Created 26-Mar-09
Modified 27-Mar-09
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A first walkaround test of Pentax K-m dSLR + Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro "Limited" lens.

I've never considered myself a "macro" guy nor a flower-photographer nor did I set out this day to take flower photos, but the DA35mm lens makes one want to get up close to things and Taichung City is best viewed up close, it's the best way to make some order of this chaotic city. These flowers were blooming in an empty lot in busy downtown neighbourhood.

The DA35 Ltd is simply an excellent lens. Excellent image-quality, handling, build-quality and price. It's a joy to use and to view it's results.

Some dyed-in-the-wool types say that a 35mm focal-length is not a "macro" lens. It's true that the "Macro" moniker is unfortunate because the DA35 is really a great all-around normal lens that happens to focus to 'negative-infinity' (until the front of the lens hits the object!).

Since macro means the ability to reproduce objects on a 1:1 scale and while one may not use the DA35mm at 1:1 very often, it's still extremely handy to be able to go to 1:2 or 1:3. I will have a hard time ever buying another lens that doesn't focus to at least 1:4 ratio.

I don't think that anyone would ever accept a lens that didn't focus to infinity, so why do we accept "non-macro" lenses that only "close" focus to 1:8? That's not very close at all; it's a huge graphical limitation.

All shots were:
  • hand-held
  • converted from RAW to JPEG
  • post-processed with only exposure-bias and curve adjustments (crops noted).