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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-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED review
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
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* 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 (6 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
17 992
  DA Zoom Lenses (4 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
22 1,360
  DA L Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Budget kit zoom lenses bundled with DSLRs
6 157
  D FA Prime Lenses (2 viewing)
Current prime lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
4 154
  D FA Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Current zoom lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
5 91
  DA XS Prime Lenses 
Compact lenses designed specifically for the K-01 camera
1 41
  DA Teleconverters 
Modern teleconverters that add reach to your existing lenses.
1 22
Film Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Compatible with all Pentax Digital SLRs
  FA Prime Lenses (2 viewing)
Autofocus lenses; some are still in production
22 791
  FA Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
20 388
  FA J Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
3 49
  F Prime Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
9 212
  F Zoom Lenses (3 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
11 281
  A Prime Lenses (4 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
28 605
  A Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
11 213
  M Prime Lenses (3 viewing)
Manual lenses
22 977
  M Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Manual lenses
8 151
  K Prime Lenses (7 viewing)
Manual lenses
34 613
  K Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
7 36
  Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses 
4 78
  Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses 
12 81
  Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters 
10 71
Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses
Manual lenses which can be used on DSLRs with this adapter
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Wide-Angle Primes 
6 41
  M42 Screwmount Wide-Angle Primes (3 viewing)
5 141
  M42 Screwmount Normal Primes (2 viewing)
10 293
  M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes (4 viewing)
24 309
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Telephoto Primes 
5 25
  M42 Screwmount Zoom Lenses 
4 17
Pentax 645 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 645 system
  645 Wide-Angle Primes (2 viewing)
9 56
  645 Normal Primes 
3 28
  645 Telephoto Primes 
13 83
  645 Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
8 37
  Pentax 645 Teleconverters and Adapters 
3 11
Pentax 67 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 6x7 system
  67 Wide-Angle Primes 
8 49
  67 Normal Primes (2 viewing)
4 36
  67 Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
16 83
  67 Zoom Lenses 
2 8
  Pentax 67 Teleconverters and Adapters 
5 8
Pentax M37 Screwmount Lenses
The oldest Pentax lenses
  M37 Screwmount Prime Lenses 
6 15
Pentax Auto 110 Lenses
Tiny lenses for the Auto 110 mini-SLR
  Auto 110 Prime Lenses 
5 22
  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 35
  Q-Mount Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
3 35
  Pentax Q Mount Adapters 
1 2

Recently-Announced Lenses
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 review
HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8
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
SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE review
SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW review
HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

Random Lenses
SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 75mm F4.5 Shift review
SMC Pentax 67 / SMC Pentax-6x7 75mm F4.5 Shift
SMC Pentax-FA J 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 AL review
SMC Pentax-FA J 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Auto-Takumar 55mm F2.2 review
Auto-Takumar 55mm F2.2
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR review
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 review
SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8

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SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro Review
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The limit switch on this lens is very usefull , you can limit the focusrange in 2 very different ways : *1 Limited from 70 cm to infinite with a short run so the AFis pretty snappy for normal use as a telelens *2 Limited from 30cm to 70cm for macro use. I really like the way this lens renders ...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Review
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I got this lens new with my Pentax K-3 in 2014, to have a WR lens to use with the camera. A free lens hood was included too but this lens usually doesn't come with a hood. The build quality, beside the mantle and lens mount beeing made of plastic, is actually not bad, what I unintentionally tested ...
Rating: 7 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax 18mm F3.5 Review
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Lovely full frame wide angle lens from the film era. Small (filter size only 58 mm! Very small compared to the DFA 15-30). Despite SMC a lot of flare (also reflections from the filter revolver?). CA are present but easily correctable in post-processing . Center is sharp from f 5,6, but the corners ...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax 55mm F2 Review
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In the center, at f2 (max aperture) it's at least as sharp as the FA 50/1.4 at f2, with just slightly less contrast; it's much sharper than my M 50/2 at f2. The same holds at f5.6, although by then the M catches up. It's about as large as the FA 50/1.4. Solid build quality.
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 Review
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This lens makes gorgeous pictures. On a crop sensor, it's the coveted 70-200 focal range. I use mine for all my portrait work and the photos are always lovely. But in a quick movement or needed candid sometimes it won't autofocus in time. The AF is just slow. My SDM still works but I still might co...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 Review
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I previously owned a Tamron 70-300mm lens with a K-x camera, and the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR is markedly superior in every respect. Some reports say this lens compliments the 18-55mm kit lens. I have conducted comparison shots with the highly rated HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f3.5-5.6ED DC WR le...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 Review
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Very good telezoom and excellent value for money. Pictures are sharp with good saturated colours and contrast. (I also have the M*300mm, and while the 55-300 isn't quite as good as that at the long end, it's actually not that far off). It's great as a walkaround lens thanks to compactness and low we...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Review
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Overall a good performer. For those who think that old primes are better, you might be disappointed. I compared it with the A 28mm and the F50mm Macro at F8. It was much better than the 28mm but then of course the 50mm macro was better than the 18-55. But at F8 and landscape there wasn't that much d...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-A 28mm F2.8 Review
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I was rather disappointed with this lens. Got it cheap in a good condition and compared it with the 18-55 WR (tested it with F8). The good thing is, that I now appreciate much more my 18-55 because it is so much better, especially in the centre. In the corners there was a small advantage for the fu...
Rating: 6 | Recommended: No Read More
SMC Pentax-Q 02 Standard Zoom 5-15mm F2.8-4.5 Review
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It is hard to find anything to complain about in this kit lens. Exceptionally sharp at the wide end, very good at the long end. How many other kit lenses are 24-70 FF equivalent with flash sync up to 1/2000 and a built-in ND filter? It is robust (especially compared to the 06) and a great starter le...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More



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