My Favorite Lens: the Pentax K 200mm F2.5

By 8540tomg in Favorite Lenses on Oct 22, 2011
My Favorite Lens: the Pentax K 200mm F2.5

What's your favorite lens?

When you have a number of lenses if is difficult to pick one as the favourite but if I had to keep just one lens it would be my K 200/2.5.

Why is it your favorite lens?

So many things come to mind. At f 2.5 it is the fastest 200mm Pentax ever made. That extra speed makes it useful for indoors shots in auditoriums, gyms etc. The extra speed also makes it very bright in the viewfinder. This brightness is always there, unlike slower lenses, and it helps me focus in dim light. Come to think of it this helps focusing in any sort of light. Build quality, as with every K series lens I have seen, is fantastic. It balances perfectly on my K10 as well as my K2 film camera. While there is some CA wide open this clears up past that point and the lens is very sharp and contrasty. On a more subjective level it just “feels” right. Hard to quantify “feel” but when you experience it you know it is right. You know you have a great optic in your hands and you try to live up to your equipment.

What do you use it for?

I use it for sports, wildlife, gyms and other other indoor shots. Once in a while I use it for portraits.

How often do you use it?

It is always in my bag and sees frequent use.

Did you buy it over any other lenses?

No. I saw one in the early 1980s. I had a chance to buy it and hesitated. Of course someone else jumped in and snatched it up. I didn’t see another one for twenty years. This time I didn’t hesitate.

A few sample photos:


Son Jimmy's Indoor concert

Wildlife - click on this one for a larger image. Note the detail in the feathers. This is one sharp lens.

More info about the K 200mm

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