The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Samyang 35mm F1.4 and the Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 L for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Samyang 35mm F1.4 is the longer of the two lenses at 112mm. The Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 L with a length of 69mm, is 43mm shorter. On the other hand, the Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 L has a larger diameter of 65mm compared to the Samyang 35mm F1.4's 63mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 L weighs 345g, 47% (315g) lighter than the Samyang 35mm F1.4's weight of 660g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Wideangle Prime Lenses in Pentax KAF Mount for size comparison purposes.
Wideangle Prime Lenses in Pentax KAF Mount for Size Comparison
Both the Samyang 35mm F1.4 and the Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 L has the same Pentax KAF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Pentax KAF lenses are Pentax K-3 III Monochrome, Pentax KF and Pentax K-3 III.
Samyang 35mm F1.4 is also available in Canon EF , Nikon F (FX), Four Thirds, Sony Alpha, Sony E and Samsung NX mounts.
Samyang 35mm F1.4 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 35mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 52.5mm.
Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 L is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 31mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 46.5mm.