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In-Depth Pentax Lens Reviews

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SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 review
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 review
SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL review
SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR review
SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited review
SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4 review
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 review
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7
SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM review
SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED review
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL [IF] SDM review
SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL [IF] SDM

Pentax Lens Series Lenses Reviews
Digital Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Modern lenses designed for Pentax DSLRs (VIEW ALL CURRENT LENSES)
  DA Prime Lenses (2 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
17 1,035
  DA Zoom Lenses (3 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
23 1,431
  DA L Zoom Lenses 
Budget kit zoom lenses bundled with DSLRs
6 163
  D FA Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Current prime lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
4 185
  D FA Zoom Lenses 
Current zoom lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
5 115
  DA XS Prime Lenses 
Compact lenses designed specifically for the K-01 camera
1 43
  DA Teleconverters 
Modern teleconverters that add reach to your existing lenses.
1 23
Film Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Compatible with all Pentax Digital SLRs
  FA Prime Lenses 
Autofocus lenses; some are still in production
23 837
  FA Zoom Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
20 407
  FA J Zoom Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
3 53
  F Prime Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
9 225
  F Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
11 297
  A Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
28 640
  A Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
11 225
  M Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual lenses
22 1,035
  M Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
8 164
  K Prime Lenses (5 viewing)
Manual lenses
34 666
  K Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
7 38
  Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses 
4 81
  Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses 
12 87
  Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters (1 viewing)
10 77
Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses
Manual lenses which can be used on DSLRs with this adapter
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Wide-Angle Primes 
6 49
  M42 Screwmount Wide-Angle Primes (1 viewing)
5 155
  M42 Screwmount Normal Primes (3 viewing)
10 308
  M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes (4 viewing)
24 337
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
5 26
  M42 Screwmount Zoom Lenses 
4 17
Pentax 645 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 645 system
  645 Wide-Angle Primes 
9 59
  645 Normal Primes 
3 28
  645 Telephoto Primes 
13 89
  645 Zoom Lenses 
8 47
  Pentax 645 Teleconverters and Adapters 
3 12
Pentax 67 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 6x7 system
  67 Wide-Angle Primes 
8 54
  67 Normal Primes (2 viewing)
4 38
  67 Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
16 83
  67 Zoom Lenses 
2 10
  Pentax 67 Teleconverters and Adapters 
5 8
Pentax M37 Screwmount Lenses
The oldest Pentax lenses
  M37 Screwmount Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
6 15
Pentax Auto 110 Lenses
Tiny lenses for the Auto 110 mini-SLR
  Auto 110 Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
5 23
  Auto 110 Zoom Lenses 
1 2
  Pentax Auto 110 Teleconverters 
1 0
Pentax Q-Mount Lenses
Lenses designed for the Pentax Q interchangeable lens camera.
  Q-Mount Prime Lenses 
5 37
  Q-Mount Zoom Lenses 
3 36
  Pentax Q Mount Adapters 
1 2

Recently-Announced Lenses
HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED review
HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED
HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2 review
HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW review
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW review
HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE review
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR review
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR review
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax-D FA 645 35mm F3.5 AL [IF] review
HD Pentax-D FA 645 35mm F3.5 AL [IF]
HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR review
HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE review
HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE

Random Lenses
Rear Converter-A 645 1.4X review
Rear Converter-A 645 1.4X
SMC Pentax 67 200mm F4 review
SMC Pentax 67 200mm F4
HD Pentax-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5 ED AW SR review
HD Pentax-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5 ED AW SR
HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED review
HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED
SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 165mm F4 Leaf Shutter review
SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 165mm F4 Leaf Shutter

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SMC Pentax-M 200mm F4 Review
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This lens is a real surprise. Not in the same league as the K2.5/135 but decent sharp stopped down. At F4 there is a lot of green/red fringing in contrasty areas, almost gone at F5.6. F8-F11 is the sweet spot for this lens for clean sharp pictures, even on full frame in the corners. As with most tel...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
Takumar 58mm F2 Review
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. I bought this lens and first tests resulted in images that were terribly out of focus. So, I took this lens apart and did a CLA job on it. It's blades were full of oil. I believe that the prior owner had tried to repair the lens himself, and put it back together wrong. This lens is extremely s...
Rating: N/A | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax 135mm F2.5 Review
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my favorite lens or one of favorite . excellent image quality and beautiful bokeh . photo straight from camera jpeg with out PP
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
Takumar/Tele-Takumar 200mm F5.6 Review
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I bought this lens for $16.50 USD. This is so much fun to play with. I use it on a Pentax K-5. It is super sharp for a lens that is almost 60 years old. Great bokeh and the ease of use of the preset aperture control is something I really enjoy using. You can turn the preset ring to F22 then u...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-M 28mm F3.5 Review
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I decided to try this out with a 20mm Spiratone extension tube today, as well as taking some general shots. With extremely mild editing, both macro and non-macro photos turned out beautifully. I am especially impressed with the color reproduction of this lens, requiring very little adjustment (if at...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye Review
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I've seen several photos of FishEye effect, including on the official Ricoh website, something that was supposed to attract customers into buying this lens. Most were with a subject in the center, heavily distorted. But those kind of photos are really unappealing for me. In my little head I thought ...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax 105mm F2.8 Review
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Wide open this lens isn't very impressive. It's got a lot of spherical aberration that causes low contrast, and resolution outside of the center isn't very good. Thankfully the image improves greatly upon stopping down - contrast improves to high levels and so does sharpness. By f/5.6 the entire ...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: No Read More
S-M-C/Super/Auto Takumar 35mm F3.5 Review
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I have the Super Multi Coated version. This lens is for someone who values a good performing lens that is small and lightweight. With that said I wasn't super impressed with this lens overall. Wide open it's already very contrasty and central sharpness is high, but mid-frame and edge sharpness ar...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: No Read More
S-M-C/Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5 Review
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I have never posted here before but am a lifelong Pentax user, for over 50 years. The reason I have broken my silence is that it seems some folks can't handle perfection and need to attack it, maybe because they are so flawed it makes them crazy. I am referring to the bashing this lens seems to get ...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-M 135mm F3.5 Review
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This M135 is extremely compact with a build in hood as bonus. I like this very much on my K-01, on APS-C this is a good performer stopped down a little. On full frame this M-lens shortens at the edges and corners until F5.6 and smaller. Unsharpness and fringing will appear while opening the blades t...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More



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