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SMC Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR

Sharpness 
 7.4
Aberrations 
 7.5
Bokeh 
 7.2
Autofocus 
 6.9
Handling 
 8.3
Value 
 8.8
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SMC Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR

SMC Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR
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SMC Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR
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Description:
This is the weather-resistant version of the 50-200mm zoom lens. The filter diameter has been reduced to 49mm.

SMC Pentax-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR
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Image Format
APS-C
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
No
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
11 elements, 10 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4-5.6
Min. Aperture
F22-32
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
Yes
Min. Focus
110 cm
Max. Magnification
0.24x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 31.5-8.1 ° / 27-6.9 °
Hood
PH-RBD49
Case
S80-120
Lens Cap
O-LC49
Coating
SMC,SP
Weather Sealing
Yes
Other Features
Diam x Length
69 x 79.5 mm (2.7 x 3.1 in.)
Weight
285 g (10.1 oz.)
Production Years
2009 to present (in production)
Pricing
$169 USD current price
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-DA 1:4-5.6 50-200mm ED WR
Product Code
21870
Reviews
User reviews
In-depth review
Notes
One ED element.

Features:
Screwdrive AutofocusQuick ShiftWeather SealedAutomatic ApertureAPS-C Digital Only
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Junior Member

Registered: May, 2018
Posts: 27
Lens Review Date: June 5, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $240.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: It's Weather Resistant and has some ED elements
Cons: Only works at APS-C settings
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-1   

If there are good shots to be had and the weather's inclement, a Weather Resistant (WR) lense is a smart idea. As a very-happy K-1 owner, there's not much point having only non-WR lenses so I got one of these. The only drawback I can see is the fact it's no use in Full Frame (FF) mode. I use tripods a lot so I shoot at 100 ASA / ISO most of the time and stop this down to f8 or f11 unless, for some reason, I really want to mask or disguise something in the frame and use this wide open. This is a great value lense and I think it suffers a little because of that. If I'd paid more for this lense I would still have been happy with what it delivered.
So, you can keep shooting in the rain or, and this is when it really was very useful to me, going from a cool, air conditioned cruise ship cabin out into humid, tropical heat, this allows you to shoot when others are having to protect their cameras or they are simply full of condensation.

With Pentax' anti-shake function, Pentax users can avoid, so some extent, the need for faster lenses so this, in theory, with anti-shake on, can be stopped down to produce sharper shots at f8 or f11.

I got my version of this in Singapore after getting my K-1 in Sydney. Even though I prefer using the K-1 at full frame, I am quite happy shooting in the rain, if necessary with the K-1 running in cropped sensor mode and with this lense on it. Poor weather conditions are not kind to cameras so I'm grateful to be able to shoot in dust, heat, rain, snow etc. at all
   
Senior Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 156

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 12, 2016 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: WR, price, size, useful focal range
Cons: not fast, not sharp, poor bokeh
Sharpness: 3    Aberrations: 4    Bokeh: 4    Autofocus: 5    Handling: 6    Value: 6    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: k-5   

Was my first purchase for the K-5. Poor lens. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! May be cheap but it's a false economy, as most of your shots will go in the bin. While contrast is ok, and CA and flare is not excessive, getting something sharp with this lens is rare to impossible, even stopped down. Bokeh looks not very nice. The 55-300, while not a special lens, is heaps better than this one. Don't waste your time and money with this lens.
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2014
Location: Palm Beach, Fl
Posts: 4

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 2, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $129.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp. great walk around lens
Cons: AF
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3   

I read some reviews about how bad this lens is but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I think I lucked out and got a good copy because I am very pleased with this lens. The only issue is the auto focus hunting a little. I would not discourage anyone from buying the lens on that issue though. I find it to be sharp for a zoom lens. The zoom range is very useful for a walk around lens at the zoo or outdoor activities. That it is weather sealed, sealed the deal for me. Purchased mine from usedphotopro.com Excellent customer service.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/60236600@N02/21208570430/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60236600@N02/21405053761/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60236600@N02/20803494453/in/dateposted-public/
   
Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2014
Location: Boden
Posts: 113

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 18, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $198.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Lightweight, WR, Focal Length
Cons: Softness, Slight CA
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 7    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K5 IIs   

It's a WR single ED Screwdriven AF lens with a useful focal length.
Wide open, it's really soft, and requires f:8 or higher to obtain clean shots, but f:11 produces cleaner shots, though this means that you need to push the ISO higher than desired which can produce noisy images.
There is very slight CA, but this is negligible.
The body feels plastic and the build quality seems unimpressive.

The Bokeh is a little blocky (hexagonal), but this is to be expected with a 6 blade aperture, though this is not displeasing.

All this being said, I cannot complain about the pricepoint, for under $200 retail, it's a good knockabout lens for holidaying and walking around.
Whilst this cannot compete with the likes of the DA* 50-135, it is lighter and cheaper.
I am not worried about this being damaged.




   
Pentaxian

Registered: April, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 5,144

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 3, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $90.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Small, light-weight
Cons: not very sharp
New or Used: New   

I bought this to use when travelling as the 55-300mm is just too big and heavy. I also wanted a longer weather resistant lens.

This lens is small and light and easy to handle. It vignettes quite strongly when used on a 35mm film camera (more so than the 55-300mm).

The problem with this lens is that it's just not very sharp. Stopping down to f/8 (or better yet, f/11) helps but not to a huge degree and at these focal lengths and apertures it often becomes necessary to boost ISO in order to get adequate shutter speeds. At normal viewing sizes the images are OK but zoom in a little and it soon becomes clear that this is not the best lens around. The sharpest images are from around 135mm. I ended up deleting quite a few images because they were just not satisfactorily sharp.

Having stated all that, in good light this lens is capable of producing images with good colour and contrast. It's small size, light weight and weather resistance make it a good travel lens when good light is expected, as long as you're not going to crop heavily or print large.

A few sample photos.


Mount Rainier
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Heron
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr


Sea lions sleeping in the sun
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 7

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 18, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $115.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light weight, WR, fast to focus in good light, price
Cons: Not so sharp
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-30   

Wasn't really expecting much of the lens but I was pleasantly surprised. I did not have any WR lens nor did I have anything in this focal range, so I thought... 2 birds.

I am overall really happy with the purchase! It was fairly inexpensive and the lens does give me piece of mind in not so great weather.(I do live in London).

You can check out a photo I took this weekend, it was raining a fair bit(thanks WR! Thanks gigantic hood!)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/132737605@N05/17545372189/in/dateposted-public/
   
Senior Member

Registered: November, 2011
Location: Black Rock City, NV
Posts: 145

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 26, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $115.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wow, very sharp. Easy to handle. Pretty fast to focus.
Cons: Not as fast as HSM/Ultrasonic motor. Usual sound of screw drive.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-5   

Bought this lens used in almost perfect condition a few days ago so this is an early review. Also, I painstakingly adjusted the micro focus before use. On my camera it was a +6 which is pretty normal for this camera. If you don't do that for your lenses before reviewing and evaluating your lens you are selling yourself short.

I wanted to get some modern range overlap and extension to go with my new generation Sigma 17-70. Also, I wanted a WR lens for a trip I do in the summer that is brutal on cameras where I only dare use WR lens.

Today was a lovely day at the beach here in So. Cal and took this new to me lens out for a spin. Very happy with the weight and handling. It was not too obtrusive for candid shots. Was really surprised at how sharp and in focus it was at all its lengths. It was able to do really well at continuous auto AF for the surfers. I was really shocked at how nice the bokeh was and the sharpness of the seagull and crane. A really lovely addition for cheap. If this lens fits your kit I would recommend it especially for less than $120 bucks.

Photos I linked to are out-of-camera JPGs shot in Bright mode on my K-5. No other PP.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eddaytona/16182842000/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eddaytona/16184034219/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eddaytona/16370253355/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eddaytona/16182876460/in/photostream/
   
Junior Member

Registered: November, 2014
Location: New York City
Posts: 49

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 7, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $249.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light weight|WR|Inexpensive
Cons: Slow focus for action sports
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-5IIs   

I picked this lens since I wanted to make sure I felt comfortable switching from Canon to Pentax, it didn't make since to drop a lot of money in case I would have returned the camera. But it's a keeper as well as the lens, this is a good, inexpensive and light weight if you just want a walk-around lens that you can take out in inclement weather. I'll be looking to upgrade this to the 18-135mm Pentax WR lens in a few weeks, I was going to get another Sigma 17-70mm like I had with my Canon because I love the sharpness but you can't beat a weather resistant lens. It rained all day Saturday and I was out there taking photographs!
   
Pentaxian

Registered: December, 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 910

8 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 1, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $179.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Piece of junk...just awful, Pentax is DOOMED, etc...
Cons: Everything...just AWFUL...
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K5   

I'll let this horrid, handheld image speak for itself. I don't know how Pentax will survive, Canikony way better, whine, *****, moan, all my images are ruined, etc. etc....





Actually, I think it's the best deal in the history of photography.

Cheers,
Cameron
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2013
Location: Naples
Posts: 10

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 1, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Light, compact, WR, usefull focal lenght, not so bad optical quality
Cons: inconstant and unpredictable immage quality, dark, slow AF
Sharpness: 6    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New   

The perfect kit tele zoom...

Sharpness is not good on borders, but colour and contrast is quite good. Performs quite well between 70 and 150mm from f 5.6. Not good at 50mm and from 150 to 200 until f8.

Some times it can produce exceptional shoot, some time the worst. The great problem is that's its non predictable!

Anyway for its cost, it's quite good, very usefull and handly.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: October, 2013
Location: Ontario
Posts: 726

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 22, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Compact, nice range, WR, Quick-Shift focus
Cons: A bit slow, a bit flimsy
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K5   

I didn't really want this lens, I placed a low bid on an auction and won it. I wanted a WR lens to match with my K5 for shooting in bad weather condition (sandy places, rainy/snowy days) I would have preferred the 18-135 but for the price, this one will do.

Sharpness isn't so bad, as long as you stop down, let's say between f/8-16. At any aperture the lens is noticeably sharper in the center and soft on the edges, especially toward the far end (135-200mm).

Aberrations is a bit of a problem with smaller aperture (f/11 and up) making the lens sweet spot very narrow... f/8-11.

Bokeh is decent, nothing to call home about but it is not awful either.

AF is screw driven and is just as fast (or slow) and noisy as most my other lenses, might hunt once in a while. Quick-Shift focus however is awesome, I wish all my lenses had that.

When fully extended there is a bit of a wobble which makes me doubt the weather sealing. Like others mentioned, it also kinds of look stupid fully extended with the hood on.

If you can get this lens for cheap, buy it. Otherwise get a better one or get the 18-135WR if shorter range is fine with you.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Posts: 1

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 23, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $175.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact, water resistant, good hood, practical zoom range
Cons: Looks stupid extended, kinda slow
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New   

This is my utility lens - stays on one of my bodies until I need something else. It's decently sharp, and very compact for a 4x zoom range 200mm lens. The hood fits very securely. It's less than half the size, and about 40% of the weight of the A series 70-210 zoom that was my utility lens back in my film days.

Drawbacks? Construction is decent, but not to the level that I can see using this example two decades from now, as I do with the previously mentioned 70-210 A. It looks completely goofy when racked out to 200mm, but to be fair, the barrel seems to be free of play. At 5.6 on the top end, it's no speed demon. The lens hood is nearly as long as the lens itself, although it is well made, fits very securely, and has a removable slot on the bottom to gain access to mounted filters (e.g. polarizer).

Haven't verified the WR label yet (fortunately), but for an outdoor shooter, that is a significant feature.
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2011
Posts: 8

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 14, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharpness, WR, weight
Cons: autofocus a tad slow, range
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-5   

I bought this lens second hand together with the 18-55 WR for 100 euros. I already owned lenses for these focal lengths, but I wanted WR lenses to match my WR camera. I have not used them a lot. In fact, I would find my Tamron 18-250 to do the job almost equally well as all round lens, and I have a 70-200 2.8 Sigma for longer focal lengths.
However, after some rainy shots in fall, I found out the image quality is not bad at all! Furthermore, it is light enough to carry around, so I'll probably take it more often.

The disadvantage is that I have to choose either the 18-55 or the 55-200 to mount on my camera in bad weather conditions, since I do not want to change lenses if it is raining cats and dogs. So a lens with a longer range (18-135) would be even better - and more expensive indeed (and I am not sure of the tele capabilities of that lens).
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2012
Location: Sydney, Oz ~ just past the phone box
Posts: 7

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 27, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Weather resistant, solid, beautiful colour rendition, sharp
Cons: 49mm front end should be 55mm, and shorter focal length should be 28/30mm IMHO
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 3    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K5   

This is the lens that I bought when I purchased the K5 body because C.R. Kennedy (Pentax importer to Australia) told my retailer that the 18-135mm lens was no longer available. I now know that was an outright lie.
I'm happy with the 50-200mm, but I would be MUCH happier with an 18-135 because now I've had to get two 3rd party wide angle lenses to cover the lower focal lengths, when I should have only needed one 10-17mm + a teleconverter.
The Da 50-200 WER takes great photo's with rich colour saturation without the need to jiggle white balance, and better pics again with a circular polarising filter. Framing pics indoors can be a nuisance with 50mm being around the equivalent of 80mm in the old scale, but the camera itself allows for colour, light and shadow so well that framing pics indoors has been my only difficulty. I am yet to use the flash indoors, and I've had the K5 for 8 months and five birthdays now.
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2009
Location: Devon, England
Posts: 9

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 7, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Compact size, WR
Cons: AF can be a bit slow
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 5    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-7   

This lens on my K-7 is the reliable stand-by when the weather or sea cut up rough. I have kept on shooting with the camera and lens completely soaked in salt water and sold some of the results. The lens hood does help to keep spray/rain off the lens, or at least makes it easy to cup the end of it with a hand to keep the important bit dry until ready to shoot.

The 50mm wide end is useful in some situations - makes it more versatile than the Canon 70-200 lens I use a lot on my other kit. No hesitation in recommending it to outdoor photographers.
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