Excellent macro but poor all-arround lens

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PrakticaB Regular Member • Posts: 113
Excellent macro but poor all-arround lens
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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 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
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