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SMC Pentax-M 35-70 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 Lens

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SMC Pentax-M 35-70 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

SMC Pentax-M 35-70 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

SMC Pentax-M 35-70 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Pentax K, Pentax K

First year of production: 1978

Last year of production: 1983

Optical design: 7 elements in 7 groups

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Average price: $160


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
35mm - 70mmf/2.8 - f/3.5f/227158470/16,676/3

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The SMC Pentax-M 35-70mm f/2.8-3.5is a manual (only M mode available) standard zoom lens  for 35 mm Pentax K SLR cameras.

The lens is based on a fast prototype K 35-70/2.8 that didn't go into production.  Despite a variable lens speed at both ends, it is sufficient for creating an acceptable out-of-focus background. 

On APS-C sensor cameras with a range of 52 - 105 mm, the lens is a versatile portrait lens for studio and street photography. 

The lens has a rare for Pentax push-pull zoom design. Black. Metal. Heavy.

The build quality is superb with smooth and silky focusing and zooming. 

This soft, but rather contrast and saturated portrait lens is also deemed a versatile medium zoom suitable for landscape and genre photography. It has no issues with color rendering as do some otherM series lenses.

At closed apertures ( from f/4.0 onwards) the lens is sharp. 

Bokeh is nothing more than attractive. 

Posted by: nimble   Date of publication: 20.02.2013

Mechanical quality4.754
Optical quality4.754
Pricing / Value4.754
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