Where to buy Pentax FA 35mm 2.0 AL in Europe

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Peter, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I cant seem to find it anywhere - could anyone help me with a link to a
    online store in Europe.


    Peter, Sep 28, 2005
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  2. Peter

    Tony Polson Guest

    Unfortunately, it appears that this lens is no longer available new,
    either in Europe or the USA/Canada. There is no word from Pentax as
    to whether another production batch is likely. Perhaps the
    manufacturer wishes to steer customers towards the (IMHO) optically
    inferior 31mm f/1.8 Limited ... ;-)

    You might find a dealer with old stock. Jessops (UK) have it listed
    at GBP 249.00 including 17.5% VAT (approximately equivalent to Euro
    375, or US $450). Postage extra.

    It is an outstanding lens. I use the SMC Pentax-A manual focus
    version which is optically almost identical. It is very sharp with
    very smooth bokeh, but there is enough rectilinear distortion (~0.5%)
    to cause problems with some architectural subjects. Apart from the
    distortion, it is comparable to the Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 at
    apertures of f/5.6 and smaller.
    Tony Polson, Sep 28, 2005
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  3. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I found this at B&H Photo in USA at 300 USD - seems like a good price for
    this lens - even with taxes and shipping charges.

    With tax (Denmark) the price is USD 375 and they seem to have it in stock.

    The 31mm f1.8 is much more expensive so i'll stick with the 35mm - seems to
    get good recommendations.

    Peter, Sep 28, 2005
  4. Peter

    Tony Polson Guest

    Last month I was told B&H had no stock, and could not predict a date
    when stock might become available. Buy it now! That is a very good
    price too. NOTE: It is well worth paying a mere $10 extra for USPS
    Global Express Mail, which works extremely well US --> Europe.
    The 31mm is not any sharper than the 31mm Limited and its bokeh is
    nowhere near as smooth. The 35mm f/2 is (deservedly) a very highly
    regarded lens, as is the 24mm f/2.

    The 24mm makes a very nice 36mm (equivalent) on an *ist D/DS/DL. I
    use it as my standard lens. B&H have it for $379.95.

    [Disclaimer: I have no connection with B&H except as a very satisfied
    Tony Polson, Sep 28, 2005
  5. Peter

    no_name Guest

    PentaxUSA seems to still have it in their online shopping.
    no_name, Sep 30, 2005
  6. Peter

    Cheesehead Guest

    I also use the A35/2 and find it better on digital than on film.
    (Though I don't do architecture.)
    I've never heard anyone call it superior to the 31 LTD!

    It seems that all Pentax 35/2 lenses are pretty rare these days.

    Cheesehead, Sep 30, 2005
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