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Pentax Lens Terminology

The following terms are commonly used in Pentax lens names and descriptions.

*Professional-grade
LimitedCompact, top quality
EDExtra-low dispersion element
[IF]Internal focusing
ALAspherical element
SDMSupersonic drive motor
DC2nd-generation SDM
WRWeather-resistant
Quick ShiftManual focus adjustments can be made
in AF mode simply by moving focusing ring
OSOptical Stabilizer (Sigma)
HSMHypersonic Drive Motor (Sigma)
SMCSuper Multi Coating (standard coating)
HDHigh Definition Coating (premium nano coating)
AWAll-Weather
WRWeather Resistant

Pentax Lens Series

Pentax produced several series of lenses over the years. Series in active development include the DA (digital-only), DA L (budget kit lenses) and D-FA (digital-optimized full-frame ); some FA (full-frame) lenses are also still in production. Basic differences between them are outlined in the table below. Read more about the different series here.

 AutofocusQuick ShiftAuto-ApertureAperture RingDSLR-Compatibility
DAYesYesYesNoAPS-C
DA LYesNoYesNoAPS-C
D-FAYesYesYesVariesFull-Frame
FAYesNoYesYesFull-Frame
FYesNoYesYesFull-Frame
ANoN/AYesYesFull-Frame
M/KNoN/ANoYesFull-Frame

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