SMC F 35-70mm f3.5-4.5


Pentaxophile

Link Posted 08/03/2010 - 22:19
Got one of these today - thanks Cabstar! It's a very strange looking lens, but I like the compact size. Amazingly cheap for an AF lens. The range of the zoom is quite useful despite being a bit limited. And it seems quite sharp and punchy. The faux macro works well. I think this might a keeper. I needed a walkaround zoom for my p30 anyway (shame the focus ring isn't better!)







Blown highlights!






Walkers:



Crop:



Trees at f5.6:



Centre:



Top left, showing CA - but this was shooting into the sun:


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Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 08/03/2010 - 22:31

womble

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 00:18
Looks good, especially the close ups! I have been after one of those to go on my SF7 but have fallen short in ebay auctions.... Too tight I guess

Best wishes, Kris.
Kris Lockyear
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Dangermouse

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 09:53
I bought one yesterday attached to an SFX - £33! Just awaiting delivery.

I'd heard good reports about this lens on the grounds that it's fairly compact and gives sharp results. The SFX was, after all, the top camera of its day so the kit lens needed to be something a bit special. Really looking forward to trying it out now!
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

stu49

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 11:19
Awesome little lens !! I paid £12 for mine on ebay, and got a free camera !

Stu - K10D | DFA 100/2.8 Macro | DA 55-300 | AF-360FGZ |

So much to learn... So little time !

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 11:23
I was also watching that, but impatience got the better of me and I went for a BIN listing. Still got a good price though, at £22. its's 2 quirky little thing. I was really on the lookout for a 28-80 for my P30. Someone was selling the F-version of that lens on here the other week, but when I looked on Pentax Forums, I found this lens was more highly rated.
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stu49

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 11:41
I just bought the F 28-80 on here too ! It looks good It's not the smc one, but P. Forums give it a higher rating than the smc variant !?

As u say the 35-70 gets an even higher mark !!

Stu - K10D | DFA 100/2.8 Macro | DA 55-300 | AF-360FGZ |

So much to learn... So little time !

Dangermouse

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 17:54
There are two versions of the F 28-80mm - with and without SMC coating. I have one of the non-SMC versions and found it a bit flat and lifeless when I tried it. On the other hand it did come attached to a near-mint SF7.

The SFX is sitting on the sofa next to me as I type this. It needs a clean, a strap, and maybe an ever-ready case as these were made for the SF series and I think this will become my AF film body of choice. But it seems to function perfectly and after a quick going-over with the lens pen the optics appear faultless.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 09/03/2010 - 18:39
Some lovely pictures amongst these: I guess that's the photographer in you making sure that even if you're just "testing" a new lens, you can't help taking a decent photograph!

It's sharp too: I particularly like the close-ups.

A surprisingly useful range, too. I have a Sigma 28-70 mf zoom which is great for street photography and less obtrusive than the 18-55 kit lens. But it would be nice to have one which is auto-focus.

Best wishes,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 11/03/2010 - 21:22
Yes, it's very unobtrusive Andrew. That is it's main selling point for me (as well as its cheapness!) When zoomed in, it looks a bit like the FA 50mm 1.4... but the lens barrel extends as you go towards 35mm.

I am not mad about this lens on my film body to be honest - but the AF and focal length communication on my K200d makes up for it!

Some more shots taken during my commute / lunchtimes (funny how a new lens makes you want to take pictures of everything):





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Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 11/03/2010 - 21:26

darlene

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 00:17
Number 5 is the way to go!
Last Edited by darlene on 12/03/2010 - 00:17

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 08:23
Thank Darlene
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 12/03/2010 - 19:34
More observations on this lens-
It's a great fit on my k200d. It autofocuses well. The range is very usable, but you miss out on wide shots of course. It's more geared towards 35mm film slrs- nice if you swap between film and digital and use it to supplement the kit lens. Mine's a bit hazy at f3.5 but sharpens up a lot by f5.6. Edges are nice and sharp- that'll be the crop factor on digital. The macro function is very useful. For the price, it's a very nice lens to have, especially if you shoot candids and urban details.
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womble

Link Posted 07/05/2010 - 23:10
I picked up this lens from a forum member a short while ago to go with my SF7 and have been trying it out on my K20D. I took the following snap of my local church --- St Marys in Wheathampstead --- this afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised by how sharp it seems to be! This was shot wide open (f/4.5).




100% crop




Not bad for a bargain priced lens.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

i-Berg

Link Posted 08/05/2010 - 00:51
Good pickup, and quality imaging too. It seems to handle all the situations shown here well enough. I can make the 31 bloom with PF just about as well as this, so that's hardly a show stopper!
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missmarple

Link Posted 08/05/2010 - 16:31
One of these sold on Ebay yesterday ,seemingly mint and boxed, for £113.It was a little more than I expected.

Regards, mm



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From this afternoon.

Regards, mm
Last Edited by missmarple on 08/05/2010 - 17:06
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