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Old Dec 8, 2010, 8:53 PM   #1
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Default Just ordered the new DA L 35mm f2.4

I just ordered this lens for my wife Annette, she currently has my FA 35mm f2 because my K10 doesn't like it (some of you may recall that it has some focus issues with certain lenses such as my two best, the Fa 35mm f2 and the DA 14mm f2.8, thankfully it works well with the FA 50mm f1.4). My "new" K20 should work with it so I need to get Annette a fast lens and the 35mm f2.4 is perfect. Apparently it is almost optically identical to the FA 35mm f2 with both actually being closer to f2.2 according to tests I have read. Annette will not mind the plastic mount and the lack of distance markings since she doesn't swap lenses often and uses AF so the distance scale isn't really used.

I think she will enjoy the lighter weight and her three lens kit (the DA L 35mm, the DA 18-55 and the DA 50-200) give her a very useful range (for many years my film camera kit was just from 28mm to 150mm so her equivalent of 27mm to 300mm is way beyond what we were used to).

It was pre-ordered from Henry's who do not have it stocked yet so I am hoping it arrives before Christmas but not holding my breath. As soon as I have a chance to shoot with it I will let you all know what I think. It is good to see Pentax produce low cost primes again, most of the current models are Limited or DA* and quite pricey (even the regular DA 14mm is an expensive lens).
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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I'm going to be really interested in how it works out for you (whether you hate it or love it). The lens is really light, feels very nice for a plastic lens and seemed to be sharp (I looked at a demo one a couple of weeks ago). If it's as good as your FA optically, you both will have very good lenses to use.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 2:58 PM   #3
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I am interested in your findings, too.

The plastic mount kit lens for the K-r is a disappointment wide open. You have to stop down quite a bit to get clear images.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 4:49 PM   #4
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Me too! (looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts, and seeing more of your results, with this lens.)
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 8:29 PM   #5
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Hopefully it will arrive in time, I am only home from Dec 20th to Jan 2nd so I hope it will be there for me to try.
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 11:16 PM   #6
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Ira, I missed this posting. I picked up the DA 35mm f/2.4 myself a few weeks ago... and I love it. No, it's not a Limited prime but it's pretty darn good. It has reintroduced me to the joys of working with a smallish prime lens. Here are a few shots taken on an expedition to Island Beach State Park on the New Jersey Shore. These are the first shots I took with the lens... primarily to display depth of field. In the first shot, I was focusing at the far end of the trail sign. You can see the depth of field... but somehow all of my images loose a lot of sharpness in the downsizing/uploading process. I'm not sure why. The in-focus portions of these shots are very sharp in original form. No post-processing - only resizing.
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Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:02 AM   #7
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Heard a lot of good things, on the various forums I frequent, about this lense. I'm sure you'll both love it !
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Let me try again with larger-sized jpgs... better but still noticeably softer than the originals. Well, trust me... the DA 35mm f/2.4 is a sharp lens with good color and contrast, and fast focusing.
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Let me try again with larger-sized jpgs... better but still noticeably softer than the originals. Well, trust me... the DA 35mm f/2.4 is a sharp lens with good color and contrast, and fast focusing.
Yes, these show what the lens can do, I look forward to getting it, hopefully in time for Christmas. This lens will be for my wife Annette and I will take the very similar FA 35mm f2 AL for myself. From what I have seen they are very, very similar in image quality.
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Old Dec 11, 2010, 10:23 PM   #10
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I also will be interested in hearing your thoughts on this lens. I agree it's very encouraging that Pentax is making affordable prime lenses. A very fine lens does me no good if I can't afford it.
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