the screwdriver does not make more noise than that. What's the whim?

It is fast enough on K50, and apparently on K5-ii (and in later models) it is even faster. I did not have problems though. I shoot portraits or still images almost always, so I do not know how it would be with action.

B&W
This lens is not made for shooting B&W. I love to shoot B&W yet this lens forces me to turn to color. Its rendering of shadows is not good enough as I said, yet there is something with its blacks too. There sure is something wrong with it.

As a Result...
I have said bad stuff above but it is because I compared it to one of Pentax's best lenses (and my expectations as a result). But given that I paid 100 dollars overall (including shipment to Georgia, the country in the Caucasus, from the US), it does not do a bad job at all and if I was making money in dollars, given the little amount that I'd have thrown for this lens, I'd even say that this is good. But, again, after using an amazing glass for a long while, it did upset me some.

It produces decent images. You will not regret them. It is definitely better than the kit 18-55, which is not a lens even, and an okay toy to play with, but do not expect wonderful results from it. It will give you fine enough images, but not photographs as Takumar or Helios does. Yeah it does its job but nothing more.
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2012
Posts: 15
Lens Review Date: June 20, 2013 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Super sharp, light weight
Cons: Back focus !!, Ugly looking, poor contrast
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 2    Handling: 9    Value: 4    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K10D   

All performance is very good.
But...I have the back focus of this lens, and previous comment is same probelm.
So, over all score is 4
And I don't recommend this lens.

Update 27/June/2013 :
My gear is used lens, revise overall score 4 --> 7

What's expectations of the Auto Focus modern lens?
IQ ?
Modern lens , the IQ is not significant diffirent.
Auto focus of pentax is very very lag
   
Veteran Member

Registered: June, 2011
Location: Chester
Posts: 719

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 8, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $230.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Size Feel Weight Look Bokeh Sharp
Cons: Aberrations Fringing or something like that No Quick Shift
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 4    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 10    New or Used: New   

A staple of my kit, this is small, lightweight and reliable. It has a few issues here and there, but at the price you have literally no reason not to buy this lens.

Unless you've already bought the 35/2... But that's like, twice the price.

EDIT: I now use this, with my 15mm Limited and DA* 50-135 as my staple kit, generally with this or the 15 mounted on a K-x, and the 50-135 on a K-5. And I am absolutely loving it. I do stage work, and the ability to grab wider shots of the stage with this is great. It's faster than the 15mm f/4 so I generally use this more often. And I love the look of the bokeh from this lens, not sure what everyone else thinks, but it's impressive when you stop it down to about 3.5, and even at 2.4 it's still very nice.

Edit 2: It's become one with my admittedly neglected K-x now, they both feel as rigidly plasticky as each other and they're small light and high quality. I've since become addicted to my DA* zooms, so it's not seen that much use, and handling wise it's not much to shout about. Fits the K-x like a glove though.
   
Senior Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 119
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: June, 2015
Location: South West UK
Posts: 1,493

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 22, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, Sharp, Quite fast
Cons: Some CA, Occasionally ugly bokeh, Noisy
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3II   

Essentially a nifty fifty on crop bodies...something everyone would benefit from having in their bag.
Cheap as chips already, not really worth getting used. Looks and feels cheap though as a consequence...not something to take to a paid job!
Some CA can be found if pixel peeping, but is very easy to eliminate in LR.
Bokeh is a bit ugly when not fully open due to cheap aperture. But is perhaps a little soft when wide open, which can be good for portraits, but is sometimes unwanted.
Spinny focus ring is annoying until you're used to it. Lack of hood annoying until you find a cheap screw on....mind you, flare is not too bad.
Is light and small...but perhaps looks a bit silly on a large body like my K-3II...but that's a personal and fairly meaningless issue.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: September, 2006
Location: Mississippi, USA
Posts: 800
Lens Review Date: March 27, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $99.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, Focal Length
Cons: Other lens sharper
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K50   

Always wanted to try a prime in the 35mm focal length. I've had Super Taks at 35mm but the eyes have gotten old for manual focus.
It's an OK lens for the price. Nice colors, lacking micro contrast, OOF is good.
I have the Fa 28 and the Da 40 so this lens doesn't compare in image quality. It's a fairly good cheap lens.
It might work better on my K10D or D, haven't tried yet
If you're looking for a cheap 35 prime to try, this lens is it. For myself I'll probably dump it and continue using my better lens.
UPDATE 04-09-16
I've gone and tried it on my other bodies. istD, K10D. Works best on the D. With the 10 and the 50 f5.6 and f8 work well for distance.
Large apertures work best at shorter distances. Probably keep it now and follow my distance discoveries vs f stop.
   
Forum Member

Registered: October, 2013
Posts: 94

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 24, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, fairly sharp, light weight
Cons: Poor build quality, rotating front
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K30   

I'm rating this relative to other lenses I own, with no regard for price. If one considers the price (new: Ł99 or $150) then I'd add at least +1 to each of the scores.

I have done some basic, subjective testing, the first results of which I've uploaded to Flickr - you can draw your own conclusions. More will follow soon.

This first test was conducted in overcast conditions so the light was even. You can read the EXIF. All shots were hand-held because at that distance and those shutter speeds, there would be little advantage in using a tripod (and I'm lazy).

The focus point is about 4m away. At this distance, AF is not very accurate. I have checked the AF with close-ups and it's good, so in this test it's not a problem with the camera. As a result, the centre of the frame is not sharp at wide apertures. By f4.5 the centre of the frame is sharp enough.

All images were opened in PS RAW and saved as JPEGs with no editing. With my K30, it is necessary to sharpen images as they are very soft SOOC. Here is a full res crop of the f/6.3 shot, with minor levels and sharpening.




Colours are accurate, contrast is so-so. Sharpness is fairly even across the entire frame, however there is noticeable distortion. In shots taken in brighter light with high contrast, I have not yet noticed any CA.

The lens looks and feels cheap, and you need to keep your fingers well away when using AF because everything moves. The focus ring is large enough and the manual action is smooth and precise.

Some people might appreciate the light weight, especially on smaller cameras. It's a simple unit and I doubt build quality would be an issue for casual use. The mount is plastic, which personally I have no problem with on such a small, light lens - if anything, the reduced wear on the camera mount is a bonus.

Focal length is equivalent to 52mm in 35mm film SLR terms, which gives a "natural" field of view and is ideal for portraits and small groups of people.
Minimum focusing distance is about a foot / 30cm and at this range there is a nice defocused area at f2.4, and quite acceptable centre sharpness.

For Ł99 (Jessops, Nov. 2015) this is a very usable prime. On an APS-C sensor this is a useful focal length, more so than a 50 or 55mm. It's the sort of lens you can keep on the camera to deal with most situations.

Is it a huge improvement on the kit 18-55 WR? Not in terms of IQ, but the wider aperture is certainly more desirable. If you want a fast, sharp prime for a reasonable cost then I would recommend this lens, but be aware of it's limitations - soft wide open unless the subject is quite close, and with dubious build quality.
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