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HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

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HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

The HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW telephoto zoom lens was announced at the CP+ tradeshow in February, 2015 preceding the announcement of the K-1 Pentax 24x36mm full-frame DSLR. Together with the HD Pentax 150-450mm extreme telephoto zoom lens these are the first Pentax lenses to cover the 24x36 mm 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. With a respectable maximum aperture of F2.8 and rounded diaphragm blades for smooth Bokeh this zoom can be used as a portrait lens in addition to its more traditional use for sports, wild life and distant landscapes.

This lens is pro-grade as indicated by its star designation and also by its feature list:
* All-weather protection (AW)
* HD coating
* SP coating of the front element
* Aerobright II nano-coating of the inner elements
* Four super-low dispersion elements, two ED elements and two super ED elements with properties like flourite elements
* 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* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Automatic, 9 blades (rounded)
19 elements, 16 groups
Mount Variant
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
AF (in-lens motor)
Min. Focus
120 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
77 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 23 to 8.1 ° / 19.5 to 6.9 °
Full frame: 34.5 to 12.5 ° / 28.8 to 10.3 °
Lens Cap
Aero Bright II,HD,SP
Weather Sealing
Yes (AW)
Other Features
AF/MF Switch,Focus Range Limiter,Internal Zoom,Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
91.5 x 203 mm (3.6 x 8 in.)
1755 g (61.9 oz.)
w/ Hood: +80g
w/ Tripod Foot: +191g
Production Years
2016 to present (in production)
$1599 USD current price
$1796 USD at launch
Engraved Name
HD PENTAX-D FA* 1:2.8 70-200mm ED DC AW
User reviews
In-depth review
Four super low dispersion elements, two ED and two super ED elements.
No autofocus on older bodies (*istD series, K100D, K110D, and film).

Supersonic AutofocusQuick ShiftWeather SealedInternal FocusingInternal ZoomingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame Support
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Senior Member

Registered: April, 2007
Location: Toronto/Victoria
Posts: 262

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 4, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazing IQ, good AF, well built
Cons: Large and heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

I have had the FA80-200/2.8 for nearly 10 years and this is a worthwhile upgrade. IQ is better in every way, but especially because the sharpness combined with the punchy colour make for vibrant images even excluding post processing.

However, it has also gained quite a bit of weight in the process; it is a very chunky lens. The tripod collar is vastly improved over the FA80-200/2.8; in particular the foot is wider and the collar rotates with click stops at useful intervals (I believe every 90 degrees). The manual focus feels very smooth and well damped; better than the DA* and FA* lenses.

The DC autofocus is also much more confident than the screwdrive. Sometimes screwdrive AF can get stuck making a series of fine adjustments (and a bunch of click noises to go along with it) which I do not notice on the DFA70-200 which is confident and quiet.

The published dimensions don't really make it easy to assess how large/heavy this lens is. It is naturally much larger and heavier than the relatively compact DA*60-250, but I was also surprised comparing it to the FA80-200/2.8.
New Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: November 1, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,180.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp and good build
Cons: Bit heavy to carry around whole day
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-1   

Found it against a killer price online, couldn't believe it was this lens for that price.

Got it for a day now and i can't tell you something new about it... Sharp and pretty fast. Well build BUT a bit heavy.

must say the boket is really awsome full open!
New Member

Registered: July, 2012
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 17
Lens Review Date: October 24, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,880.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, f2.8, build quality
Cons: heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K1   

Built like a tank ...... darn it's massive !! and heavy.

But WOW does it perform like the pro lens it is.

The autofocus on the K1 is acceptable but doesn't make me quiver with excitement, however it does for FF what the 50-135 cannot do for aps-c .... focus fast enough.

At least on par with 50-135 for IQ, which is saying something.

Where this may also come in handy, apart from weddings and sport, is on my k3 for doing a little close action wildlife.

F2.8 on the k3 will help with shutter speeds and iso, while giving 300mm .... win win situation.

Beautifully made lens at a price, but then again its a keeper.........
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Registered: June, 2017
Posts: 10

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 20, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: very very sharp, extremely well built
Cons: heavy, but you get used to it
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K1   

I'm so happy with this lens. Bought it recently, together with my first full frame camera, the Pentax K1. Never been so happy about an aquisition and I previously owned many cameras, throughout the years.

The lens is extremely well built, it feels solid in the hand, pro equipment nonetheless. I've been using it for portraits and some nature photography. The sharpness in this lens is absolutely amazing across the frame! You can't ask for anything better than this. It's expensive, yes but the satisfaction you get from it it's quite unique.

The only negative thing about it, it's that it's quite heavy. I found it difficult to handle it, at the beginning but I got used to it.

I would recommend it to every Pentax K1 owner and not only. This lens is a must have!
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Registered: March, 2017
Location: Si Chiang Mai. Nong Khai Province
Posts: 303
Lens Review Date: April 20, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $2,122.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: comfortable to hold TOP quality
Cons: NONE
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: pentax k1   

I bought this with the 15-30 last month I am super impressed I bought the 28-105 with the k1 last year so i will not be buying the 24-70, overall the lenses are expensive in Thailand but the quality is more than adequate for anything I will ever do, carry on RICOH\PENTAX top quality. Ian
Junior Member

Registered: July, 2014
Location: Tenryu
Posts: 27
Lens Review Date: March 18, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharpness, IQ
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3   

Very happy with this lens. Great build. Great image quality. Autofocus is relatively fast compared to my other Pentax lenses (such as DA☆300) and tends to get accurate focus more often than them. I think the DA☆ still gives better resolving for my pixel peeping urges or severe cropping. I haven't calibrated the 70-200 yet, but think I need to. Hoping that will increase my keeper rate a little. I like the tripod mount much more than the 300's mount. The 2.8 has proven quite valuable for indoor conference and night concert photos. So much so that I haven't been using the 300 since I got this.
When I bought it, I had the option for the Tamron or Sigma. Certainly could have saved myself a bundle of money for buying more lenses. However, I could see from the reviews and comparisons that this was superior. In the end, I would have been frustrated with the other two and would have wanted this one. So, no regrets.
Regarding my scoring, please note that I'm a teacher. So, a 10 means perfect for me. Nothing is perfect. Perhaps 9 is too low on most of the points. 9 for bokeh is correct though. It's quite pleasant, but I've seen better. I gave an 8 to autofocus just because the lens often focuses on something in the background. Perhaps that's photographer or camera error, but until I discover why it's happening, I'll leave the score at 8.
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Registered: January, 2014
Location: St Petersburg
Posts: 382

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 15, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, Controls, Great with HD1.4TC, Smooth QF
Cons: Weight, Weight, Weight...
New or Used: New   

A true *Star series lens. Built like a tank, IQ off the charts good, exceptional in every way, unfortunately much heavier than FA* 80-200. Extensively tested with LensCal and Yves' calibrators. At both ends of zoom range and using LensCal stand offs and Yves' lengths, as well as a close-up. All were dead zero +- .1. My DA*s (50-135 and 60-250) were not this good. Both were AF Calibrated at +2 and -3 respectively...

Colors, Sats, in the field also quite nice. would have preferred ring location swap (focus and zoom). Silky smooth through, a Rolls Royce of lenses...

Typical *Star Pentax IQ, needs wheels though

PS: LensCoat is now making the covers for this lens (4/28/17). I sent mine to them for a pattern so covers will be available. I received the cover today 100% LensCoat Quality...They used my FA*300/F2.8 and DFA150-450 for patterns as well. Great products...
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Registered: July, 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,048
Lens Review Date: February 9, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,796.95 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp overall. Very low distortion and chromatic aberration. Smooth bokeh. Excellent build quality. Fast autofocus.
Cons: Some softness wide open at close focusing distances. Very heavy.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-3 II   

Overall, this lens is optically excellent, but there is a bit of room for improvement.

Sharpness throughout the zoom range is excellent overall. Wide-open sharpness is very good, and stopping down to f/4 produces outstanding results corner to corner. There's very little in the way of chromatic aberration, vignetting, or distortion, and flare is very well controlled. Wide open at close distances at 200mm, spherical aberration does noticeably hurt sharpness, but stopping down a bit sharpens up the image.

Autofocus is fast, taking 0.55s to go from end to end on the focusing scale. Using the focus limiter can improve this further. Focusing action is very quiet and responsive. This lens excels in tracking fast-moving subjects, even in a dim basketball court, and I never felt held back by the speed of the AF motor. However, there is a bit of inconsistency when critical focus is required; you might want to use Live View and manually focus in such situations.

The D FA* 70-200mm is constructed almost entirely of metal; it's built like a tank and should withstand rough use. However, it is very heavy, more so than C&N 70-200mm lenses. It's also very large; when mounted on my K-3 II with grip, it barely fits in my main camera bag (Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60 v2.0). A good tripod or monopod is strongly recommended for extended use. You'll also want to look at alternative ways of carrying it on the field, such as a sling strap or holster. My SpiderPro holster has no trouble handling 8 lbs from the combined lens, camera, and Metz 58 AF-2 flashgun; no matter how you carry it, though, the weight is going to be very obvious.

Size and weight aside, the controls on the lens are well thought out. The zoom ring rotates 90 while the focus ring rotates 175. Both rings are very well damped allowing for very precise adjustment, though a bit of backlash (play) is present in the focus ring. The focus mode and limiter switches have solid clicks. The redesigned tripod collar attaches much more easily than the old design used in the DA* 60-250mm and DA* 300mm lenses and is more secure as well.

Pricing is currently slightly below that of its C&N counterparts. Given that performance is considerably better than third-party alternatives (but not quite as good as C&N's latest 70-200s), it's a fair value.

Ultimately, I can recommend this lens to any Pentaxian looking for a full frame-ready professional telephoto zoom.

Registered: July, 2012
Location: Paris
Posts: 798

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 26, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,250.00 | Rating: 9 

Cons: Heavyweight (Champion)
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K1, K3   

Owner of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 I wasn't really looking for a replacement as I was pretty satisfied with the Sigma lens. I've been shooting the Sigma for 3 years, tons of concerts and I had the good surprise to see that it was nicely working with the K1 Full Frame as well.

But I had an amazing price for a HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2,8 ED DC AW, one physical store was selling out all their Pentax gear, and I decided to take the plunge and bought it for 1150$ new.

I've been using the Pentax version since 2 weeks, pretty extensively (am still missing some concerts photography with it) and mainly for Portraits and landscape and Im really impressed by the image this lens produce in combination with the K1.

As everybody said, it's sharp from f/2.8, damn sharp @f/5.6. the detail level is really impressive and for portrait it's sometimes too "technically" sharp. Hopefully a little PP in Lr and it render very well. Bokeh's nice too.

Here are a few portrait I did with this lens:

The Autofocus is the best I've experienced so far with Pentax, it's better than my Sigma 70-200mm which was my fastest AF lens so far.
AF is fast AND accurate, even in low light, it doesnt hunt ...and it's dead silent, which is necessary for events or concerts photography for example. Im very satisfied by the AF overall, a nice surprise.

The handling is not that good, I find the lens heavy ( a lot heavier than the Sigma) and difficult to use handheld for a long time. For portrait in the studio I had to make some short pause, switching to the Pentax 24-70mm to rest my arm lol ! It's not that heavy but to have a firm hand I cannot use it for as long as the Sigma.
You can rotate the Tripod support and it's super fast to go from Landscape to Portrait and vice versa, on a monopod it's handy.

About the weight, it's not that of a problem really, I've been hicking for 7km with this lens and the K1 with the basic Pentax strap, and it was OK. I must say that it was raining most of the walk and to have a Combo that is WR is truly fantastic.

The bokeh is really soft and nice up to f/4.5, I like it better up to f/3.5.

The overall image quality is awesome, really that good !
I've seen image from this lens on the forum before I bought it and was impressed, but seeing the image on my screen, and even more on the prints I did is really a great experience.
I'd compare to the Pentax 50-135mm in terms of image quality, but sincerely better, and god knows I love the 50-135mm.

On a final word I would say this lens has better image quality and rendition than the Pentax 50-135mm /f2.8, better sharpness than the Tamron 90mm /f2.8 macro and better AF than the Sigma 70-200mm /f2.8 DG OS EX HSM .

I can't wait to shoot my first concert early january, Ill post pictures.

I highly recommend this lens, it's a big investment tough, but the image that heavyweight Champion deliver is totally unique experience for me and despite the weight I'm pretty confident this lens will be very often used on my camera.
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Registered: September, 2013
Posts: 1,717

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 16, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,797.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Focus limiter, tack sharp, quiet/quick AF
Cons: Price, weight
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

My favourite lens at the moment.

  • 77mm filter thread means moving up from Pentax DA* APS-C glass isn't as painful as it could be
  • Incredibly sharp from wide open. So sharp that I have to lower the clarity in Photoshop/Lightroom for portraits. Sharpest at f5.6, which is great for telephoto landscapes.
  • Focus limiter keeps AF snappy. Minimum focusing distance is 1.2m. DC autofocus is quiet and usually accurate.
  • Abberations are unusually well controlled. Lens corrections are often completely unnecessary on both the wide and long end.
  • Bokeh isn't overly busy, but not particularly special.
  • The construction of the lens is very solid; the tripod foot release is well designed.
  • The case it comes with is better quality than the usual Pentax cases.
  • I don't see these coming on to the used market very often, so the price is likely to remain high.
  • This can do a number on your shoulder.
  • Fitted on the K-1, this won't fit attached to the camera across the length of my ClikElite Probody Sport + CS Sleeve backpack.
The lens leaves me with a dilemma: I want a version of this lens in 24-70, but I'm not sure whether the Tamron designed D FA 24-70 will meet the high expectations this lens has set.
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Registered: July, 2008
Location: Cleveland, OH, USA
Posts: 266
Lens Review Date: October 12, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,796.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, color, bokeh
Cons: Heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

It's more of opinion than a review.
I've been using this lens for the last 3 months. Like it very much.
Yes, it's big and heavy.
Optically it's great: it's sharp, especially in f/4-8 range. It produces very pleasant colors and bokeh is excellent.
Mechanically it's very solid, it withstood some sprays of salt water and light drizzle. I didn't noticed any focus breathing. AF speed is OK.
I'd recommend it to anyone without hesitation.
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Registered: November, 2015
Location: Poole
Posts: 3,911
Lens Review Date: October 11, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, very rugged, AW, quick-shift design,Pentax original
Cons: expensive, heavy, focus -breathing @ 200mm (not issue for me, but for some)
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

Such a go to lens that I find myself looking for situations to use it rather than selecting it for a particular shot. Great IQ across the frame - a real treasure.
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Registered: March, 2009
Location: Gladys, Virginia
Posts: 19,143

7 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 9, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp from wide open, Fast auto focus, Minimal CA
Cons: Big!
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3, K-1   

I have reviewed the other DFA f2.8 zooms and so I thought I would go ahead and review the DFA *70-200.

This lens is Pentax designed and manufactured, unlike the other DFA f2.8 zooms and the only one of the three to receive the DFA * designation. What significance that has, I am not sure...

The first thing that strikes you, when you begin to use the DFA *70-200 is the size of the lens. It is very large, heavy, and quite long, particularly with the hood on. I have used the DA *50-135 for quite awhile on APS-C cameras and this lens is a lot bigger than that. It is quite a bit larger (longer and heavier) than the DA *200, which I also own. To be up front with it, if you like small, petite lenses, there isn't much point in reading further.

(a couple of size comparison shots)

DA *200 and DFA *70-200 size comparison by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Holy Trinity? by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Holy Trinity? by Vincent1825, on Flickr

The lens has a very nice build. There are a couple of external switches -- a focus limiter that can limit focus to 1.2 meters to 4 meters or, 4 meters to infinity and another that allows for QFS-A/QFS-M/MF -- QFS-M allowing you to take control of focus, even when the camera is trying to auto focus. It is an internal zoom, meaning that it stays really long all of the time. The hood is pretty deep and while it can be reversed, doing so blocks you from easily turning the zoom ring (which is positioned farther from the camera, while the focus ring is closer to the camera).

With regard to performance, the DFA *70-200 is probably the best zoom I have ever used. It really does reach prime quality at f2.8. In point of fact, I find it sharper than my DA *200 at 200mm and f2.8, although they are equal at f4. Sharpness and contrast are really good with this lens. Vignetting is mild wide open at 200mm, but not really noticeable elsewhere. Colors are very nice as well.

One of the biggest differences between the DFA *70-200 and older lenses is the lack of purple fringing. Fringing is something that could really detract from image quality and while it is fixable, there are times when fixing fringing can add gray lines to the image. Anyway, I have seen almost none with this lens.

Auto focus is quite fast and silent with a K-1. The focus limiter speeds the process up if you know what range you are going to be shooting in. I don't shoot sports, but I had no trouble tracking my kids at play and riding their bicycles.

Bokeh is really smooth and quite nice. Probably not quite to the FA 77 quality, but very pleasing to the eye.

The lens does flare (as is probably expected), but surprisingly little for the amount of glass there is inside.

All in all, I am very pleased with this lens. If you are really bothered by the size, the DA *200 does give pretty close performance for a lot lower price, but if you need the flexibility of a full frame zoom, want weather sealing, and want edge to edge sharpness, fast auto focus, and weather sealing, this the only (and best) option for Pentaxians. I highly recommend it.

Coneflowers by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Elliot by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Victoria by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Victoria by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Harvest Time by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Croc Eye (shot at 200mm and f2.8)

Croc Eye by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Veteran Member

Registered: September, 2006
Location: North Idaho
Posts: 665
Lens Review Date: July 28, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,696.00 | Rating: N/A 

New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

This is just a stub. More, complete thoughts forthcoming after I've had a chance to really exercise the lens.

- - -

Picked up my new D FA* 70-200/2.8 from the place where the big brown trucks park at night. Just made a few test shots from the second-floor balcony.

Initial impressions? This thing is heavy! Much larger and heavier than my Sigma EX 70-200/2.8 lens. It is difficult to hand hold, compared to the Sigma. The barrel is straight and the tripod mount interferes with easy holding. The Sigma is lighter and has a more conical shape, which seems to be easier to hand hold. Comes with a very nice case. Tried a Tamron 1.4x teleconverter. Not impressed with the initial results. More to follow.

This weekend, I want to take side-by-side shots with the Sigma to compare with each other.
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Registered: January, 2016
Location: Roi-et, Thailand
Posts: 773

3 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 24, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $2,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, bokeh, colour saturation, prime like at all focal lengths
Cons: AF should be quicker for this type of lens
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

If you have only one lens for your K-1, this one's it. Other PF'ers have mentioned it's a "bag full of primes". Well, I have the FA Limited's, the 2.8/100 Macro WR, Carl Zeiss ZK's . . . and I can say the D-FA* 2.8/70-200 produces the same quality . . . at any focal length.

Doesn't have in-lens stabilisation, but I haven't found this to be an issue.

It's heavy no question, all 2.8/70-200's for full frame are the same. The only downside is the AF could be quicker and quite honestly, should be quicker, especially on the K-1. It's not dire, it's just slightly shy of really giving me confidence it'll nail the shot. No big deal, but this is the critical area Pentax needs to improve. Focus accuracy is sublime however.

Pricey, but then all high end full frame 2.8/70-200's are, unless you opt for a third party offering.

Overall, I wouldn't be without this lens.
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