Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited

Announced Jan 23, 2008 •
Macro prime lens | Pentax KAF
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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 ...

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TheLastMan
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Good points: (1) Beautifully made, a real jewel. All aluminium, slide out lens hood, engraved markings. (2) Brilliant close up images with great bokeh, front and rear. (3) Good general purpose focal length for APS-C. Fine walkabout lens for landscapes, street, bulidings, indoors, casual portraits, small objects, flowers.

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bmesc
 
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I switched from my K-x kit's standard zoom to using this as my default lens. I do not miss the zoom. The angle of view of this lens nicely covers distance and close shots. The macro is useful for product shots and creative street shots. The colors are dead on and it is super sharp. Bokeh is pleasant, but not super creamy, and not jagged, either. I am constantly amazed at 2 things: 1) how I rarely feel the need to use a different lens, and 2) how beautiful the photos this lens produces are. ...

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