Thursday 29 August 2013

HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited first thoughts (good upgrade)

Pentax/Ricoh have updated one of their lenses. The new lens is called HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited and it replaces the smc DA 35mm F2.8 macro. The lens construction is still the same, but they have made some optimizations to the lens, so the output from the lens should be better.
HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited

The HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited lens has a new HD coating that should mean less flare and ghost images than the smc DA 35mm F2.8 macro lens. A lot of companies are adding different kind of coating to their premium lenses, which has shown that it makes a difference in the output of the images.

I don't know any photographers that don't love a great bokeh effect on their pictures. So it is great to see that Pentax/Ricoh have work hard to improve this effect in this lens. This is really important in macro pictures as you would like your subject to be sharp and the rest have a nice creamy background.

The existing smc DA 35mm F2.8 macro lens have an average rating of 80%, so this is already a great lens and I think that the HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited will have the same or a better average rating at Pentax Index.

Here is a comparison of the two lenses based on specification:

smc DA 35mm F2.8 macro
HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
Focal Length 35mm 35mm
Equivalent to 35mm format 52.5mm 53.5mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8 F2.8
Minimum aperture f/22 F22
Angle of View 44 degrees 44°
Construction 9 elementa / 8 groups 9 elements in 8 groups
Focusing Range 0.139m - infinity 0.139m (0.46ft)
Magnification approx. 1:1.0 (1.0x) 1.00x
Filter size 49mm 49mm
Mount Pentax KAF - Bayonet KAF
Weight 215g 214g
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) 46.5mm x 63mm 63mm x 46.5mm (2.5 inch x 1.8 inch)
Kit Content Front cap
Rear cap
Soft case
Lens cap: Exclusive Cap
Lens case: Exclusive Case
Lens hood: Built in
Special Features Quick-shift Focus System
Built-in retractable lens hood
Aluminium housing
Quick-shift Focus System
SP (Super Protect) Coating
Rounded aperture (F2.8 to F5.6)
HD Coating
Number of Diaphragm Blades

The price difference between the 2 lenses is $50, and with that little difference I would go for the new lens.

Follow the HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited  at Pentax Index.


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