Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2.0 AL
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Get one if you can
5 August 2014
Summary: All-round terrific lens, and just the right focal length to be used as 'standard' on those darned APS-C sensors. The screw-driven AF generates moderate noise, but we've heard worse. AF is accurate and quite quick on the Pentax K3 & K20D. The build is solid, not too heavy. Quite useable sharpness wide open, painfully sharp below f2.8 to f11. The front element on these 35/f2 lenses protrudes just slightly (my Nikkor 35/2 is the same way) so I recommend a protective filter.
Summary: I have had this lens for a few months now and its on my camera most of the time, so time for a review. Its a great lens and is particularly useful on a crop DSLR (field of view on crop is close to 50mm full frame). Look forward to trying it on my ME Super too. Definitely had to spend some time fine tuning the auto focus (on the K-5) because it was out quite a bit. Once I dialed it in though it is returningg very sharp photos.
Pros: Fairly small and light, fast autofocus, good f2, tack sharp from f4
Cons: Build could be better (normal for FAs though), autofocus could be quieter
Summary: Compact and lightweight lens. Sharp at f/4, but is also very good at f/2 - f/2.8. Works great in museums, because you do not need to use flash. Focusing ring is small, but it is not such a drawback, because manual focusing with this lens is still very comfortable.
Summary: Pentax SMC FA 35 mm F/2.0 lens of this is my best. Combined with the camera Pentax K-P, make great photos. Aperture 2.0-2.8 turns a beautiful bokeh. The sharp at small apertures. He became my favorite lens on the camera and is 90% of the time taking pictures.Buy it and you'll be happy!
Summary: This lens is a lot of good things packed into a small package. 1. It's useful on both film and digital Pentax cameras. 2. At f2.0 it's a very fast lens. 3. I've found the AF to be very fast as well. The color rendering and image quality is outstanding. I'd read a lot about this lens before I bought it and so far the reviews are spot on.
Summary: I have owned Pentax lenses since the old screwmount Spotmatic days of the late 1960's. This has to be one of, if not the, sharpest lenses they have made at any price. If you need a fast "normal" focal length lens for your digital Pentax , buy it! Plus, it covers the full frame 35mm format, so, if Pentax ever comes out with a digital full-frame SLR, you'll be ready.
Very convenient 35 mm! Quality very high even on open d
20 April 2010
Summary: The SMC Pentax-FA f/1:2.0 35mm AL lens is quickly becoming my "normal" default lens on my dSLR body. For those familiar with the Pentax 50mm lenses (except for the 1.2 version), it is almost the same size. Only about a few millimeters longer to accommodate the included, snap-on hood mount. Construction quality is every bit as good as any FA prime and the optical quality is superior. It has been said that the optics of the FA35 are every bit as good as the FA31 Limited.
Summary: I was initially a bit afraid ofthe focal length on digital, but this lens proved to be very useful companion for APS-C camera. I can rely on it's optical performance on any setting from f2 up to f22. Pictures are always well focused and sharp with no CA apparent and free of flare or ghosting. It is quite useful for close-up's as well, but there the hexagonal aperture may render unpleasant bokeh sometimes.