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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-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 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED review
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
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 (1 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
17 1,007
  DA Zoom Lenses (6 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
22 1,377
  DA L Zoom Lenses 
Budget kit zoom lenses bundled with DSLRs
6 158
  D FA Prime Lenses 
Current prime lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
4 164
  D FA Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Current zoom lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
5 98
  DA XS Prime Lenses 
Compact lenses designed specifically for the K-01 camera
1 42
  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 (3 viewing)
Autofocus lenses; some are still in production
22 800
  FA Zoom Lenses (2 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
20 394
  FA J Zoom Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
3 51
  F Prime Lenses (2 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
9 215
  F Zoom Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
11 287
  A Prime Lenses (2 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
28 616
  A Zoom Lenses 
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
11 219
  M Prime Lenses (3 viewing)
Manual lenses
22 990
  M Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual lenses
8 154
  K Prime Lenses (4 viewing)
Manual lenses
34 629
  K Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
7 36
  Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses 
4 79
  Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
12 84
  Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters (1 viewing)
10 75
Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses
Manual lenses which can be used on DSLRs with this adapter
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Wide-Angle Primes (1 viewing)
6 43
  M42 Screwmount Wide-Angle Primes 
5 141
  M42 Screwmount Normal Primes 
10 294
  M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
24 317
  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 
9 57
  645 Normal Primes 
3 28
  645 Telephoto Primes 
13 83
  645 Zoom Lenses 
8 38
  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 
4 37
  67 Telephoto Primes (1 viewing)
16 83
  67 Zoom Lenses 
2 8
  Pentax 67 Teleconverters and Adapters (1 viewing)
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 36
  Q-Mount Zoom Lenses 
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
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar/Super-Takumar/Takumar 105mm F2.8 review
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar/Super-Takumar/Takumar 105mm F2.8
SMC Pentax-F 50mm F2.8 Macro review
SMC Pentax-F 50mm F2.8 Macro
SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F3.5 Macro review
SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F3.5 Macro
HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro review
HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro
SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited review
SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited

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HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 PLM RE Review
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Upgraded from a DAL 55-300 that I've used for 4 years with some very nice favorite photos... but I've also missed many photos because of truck like slow screw drive AF on the DAL 55-300. The new PLM 55-300 is a major step up in AF, WR and IQ. The size limited photo uploaded below doesn't do the ...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA J 75-300mm F4.5-5.8 Review
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It's difficult to evaluate and rate this lens because the quality of its output really is very dependent on what aperture and focal length you shoot it at. The sweet spot of the lens on an FF camera is ~85mm to ~150mm at f16. Wide open, my copy of the lens evinced poor sharpness throughout it's enti...
Rating: 5 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5 AW SR Review
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I purchased a pre-owned lens from Adorama at a good price, and the lens turned out to be a problem performer. It was fine at some angles, but when level on the tripod, aimed at my test scene, it did not match the performance of either the 35mm prime or the 45mm end of the 45-85 zoom, and it missed b...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
Takumar 135mm F2.5 Bayonet Review
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I have the Taiwan version. This is a good lens, at least in my limited testing. Wide open it appears to best my SMC Tak 135 2.5 (first version) which I really like. At 2.5 it will clearly resolve the stitching on my camera bag from 30 feet and the very small printing on a bottle from 20 feet is pre...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Review
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I love the lens but I think the hood and the cap need a redesign. The hood unscrews in the same direction as the cap which means that when you are unscrewing the cap, you can inadvertently either partially unscrew or completely unscrew the hood. This happened to me on a recent walk. Fortunately I...
Rating: N/A | Recommended: Yes Read More
Rear Converter-A 1.4x-S Review
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I had this for about four years but did not use it until I bought a Pentax A* 300mm f4. I am somewhat disappointed with the resulting image quality because it is rather soft. Downsizing from 24 to 12MP with some software sharpening improves the images. Web publishing looks good without any tweaking....
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-F 1.7x AF Adapter Review
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I gave this TC a score of 8 for a combination of optical quality and AF ability. Although you need to pre-focus, once you get close it will fine-focus for you to shoot. This works best close to infinity because you don't need to move the focus ring very much during manual adjustment. I use this...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter Review
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I tried it on three lenses (1) Pentax 55-300 f4.5/6.3 PLM (2) Pentax A* 300 f4 (3) Tamron 70-300 f4/5.6, and they all work perfectly. I tested indoor with dim lighting, and I am surprised there was no problem with autofocus with all lens (including the slowest 55-300). Maybe this reflects excellent ...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-Q 03 Fish-Eye 3.2mm F5.6 Review
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This is the first fish-eye lens I've ever owned - or shot with - and have come away very impressed with the lens. I've found myself becoming a fan of the massive depth of field offered by this lens coupled with the fish-eye effect. I wouldn't want a steady diet of this kind of image, but images shot...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-A 400mm F5.6 Review
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Just tested this lens: SMC Pentax-A 400mm F5.6 USED cost about $250: VS SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED SDM with a 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter. (effective 420mm F 5.6 in this combination) USED cost about $1250 Result s Pentax-DA* 300mm with TC were the best at F5.6. BUT by F8 the SMC P...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More



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