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HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2

Sharpness 
 7.0
Aberrations 
 8.0
Bokeh 
 6.0
Autofocus 
 10.0
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 9.0
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HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2

HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
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HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
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HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
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HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
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Description:

This is a re-release of the well respected film era smc Pentax-FA 35mm F2 wide angle lens. This new version has HD coating as well as SP coating and an updated exterior design. The lens covers the full frame format. On APS-C the angle of view will be narrower and the lens is considered "normal" lens rather than a wide angle lens. The new version has retained the aperture ring and can be used with no restrictions on film cameras.

This 35mm lens is rated down to -10 degrees centigrade.

Case, caps and lens hood are included with the lens.

This new lens goes on sale on February 22, 2019.


HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
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Max. Aperture
F2
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 °
Full frame: 63 ° / 54 °
Hood
PH-RBG49
Case
S80-80
Lens Cap
O-LC49
Coating
HD,SP
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
64 x 44.5 mm (2.52 x 1.75 in.)
Weight
193 g (6.8 oz.)
w/ Hood: +20g
Production Years
2019 to present (in production)
Pricing
$396 USD current price
$399 USD at launch
Engraved Name
HD PENTAX-FA 1:2 35mm
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
One hybrid aspherical element. Compatible teleconverters: A 1.4x-S, A 2x-S, DA 1.4x AW AF

Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame Support



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Registered: February, 2012
Posts: 40
Lens Review Date: August 2, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $395.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small size, firm solid build, fast focus, gorgeous design, traditional Pentax appeal, green ring
Cons: Bokeh fringing a bit strong, not as sharp as you would hope, poor out of focus transitions
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K5, K3, K1   

HD FA 35mm Lens Review:
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WOW. This lens REALLY holds onto that traditional Pentax appeal. Really reminiscent of the old FA line of lenses, particularly looking like the FA 35mm f2 from years past, only very updated.

Great feel in the hands, great look on the cams, solid in the hand and on the camera, very very fast focus in Live View on both the K3 and K1. Very sharp center at f2.2 on the K1, not certain of the K3, K5 - f 2.5 f2.8 suits them better ... does not have so much a bight in the center at f2.2.

Bokeh CA, or bokeh fringing, is almost horrid. I have black dogs and their fur is magenta/cyan beaded so heavily their black fur is pinkish in photos. In the shade when shooting outdoors and the White Balance can go awry with heavy shadow hues at the 6500k mark while the camera is struggling to keep a warmer 4500k balance, again my dogs are pink. Frustrating.

However, I can fix this in RAW somewhat as it seems most any photo I really like I end up editing in RAW anyway. But it does take extra work... a lot. The bokeh CA / fringing is really that bad.

What else to say.... vignetting. Well, it is quite exactly where you would expect it at f2-2.8 being heavy, some present f2.8 to f4, gone thereafter f4 on up .... even on Full Frame it seems gone at f4 - f6.


BIGGEST ISSUE - Bokeh transitions can be busy / dizzy at f2 - f2.5 when shooting the right distances or lengths of transitions are in that "funny zone" that challenges the lens. This lens can have the appearance of being a standard zoom instead of a fine prime when bokeh / oof transitions are challenged. I will say, the FA 24-70 does much better and MUCH cleaner when it comes to bokeh. In fact, however, the FA 24-70 is the best dang Center Subject lens I have ever seen - for stills and portrait (absolutely NOT for landscape as borders suffer 30mm - 40mm on that lens).


This HD FA35mm is killer sharp corner to corner at f7.1 already, not needing to stop to f9-f12 to get perfect even sharpness like you need to for landscape shots using other lenses.


BIGGEST NOTE - this is a screw driven lens, and that does not bug me one bit given this allows to have such a tiny lens instead of another annoying BEAST attached. This is a nice break really, and personally, being a landscape shooter and stills shooter, the screw drive can help me feel assured I am locked onto the subject.



A NOT SO HUMBLE RANT:
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I would like to say - THANK YOU, Pentax !!!


I was ticked when you re-released the entire FA lens collection throwing a red ring on the lenses and improving nothing when Ricoh first took over IN 2014/15. We needed REAL lenses to update our line up at the time and you failed us on this issue, especially throwing a useless and slow f2.8 / f4 20-40mm with soft corners at a staggering 1200 bucks at us. But, 3 years later, Pentax had, in my opinion, come from having only SOME good glass in the way of small and well made primes, but OUTDATED, to updating an entire line of lenses. I own a slew of the old and now new lenses and I am SO DAMN PLEASED with the new lenses. Nikon and Canon are shaking in their shoes these days, thanks to Pentax and Sony shaking up the APSC / Full Frame sector and Panasonic in the MFT. (Oh, look out for Fujifilm - check out what they are doing!!! Mind blowing that Fujifilm was nothing in 2014 and now have a bomb shell Full Frame already that took Pentax a full decade to achieve. Fufifilm is making the best lenses on the market today, bar none, especially their primes). But, as it stands in 2019, overall, Pentax really is the cream of the crop now without paying 5 grand for a camera body. Lenses like this HD FA 35mm for a measely 400 bucks, the FA 15-30, FA 24-70, FA 50mm, the 3 amigos FA primes, and even the OUTSTANDING walk around lens, the FA 28-105 (that makes for an incredible Professional Landscape Lens) really makes great photography possible for shooters and Penax really owns the mid range / upper mid range market thanks to this more recent updated line of lenses like these listed. I mean, really, look what Pentax has done in 5 years. WOW again.


Pentax has gone from being behind Nikon and Canon on modern lenses, to having a just a few modern Pentax lenses that are in the perfect focal length ranges and OUTPERFORMING the Nikon and Canon equivalents. IF, and it is a big IF, Pentax had the fast AF subject tracking that Nikon has and Canon nearly has, Pentax really would take over the market.


As it is, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, and Pentax all have their places in the APSC and Full Frame Market. To date, Pentax is still thee most over all recommended Landscape / Architectural cameras to use in those fields, and for GREAT still photography, I would choose no other. And, it is VERY apparent, that Pentax knows this and continues to aim to make the most elegant, yet rugged, sharp shooting cameras aimed at performing in the challenging outdoor environment while maintaining crisp, high dynamic range photos composed by dead accurate, albeit slow focusing, auto focus systems. KUDOS. That is a VERY targeted market goal that yields GREAT results.


BACK TO THE HD FA 35mm: IN SUMMARY

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I bought this HD-FA 35mm on a whim. Not certain I needed it, but this lens REALLY makes some nice Full Frame snaps. Crazy depth and bizarre perspectives can be captured using this 35mm. Sharp enough to get good results, feels great doing it thanks to this elegant construction and quick, decisive Autofocus. For the most part, contrasty images, good color, good over all photographs, but watch for the bokeh fringing. Otherwise a spectacular 400 dollar purchase.
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