Pentax make some great cameras, but the range of lenses can be a little limited when compared to the likes of Canon, Nikon or even Micro Four Thirds. The greatest asset Pentax have is their K-mount, which maintains compatibility with lenses right through the manual focus era.
Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to test a few Pentax lenses so far, but those that I have generally been excellent, in one way or another. Here is a list of links to Pentax lenses I’ve tested, along with a brief summary of my overall impression of the lens.
Pentax Zoom Lens Reviews
- Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm II f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF)
For a standard kit lens, this one’s pretty good… especially as far as build quality is concerned.
- Pentax 16-45mm f/4 SMC DA ED AL
This venerable lens has an excellent reputation, and deservedly so.
- Pentax SMC DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
I say this time and time again… why you would buy a camera that accepts interchangeable lenses, only to stick a lens like this on it is beyond me.
Pentax Prime Lens Reviews
- Pentax SMC DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED(IF) SDM
A cracking telephoto lens, which provides a 300mm equivalent FOV on Pentax DSLRs.
- Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM
This lens needs to be stopped down to f/2 or beyond for the best results. I’d hope for more from a lens costing this much.
- Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS Pancake Lens
This new pancake lens was introduced with the K-01 mirrorless camera. It performs well and is reasonably priced.
- Pentax SMC DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited Pancake
The limited 40mm pancake handles better than the newer optic, but performs about as well and costs more.