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Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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4.8 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
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  • Fast F2.4 maximum aperture for handheld photography in low lighting and depth of field flexibility.
  • Highly lightweight design for improved comfort and portability.
  • PENTAX Super Protect (SP) coating helps repel dust, water, and grease, making the lens easier to clean.
  • An aspherical lens element helps to compensate for spherical aberration to maximize image quality.
  • Equivalent to 53.5mm in the 35mm format.
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The smc PENTAX DA L 35mm F2.4 AL has a fast F2.4 maximum aperture for handheld photography in low lighting and depth of field flexibility. It is built with a highly lightweight design for improved comfort and portability. PENTAX Super Protect (SP) coating helps repel dust, water, and grease, making the lens easier to clean. An aspherical lens element helps to compensate for spherical aberration to maximize image quality. Equivalent to 53.5mm in the 35mm format. Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras.

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  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0042RTQPC
  • Item model number: 21987
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2010

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Pros:
Cost
Optical Performance

Cons:
Plastic build
No included hood or bag
Smaller aperture vs competition for same price

Bottom Line:
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The Pentax 35mm is a great lens that complements any standard zoom. The aperture is large enough to be advantageous. It offers at least a half stop over an f/2.8 zoom, and in reality probably closer to an f/stop given the fewer lens elements. The lens is bright at f/2.4, where most zoom lenses lose significant contrast wide open. Focus is fast and accurate (one of the faster lenses I have used), taking only a fraction of a second to lock in most cases, min to infinity to min is about 1 second or less.

The lens has moderate to low distortion (-0.8% barrel) and minimal CA on the K-5, not much over 1 pixel at the corners. The lens is very good across the frame from f/2.4 to f/2.8 and excellent from f/4 to f/8. It really performs well optically.

Although the construction is all plastic, it is a well built lens. I wouldn't let this be a deciding factor in purchasing this lens or not. If this lens had metal construction, everyone would think it were a Limited. However, it does lack quick shift focus.

This lens performs nearly as well as lenses costing much more, and I see why Pentax limited the aperture to f/2.4. They wouldn't want to compete with their other products. The price is fine, and so is the lens. I recommend this lens to anyone looking at the Pentax system. It is great for people of all experience levels. It should be called the Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL [un]limited.
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The free shipping was fast as usually, thanks to Amazon.com!

You can read all other reviews for its pros and cons. I'm just telling you why I've picked up this lens.

I went to a kid's party about two weeks ago, I took my K-x with the 18-55mm kit lens on it. I set ISO to 1600 (sometimes 3200) auto. I didn't use flash at all. Most of time, the indoor light were sufficient for a decent photo. However, kids moved a lot and fast, the shutter speed was simply not enough to capture those actions...so a faster lens is obviously necessary for this situation. I have a M 50mm f1.7 lens, I got the decent speed, but with manual focus, it's almost impossible to get focus quickly enough. So my conclusion is that I need a faster lens with AF!

I've been thinking to get FA 50mm f/1.4, but for indoors with limited space, its FOV seems too narrow, although its price is acceptable, I doubt its usefulness for indoor application (when I shot with 18-55mm lens, I seldom used any FL higher than 50mm, most of the time, 18-35mm).

The next thing I've been considering is this lens. Its price is right, it has f/2.4 aperture, it's lightweighted, it looks nice on my K-x (see those pictures I shot with my cell phone). I tested it as soon as I got it. Indoors, no lights on, only tv is on, so it's pretty dim, I set ISO to 1600 auto, lens wide open (f/2.4), AF worked well, pretty fast, no hunting, the picture came out bright, sharp, the color looks very good to me. I further tested in a restaurant (see those photos I uploaded). With K-x's low-light performance, this lens is a perfect companion! I would think it's more than enough for a kid's party (light condition is much better than restaurant). I cannot wait to put it in real test for the next kid's party coming soon...
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Sure, the Pentax 31 f/1.8 is better performing, and the f/2.4 speed of this lens is not terribly fast. This lens is also all-plastic construction. Why buy it?

Buy this lens because it gives you 85% of the performance for 10% of the price. Although all plastic construction, it feels tough, sturdy, and light. Although f/2.4, indeed, is not terribly fast, it honestly feels faster than that (f/2.0?). Focus is quick, the lens itself is small, and the resulting photos are surprisingly sharp given the price. There is very little not to like here. If you own the 31/1.8, this lens is worth buying as a backup, or using in environments where you do not want to possibly damage your precious 31. If you do not own the 31, then buy this lens instead, and spend the money you saved traveling and taking photos instead of buying equipment. It is a win/win.

You have so much to gain and so little to lose with this big/little lens.
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I'm both very pleased with this lens and a little disappointed. On the plus side, the lens produces beautiful photos. It's sharp from f-2.4 on. It focuses very quickly and is very light. It's the last point that leads into my disappointment. The lens is light because it's built of plastic including the lens mount and filter threads. I find myself in the odd situation of wishing the lens cost more. Because it's such a sharp lens and such a useful focal length, the APS equivalent of a 50mm, I'm sure that I'll be using it a lot. That means putting it on and taking it off my camera. How long will the plastic K-mount last? Hopefully, with care a long time, but I'd happily pay a quarter to a third more to get a unit with a metal mount.

I'm actually happy with the build quality. Everything seems tight and built to tight specifications, just what I've come to expect from Pentax lenses. And for the price I really shouldn't complain. It's easily the best lens for the price I've seen. While I don't have one of these cameras, I expect that it would make a great low weight compliment to the Kx or Kr camera bodies. Even with a heavier body the light weight is appreciated.
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