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If you are looking for Pentax lens reviews or technical specifications, you've come to the right place! This is a comprehensive database of user reviews of Pentax interchangeable SLR lenses, complete with information on every Pentax lens ever produced from K-mount (digital and film) to mirrorless to medium format. See also our in-depth lens reviews.

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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/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8 review
SMC/S-M-C/Super-/Auto-/Takumar 55mm F1.8
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

Pentax Lens Series Lenses Reviews
Digital Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Modern lenses designed for Pentax DSLRs (VIEW ALL CURRENT LENSES)
  DA Prime Lenses (3 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
17 1,134
  DA Zoom Lenses (5 viewing)
Current Pentax lenses, digital-only
24 1,544
  DA L Zoom Lenses 
Budget kit zoom lenses bundled with DSLRs
6 178
  D FA Prime Lenses (2 viewing)
Current prime lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
6 232
  D FA Zoom Lenses (3 viewing)
Current zoom lenses, film and 35mm full frame digital
6 152
  DA XS Prime Lenses 
Compact lenses designed specifically for the K-01 camera
1 46
  DA Teleconverters 
Modern teleconverters that add reach to your existing lenses.
1 27
Film Era Pentax K-Mount Lenses
Compatible with all Pentax Digital SLRs
  FA Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses; some are still in production
26 919
  FA Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
20 451
  FA J Zoom Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
3 60
  F Prime Lenses 
Autofocus lenses
9 251
  F Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
Autofocus lenses
11 330
  A Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
28 698
  A Zoom Lenses 
Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses
11 249
  M Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual lenses
22 1,120
  M Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
8 180
  K Prime Lenses (1 viewing)
Manual lenses
35 735
  K Zoom Lenses 
Manual lenses
7 43
  Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses 
4 91
  Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses (3 viewing)
12 103
  Pentax K-mount Teleconverters and Adapters (1 viewing)
10 94
Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses
Manual lenses which can be used on DSLRs with this adapter
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Wide-Angle Primes (1 viewing)
6 55
  M42 Screwmount Wide-Angle Primes (2 viewing)
5 164
  M42 Screwmount Normal Primes (4 viewing)
10 331
  M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes 
24 365
  M42 Screwmount Extreme Telephoto Primes 
5 28
  M42 Screwmount Zoom Lenses 
4 19
Pentax 645 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 645 system
  645 Wide-Angle Primes 
9 68
  645 Normal Primes 
3 31
  645 Telephoto Primes 
13 108
  645 Zoom Lenses (1 viewing)
8 61
  Pentax 645 Teleconverters and Adapters 
3 15
Pentax 67 Medium Format Lenses
Larger lenses designed for the 6x7 system
  67 Wide-Angle Primes 
8 71
  67 Normal Primes (2 viewing)
4 48
  67 Telephoto Primes 
16 104
  67 Zoom Lenses 
2 13
  Pentax 67 Teleconverters and Adapters 
5 10
Pentax M37 Screwmount Lenses
The oldest Pentax lenses
  M37 Screwmount Prime Lenses 
6 17
Pentax Auto 110 Lenses
Tiny lenses for the Auto 110 mini-SLR
  Auto 110 Prime Lenses 
5 28
  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 
3 39
  Pentax Q Mount Adapters 
1 2

Recently-Announced Lenses
SMC Pentax 20mm F1.4 review
SMC Pentax 20mm F1.4
HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR review
HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR
HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW review
HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED 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

Random Lenses
SMC Pentax 45-125mm F4 review
SMC Pentax 45-125mm F4
Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 500mm F4.5 review
Takumar/Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 500mm F4.5
SMC Pentax 100mm F4 Bellows review
SMC Pentax 100mm F4 Bellows
S-M-C Reflex-Takumar 6x7 1000mm F8 review
S-M-C Reflex-Takumar 6x7 1000mm F8
SMC Pentax 35mm F3.5 review
SMC Pentax 35mm F3.5

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SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 Review
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Very very sharp and compact lens. Easy to put in your pocket. Feels very good buit. Important to use lens hood on a sunny day. Bought it a few years ago on Ebay for 90 euros. This lens is a much more valuable.
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 645 80-160mm F4.5 Review
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I bought this lens to be used primarily for landscape photography, where I find that a mid-tele zoom is very versatile and useful to fine-tune the framing in camera. I had read good reviews, and was hopeful, but honestly it has exceeded my expectations in terms of image quality. It's worth the ret...
Rating: 9 | Recommended: Yes Read More
HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited Review
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Enjoy my album :)
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-4.7 Review
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A typical late 90s zoom lens. I got mine used, with a broken switch for cheap with a Z1 camera. Norm al zoom for the time, 28-80, sharpness is good, color rendition is nice, and chromatic aberrations are minimal. Lack of contrast wide open, using a lens-shade increases the usability outside ex...
Rating: 8 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 Review
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Mediocre lens for image quality and build. But logical for the price. It is light and weather resistant so I still use it when it rains during hikes. I don't take as much pleasure using it as with other lenses I have but it gets the job done.
Rating: 6 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-F 70-210mm F4-5.6 Review
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I find ratings like this very hard to choose a value. For example, Autofocus. How do I rate this? Compared to a PLM? Compared to another screwdrive? Compared to modern MILC? And isn't AF also partly the cameras responsibility as well as the lens design? So I will just leave a series of images on ...
Rating: 7 | Recommended: Yes Read More
Takumar-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 Review
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I owned one of these for a while until I got the superior SMC version. I didn't use it much because it didn't usually produce very good photos and on APS-C the focal range is not that useful. I suspect my copy front or back focused a bit so I used live-view but even then the images tended to be du...
Rating: 5 | Recommended: Yes Read More
S-M-C/Super/Auto Takumar 35mm F3.5 Review
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This is an amazing lens. I can only assume that not all copies are as good as mine, as the average review score isn't as good as I would expect. I can only speak for my experience with the SMC version. The build feels just gorgeous. It's absolutely tiny. Sharpness is absolutely top class. Colours...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax 67 55mm F4 Review
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The lens has received many good reviews on this forum so I did not hesitate to buy it to expand the range of focal lengths to the wide angle range. The one I got arrived in good condition. It has nice build quality overall, especially if you appreciate the SMC-Pentax-67 style of the lens. The shape ...
Rating: 7 | Recommended: Yes Read More
SMC Pentax-DA* 200mm F2.8 Review
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This was my first "PRO" lens that I bought and it was everything I hoped for, on the K5 it has enough range to do some wildlife and on the K1 it's great for portraits, events and landscapes, it's really sharp but fringing can be an issue at times. Excellent build quality and weather sealing, ideal f...
Rating: 10 | Recommended: Yes Read More



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