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01-01-2018, 09:09 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Pentax-A 24-50 f/4

Another A-lens that does not seem to have a review. The A version of this lens seems to be much less common than the F and M versions. I have not tried either of those, but I saw a copy of this lens used and purchased it based on the good reviews on this site. I purchased it lens primarily for the wide end, and I have used it mainly for landscapes. However, it holds its own at the longer ends also and is thus a great walk-around lens covering slightly wide, normal, and slight telephoto ranges. Thus it's a very handy focal length for both digital and film. Although it doesn't have quite the same crispness as primes in this range, it's sharp enough and renders colors especially well. I do not use it very often, in part because I love my M 35-70 lens so much that it is my usual choice when I want a short telephoto. However, the A 24-50 fills a great niche and is a well-constructed, fun lens with its own character. All photos here taken with K3.

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PS. I chose these samples not for their amazing quality as photographs but to show some of what this lens can do -- interesting bokeh, decent sharpness, and nice colors. I'm also impressed with the lack of purple fringing shooting skyward. Adding a couple more photos here -- color version of my dog, showing the bokeh better than the black and white version. It's unusual (compared to my other old pentax lenses) and not the bokeh I would always want, but it has its own charm I think. Also one more landscape -- a very challenging shadowy setting, which this lens handled really well. This is at least a 50% crop in low light.
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If you don't mind manual focus this is a great walk-around lens with good sharpness and contrast on APS-C (I don't have a FF to judge).
A few examples from a recent trip to London.





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