New HD Pentax-D FA 645 35mm f/3.5 AL IF lens to be announced on November 12th
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Can't figure out yet what is the real difference with the former model.
Good question. Maybe the only difference is that it has an o-ring for weather sealing plus some seals here and there.
Not too exciting for me personally. With the stunning 28-45mm lens available and 33mm A and FA lenses aplenty on the used market, a 21-23mm prime would have gotten people going, after the discontinuation of the 25mm. A 110mm portrait lens would have been good too
Maybe it's just an update of the older FA version with new coatings. The designations wouldn't suggest much else. My older FA is a marvelous lens and was cheap (from Japan).
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I'd put money on there being no VR though.
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The field curvature issue with the 35mm FA is what pushes many landscape shooters towards the A version, which seems to perform a little better at the edges at distance. If Pentax has corrected the lens better for landscape users, it will make quite a difference to its desirability.
... and yes a 30mm TS lens would be good!
I'd also love to see a range of more compact optically stunning smaller aperture primes for landscape shooters - rather like Leica did with the 24mm f3.8 Elmar-M and the 21mm f3.4. SR would also not be needed, keeping the cost down.
Here are some specs of the lens; http://photorumors.com/2015/11/10/th...ns/#more-77039
I Found on a website what the AL suffix is:
AL: Aspheric Lens. Special lens elements that improves the optical quality. Particularly valuable in wide angle lenses.
Price is under $1100 in the U.S. according to: