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Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens USA

Price: $399.00
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The Pentax smc P-FA 35mm F2.0 AL is a semiwideangle lens with much of the normal lens perspective but a larger viewing angle. This lens has internal floating elements for optimal results throughout the focus range. Bright, light and sharp.

Filter Size 49mm
f/Stop Range 2-22
Minimum Focus Distance 1.0'
Magnification 1:5.9
Angle of View 63°
Groups/Elements 5/6
Length 1.8"
Maximum Diameter 2.5"
Weight 0.44 lb
Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens
  • 49mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap (B) for Bayonet Mount Lenses
  • PH-RB49 Lens Hood (49mm)
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    PentaxWide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Durable (12)
    • Easily interchangeable (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (12)
      • Night photography (12)
      • Low light (11)
      • Landscape/scenery (9)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-professional (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Perfect for APS-C

      By Crazy Carl

      from Lebanon, Pa

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Lens Cap Diff With Tulip

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

      I had gotten a 50mm, but for indoors you have to get a mile away to get the shot you want. Auto-focus is noticable but not extremely loud. Pictures come out great. Its downfall is that it's hard to get the lens cap off with the tulip in position.

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      4.0

      Crisp Performance

      By Borluras

      from Florida

      Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

      I got this lens about three weeks ago, and it is one of my new favorite lenses. Takes excellent portraits, great in low light situations, and compact. Focal length is very versatile. Definitely a good value.

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By comprock

      from Coupeville, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

        It's my first prime lens and as I keep learning to use it, the images get better and better. I love the initial ease of use and flexibility in helping me learn how to become a better photographer it's making me. I readily am glad I went with the 35mm than 50mm to capture my walkabout and street photography. If I need to get closer, I step up and great shots.

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        4.0

        35mm lens is like the 50mm of 70's

        By AMD

        from BHN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

          Personal use. multi purpose lens. it is all-round lens and is just like the 50mm in the 70's. then perhaps, the world wasn't as congested as now; photographers use to have plenty of space to maneuver for taking a nice exposure with the standard 50mm lens, I think the 35mm will be the standard lens for now and the future, this doesn't mean that the 50mm will be phased out rather it will be used more for portrait applications.

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          5.0

          Nice Lens!

          By Gene

          from Peoria, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent color
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Good contrast
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Bokeh could be better

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

          I am enjoying this lens. It focuses quickly, and is very sharp.

          So far I've used it for flowers and landscapes. I am very pleased with it's color rendition and constrast. Even though it is not a macro, the sharpness is such that you could mistake it as one.

          While the bokeh is not bad, this lens would be stellar with 8 or 9 blades.

          It manages to be lightweight without feeling "cheap."

          My take: a solid 9.5 out of 10.

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          5.0

          Perfect all around for the money

          By Jay S.

          from Diamond Bar, Ca

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

            My first pentax lens was a SMCP-FA 1.4 50mm, I love everything about that lens but needed a wider coverage as a walk around. This 35MM is the answer to that. The IQ is excellent, focus is fast and accurate; just as good as my beloved fifty but wider angle coverage. This is the perfect prime to start with specially for the cropped sensor of my K-5 iis . Would highly recommend.

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            5.0

            Perfect

            By strangeboy

            from Chicago

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

            Sharp right outta' the box @ f/2. Razor sharp stopped down a bit, colors are simply lovely. Focus is just plain fast and accurate.I wanted the 31mm Limited lens, but it's easily 2 to 3 times the price, depending where you look. Me? I have to look in my wallet! I have ZERO regrets about this lens as an alternative. It took a while to find this lens at a sensible price. Even B&H couldn't tell me exactly when they'd have it. My advice? BUY IT NOW.

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            5.0

            Worth the money

            By Glen

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

              I considered the DA 35mm 2.4. However, after doing some research, which included reading reviews at Stan's Pentax Photography Site and
              photozone.de, I opted to purchase the FA 35mm 2.
              Good build quality, hood and small case included.
              Produces very sharp and contrasty images.
              Fast AF on the Pentax K-5.
              Lightweight, a great lens for street photography.

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              5.0

              Excellent Lens,stongly recommend to buy.

              By aqaq886

              from FUZHOU,FUJIAN.CHINA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                The lens is light and produces sharp detail. Works beautifully with fast autofocus on my Pentax K-5.

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                5.0

                Great lens !!!

                By Beginner.

                from Houston Tx

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                  Bought this lens for Portrait (my wife and Kids lol).Delivery a sharp and bright in low light, true colors. Also AF very accurated. Inexpensive for the great quality(lens&result).Thanks B&H for having such a good stuffs.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens - sharp image quality

                  By Paul

                  from Washington, D.C.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                    The lens is light and produces sharp detail. Works beautifully with fast autofocus on my Pentax K-x, and it gives full frame on the older film bodies. A "must have" lens along with the Pentax FA 50mm F1.4, and the FA 77m 1.8 limited.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens

                    By david94903

                    from San Rafael, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                      I had a couple of other FA lenses from my film days, when I saw that B&H had some FA 35mm's in stock, I jumped on it. Glad I did, I really like this lens, it's been getting a lot of use since I got it. My recommendation is that if they find a few more in the back room and put them up for sale - get one. You'll be glad you did.

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                      5.0

                      Fast, sharp, compact, fast focusing

                      By Easy Clicker

                      from S. Ohio

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Lens cap
                      • Pricey but worth it

                      Best Uses

                      • Architecture
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                      I doubted about getting it, since I already had this focal range covered by 2 quality zooms and very sharp Pentax-FA 43mm f/1.9. So far no regrets. True to life colors even under "grey" light (heavy clouds, late evening) with K-5 or K-x. Good for candids - doesn't stick out and focuses on the spot.
                      I generally hate Pentax/Tamron/Sigma snap-on hoods that tend to pop off at the most inapproprite moments. Finally Pentax got it right, this on clicks and stays!
                      Unfortunately the lens cap is traditional, not "pinch-in" and hard to use with the hood attached.
                      I don't find bokeh terrible as many others. One can't expect an eerie bokeh of 50mm f/1.4 from such sharp lens, at least in this price range and size!

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                      5.0

                      EXCELLENT-SHARP WIDE OPEN

                      By AL

                      from BUTTE,MT

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                        FOR AN OLDER MODEL LENS THIS IS TOP-NOTCH. SHARP AT f2!!!! USE MAINLY FOR LOW-LIGHT IN-DOORS.

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                        4.0

                        Bang-For-Buck Lens

                        By Traditionlist

                        from Singapore

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                        • Slight back-focus

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Landscape Photography

                        Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                        IQ is good. Had never tried the Limited though. AF performance is quite similar to FA 50mm/1.4 but focal length is much more useful - as using APS-C. Slight back-focus on K10 & K20. No biggie as I've adjusted the cameras to compensate.

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                        4.0

                        Pentax 35mm f/2.0 FA

                        By Megs

                        from Arkansas

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Sharp Focus

                        Cons

                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                        So far I have only used this lens on my K20D(~52 mm focal length) and have been pleased with the results. I was pleasantly surprised by the AF quality. So far appears sharp throughout f stops. The lens upon first inspection appears slightly fragile(plastic housing) but haven't had any problems with other similarly built lenses. I am looking forward to using it on my film camera.

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                        5.0

                        Pentax 35mm F2.0 lens

                        By Phil

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Sharp Focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                          I did a quick comparison of this product against a zoom and this lens is more contrasty and more sharp.

                          It performed better at all apertures especially wide open.

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                          5.0

                          35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL -- very good

                          By Mithrandir

                          from Ocean County, NJ

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Quick Focus
                          • Sharp Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Landscape Photography

                            Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                            I was looking for a lens for a K20D Pentax.
                            I was interested in trying a prime lens that was fast.

                            So far:
                            Very good at indoor photos w/out use of flash
                            Images look good even with a flash

                            I will need to see how the photos look when I get them developed.

                            I need to improve my picture taking skills to recognize when to use a flash and when to let the lens do its work.

                            It is cool to see the difference between photos w/flash and w/out flash. The color tones look different.

                            Will update as needed.

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                            4.0

                            Good general lens

                            By eal

                            from Alabama

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quick Focus
                            • Sharp Focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Landcape

                              Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                              Sharp, fast, handles well. The only reason I did not rate it 5 stars is that I have not found it as useful as I originally thought I would. I find myself more often using the 16-45 or the 50-135mm zooms. However, it is an excellent lens if you want the focal length.

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                              5.0

                              High performance Pentax Prime

                              By squarenegs

                              from Sunny Niagara, Canada

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp Focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Architecture
                                • General Use
                                • Street photography

                                Comments about Pentax Wide Angle 35mm f/2.0 SMCP-FA AL Autofocus Lens:

                                I bought this lens to use now with a K20D and with an eye to the future and a full frame Pentax DSLR. I think this lens and the 50mm FA are two of the best performing lenses I own for the K20D. Resolved detail at all apertures, corner to corner sharpness and lack of distortion just can't be matched by even the best zoom. You and I need this lens! However, I wish it were made with less plastic and more metal, like my DA 'Limited' lenses.

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