Pentax HD DA 35mm f2.8 Macro Limited lens review: Discerning choice

By Kevin Carter - Friday December 20 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Pentax HD DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited Lens performance: Mid-range score | Pentax HD DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited vs Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited both mounted on Pentax K-50 | Pentax HD DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited versus competition | Conclusion

Mounted on the mid-range weather-sealed 16-Mpix Pentax K-50, the new HD 35mm f2.8 Macro Limited achieved a DxOMark lens score of 19 points, a somewhat middling score for a lens like this. Part of the reason for this is the low-ish peak sharpness score of 10P-Mpix, which could be attributable to the lens, sensor or both.

Sharpness levels are higher in center with peak sharpness at f4-5.6, but corner sharpness is noticeably lower throughout the aperture range. That’s a little disappointing in a macro where sharpness across the field from corner-to-corner is expected.

Nevertheless, distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration, a particularly troublesome occurrence in a macro, are all well controlled.