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In-Depth Pentax Lens Reviews

Most Popular Lenses
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-M 50mm F1.4 review
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4
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-A 50mm F1.7 review
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7
SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8 review
SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8
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

Pentax Lens Series Lenses Reviews
Digital Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Modern lenses designed for Pentax DSLRs (VIEW ALL CURRENT LENSES)
  DA Prime Lenses (5 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
17 1,111
  DA Zoom Lenses (11 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
24 1,507
  DA L Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Budget kit zoom lenses bundled with DSLRs
6 177
  D FA Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Current prime lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
5 220
  D FA Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Current zoom lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
6 140
  DA XS Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Compact lenses designed specifically for the K-01 camera
1 46
  DA Teleconverters (1 viewing)
Modern teleconverters that add reach to your existing lenses.
1 24
Film Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Compatible with all Pentax Digital SLRs
  FA Prime Lenses (6 viewing)
Autofocus lenses; some are still in production
26 892
  FA Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
20 435
  FA J Zoom Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
3 57
  F Prime Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
9 245
  F Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
11 317
  A Prime Lenses (3 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
28 682
  A Zoom Lenses 
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
11 236
  M Prime Lenses (3 viewing)
Manual lenses
22 1,102
  M Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
8 176
  K Prime Lenses (5 viewing)
Manual lenses
34 714
  K Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Manual lenses
7 41
  Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses 
4 91
  Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
12 99
  Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters 
10 91
Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses
Manual lenses which can be used on DSLRs with this adapter
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Wide-Angle Primes 
6 53
  M42 Screwmount Wide-Angle Primes 
5 161
  M42 Screwmount Normal Primes (1 viewing)
10 329
  M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes 
24 355
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Telephoto Primes 
5 28
  M42 Screwmount Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
4 18
Pentax 645 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 645 system
  645 Wide-Angle Primes 
9 64
  645 Normal Primes 
3 30
  645 Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
13 102
  645 Zoom Lenses 
8 58
  Pentax 645 Teleconverters and Adapters 
3 14
Pentax 67 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 6x7 system
  67 Wide-Angle Primes 
8 67
  67 Normal Primes (1 viewing)
4 46
  67 Telephoto Primes (4 viewing)
16 99
  67 Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
2 13
  Pentax 67 Teleconverters and Adapters 
5 9
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 24
  Auto 110 Zoom Lenses 
1 3
  Pentax Auto 110 Teleconverters 
1 0
Pentax Q-Mount Lenses
Lenses designed for the Pentax Q interchangeable lens camera.
  Q-Mount Prime Lenses 
5 38
  Q-Mount Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
3 39
  Pentax Q Mount Adapters 
1 2

Recently-Announced Lenses
HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW review
HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW
HD Pentax-FA 77mm Limited F1.8 review
HD Pentax-FA 77mm Limited F1.8
HD Pentax-FA 43mm Limited F1.9 review
HD Pentax-FA 43mm Limited F1.9
HD Pentax-FA 31mm Limited F1.8 review
HD Pentax-FA 31mm Limited F1.8
HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 SDM AW review
HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 SDM AW
HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR review
HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm F4 ED SDM WR
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

Random Lenses
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro review
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro
SMC Pentax-A* 200mm F4 Macro ED review
SMC Pentax-A* 200mm F4 Macro ED
SMC Pentax-F 1.7x AF Adapter review
SMC Pentax-F 1.7x AF Adapter
SMC Pentax-M* 67 400mm F4 ED [IF] review
SMC Pentax-M* 67 400mm F4 ED [IF]
SMC Pentax 28mm F3.5 review
SMC Pentax 28mm F3.5

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Users browsing the lens reviews: Gee_B, krzyc, grizzly, DeepThrob and 63 unregistered users
 
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SMC Pentax 67 / S-M-C Takumar 6x7 / Takumar 6x7 35mm F4.5 Fish Eye Review
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Sharpness: looks good to me, but you have to nail the focus Contrast : I would say not bad for this type of lens Aberratio ns: haven't seen any, but I have only used B/W film Bokeh: not what this lens is for Ghosting: yes, it is there, but not as bad as I had feared from some reviews Handli ...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 35mm F2 Review
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I concur with previous reviewers that this lens is sharp corner to corner. However, it does have a minor (manageable) focusing flaw. There is an almost imperceptible amount of play in the focusing mechanism, such that the elements can be moved forward and backwards, barely the thickness of a sheet o...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 Review
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I use smc DA*50-135/2.8 for 6 months with my Pentax KP. It is amazing in every way, from 3.5 is as sharp as DFA100 macro... It gives extraordinary unique, warm color, out-of-the-worl d contrast with object isolation and super pleasant bokeh thanks to its 9 aperture blades. It also handles very well...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 20-35mm F4 Review
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This lens is very good on APS-C cameras, but on full-frame it has some major drawbacks. The image is very sharp from the centre to the edges, but the corners are totally blurry, regardless of the used focal length or aperture. Checked on 2 samples. For some applications, it doesn't matter but do ...
Rating: 6 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Review
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Beautifully crafted and designed lens (i prefer minimalistic redesign of HD over the Smc version) that brings into taking photography another type of experience - something tactile, oldschool about it, enjoyment to take photos with it. Even though it is AF lens I often find myself using its manual f...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 Review
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Long story short: I'd rather take one of the great 35 or 50mm lenses with me. A 40mm prime is nice and useful, shame there aren't more of them! I really wanted to like this one as it's such a cool little thing, but in the end, for me, there are too many flaws - I agree with the others here th...
Rating: 6 | Recommended: No Read More
SMC Pentax-FA* 400mm F5.6 Review
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The FA*400/5.6 was released in 1997, it was Pentax’s first and only auto-focus 400mm prime. The older manual-focus A400/5.6 was still available alongside the FA*400/5.6 up to 2004, when both were discontinued. They were Pentax’s last 400mm prime lenses. Optics: Stel ler optics! The detail the FA*...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Review
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This lens is everything I would have expected from its legendary reputation. For me, 31 mm is the perfect focal length for general wide angle landscapes.
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Review
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A very good everyday glass and a nice entry-level trainer among wide aperture primes. This lens will save you multiple time in low-light scenario, allowing you to get the last bits of light available. I use it to stay below 1/30 when shooting handled to avoid breaking the 3000 ISO barrier. On the ot...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4 Review
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I have had this lens since 1976 (with a K2). I have used it a lot on my K3 and have just rigorously tested it on my K1. I always start by checking the lens focuses correctly at infinity. When I first checked the M 50 on my K3 I found it was not able to focus on infinity at the end stop. I had the s...
Rating: 7 | Recommended: Yes Read More



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