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Latest Review Posted HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
The HD Pentax FA 35mm f2 produces very nice images and handles very well on an K-1. It's an old optical design but one that, at least in conjunction with the HD coatings, produce very nice contrast and colour. I fully understand Pentax decision to update the lens.

It's not to be compared to a huge contemporary lens. The CA and wide open sharpness isn't quite up to that standard. Sharpness even at f2 is adequate at close distances but become less acceptable at distance. Partially this is due to lighting conditions at distance often being more challenging and likely to create glow.

The changing characteristics can be used creatively and performance is never unacceptable. Foilage against sky is the stressor to keep an eye on as it can trigger rather buzy bubbly bokeh. It does extremely well against the sun, contrast is barely affected.

All in all it's a great versatile lens to have mounted on your K-1 when things are happening around you.

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