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Our Lens Rating Scale

We use a ten-point scale to rate the lenses that we review, in which the top score is a 10. The overall score of a lens is determined by the taking the average of the following sub-scores:

  • Sharpness
    Criteria considered include center sharpness, corner sharpness, sharpness wide-open, and resolution.

  • Aberrations/Vignetting
    Criteria considered include color reproduction, severity of vignetting, severity of aberrations, distortions, presence of flares, and presence of special coatings/glass elements.

  • Bokeh
    Criteria considered include nature of bokeh and number of aperture blades.

  • Autofocus
    Criteria considered include autofocus speed, noise, and presence of DC/SDM technology. This sub-score is left out for manual-focus lenses.

  • Handling
    Criteria considered include build quality, throw, smoothness of zoom/focusing rings, presence of iternal focusing/zooming, presence of weather sealing, size, weight, and shape.

  • Value
    Criteria considered include versatility, price, features, resale value, appeal, and overall quality.

The following nomenclature is used for overall scores:

  • 10 
    Superb
  •  9 
    Excellent
  •  8 
    Very Good
  •  7 
    Good
  •  6 
    Average
  •  5 
    Mediocre
  •  4 
    Poor
  •  3 
    Very Poor
  •  2 
    Unacceptable
  •  1 
    Undeserving of the Pentax Logo

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Automatic ApertureLens with Automatic ApertureAperture RingLens with Aperture Ring
Internal ZoomingLens has Internal ZoomInternal FocusingLens has Internal Focus
Full-Frame SupportFull-Frame LensAPS-C Digital OnlyAPS-C Only Digital Lens
Weather SealedWeather-SealedQuick ShiftQuick-Shift Focusing in AF Mode
Powered ZoomingPowered ZoomingBuilt-in HoodBuild-in Lens Hood
Adapter needed for DSLRsAdapter required for Pentax DSLRsDiscontinuedDiscontinued