Excellent macro but poor all-arround lens

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PrakticaB Regular Member • Posts: 108
Excellent macro but poor all-arround lens

It is an excellent macro lens, close to 50 mm (35mm equivalent). Sharp, sharp, sharp. Colors are great, distortions are minimal, some chromatic aberrations (mostly wide open).

"Limited" build quality - this is Pentax stronghold. Fine craft, beautiful finished - the beauty does not come cheap. Nor it should!

I hoped to be also a suitable all around lens - 50 equivalent - but it isn't. Clearly optimized for macro and close-focus, subjects at greater distances - 10 meters and beyond are not reproduced in a satisfactory manner. The images are somehow dull and less appealing.

On short: take it if macro is your interest, and consider budget solutions such as 18-55 or 35/2.4 for all around. Otherwise, "just" the Limited 31/1.8 or 20-40/2.8-4.0 will do it.

 PrakticaB's gear list:PrakticaB's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax smc DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL Pentax smc DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited +2 more
Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
Macro prime lens • Pentax KAF • 21450
Announced: Jan 23, 2008
PrakticaB's score
4.5
Average community score
4.7
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