I recently saw some phenomenal shots from the Fujifilm X100 and it rekindled my passion for photography. Since the X100 is totally out of my budget, I decided to get a prime lens for my Pentax K-x instead. So say hello to Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL!
Shooting with a prime lens is so much joy. It’s quite intuitive since it’s what your eyes see. And since there’s no zoom, it trains me to look out for photo opportunities. I’d love to be able to take some great street photos one day.
Photos from Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL
Here some test shots I took today. Taken in medium quality JPEG. No post processing done unless otherwise stated.
Before I end, here’s some noob-to-noob advice. If you’re looking for your first prime lens, make sure you know what sensor your camera body has. Many pro photographers will tell you to get a 50mm prime lens because that’s the closest to you eye’s view. That’s only true if you camera body has a full-frame sensor. Many beginner dSLRs have cropped sensors. That means 50mm isn’t really 50mm, it’s actually a more zoomed in version of what your eyes see. If that’s the case, you should go for a 35mm or 28mm, depending how cropped your sensor is. Here are two good articles to read about cropped vs full frame sensors and the crop factor.