Pentax’s Limited range of lenses are highly respected for their descriptive rendering or ‘drawing’ style, which is a subjective quality, however, in purely objective terms the performance of new HD coated version of the popular 35mm macro lens has changed very little. It’s likely the lens has been optimized for future models with high pixel density sensors, starting perhaps even the highly promising new Pentax K-3. Given the small premium over the previous iteration, the HD version appears to be no less attractive for it and is likely to remain a popular choice.