Fast normal prime lens for Pentax?

Started Mar 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
JNR
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Re: Fast normal prime lens for Pentax?

Jim King wrote:

See a good review of this lens here. I have a copy and find it almost as good as my FA 31mm Limited, although it isn't as solidly built.

As the various reviews indicate, it is quite consistent in all aspects, all the way to f/2. The build doesn't bother me, but its relatively poor resistance to veiling (loss of contrast against the light) is rather surprising for a modern prime. My much older 50mm f/1.4 (m series) has far superior SMC coatings yielding better contrast, as does the DA 16-45 - which is at its best from 28 to 35mm.

If I ever get a 31 Ltd. - which strikes me as a true "normal," I'd likely sell off the FA 35.

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