Pentax DA 35mm AL on Nex-5n Review

Pentax DA 35mm AL F2.4 believed to be the same optical formula from the legendary Pentax FA 35mm F2.0. The only difference is that Pentax made this lens as a DA version (APS-C lens).

While Pentax is trying to attract new users by producing cost down plastic lenses while keep up the performance of this lens, it brings happiness to loyal customers as well.  DA35 produce outstanding images! It has very short minimum focus distance. It has wonderful bokeh and unbelievable sharpness at wide open aperture (F2.4). Since it’s made from plastic, it’s very light weight to travel with.

Busy but blur enough bokeh
Busy but blur enough bokeh

You can get so much closer! It's not a macro lens, but it allows you to take your shots very close up!
You can get so much closer! It’s not a macro lens, but it allows you to take your shots very close up!
I am pointing this shot to the sunset. No visible ghost flare!
I am pointing this shot to the sunset. No visible ghost flare!
Been able to take a shot close up, there are so much more to the image.
Been able to take a shot close up, there are so much more to the image.
Another shot that I purposely pointing to the sunset. Flare control is amazing on this lens.
Another shot that I purposely pointing to the sunset. Flare control is amazing on this lens.
I just having too much fun with it.
I just having too much fun with it.
Amazing details!
Amazing details!
Another composition.
Another composition.
Wonderful high key! So much micro contrast in white :)
Wonderful high key! So much micro contrast in white 🙂
Sometimes the less brilliant colours away from a sunset are as lovely.
Sometimes the less brilliant colours away from a sunset are as lovely.
Sunset. Testing the sharpness by setting aperture at F8.
Sunset. Testing the sharpness by setting aperture at F8.
An outstanding
An outstanding “Standard Prime” on the Nex-5n!

Conclusion :

PRO :

  1. CHEAP!
  2. SHARP!
  3. Pleasing color rendering.
  4. Wonderful bokeh.
  5. Extremely usable at largest aperture.
  6. Extremely lightweight.
  7. Very well controlled flare.

CON :

  1. PLASTIC!
  2. Largest aperture is F2.4 instead of F2.0.
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Pentax DA 35mm AL on Nex-5n Review

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