Pentax FA 35mm F2 – classic wide-angle Pentax lens gets an HD facelift

Pentax has launched an update of its 35mm f/2 prime lens. The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 is an update of the existing smc PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 AL.

Compatible with the full frame Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR, this new design offers a major update to the lens coating on the glass. A high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating is being applied to the optical elements which it is said produces high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness, free of flare and ghost images.  

A highly stain-repellent SP Coating applied to the front surface improves the lens’ usability outdoors. The redesigned exterior matches the design of latest Pentax K-mount digital SLR models and looks like a compact and useful addition to the Pentax lens range.

Surprisingly compact by modern 35mm F2 standards, the new Pentax lens is constructed from six elements in five groups, with a 6-bladed diaphragm. The minimum focusing distance is 0.3m. The lens weighs in at 193g and measures 64x44mm. It takes 49mm filters.

Price & availability

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 will go on sale from February, with a recommended retail price of £399.99 – which promises to make it less expensive than its predecessor.

Pentax has simultaneously launched a new 11-18mm ultra-wide lens, designed to work with its APS-C range of DSLRs.

Read more:

Pentax K-1 Mark II review
• The best Pentax lenses to buy right now

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.