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HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

Sharpness 
 9.4
Aberrations 
 9.2
Bokeh 
 8.6
Autofocus 
 9.5
Handling 
 8.2
Value 
 9.0
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HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
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Description:
The HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW telephoto zoom lens was announced at the CP+ tradeshow in February, 2015 in connection with the announcement of a Pentax 24x36mm full-frame DSLR to be introduced late in 2015. Together with the HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 zoom lens these are the first Pentax lenses to cover the 24x36mm full-frame format since the D FA 100mm F2.8 WR lens, which was introduced back in 2009.

While this lens is designed for the 24x36mm full-frame format it can also be used on cameras with the APS-C sensor format. This lens has four autofocus buttons on the lens barrel. These buttons together with the enhanced Quick-shift system provide for a lens that is fast in use and pegs it as a lens designed for sports and wild life. These AF buttons can be used with the K-3 (after a firmware update) and newer cameras. The lens sports rounded diaphragm blades for smooth Bokeh.

It is a variable aperture zoom which helps keep weight and size down.

The key features of this lens are:
* All-weather protection (AW)
* HD coating
* SP coating of the front element
* One super-low dispersion element and three ED elements
* AF buttons on lens barrel
* Enhanced Quick-shift function via a three-way switch on the barrel
* Focus limiter
* Tripod mount

The lens hood has the for Pentax traditional removable piece that allows for easy adjustment of an attached polarizing filter.

The lens has a built-in DC type autofocus motor and no provision for screw drive autofocus. Autofocus is thus not possible with the K100D/K110D and *istD series cameras. Autofocus is not available with film cameras.

HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
No
Diaphragm
Automatic, 9 blades (rounded)
Optics
18 elements, 14 groups
Mount Variant
KAF3
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F4.5-5.6
Min. Aperture
F22-27
Focusing
AF (in-lens motor)
DC
Quick-shift
Yes
Min. Focus
200 cm
Max. Magnification
0.22x
Filter Size
86 mm
Internal Focus
Yes
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 10.7 to 3.6 ° / 9.1 to 3.1 °
Full frame: 16.5 to 5.5 ° / 13.7 to 4.6 °
Hood
PH-RBA86
Case
HS120-270
Lens Cap
O-LC86
Coating
HD,SP
Weather Sealing
Yes (AW)
Other Features
AF Buttons,AF/MF Switch,Focus Preset,Focus Range Limiter,Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
95 x 241.5 mm (3.7 x 9.5 in.)
Weight
2000 g (70.5 oz.)
w/ Hood: +130g
w/ Tripod Foot: +195g
Production Years
2015 to present (in production)
Pricing
$1796 USD current price
Engraved Name
HD PENTAX-D FA 1:4.5-5.6 150-450mm ED DC AW
Reviews
User reviews
In-depth review
Notes
AF buttons work with the Pentax K-3 (requires a firmware update) and newer models.
One super low dispersion and three ED elements.
No autofocus on older bodies (*istD series, K100D, K110D, and film).

Features:
Supersonic AutofocusQuick ShiftWeather SealedInternal FocusingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame Support
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Loyal Site Supporter

Registered: March, 2012
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 3,042

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 3, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $2,247.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great FL range, 2 meter close focus, solid construction.
Cons: None yet
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3, K5-IIs   

I am very impressed with this lens. It is heavy but that was expected. I do not consider the weight a negative. It is to be expected in a lens like this. Like all long lenses there is a bit of a learning curve but with a little patience it produces excellent results. Grab shot with lenses like this are not the norm. Autofocus is fast and I like that the manual focus is "slow" which allows excellent results.

Aberrations are well controlled with my K3 but will need some testing once the full frame comes out. Hence the 9 there.

This lens is a winner and I think that it will develop the same great reputation among Pentax users as the DA* 60-250 and DA* 300 lenses. A shot from walking around the back yard earlier this week. The lens was racked out to 450mm.

   
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Registered: August, 2008
Location: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 581

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 28, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $2,400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, focus speed, robust
Cons: nothing unusual
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3   

Still learning what it can do, but very impressed with the shots I have been getting so far. Both long distance and close ups are very sharp. Long end (450mm) is very sharp. Focus is rapid, precise and quiet. The lens is not, however, cheap - but that's the price of really good glass.

I also own the Sigma 120-400 f4.5-5.6. The Pentax beats the Sigma in almost every way, and particularly by having a much more precise and fast focus.

I bought this lens to fit between a DA*300 (with or without Rear Converter) and a Sigma 500 f4.5 APO DG EX. While some people might say it is heavy at 2kg, it is a lot lighter and more flexible than the 500 f4.5 particularly considering that the 150-450 can be more readily hand-held, so avoiding tripod etc. However, it is much heavier and larger than the 300 f4 with RC. Having a zoom gives a great deal of flexibility in many situations, because you can't always zoom with your feet. With a Rogue Safari Flash Extender, the 1.4x Rear Converter and K3 in the bag, the 150-450 will provide a great long-lens travel solution, although it might be a bit too heavy and bulky for multi-day back country hikes.

I have tried the lens with the Pentax HD 1.4x Rear Converter, and was impressed with the sharpness of the small number of shots that I took in non-ideal conditions. Focus was a little slower, but better than the DA*300.

I need to do some more testing.
   
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Registered: January, 2014
Location: St Petersburg
Posts: 382

8 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 20, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $2,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Balanced, Tight, CA low, AF Tune was +1
Cons: Heavy, Pricey (but worth it), Needed bigger "stealth bag"
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3   

Ran dozens of pics (zooms, apertures, Bourques, subjects) comparing with (in each range...150mm 250mm 300mm 400mm 450mm (vs 300mm +1.4HDTC)... Wide open, stopped down, tripod, HH (ugh!), Flowers, BIF, screen backed bugs, anything I can throw at it....

As good as a new crisp 60-250 DA* (but in its range). Minimal IQ degrading at Wide open and/ or 450mm. Bits.

Construction quality to die for (working guys/gals), pretty much an Abrams Tank (Big, tough, accurate).

Trying to figure out the barrel focus button "touch"- they have to be pressed in a bit to actuate, ads a bit of slop in my hand holding technique (carbon based processor lag , lens and camera are fine)...

Well designed AF (short throw in AF, quick touch is good, gear reduction in MF allows precision). The zoom ring seems to "click/lock" at,150mm. Aids with creep. Once you get to 150mm and all the way up... Silky smooth. NOT wobbly, loose, rattling... tight AND smooth...

Far superior to Canon and Nikon same-class lenses. Not even close... Glad I waited. Now we need the rest of the DFA*s... 200f4-Macro, 300f2.8, 400 f4, 600 f4, 250-600 5.6.....
   
Pentaxian

Registered: January, 2010
Location: Hoevelaken
Posts: 1,000

8 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 9, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: quality, sharpness, IQ
Cons: lenscreep
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3   

Its a heavy lens, so you don't have to go to the gym. Sharpness is better then da*300+tc at the long end. Zoom is a bit stiff but not a problem. AF is like a bullet train compared to you regular intercity. AF buttons work like a charm. Due to its weight there's zoom creep, but with the lock it's not a problem.
On the K3 it didn't need AF tuning and it comes with a very handy carrying bag.

10/5/2015
keeper rate rate is much higher with this lens then with the da*300 (+tc) and it feels like you have a higher buffer/burst rate. High iso looks cleaner as well comparing it with the da*300+tc

5/9/2015
its still my to go lens instead of the *300, but yesterday the lens lock button and the square O-ring dropped off (on the table), QC wasn't that good, it seems there was a lack of glue applied. Luckily its fixable
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