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Pentax-F 70-200mm F4-5.6

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7 51,943 Fri December 6, 2019
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100% of reviewers $55.80 7.29
Pentax-F 70-200mm F4-5.6

This is an autofocus zoom lens without SMC coating. It is identical to the TAKUMAR-F 70-200mm F4-5.6.

Pentax-F 70-200mm F4-5.6
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (A setting)
Automatic, 9 blades
10 elements, 8 groups
Mount Variant
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
AF (screwdrive)
Min. Focus
110 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 23-8.2 ° / 19-6.9 °
Full frame: 34-12 ° / 29-10.3 °
No dedicated hood
No dedicated case
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Diam x Length
71 x 99 mm
555 g
Production Years
1988 to 1991
Engraved Name
PENTAX-F ZOOM 1:4-5.6 70-200mm
User reviews
No SMC coating
Also sold as Takumar-F 70-200mm F4.5.6
Screwdrive AutofocusAperture RingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued
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New Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 11
Lens Review Date: December 6, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 1 

Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 1    Camera Used: K-30    Focusing: 1   

This lens makes extremely loud and grusom sounds. Unbearable!!! The only thing this lens deserves is a hammer :-D
New Member

Registered: April, 2017
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: April 27, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharpness at 70-135mm, low aberrations
Cons: sharpness 200mm, just a bit noisy
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K-50   

This zoom is good (very good, I'd say) at the shortest focal length, bad at 200mm; I have tested it against two others. The work is not professionally done but may help, there is a lot of full-crop samples...:

Good reading!
Forum Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 70

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 29, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: light weight, cheap, sharp
Cons: none
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K3   

I like this lens because it does not have the smc fungus growing coating . I have noticed most of the older pentax lens with the smc coating have fungus growing from the coating . I have found on my lens that between f8 and f13 is the sharpest at 200mm zoom . Here is a squirrel about 15 yards away. 200mm, 1/250, f13, iso 800. As shot. no sharping . Pentax F 70-200 f4-5.6 by myridevlx600, on Flickr
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2014
Location: Duesseldorf
Posts: 374
Lens Review Date: January 15, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $29.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp at F8, Nice colors, CHEAP, light, quick AF
Cons: AF kicks, loud, not very pretty
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5IIs   

Great zoom for $29 USD.

Where I live there are very few used Pentax lenses, so I buy stuff on ebay.

In this case, the lens was $29 and shipping was $20, and I'm happy overall with the lens and the price.

The picture below was shot at F8, 1/125 s, 200mm. Not much PP, in Lightroom +9 on contrast, -30 on highlights, -11 on Shadows, +7 whites, -5 blacks.

No sharpening

An update after almost two years. I had a lot of fun with this lens. If you know the limitations, it can produce pretty solid results.

Today, I reverse mounted it (49mm thread adapter to PK) and it produces some nice macro shots.

Here is a sample:
New Member

Registered: January, 2010
Posts: 23

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 14, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, quick autofocus
Cons: A bit loud autofocus, tiny focal ring, does not retract all the way like SMC version
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

I think Pentax-F 70-200 4-5.6 is almost identical with Takumar F 70-200 4-5.6 in terms of lens formula, elements and mechanism like barrel retraction. I own the latter so I also post my comments here. If you get a good copy and stay a bit away from 200mm, it is a hidden gem. The lens is reasonably sharp and has nice bokeh. Shooting with hood is recommended.

Veteran Member

Registered: April, 2010
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Posts: 805
Lens Review Date: May 11, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sharpness, accurate AF, virtually nil CA, solid build
Cons: some AF hunting in low light.

Firstly, I have both the Pentax-F 70-200 and the SMC Pentax-F 70-210 and they are equally sharp, both have excellent resolution, and virtually nil CA.

Very many of the SMC Pentax-F 70-210 I have seen seem to be fungus affected, it seems to be a common problem, but the non SMC Pentax-F 70-200 doesn't seem to have this problem.

The lack of SMC really doesn't affect the colour and contrast rendition all that much,and shooting with a good lens hood takes care of any flare issues too.

This lens also just seems a little better balanced in the hand (IMO of course).

Very sharp all the way out to 200mm, I highly recommend this lens, a good lens at a bargain price .

New Member

Registered: September, 2008
Location: Viet Nam
Posts: 17
Lens Review Date: May 19, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great contrast, sharp, great color from 7-200 with all "A", AF lens
Cons: No SMC

I'm very happy with this lens
Some images from this lens

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