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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax-FA 20-35mm F4 AL
So far I have been using this lens extensively for last two months.....outdoor and here are my first opinions on it:
Optically it may be the best zoom lens I have ever used alongside DA*50-135,
It seems to be better performer than DA17-70 which I have at the moment too - this is not so surprising given the fact that DA17-70 covers much wider zoom range (4x vs 1.5x)
FA20-35 can resolve quite a lot of tiny details, pictures have nice clarity and great colour
Performance against the sun is quite impressive, with minimal or none flare - if there are some artifacts, they are small and quite nice
Chromatic aberation is present but it is negligible - besides it can be easily corrected in post process
Screwdrive AF is very quick on K-5 with minimal or none hunting
For me huge advantage of this lens is very compact size and small weight - the lens is small and discreet, ideal walkaround lens for street photography, for hiking, travel or landscape
Regarding the size - the lens changes its dimensions only marginally when focused or zoomed - with the lenshood attached to outer tube you can't see inner optical tube extending when focused/zoomed (this smart design was also used by FA35/2)
Another plus is 58mm filter high quality filters are quite affordable

So far I can see only one disadvantage and that is a build quality, the lens doesnt feel solid, DA17-70 is better in that aspect

Some may list its limited zoom range as a disadvantage, but for ...

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