My recent documentary on my first Medium Format camera with Pentax 645N were all shot with this lens. I also tried it out on macro with flowers and results are quite satisfactory. The quick shift built in with the lens will make it a powerful macro lens to use where manual focusing is key such as that getting close to 1:2 to 1:1 on flowers. I have not disabled AF on half-press, it would have been even more suited had I turned off AF on my shutter release and use AF key to engage in auto focusing. With the extra setup, I can by-pass the AF in macro shooting with the DA 35mm limited which has the wonderful quick shift between MF and AF on turning the focusing ring.
Impressions & Notes
- A great alternative to Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 as I found its macro capability as well as size and price more appealing to me than the 31mm.
- Well suited for documentary purpose such as product shots
- Great for flowers, minimal focusing distance is relatively small making it a bit too scary to try it out on poisonous bugs such as black widows
- Color and bokeh very decent but they can't match up with the FA 31mm especially on color and detail.
- Quick Shift in this lens is wonderful with manual focusing especially if you use AF button for auto-focusing
- The macro IQ beats the short term experience that I had with Carl Zeiss Flektogon 35mm f/2.4 in M42 mount
- Just wish it has better speed as in f/1.8 or f/2.0