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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax-AF 35-70mm F2.8
There are really many ways to rate this lens, depending on what you plan on doing with it.


If you have a ME-F, you need it. It completes the kit and allows you to understand why Pentax did not decimate the camera market in the early 80s with this combo... wow. It's like piloting a steamship... "engine room, we need infinity focus..."


If you have any other camera, its rating will be driven by two factors and how you weight them: optics and ergonomics.
Optically, this thing is better than it has any right to be. Sharpness is surprisingly good from wide open.
Saying it is a stack of primes may be a bit of a stretch, but I wouldn't object to that designation.
When I looked at it against a bunch of more recent zooms (F35-70, two FA28-80s, FA28-105, and DFA28-105), the DFA was the only one with optics that could keep up (and even then at smaller apertures).
It does have some weird triangular flare in some conditions, but it's not troublesome.


But then there are the ergonomics. It's heavy, the zoom action is clunky, it's only 35-70, it doesn't do any automated aperture stuff, so you have to use the ring, and the focus control is thin and awkward. Basically, it does not want to be used the way you will want to use it. It wants to be back on a ME-F in 1982.


But if you can work with its ergonomic shortcomings and narrow zoom range by today's standards, it will give you some good photos for the effort.



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