HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
APS-C Lens Mount
Pentax K Aperture Ring
Automatic, 9 blades (rounded)
9 elements, 8 groups Mount Variant
KAF Max. Aperture
F2.8 Min. Aperture
AF (screwdrive) Quick-shift
Yes Min. Focus
14 cm Max. Magnification
49 mm Internal Focus
No Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)
APS-C: 45 ° / 38 °
Built-in, slide out Case
Soft case Z100
Dedicated metal push-on Coating
HD,SP Weather Sealing
No Other Features
Diam x Length
63 x 46.5 mm (2.5 x 1.8 in.) Weight
215 g (7.6 oz.) Production Years
2013 to Present Pricing
$469 USD current price
HD PENTAX-DA 1:2.8 35mm Macro Limited Product Code
21450 (black), 21460 (silver)
Black and silver
Lens Review Date: November 17, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $450.00 | Rating: 10
Pros: sharpness, colors, build
Cons: not as sharp at subject around 60 feet away
Sharpness: 8 Aberrations: 10 Bokeh: 10 Autofocus: 10 Handling: 10 Value: 10 New or Used: New Camera Used: K-S2
I find the HD Pentax-DA 2.8/35 Macro Limited perfectly sharp at smaller apertures where macro work is usually done. At macro distance, the center is already sharp at f/2.8, the extreme edges trail behind. By f/8 the image is sharp across the APS-C frame. Extreme edges are as good as the center. This edge-to-edge sharpness continues to f/11, then drops by f/16 and f/22.
I also had the chance to compare the HD Pentax-DA 2.8/35 Macro Limited with the Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35, on APS-C (Pentax K-S2).
Lens Review Date: July 20, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $360.00 | Rating: 10
Pros: Nearly perfect in almost all respects
Sharpness: 10 Aberrations: 10 Bokeh: 9 Autofocus: 8 Handling: 10 Value: 10 New or Used: New Camera Used: Pentax K-5iis
This is the best SLR lens I've ever used. It's nearly perfect, providing excellent sharpness and contrast with only very minor and largely negligible aberrations or distortion. For those who regard the lens as too slow to be an optimal APS-C normal, well, such photographers would probably be better off with a fast fifty on a full-frame camera. The DA 35 Limited is not a low light/narrow DOF lens. It's a lens for nature photography: macro and landscapes. You won't find a better lens for that kind of work.
Pros: Outstanding IQ, Sharpness, Macro, build quality
Cons: It could be better to have a way to lock the hood in place
Sharpness: 10 Aberrations: 10 Bokeh: 10 Autofocus: 9 Handling: 10 Value: 10 New or Used: New Camera Used: K-30
First time I heard that there's a 35mm macro lens in Pentax's line up, I laughed and said who on earth may need macro on 35mm FL!?
About one year later I bought the lens.
And now, after one month of using it, I should say it's "The one lens to rule them all". hahaha.