Last week, I came to try it on flower going from 1:2 to 1:1 close up distance. I am very happy with the performance. It is quite easy to use. When it got close to 1:1 scale, I have to use manual focus. I did the test shots not in the best lighting and I expect the lens to perform better when I manage to shoot again with better lighting. It missed the quick shift focus as in the DA* lens but manual focusing is very capable with this lens
Impressions & Notes:
- Lens has beautiful color and contrast
- I see better sharpness with 77mm limited but I have no complaint for the 35mm.
- Close up from 1:2 to 1:1 is quite easy to make on this lens
- Manual focus missed AF/MF switch as in DA* lens but manual focusing is found pleasant in the 35mm. It is about half turn in the focusing ring.
- Quick shift focus is allowed in overriding the AF when manual focus ring is turned
- One big gripe that I have on 35mm limited is the lens cap. When I have a filter mounted, the lens cap no longer fit tightly with the lens
- I was initially not aware of the presence of a lens hood. One has to pull the lens hood from the side.
- This is a great lens to be used for product shots, close up and perhaps street shooting
- I see a great number of samples using it for documentary work and black and white photos. I will use this lens for street shooting and hopefully find the time to use it for b&w pictures.
- Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 1:1 macro limited on Product Shots
- Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 1:1 macro limited as Documentary Lens
- Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.4 (m42)
- Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 limited
- Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
- Hin's Camera Gear