Characterized by its sleek, compact design and ultimate portability, the HD Pentax-FA 35mm f/2 wide-angle lens from Pentax offers a fixed focal length that suits a variety of photography styles, including landscape and portraiture, as well as a maximum aperture of f/2 that offers enhanced low-light shooting capability and control over depth of field. Itís designed for use with full-frame (K-mount) Pentax cameras but can also be mounted on APS-C models where it can provide a focal length equivalent to 53.5mm. Complementing the lens specs is its optical design, which utilizes one aspherical lens element and an HD coating. These work together in controlling spherical aberrations, minimizing distortions, and suppressing flare and ghosting to produce more accurate and detailed images with increased contrast and color fidelity. The front lens element also features an oil- and water-repellent SP (Super Protect) Coating to help maintain image clarity.
The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 is designed based on smc PENTAX-FA 35mmF2 AL wide-angle lens, which has been well accepted as a compact, lightweight and widelyused lens. Some people say it is a "hidden star-series lens" as its image is well resolved with some softness even at the maximum aperture, but when the aperture is closed down one to two stops, the image becomes sharp.
With this new lens, adopted the latest HD coating to minimize inter-face reflection of the lens element and reduce flare and ghost to give a totally new dimension by adding more clearness to the originally sharp image.
The lens, which has a new design, is compact enough to be used as an everyday-use wide-angle lens attached even with the FF, K-1 or K-1 Mark II. It is also suitable to be carried in a pocket as a secondary lens.
Pentax HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 Features
High MTF Curve - MTF during maximum aperture is high quality and comparable to other lenses.
HD Coating to reduce flare and ghost - By adopting the latest high-quality HD Coating, clear and high contrasted images in high resolution are achieved in addition to the originally sharp image, with thereduction of flare and ghost.
SP Coating - SP (Super Protect) Coating applied to the front surface of the lens is extremely effective to repel water and grease.
A totally refreshed exterior design. To match the exterior design of the latest DA and DFA lenses, the surface is textured and finished with a green ring. The lens is a compact single-focus lens with a design to match the K-series DSLR camera.
Includes a aperture ring, it can be used with not only the latest models, but also with older K-mount digital SLR cameras or film SLR cameras.
Shop for the HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2 AL Lens here:
Max Format size
APS-C / DX
Number of diaphragm blades
Special elements / coatings
Hybrid aspherical elements + SP and HD coatings
0.30 m (11.81″)
Screw drive from camera
Full time manual
193 g (0.43 lb)
64 mm (2.52″)
45 mm (1.77″)
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HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2 AL Lens
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