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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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- 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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Pentax KAF|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||2.48 x 2.48 x 1.77 inches|
|Item Display Weight||122 grams|
|Item Weight||0.27 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||One Year|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||2.4 - 22|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||44 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.5 pounds|
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No included hood or bag
Smaller aperture vs competition for same price
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.
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...Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had an older wide angle lense that wasn't fully compatible with my newer Pentax K body camera. I chose this lens to replace it when it quit working. Read morePublished 3 days ago by K. Barnes
My husband and I love this lens, as we do all of our Pentax ones. It was a great deal and quick shipping. I believe it is being discontinued, so buy while you can!Published 10 days ago by Tephiebird
It's just exactly what I wanted for a general purpose lens for my K-01. It's sharp and light. Size ways it feels like a slr with a 50mm prime.Published 12 days ago by Wildbill
Small, light, inexpensive. I have not realized the true potential of this lens yet. Landscape shots were really soft at f22, but am sure this was my missing focus point. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very nice an sharp lens. Works very well on a K-5 and is both light and small. I really can't find anything negative at all. Plus it is priced very low.Published 1 month ago by Ivan D. Lutz
Great lens, especially for the money. Lots of value in this piece of glass.Published 2 months ago by EGagne
Works perfectly on my Sony A7R II, in full frame mode, with adapter of course. This is a fullframe lens, and it's the best 35mm I've ever encountered, period. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Y.