My first Pentax limited lens

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by NathanCom, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. NathanCom

    NathanCom Regular

    May 15, 2014
    I managed to find a 35mm 2.8 macro limited on ebay for £210 which seemed like a really good price compared to new. Arrived home last night and it was waiting for me. The build is as good as I read, down to the metal lens cap with a velvet lining. Anyway, optically it seems fantastic, a step up on anything I have used before, though the model helps in this case. I fear using this lens is just going to encourage me to buy more limiteds. I am really hoping for some interesting news from Pentax in February, replacement for K3 or Full Frame perhaps?

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  2. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    delightful shot there

    bit surprised at the bokeh from a 35mm
  3. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Very nice, lovely skin tones too. I think I used to have this lens too :)
  4. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I still have this lens and recommend it highly. Welcome to the world of Pentax Limited glass.
  5. JKLso

    JKLso Regular

    Nov 24, 2014
    near Kelso WA USA
    Ironically, that's the only one I haven't owned! Always liked the idea but never found a price at the right time.
    Limted lenses are addicting though, that's certain! :thumbup:
  6. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Veteran

    Jan 20, 2014
    Launceston & Sydney
    Nick Clark
    By far my favourite lens when I was shooting Pentax and still one of my most fondly remembered today.

    Don't hope too hard for a Pentax FF though, because the DA Ltd 35mm won't work methinks!
  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    A replacement for a camera that is less than one year old??
  8. NathanCom

    NathanCom Regular

    May 15, 2014
    All the cheap legacy glass will still be good though :)

    Well it would be good to at least see something as good as the NX1 sensor. Yearly upgrades don't seem that unreasonable.

    I think they will go FF though in Feb. The price of the Nikon 610 is really bridging the gap to top end APS-C which must force Pentax's hand finally.
  9. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    The K-3 was announced in October 2013. The rumors have a replacement being announced sometime in the first quarter of the new year. I'm betting the replacement goes on sale 18 months after the K-3 did, which would be the general schedule for release of Pentax's digital SLRs. There was a longer period between the K-5 and K-3 (with the K-5 II and IIs tossed in between) largely due to the purchase of Pentax by Ricoh.
  10. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I really regret selling the DA 35. Enjoy yours!
  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Unreasonable? Not sure. Excessive? Probably, particularly for a camera in this class.

    When all is said and done I don't think that the NX1 sensor is going to all that much of a step forward. It has a few more pixels, it might gain a few percentage points in dynamic range and maybe display a little less noise but I doubt whether it will make all that much difference where it matters.
  12. MJSfoto1956

    MJSfoto1956 New Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    Boston, Massachusetts
  13. I love my 35mm DA Ltd. It was the first Pentax prime I bought. I have a DA15 as well and for a while had the FA43 but we didnt bond at all. I also got a K55 off gumtree, excellent lens, that. No pancakes though. Wonder why I never did. Maybe I should add a DA70 or FA77 :)