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HD Pentax-D FA 24-70MM F/2.8 ED SDM WR
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- 24mm Ultra-Wide-angle
- Bright lens: constant F2.8 aperture
- HD Coating to optimize light transmittance and minimize reflection
- Weather Resistant construction against humidity and dust
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|Item Dimensions||8.84 x 10.92 x 10.92 cm||8.4 x 9.9 x 8.4 cm||7.87 x 9.4 x 7.87 cm||7.3 x 7.6 x 7.3 cm||6.3 x 4.5 x 6.3 cm||7.6 x 8.9 x 7.6 cm|
|Item Weight||0.79 kg||0.57 kg||499 grams||405 grams||124 grams||453 grams|
|Max Focal Length||70||50 mm||85||135 mm||35 mm||270|
|Min Focal Length||28||16 mm||16||18 mm||35 mm||18|
|Mounting Type||Pentax||Pentaxbayonet||Pentax K||Pentax K||pentax||Pentax K|
Size Name: 24-70mm
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HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
Bright lens: constant F2.8 aperture
HD Coating to optimize light transmittance and minimize reflection
Weather Resistant construction against humidity and dust
Quiet and fast Supersonic Direct-drive Motor (SDM) to capture subjects in motion
Rounded aperture to offer beautiful Bokeh effect
Quick-shift Focus System to instantly change the AF mode to MF by twisting the focus ring
Lens Hood: PH-RBD82
Lens Cap: O-LC82
Lens Case: S120-150
Lens mount cap
From the manufacturer
HD Pentax-D FA
A high-performance, interchangeable standard zoom lens for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, providing exceptional imaging power and a large F2.8 maximum aperture when mounted on a 35 mm-format full-frame digital SLR camera body, this large-aperture standard zoom lens covers a focal-length range from 24 mm ultra-wide-angle to 70 mm standard,*1 and provides a maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range.
*1 : When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount SLR camera body, this zoom lens covers a range from approximately 37 mm to 107 mm.
Note: This lens is compatible with the cameras below and with Kaf2 mount cameras introduced since the K-3II.
Exceptional imaging power
Consisting of 17 elements in 12 groups, the newly designed optics feature three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) optical elements, one anomalous-dispersion-glass aspherical optical element and three aspherical optical elements to accommodate super-high-resolution image sensors. By assuring sufficient light levels even at the edges of the image field and compensating various aberrations to a minimum, it provides a high MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) and delivers well-illustrated, fine-detailed images that are rich in contrast and resolution across the entire image field.
Built-in SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor)
Thanks to the incorporation of a new-generation SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor), this zoom lens assures quiet, high-speed autofocus operation, allowing the photographer to react swiftly to all types of subjects.
Large-aperture standard zoom lens
When mounted on a 35 mm-format full-frame digital SLR camera body, this zoom lens offers a zoom ratio of approximately 2.9 times to cover the ultra-wide-angle to standard ranges (24 mm to 70 mm in focal length). It provides a maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range to deliver brilliant images. It not only covers the focal-length range most frequently used for ordinary subjects, but also provides ultra-wide-angle coverage to produce distinctive visual expressions, such as exaggerated perspectives or extra-wide depths of field, making it very useful with subjects such as sweeping landscapes and shallow indoor scenes.
|PENTAX 15-30mm||PENTAX 24-70mm||PENTAX 28-105mm||PENTAX 70-200mm||PENTAX 150-450mm|
|Focal Length (35mm Format)||23-46mm||37-107mm||43-161mm||107-307mm||230-690mm|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||0.28m||0.38m||0.5m||1.2m||2.0m|
Top customer reviews
But although I have some reservations about the design, the fact remains that this lens is a top-notch performer and a worthy addition to any Pentax lens bag.
In conclusion, well worth the money. A lovely lens.
Ok, caveat out of the way. :-)
It's a superb lens- light, weatherproof and it allows you to take great photographs. The 'macro' refers to it's ability to take close up shots- you can take astonishingly detailed shots from just a few inches away. Ever missed that amazing looking beetle or spider because you just couldn't focus? Problem solved. It's great for jewellery, crystal and other small, intricate, precious objects. Models- that's as in scale ones, not fashionista clothes horses- are a joy to capture. Under decent light you can see every effect you painstakingly applied in glorious, true life colour (as well as all your worst brush strokes! ;-) ).
Being light and not at all bothered by rain, mist or drizzle makes it a great choice when you're out and about.
And of course, it's beautiful, high quality glass takes lovely portrait shots.
Is it worth the expense? The macro ability is the reason I bought it . I paint 28mm miniatures- standard lenses are a pita for that. They require very powerful lighting and it's awkward to get close to the subject. The high quality glass and the ability to get right up next to the piece allows for better results with less light. It's a much easier, far more pleasant exercise. With space and money constraints it allows for decent results without having to revert to bulky and expensive studio lights. So it definitely improved my photography experience. If macro is your thing, then the ability to swing up and take a snap shot at the myriad little things that you see while walking/rambling is fantastic. You could use light tubes and possibly a portable light source to get similar results, but the ease of use and speed the macro offers is, again, a big improvement to the photography experience. A nice bonus is just how well it adapts to everyday shooting. It's not limited to close shooting, it's just very, very good at it!
Some comments on ease of use. The zoom is fairly quick. There's a manual focus ring on the end to further improve response time, if needed. It's pretty quiet- if your subject is a small animal, that can help. The Pentax pre-focus can get the lens partially focused on trickier subjects, you can manually fine tune it using the ring to get the desired effect. On a weather sealed camera- and most of the Pentax range are- it can be used in almost any conditions. I'm looking forward to playing around with that this winter! The light weight helps in every situation.
It is very expensive. You could get similar results spending a lot less on things like light tubes and high powered torches. But if you can justify the outlay it's money well spent. The improvement to the shooting experience and the ability to concentrate more on composition or even opportunity, rather than set up, makes it an absolute bargain. There's a reason the Pentax buyers love this thing!
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