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8.7 out of 10

Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2.0 AL

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2.0 AL

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Overall 10

Get one if you can

davelawler, Amazon
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.
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Pentax 35mm f/2 AL SMC P-FA review by kiwijono

kiwijono, slrgear.com
8 February 2014
  • 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
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Overall 10

Love it!

comprock, B&H Photo
26 December 2013
  • Excerpt: It's my first prime lens and as I keep learning to use it, the images get better and better. I love the initial ease of use and flexibility in helping me learn how to become a better photographer it's making me. I readily am glad I went with the 35mm than 50mm to capture my walkabout and street photography. If I need to get closer, I step up and great shots.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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Overall 8

35mm lens is like the 50mm of 70's

AMD, B&H Photo
30 July 2013
  • Excerpt: Personal use. multi purpose lens. it is all-round lens and is just like the 50mm in the 70's. then perhaps, the world wasn't as congested as now; photographers use to have plenty of space to maneuver for taking a nice exposure with the standard 50mm lens, I think the 35mm will be the standard lens for now and the future, this doesn't mean that the 50mm will be phased out rather it will be used more for portrait applications.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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Overall 10

Nice Lens!

Gene, B&H Photo
28 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I am enjoying this lens. It focuses quickly, and is very sharp. So far I've used it for flowers and landscapes. I am very pleased with it's color rendition and constrast. Even though it is not a macro, the sharpness is such that you could mistake it as one. While the bokeh is not bad, this lens would be stellar with 8 or 9 blades. It manages to be lightweight without feeling "cheap." My take: a solid 9.5 out of 10.
  • Pros: Excellent color, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good contrast, Lightweight, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Bokeh could be better
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Overall 10

Perfect all around for the money

Jay S., B&H Photo
20 March 2013
  • Excerpt: My first pentax lens was a SMCP-FA 1.4 50mm, I love everything about that lens but needed a wider coverage as a walk around. This 35MM is the answer to that. The IQ is excellent, focus is fast and accurate; just as good as my beloved fifty but wider angle coverage. This is the perfect prime to start with specially for the cropped sensor of my K-5 iis . Would highly recommend.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
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Overall 10

Great All Around Lens

Jay, Amazon
15 March 2013
  • Summary: This lens has very good IQ. The first lens I had for my K-5iis was a FA 1.4 50mm, great IQ, color rendition was excellent, well built, bokeh was also good. I bought this lens because of that same reason and for the larger focal coverage. The 50MM was great for portraits, and single/smaller subjects but I definitely needed a lens for the wider range. This lens is perfect for that.
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Overall 10


strangeboy, B&H Photo
12 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Sharp right outta' the box @ f/2. Razor sharp stopped down a bit, colors are simply lovely. Focus is just plain fast and accurate.I wanted the 31mm Limited lens, but it's easily 2 to 3 times the price, depending where you look. Me? I have to look in my wallet! I have ZERO regrets about this lens as an alternative. It took a while to find this lens at a sensible price. Even B&H couldn't tell me exactly when they'd have it. My advice? BUY IT NOW.
  • Pros: Fast, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: NONE
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Overall 10

Small, fast, sharp. Good choice.

gkatzman84, Ebay
10 February 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Worth the money

Glen, B&H Photo
20 January 2013
  • Excerpt: I considered the DA 35mm 2.4. However, after doing some research, which included reading reviews at Stan's Pentax Photography Site and photozone.de, I opted to purchase the FA 35mm 2. Good build quality, hood and small case included. Produces very sharp and contrasty images. Fast AF on the Pentax K-5. Lightweight, a great lens for street photography.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
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