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Pentax Imaging 21620 70mm f/2.4 Limited

by Pentax
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm ; 136 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
  • Item model number: 21620
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Product Description

The smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited lens, designed for exclusive use with its digital SLR cameras and featuring an ultra-thin pancake design and uni-focal, medium-telephoto optics. With its medium-telephoto perspective, this lens is ideal for many different applications, including portraiture and landscape. Its high-performance optics not only assures outstanding image quality, but also provides distinctive visual clarity. The materials used for this lens have been carefully selected for excellent handeling and useability. Thanks to PENTAX's advanced manufacturing technology, this new lens is designed to be extremely thin and lightweight, assuring go-anywhere portability for great photography.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable lens 11 Sep 2008
By William Burn VINE VOICE
To many, this review will be a case of preaching to the converted. Pentax's series of "Limited" have acquired legendary status amongst Pentax users, and there will be many who know this model's reputation very well. However, there will be some who are wondering whether it's really worth the money, and there will be others who are wondering what the fuss is all about in the first place.

So I'll start with the fuss. Pentax has two "premium" ranges of lenses, the Limited range and the * range (such as FA* and DA*). The latter range is aimed at working professionals who need top quality zooms and longer-length fast telephoto primes. The Limited range fills the other end of the spectrum for people who want the very best optical performance in shorter and wide angle telephoto lenses. These lenses are compact (some are tiny, such as the 40mm F2.8), and are manufactured to the highest possible standards. They are wonderfully constructed out of metal, and are hand-assembled to ensure the best quality finish.

So, why bother? Well, prime lenses such as these offer the best optical quality available, with absolutely no compromises, and your photographs will reap the benefits of that immediately. The apparent drawback of not being able to zoom is easily solved by, without wishing to sound glib, moving away from or towards your subject, and I actually prefer having a fixed length to work with, as it is easier to visualise the picture in advance.

And the quality? Simply stunning. Colours are rendered quite gorgeously, with lovely bokeh. Contrast is a revelation compared to cheaper lenses, and the focal length of 70mm (equivalent to about 105mm on an old 35mm camera) makes it ideal for portrait work. I've not had this lens long, but I've been blown away by the results.

Quite simply, you won't get a better portrait prime lens for the Pentax system (unless you're in the market for the 77mm F1.8, that is...) You'll love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 5 April 2010
By Eolake
Top-notch portrait lens, and also great for street photography, because you have a 105mm-equivalent tele lens, and yet the lens is tiny.
Perfect optically and mechanically.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DA 70mm vs. FA 77mm 10 Jan 2008
By James Lin - Published on Amazon.com
A lot of people have a tough time choosing between DA 70mm Limited and the FA 77mm Limited. Both lenses have their merits, but I ended up going with the DA 70mm for a few reasons...

DA 70mm pros:
+ Much faster autofocus.
+ Much less CA (chromatic aberrations) and purple fringing.
+ Much cheaper.
+ Still works on film bodies, but you need a body that supports aperture controls.
+ Eolake points out in the comments that the DA 70mm is much more compact than the FA 77mm.
+ Lijia Zhang points out in the comments that the DA 70mm also supports Quick-Shift focusing.

FA 77mm pros:
+ About 1 stop faster (f/1.8 vs f/2.4).
+ Has an aperture ring so it works on all Pentax 35mm film bodies as well as digital.
+ General consensus that the bokeh is better.
+ Slightly longer reach.

Both lenses are sharp and render images beautifully, so as you can see, it really depends on what you want from the lens.

Since I wanted this lens for candid portraits, I needed the much faster autofocus capabilities. I also figured that I wouldn't shoot at f/1.8 much anyways since I find it difficult to work with such a small depth of field when shooting portraits. While most people find the FA 77mm's bokeh to be better, the 70mm still produces very pleasing bokeh. It's just different.

All in all, the DA 70mm seemed like a much better deal to me and I don't regret buying it over the FA 77mm at all.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overall portrait lens 18 Dec 2008
By Brendan Bhagan - Published on Amazon.com
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Now I have used many different camera systems and their respective lenses, I am now buying my second 70mm Da limited, the first being stolen. This is the first lens I used that really shows of the K20D's capabilities, even the old faithful 50mm does not render as well nor is as sharp over all ( edge to edge ). This lens is Very sharp wide open edge to edge right to F16, great contrast, I even compared it's sharpness to the Sigma 70mm macro and at normal distances it beats the macro for sharpness and contrast and has much better bokeh.

The lens is small and light and surprisingly feels great when mounted on camera, the quick shift focusing ring is something I wish the older Fa limited lenses had so you can manual focus at anytime.

Af speed is fast, this is the fastest Pentax lens I had used until the DA 40mm limited and now newer sdm/hsm lenses, yes it is a little noisy but not so bad, it focuses with zest and lets you know it. I did have to adjust the AF on the K20D to fix a bit of front focusing with this lens but I think they are all like that on the K20D, once adjusted it is very accurate from 2ft to infinity with very little hunting.

But the lens does have it's real faults, first the close focus I wish was better, not macro but say to 1ft min distance, it does also purple ca at big apertures, not alot but just enough that you can see it, still much better than the FA 77mm in that regard. It handles flare well but has some ghosting, again not so bad but it is there. The last wish was that this was an F2 or better but F2.4 is just enough to get those shallow dof blown away bokeh shots, just.

So it's not a perfect lens but for it's price its a real bargain for how it performs and how well made it is, if your a prime shooter and need a short tele I think this is your best bet, even over the FA 77mm ( unless you really need the shallower dof/ faster aperture or are using it manual focus only ). This is one of Pentax's real "L" glass beating lenses, I have Nikon D300 and canon 5D owners jaws drop at the sharpness and clarity ( micro contrast ) of this lens, Only the Canon 85mm and 135mm L ( the 100mm to but they stopped making that one ) lenses are as good IQ wise.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens for portraits and landscapes 2 Jan 2008
By J. Melartin - Published on Amazon.com
I'm extremely happy with this lens. The speed is decent enough at f2.4 and the autofocus works fast with the K100D. Apart from film size advantages, one of the reasons medium format is such a good portrait format has to do with the 'normal' lens being in the 70-85mm zone. You get just the right perspective and DOF.

This lens is good to use across the room, as you can concentrate on one or two people at a time. On digital the detail and color resolution is very natural, not over done as with some. The smooth transition to really good bokeh is another advantage.

Even though Pentax does not recommend the DA lenses for film bodies, I tried it out with good results on a ZX-10 camera. No vignetting and decent sharpness across the field. There is no aperture ring on the lens, so you'd need a body that works with that.

Overall I recommend this lens as an excellent optic, well made and compact.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Portrait Lens - Amazing IQ 4 Nov 2010
By J. Blilie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a truly wonderful lens. The IQ would be hard to beat in any way. The corner-to-corner sharpness is amazing. Look for the photozone review for the numbers on sharpness. The bokeh is lovely, creamy (9 aperture blades). The color rendition and contrast are excellent across the image. Very little distortion or CA (completely non-issues in practical terms.)

I've owned a long series of PENTAX primes over the last 30 years (50mm f/2, 50mm f/1.2, 28mm f/2.8, 40mm f/2.8, 85mm f/2, 135mm f/3.5, and others) not to mention some extremely sharp, recently produced zooms from other manufacturers. This is, by a fair margin, the sharpest lens I've owned. I've done direct tests against the PENTAX 50 f/1.2 and the PENTAX 85mm f/2, both of which I consider extremely sharp for film work (Kodachrome 64 and Tri-X-Pan, Plux-X, or Panatomic-X); and this lens blows them away in every aspect of IQ.

I wanted a fast, very sharp portrait lens. This lens fills the bill in spades. I also love how tiny it is: It takes up only a very small corner of my bag, and it's the smallest lens I currently own, so it is very unobtrusive and doesn't intimidate the subject. The 70mm focal length (35mm-equivalent of 105mm, generally considered the best portrait focal length) also gives it the reach to stay out of the subjects comfort zone. Wonderful for candids and portraits.

I chose this lens over the Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Lens with Case and Hood for the following reasons:
1. Better corner sharpness wide open (generally better edge sharpness, though a bit less at center though still excellent)
2. Less purple fringing
3. Size
4. Cost
5. I don't really need f/1.8, especially in digital and the DOF at 2.4 is plenty shallow

I have only one negative with this lens, and it's a minor quibble: The minimum focus distance is rather long (27.6 inches according to the PENTAX website) but my intent was not macro anyway, no issue for me. I do intend to purchase the Pentax 100mm f/2.8 WR D FA smc Macro Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras.

I was a little leery of the screw-in lens hood; but it works just fine. You can put filters under it or dispense with it altogether. I happen to really like it, both for flare and lens protection. The leather pouch is very nice. I keep coming back to the tiny size of this lens as well: A real plus in my opinion. Built like a tank: All metal.

I'm using this lens on a couple of K-X bodies. I love it!

Search the web for images made with this lens. The eye-candy abounds.

Super sharp, super IQ, a real bargain for the money. Enjoy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb portrait lens 9 Jun 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was UNPREPARED for the quality of this lens with portraits. Granted there is no zoom but wow! I am not a professional but if you are an amateur photographer trying to move upto taking better pics, this lens will go a long way.

The bokeh and the skin tones just look good is all I will say. I bought this lens specifically to take portrait shots of my family and it's superb for this purpose. Pentax claims that it is a good landscape lens even though it is not wide angle. I am happy to say that this is actually true. Obviously you have to move back a lot to get a large scenery since it is not wide angle but I have been consistently surprised by the landscape quality.

1. I was unprepared for the limit on close focusing distance. Not a problem with portraits but if you are using it as a walk around lens you will often have to step back to get the picture focused. Once you get used to this limitation it is no big deal.

2. The lens hood is convenient except when trying to place filters for landscapes etc. Then you have to remove the built in hood which would be ok if it could have been placed back with the filter in place but it would not grip onto the filter I already have so I end up having to store the hood when doing so. Not an issue with portraits though.

3. With the issue noted in #1 you cant do anything close to macros. Well I did the next best thing: I got the DA 35mm macro. Another superb product since I dont shoot bugs just flowers and abstracts.Pentax SMC DA - Macro lens - 35 mm - f/2.8 Limited - Pentax K

General advantage of pancake type lenses:
The biggest unexpected advantage to this type of lens is something I just noticed accidentaly. When you dont have to carry a big lens around, you will use your camera more. Which means more photos. More photos means you learn to take better pics. Better pics is a positive feedback cycle. You keep shooting pics...Buy this lens today!
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