FA 35mm or Limited 2.8?

Started Apr 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
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moji Regular Member • Posts: 151
FA 35mm or Limited 2.8?

I am looking at a 35mm lens for my K5. I live in Norway and I can buy the following lenses at these prices:

Pentax FA 35 F2- Through B&H. End price after shipping and taxes: Equiv. USD 625.
Pentax limited 35 f2.8 Through Pixmania. Ending price: Equiv. USD 655.

As you see the price difference is minimal and therefore no issue.

I have read about these lenses and have learned that the FA lens is not as good as the DA limited when it concerns build quality. I have no problem living with the FA's build quality.

I understand that the limited lens is a macro lens. While a plus it is not an important issue for me.

What remains is the function. The image quality, sharpness, etc. I read the Photozone.de where they give the FA better IQ and Highly recommended while the DA limited gets lower IQ.

My question is: Is the performance issue of the FA so obvious that makes that a better lens considering IQ? Or simply put: What would you do here?

Thanks for your attention,


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