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Versatile wide-angle lens compatible with 35mm full-frame format,
remodeled with the latest lens coating

Since its launch as a lens for use with 35mm film-format SLR cameras, the smc PENTAX-FA 35mm F2AL has become a long-selling, multi-application wide-angle lens because of its exceptional resolving power, even after cameras became digital.

In recent years, large, the number of heavy, high-performance lenses is on the increase to accommodate higher-resolution digital cameras. The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2, however, retains the well-conceived optical design and compact dimensions of its base model, while also being remodeled to deliver higher performance through a complete review of the entire lens coating process.

By applying the latest, high-performance multi-layer HD Coating, the lens delivers a high-resolution, high-contrast image that is sharp and clear even at the edges.

What are the benefits of HD Coating?

Comparison of reflectance on lens surface of the FA 35mm F2 lens
Comparison of reflectance on lens surface of the FA 35mm F2 lens

The graph above demonstrates the reflectance of the old and new FA 35mm F2 lenses on the identical lens surface. The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 assures a better anti-reflection performance over the visible ray range (400 to 700 nanometers).

Comparison of anti-backlight performance

smc PENTAX-FA35mmF2 AL
smc PENTAX-FA35mmF2 AL
HD PENTAX-FA35mmF2
HD PENTAX-FA35mmF2

Even under adverse conditions such as a strong light source in the image field, HD Coating effectively reduces the generation of ghost images, compared to conventional multi-layer coatings.

Comparison of transmissivity
Comparison of transmissivity
Lens construction
Lens construction

Although both the old and new FA 35mm F2 lenses feature a simple lens construction, the HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 assures higher transmissivity as a whole, because its HD Coating-treated lens surfaces have superior anti-reflectance performance.

Photo Gallery

佐々木 啓太 佐々木 啓太

Keita Sasaki

Born in 1969 in Hyogo Prefecture. After graduating from the Nippon Photography Institute, Sasaki worked in rental studios and as a professional’s assistant before going independent. Currently he calls himself a “street photographer,” and works to create images while writing for magazines. In the film era, he specialized in monochrome photographer, only turning to work in color photography when he ventured into the digital realm. He strongly believes in making originals only in print.
(http://www.facebook.com/KeitaPage2)

Aperture
F2.0
Shutter speed
1/2000sec
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
Shade
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F2.8
Shutter speed
1/1000sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F3.5
Shutter speed
1/8000sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F5.6
Shutter speed
1/100sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F2.8
Shutter speed
1/125sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
CTE
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F2.0
Shutter speed
1/100sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Monochrome

Aperture
F5.6
Shutter speed
1/250sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F5.6
Shutter speed
1/125sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Vibrant

Aperture
F2.0
Shutter speed
1/50sec
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Fluoresent - Warm White
Finishing touch
Flat

“I traveled to Kamakura and Hokkaido carrying a new HD PENTAX-FA 35mmF2 treated with HD Coating. Carrying just one single-focus lens forced me to experiment with various techniques. This approach also encouraged me to learn more about the destinations.

“A full-frame 35mm lens is commonly considered a wide-angle lens, but I personally regard it as a standard lens with a slightly wider perspective. Its compact dimensions and versatile angle of view allow me to easily react to any unexpected encounter on the road. It also lets me move in a little closer to the subject. These factors made me decide that this was a perfect lens for traveling.

“To tell you the truth, I had never used the smc PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 before, so I cannot make accurate comparison of lens performance, such as the effects of lens coating especially against backlight. However, I felt comfortable with this new lens because it assured easy exposure control with rich, true-to-life description of gradation and texture in dark areas, especially against backlighting and diagonal lighting in which contrast tends to become stronger.

“I think that the benefits of lens coating are easier to compare digitally in terms of numerical values, but I honestly welcomed this upgrade because it provides me with a sense of comfort and security.”

Renewed design

An exterior design matching the current lens lineup, and in harmony with digital SLR camera bodies

The lens exterior is treated with a wrinkle finish identical to that of camera bodies and other lenses. The lens also features a Green Ring as a design element.

SP (Super Protect) Coating

Fluorine coating for easy maintenance

PENTAX treats the front surface of the first optical element of many lenses with SP Coating, a high-strength fluorine coating which effectively protects the lens. Highly repellent to water and grease, it not only prevents adhesion of dust, water drops and oils, but also makes it easy to wipe off such objects from the lens surface.

35mm full-frame wide-angle lens featuring advanced technology
and easy handling in a compact body
HD PENTAX-FA 35mmF2

HD PENTAX Lens lineup

Category Type Product name Focal length

Top: in FF setting
Bottom: in APS-C setting

Aperture
Wide-Angle Lenses Zoom HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED
NEW!APS-C
10-17mm
-
F3.5-4.5
HD PENTAX-DA11-18mmF2.8ED DC AW
APS-C
11-18mm
17-27.5mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mmF2.8ED SDM WR
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
15-30mm
23-46mm
F2.8
Single Focus HD PENTAX-FA35mmF2
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
35mm
53.5mm
F2
HD PENTAX-DA 15mm F4ED AL Limited
APS-C
15mm
23mm
F4
HD PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited
APS-C
21mm
32mm
F3.2
Standard Lenses Zoom HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR
APS-C
16-85mm
24.5-130mm
F3.5-5.6
HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
APS-C
18-50mm
27.5-76.5mm
F4-5.6
HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4ED Limited DC WR
APS-C
20-40mm
30.5-61.5mm
F2.8-4
HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mmF2.8ED SDM WR
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
24-70mm
37-107mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
28-105mm
43-161mm
F3.5-5.6
Single Focus HD PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
APS-C
40mm
61mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA50mmF1.4 SDM AW
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
50mm
76.5mm
F1.4
Telephoto Lenses Zoom HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR
APS-C
55-300mm
84.5-460mm
F4-5.8
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
APS-C
55-300mm
84.5-460mm
F4.5-6.3
HD PENTAX-D FA70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
70-200mm
107-307mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
150-450mm
230-690mm
F4.5-5.6
Single Focus HD PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
APS-C
70mm
107mm
F2.4
HD PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW
APS-C
560mm
859mm
F5.6
Macro Lenses Single Focus HD PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
APS-C
35mm
53.5mm
F2.8
Converter / AF Lens Adapter HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW - -

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