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 (opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), designed to work with its APS-C range of DSLRs.