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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-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-A 50mm F1.7 review
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4 review
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4
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 (4 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
17 981
  DA Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
22 1,335
  DA L Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Budget kit zoom lenses bundled with DSLRs
6 156
  D FA Prime Lenses 
Current prime lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
4 146
  D FA Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Current zoom lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
5 89
  DA XS Prime Lenses 
Compact lenses designed specifically for the K-01 camera
1 40
  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 (4 viewing)
Autofocus lenses; some are still in production
22 786
  FA Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
20 384
  FA J Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
3 48
  F Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
9 212
  F Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
11 281
  A Prime Lenses (4 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
28 601
  A Zoom Lenses (3 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
11 209
  M Prime Lenses (7 viewing)
Manual lenses
22 966
  M Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual lenses
8 151
  K Prime Lenses (4 viewing)
Manual lenses
34 609
  K Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
7 36
  Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses 
4 78
  Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
12 81
  Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters 
10 69
Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses
Manual lenses which can be used on DSLRs with this adapter
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Wide-Angle Primes 
6 40
  M42 Screwmount Wide-Angle Primes (1 viewing)
5 141
  M42 Screwmount Normal Primes 
10 290
  M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes (7 viewing)
24 306
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Telephoto Primes 
5 23
  M42 Screwmount Zoom Lenses 
4 17
Pentax 645 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 645 system
  645 Wide-Angle Primes (1 viewing)
9 54
  645 Normal Primes (1 viewing)
3 26
  645 Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
13 82
  645 Zoom Lenses 
8 34
  Pentax 645 Teleconverters and Adapters 
3 11
Pentax 67 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 6x7 system
  67 Wide-Angle Primes 
8 47
  67 Normal Primes 
4 36
  67 Telephoto Primes (2 viewing)
16 82
  67 Zoom Lenses 
2 7
  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 
3 33
  Pentax Q Mount Adapters (1 viewing)
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-FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF] review
SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF]
SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 review
SMC/S-M-C/Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
SMC Pentax-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM review
SMC Pentax-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM
SMC Pentax-FA* 80-200mm F2.8 ED [IF] review
SMC Pentax-FA* 80-200mm F2.8 ED [IF]
Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5 review
Super-Takumar Zoom 70-150mm F4.5

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SMC Pentax-FA 28-105mm F3.2-4.5 Review
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I picked up my copy (in black) as part of a very inexpensive job lot from a local seller, and it came with the original hood. It's compact, light and reasonably solid, although it doesn't feel as robust as the FA primes. Opti cally, it's rather good. Colours and contrast are nice, and there's...
Rating: 7 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-M* 67 300mm F4 Review
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With my Pentax K5 II, this lens produces excellent image quality even with its companion 1.4x rear converter. I currently use this combo as my main equipment for bird photography. With very short minimum focus distance, it also works very well with little creatures like butterflies, dragonflies, a...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Review
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The image quality of this lens is perfect. A little prone to flare and makes a little PF, but easy to ceoorect these by a little recompose or in post production. This is my third most used lens after the DA*16-50 and DA*55. In the pentax system only the Sigma 35 F1.4 Art is near in focel lengt and i...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F4 Macro Review
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The SMC Pentax-M Macro 1:4 50mm lens is a small and for its metal build a relatively light lens. Despite beeing over 30 years old my specimen looks like new and from the good impression the build quality makes I have no doubt that this lens will operate for another 30, 40 years with ease if you don'...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 Review
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I bought this lens as a fast normal prime for my APS-C camera. One of the main points was the compactness. I like the FoV of this lens and I like it's rendering. The lens is very sharp stopped down, but from F2 to F2.2 I'am not satisfied with it. It's not that terrible, just not as good as I expecte...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 15mm F4 Limited Review
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This is an excelent wide angle lens, sharp and well corrected. The main advantage is it always fits in my bag. Perfectly complements the FA31, FA43, FA77 set or the DA18-135. I have only two problems with the lens. The first is the filter thread wich is behind the retracted hood, so I can't use step...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 PLM RE Review
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Every so often a design is right. This lens meets that level of ability. Taking into consideration, price and overall performance, I cannot see another brand matching it. It has to be used to appreciate how good it is.
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7 Review
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This lens is very similar to DA50 F1.8, but a little sharper and more flaring. My copy was sharper then my DA50 and produced more lovely images. Finally I sold the DA50. It's still not in the league of the FA43 or DA*55. Here are some samples: , on Flickr , on Flickr
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 Review
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This lens has a good image quality even wide open, but the aperture is too slow for a prime lens. It can't produce a decent bokeh. I've got it as a wider alternative to my DA50, but it doesn't work. While it was good for landscapes or buildings, it wasn't good for street portraits or indoor full bod...
Rating: 6 | Recommended: No Read More
SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 Review
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This is a good lens to start with primes. Much better portrait lens then any F2.8 16-50 or 17-50 lenses. Alto ugh this lens is soft wide open. I think it produces the best bokeh/sharpness tradeoff in the F2.2-F2.5 region. This was my second prime after the DFA100 macro and it was a little disapo...
Rating: 7 | Recommended: No Read More



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