Pentax 35mm DA L F2.4 AL Lens

Model #21987

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.5 x 1.8" (6.35 x 4.57 cm)
Weight 4.4 oz (125 g)
Filter thread 49 mm


Minimum focus distance 11.81" (30.00 cm)
Diaphragm blades 6
Magnification 0.17x
Aperture Maximum: f/2.4
Minimum: f/22
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5.88
Angle of view 44°
Camera mount type Pentax K
Format compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Groups/elements 5/6
Focal length 35 mm


Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
4 March 2015

We have a confession to make. Our reviewer is used to higher end DA and even premium DA* and Limited level glass. As such, it could be very easy to dismiss this Plastic Fantastic as sub-par from a build quality stand point.

27 August 2011

Pentax's latest prime lens offering, the DA L 35mm F2.4 AL, is a lightweight budget lens designed with the amateur photographer just beginning to explore the use of prime lenses in DSLR photography.

5 July 2011

The SMC Pentax-DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens is reviewed by John Riley.

  • +

    Very high quality optics, Compact, Highly cost effective, Helps disciplined approach, Well made

  • -

    No weather sealing, No Quick Shift, No lens hood provided

Lenstip com.34355424
5 April 2011

It is not easy to write a summary here. On the one hand I would like to praise this lens a lot. Such a good pros/cons ratio is a rare thing in this price segment and the flaws are definitely nothing serious; many pros are really important and of high calibre for a change.

  • +

    small and compact construction,, splendid image quality in the frame centre,, decent image quality on the edge of the frame,, slight chromatic aberration,, low distortion,, very low coma,, negligible astigmatism, good transmission and work against bright light,, autofocus working with lightning...

  • -

    plastic casing and mount,, noisy focusing mechanism,, noticeable vignetting.

Photozone de.34752480
13 March 2011

The Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL may be a low-cost prime lens but it is actually a more than decent performer. This isn't overly surprising actually because moderately fast prime lenses tend to be a very safe bet.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
17 September 2016

This is another low-cost Pentax "DA" lens that I tested extensively on a rented full-frame K-1, with a rented excellent Sigma 35/1.4 ART as the comparison lens. The Sigma did very well, of course, but careful review of the same shots taken with the Pentax 35/2.4 showed that the Pentax lens produced...

Imaging resource.34355410
20 June 2014

this is a hot tip for engaged photographers. between f 4 and f 5,6 it reaches highest possible sharpness. I'm very impressed by color rendition, contrast and finest contours Even in the edges/corners very high sharpness. My close-ups of fowers: each shooting a feast for my eyes. really excellent.

  • +

    extremely sharp single lens

  • -

    plastic buildt

B h photo.32817553
18 July 2017

I really love this lens. Great for traveling and taking pictures where there isn't a lot of space.

B h photo.32817553
11 July 2017

Needed a cheap "normal" lens to leave on for general walking around and was trying to decide between this lens, one of the pancake 40mm variants, a 50mm of some sort, or a Sigma fast normal AF lens.

B h photo.32817553
5 June 2017

This lens performed as expected, maybe better in certain areas. It produces a sharp image with good to great color quality. I hoped for a bit smoother bokeh seeing as it's an F2.4, but it's still pleasing and certainly gets the job done. It performs well under low light conditions.

Product Highlights
  • Fast F2.4 Aperture
  • Lightweight Design
  • Lens Coated to Repel Dust, Water, Grease
  • Aspherical Lens for Best Image Quality
  • Equivalent to 52.5mm in 35mm Format
  • Designed for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
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In The Box
  • Pentax 35mm DA L F2.4 AL Lens
  • Front Lens Cap (49mm)
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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