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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
The Pentax-DA 40/2.8 Limited is quite compact and light. Frankly, it took a bit to get used to how it looked on the camera. In fact it is so small, I thought -- how good can this be? How can they cram all of the magical pixie dust and optics into such a small package? Well, they did! The lens proved to live up to all of the great reviews it has earned, but it wasn't all rainbows and flowers. It did take me a bit to get used to this lens, as it was not really a lens that initially fits my shooting style (Close-up/Macro). This lens is not what I would call a "Close-up" lens as it has a longer MFD than I liked and made me feel a bit out of my element . It is also not a FAST lens so it's not one that fared well when attempting to shoot indoor / fast-action like volleyball. The 40mm focal length just seemed a bit odd to me, not wide enough and not telephoto enough, but the more I used it the less it bothered me.

There are very compelling good aspects, however. The lens is EXTREMELY sharp, allowing for significant crops without loss of image quality. This allowed me to crop and give the impression of a close-up shot. Color rendition was excellent and it produced a very nice bokeh, as well. The wonderfully surprising aspect of this lens is that it is seemingly impervious to flare. This allowed me to brave taking sunset shots with the sun in frame with very nice results!!

All-in-all, it was a fun month with the 40/2.8 Limited. It is certainly a lens...

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