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Pentax smc DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited

by Pentax MZ-6
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Very high luminous intensity
  • PENTAX "Quick Shift Focus System"
  • 60mm equivalent in 35mm format
  • Weighs only 90g
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.1 x 8.9 cm ; 181 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: 21550
  • ASIN: B00077KMXG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,799 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Another first class lens from the legendary PENTAX "Limited Edition" series. With a 40mm focal length this lens is offered as a standard lens with exclusive optical characteristics. Optical sharpness, very high luminous intensity, and "Quick Shift Focus System" that instantly switches from auto to manual focus. Additionally, it features an ultra-flat design and weighs a feather-like 90g.

Product Description

The Pentax smc DA 40 mm f/2,8 Limited lens is designed for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras. The lens is an exceedingly thin lens at only 15 mm and weighing only 90 g. When mounted on a digital SLR this exclusive lens not only improves the handling of the camera during shooting but also improves its compactiveness and makes it easier to transport or store.This lens assures exceptional image quality, with high contrast, high resolution, great sense of depth, and minimal aberrations. The lens offers a natural perspective close to the naked eye with its focal length at 40 mm (equivalent to a 61 mm in 35 nn format), a max aperture of f/2.8 and minimal distance at 40 centimeters.The smc DA 40 mm f/2,8 Limited lens uses the exclusive PEntax Quick-Shift Focus system with instant mode switching in manual mode. The 9 diaphragm blades assures a true reproduction of the zones outside focus. The smc DA 40 mm f/2,8 Limited is ideal for a wide range of applications (portraits, landscape, indoors...)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The smallest lense you'll ever put on your dslr 10 Jan 2010
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Now this is a tough one. Being a pancake there are obviously going to be some design trade off's here. I also own the DA 70mm limited though and whilst not quite as tiny as the 40mm I've always found it to be bang on with respect to focusing and sharpness.... which brings me to.... maybe my copy is not the best but I've experienced some inconsistent focusing with this lens which I have not yet been able to eradicate with the micro-focusing adjustments on my K7. I'm in 2 minds as to whether to send this in to Pentax for calibration or if I just have unrealistic expectations given the form factor - the closest equivalent lens I own being the FA 31mm Limited which is a step up in IQ terms but a lot heavier and bulkier (and more expensive). For travel purposes and street photography the size of this lens is just perfect and the focal length sits close enough to a normal view that it provides a good compromise (for me anyway). You will take this lens out with you when you would leave bulkier equivalents behind which in the end gives you the ability to get those shots you may otherwise miss. It also makes a nice discreet street shooting package when pared with a K7. The hood and cap combo are unusual (both being screw on working in a stacked manner) but work well in my opinion with the hood giving the front element enough protection that you don't feel the need to replace the cap after each shoot anyway. External build quality is high as it is with all the DA limited lenses. Now I've just got to get the time to try some focus tests out on my old K200 body for control purposes and get to the bottom of what's going on with the back/front focus issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute stunner! 1 Jan 2010
This little lens is an absolute must.
I use mine with the Pentax K20 D. The the results are first class. The auto focus is lightning quick, and accurate. The lens gives a very bright viewfinder; superb for portraits. This is a modern 'pancake' style lens, ideal for reportage work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Pentax pancake lens 23 Mar 2013
By Sweets
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This is my favorite lens by a mile. Photos taken with this lens confirm that I was right to buy a Pentax camera as opposed to the usual suspects. I have the K5 II. It takes amazing portraits and produces critically sharp shots with really rich colours - this lens can pull colours which are barely perceptible to the naked eye. It takes amazing shots even in low lights - indoors and out, and if you are out at night doing street shots, you will easily achieve starburst effects. I only wish all my lens were as good as this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Classic Pancake Lens 23 Nov 2009
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The original 40mm f2.8 M series pancake lens was a classic of the 1980s and now we have here a DA Limited 40mm f2.8, this time designed for the APS-C sized sensors of the Pentax and Samsung DSLRs.

The lens is beautifully engineered in Aluminium and has the strangest lens hood and cap I have ever seen. It's cute though! In common with the other DA lenses, focus can be tweaked manually after AF has locked in, and this is an excellent and most useful feature.

The quality is beyond reproach and those who are used to zoom lenses may be surprised at what is possible. It is compact as well, so bulk is kept to an absolute minumum.

Recommended if you want a compact prime lens of outstanding quality that will not add too much weight to the camera bag.
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