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Pentax smc DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

by Pentax
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Limited Edition series Macro lens
  • Magnification to 1:1
  • Aluminium housing construction
  • Built-in retractable lens hood
  • Quick-shift Focus System

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.1 x 8.4 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: Pentax DA 35mm f2.8 Macro Limited
  • ASIN: B0015CRAZA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Aug 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The highest quality PENTAX lenses are offered under the exclusive "Limited Edition" label. The introduction of the smc PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Edition adds precision macro capability to this select category for the first time. The lens offers a completely new lens coating that provides astoundingly pure image quality. Additional characteristics: magnification ration of 1:1, aluminium lens tube and a built-in extendable lens hood.

Product Description

The compact DA 35mm Macro Limited lens provides one-to-one magnification in a normal focal length. High-grade aluminum construction of lens barrel, hood and cap provides utmost durability. With its incorporated Quick-shift Focus System, switching from auto focus to manual is instantaneous. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs, the DA 35mm Macro Limited has PENTAX SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements, and a focal length equivalent to 52.5mm in the 35mm format.

- Compact lens with one-to-one magnification in a normal focal length;
- High-grade aluminum construction of the lens barrel, hood, and cap;
- Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual focus;
- PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements;
- Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs;
- Focal length equivalent to 52.5mm in the 35mm format.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic standard prime 13 Nov 2011
I wanted a small, fast, AF standard prime to use with my K200D, and I feel I made the right choice. Focusing is fast but very occasionally misses and tries to cycle all the way through the macro focusing range, but it's a minor problem. With newer cameras this will happen less.

The image quality delivered by this lens is simply amazing. It's very, very sharp, even wide open and has fantastic contrast & colour. The depth of field control is useful due to the f/2.8 maximum aperture. Images are vivid and detailed. It's a world apart from the 18-55mm kit lens.

In addition to the image quality, other benefits are the built-in retractable hood, all-metal build quality, full time manual over-ride of the AF, 1:1 macro capability and the small size. 35mm is a perfect focal length for a prime on a camera with an APS-C sensor. This lens is especially great for portraits & landscapes.

Now I'm itching to get the 70mm f/2.4 Limited lens too...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 16 Dec 2011
This lens is a revelation for me, having recently swapped out my Canon system over to a Pentax K-5 (mainly for budget reasons) and a lens like this is a strong argument for staying in the Pentax camp.

I believe this lens represents extremely good value for money, the first and most obvious thing when you pick it up is the build quality - it's outstanding. There's a real classical zeiss/leica rangefinder lens feel to the lens, it's so far ahead of the plastic kit lenses, you'd be forgiven for thinking it costs over a grand. The action of the manual focus is excellent and well damped, although this lens is hard to manually focus at distance, it's biased towards the macro end. It features a built in, pull out hood, which precludes the use of Polarisers when in use but in practice flare is well handled with or without the hood.

Optically, the lens performs above it's price bracket, but only just: It's a macro, so it's not as fast as other 35mm primes, but it is very sharp from wide open onwards, something you can't say about many lenses. Colour reproduction and contrast are also very good. Background blur is good, but not exceptional, it can be a little busy, rather than super smooth like the best lenses, but it's certainly not bad at all. Focus is fast, less noisy than other Pentax lenses, but can a pain when it hunts, the throw is long, again because of the macro. A limit switch would be nice.

Macro performance is very good, a proper 1:1, although working distance is TINY at that range so you need to be aware of that. I would personally say this is an excellent walkaround lens, especially on bright days. The optics are great, it's light, well built and lets you get in close when you need to. It is not a low light solution, if you treat it as one, you'll be frustrated.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lens to others and I can see a Limited lens addiction in the pipeline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb lens do not hesitate to buy it. 26 Jun 2013
This lens is absolutely superb. It is the equivalent of a 50mm for the 135 film format. This lens is specifically designed for APC-S digital cameras. It is almost perfect to use as a prime lens. It is very versatile as it can be used for portraits , general photography and macro close ups. The macro facility is simply amazing giving a 1 to 1 ratio. It will even automatically focus on macro subjects literally millimetres away from the lens.

As far as I can see there is no form of optical distortion on this lens all the way through the aperture range. At F2.8 you can take a portrait and make the background out of focus. It is not a particularly fast lens but this does not make too much difference as you can use a fast ISO value, with a modern digital camera, without too much grain appearing in the final result. I still use a Pentax 35 mm film Spotmatic, on the odd occasion, and this lens is easily as good as its famous Super Takumar 55mm F1.8 and the results are just as pin sharp.

There is only one small problem; the autofocus shunts a little bit to find a focal point in low light or when you are photographing into dark shadows. You can help the camera by focusing manually. But don't let this put you off as this is compensated by the wonderful macro function.

The lens has a built in metal hood which you have to retract to adjust a polarising filter - and then pull the hood out again. This is not a problem for me and I have never noticed any flare with this lens even when I have forgotten to deploy the hood.

The build quality of this lens is first class. The manual focus is so smooth. The all metal construction feels really strong but the alloy used makes the lens very light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic litle jewel 18 April 2012
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Great construction quality. Great, great sharpness. Very useful focal length (portraits, architecture ...) and macro capabilities.
This lens really increase the quality of your photos.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo 5 April 2010
By Eolake
I got this lens because Michael Johnston (from The Online Photographer) called it a "paragon" of lenses. He's right, it's superb. You don't get optically better lenses. Sharp as all-git-out, and no weaknesses.
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