SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 Manual Focus Lens Review and Sample Photos

"Stack of Primes"... that's the informal street name for this lens, and in my book it deserves such a name. This classic Pentax lens is incredibly sharp throughout the range. It's one of the sharpest zooms I've ever used. The build is great too - very solid. I would say if you were to own only one manual focus zoom for Pentax, this is the one you should seek out. The only possible reason this may not be tops on the list for some would be size/weight. It's not all that large for the range, actually, but it's solidness gives is a fairly hefty feel on the camera in hand.

SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 manual focus K mount lens - the Stack of Primes

link opens in a new window

LIKES: wicked, wicked, wicked sharp throughout the zoom range; nice macro focusing mode is easy to switch into and can be switched to at any focal length throughout the range; nice heavy, solid build quality - when you hold this one, you know it's all metal and glass!

DISLIKES: zoom ring seems rather small to me, and I find it hard to turn as a result (and it's not due to the ring being sticky - mine turns normally); feels unbalanced on my favorite manual focus Pentax body - the ME Super, though that's not really the fault of the lens, just an observation.

Specifications:

sample photo taken with a Pentax K-5 and SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 lens - click for sample gallery...

Above: The Toothaker Family Cemetery; Deer Isle, Maine; Photo taken with a Pentax K-5 and SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 lens; ISO 200, f/5 @ 1/640th

View a gallery of photos taken with the SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 lens

link opens in a new window