Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited

Last updated (27 August’10):
- Review by Photozone

The Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited features 35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 9 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 44 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 5.4 inches (0.139m) and has a filter size of 49mm. The Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited lens weighs 7.6 oz. (215g) and it measures 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.8 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Reviews

Photozone reviews the Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited and writes;
“The center performance is great straight from the max. aperture whereas the corner performance is slightly lower than expected for a “Limited” lens (still on a very good level in absolute terms). The lens produces only a very slight barrel distortion and quite moderate vignetting but lateral CAs are a bit on the high side for a newly designed fix-focal length lens. The bokeh can be busy at medium focus distances but it seems fine in macro situations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited User Reviews

Phenomenal Lens, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is superiorly contructed of metal and solidly built in such a small package. Image resolution is superb, with excellent contrast, edge to edge sharpness, brilliant colors and beautiful color saturation. AF on the K20D is quite fast considering the lens is a macro with a long barrel throw and accurately focuses without FF/BF…” – by Stephen C. Gushue

Love at first sight. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Superb lens, very sharp and very versatile. Love it’s sharpness. And the feeling when manual focusing is something I haven’t experienced with any other lens (and I have plenty). Very versatile: Since having the lens I spend much less time changing lenses and much more shooting photos…” – by Andrej Uduc

Great lens!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“In general use it is very sharp and the tonal range is even and lovely. When used on a tripod, with careful exposure control (this is on a Pentax K20D) it is the sharpest lens I have used…ever. I have some prime Canon L lenses and some good Nikon glass, all of which are great lenses, but this little wonder is just a touch better in my opinion. It is built as solidly as any digital lens I have ever used.” – by James T. Weekes

Excellent lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is compact, well-constructed with a handy built-in retractible lens hood, and takes beautiful photos indoors and out. Being close to a full frame “normal” lens makes it suitable for all types of shooting, from scenery to portraits, and the fact that it also does amazing macro is truly a bonus.. All in all, this lens deserves its “limited” designation.” – by K. Lee

Just Feels Like Quality | Rating: ★★★★★
“..It produces sharp, contrasty images from 1:1 to infinity. It’s probably not *quite* as sharp as the FA 35mm f2, but it’s close, and probably better in an edge-to-edge sense. Images from this lens have a “pop” to them that’s hard to explain until you lay them side by side with images from other lenses. All in all, an excellent choice for a walking-around lens on your Pentax DSLR.” – by J. S. White

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Features & Specifications

Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Specifications

Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Lens Features
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

What’s in The Box

* smc Pentax DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited (21730)
* Lens Cap for DA 35mm Macro Ltd (31524)
* Rear Lens Cap B (31006)
* Lens Soft Case for DA 35mm Macro Ltd (37748)

See also: Lens Reviews | Pentax Lenses

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