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Pentax smc DA 14 mm f/2.8

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA 14 mm f/2.8
Lens style Wide angle
Focal length 14 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 90 o
Closest focusing distance 0.17 m
Maximum magnification 1:5.26
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 12 elements / 11 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 84 x 68.5 mm
Weight 450 g
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Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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4.33 Good
Owners reviews (3)
  1. MLu
    MLu 15 February 2015, 20:01
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    IP 84.250.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: 800 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Beautifull bokeh at full aperture which is reasonably fast 2,8, practically though not officially drip-proof, very close focus. Smaller and more affordable than for example Nikons 14/2,8 FX-lens.

    Pros: Soft edges at full aperture.

    Summary: An often overlooked gem in the Pentax system.

  2. Scott
    Scott 18 November 2010, 03:48
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    IP 68.51.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 300
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: What I don’t like: - APS-C only lens. - Extreme edges are un-sharp with visible distortion on my lens, but I’ll admit I like the effect in some images. - The manual focus ring is “grainy” in feel with a considerable amount of friction when turning. - It’s a lot larger than Pentax’s newer DA 15mm F4 Limited lens. - Lens flare without the hood isn’t difficult to produce. - The 6 flat aperture blades can produce quite visible hexagon shaped bokeh bright spots at times. - Not specifically designed to be WR (weather resistant), so it could use an engineering refresh from Pentax.

    Pros: What I like: - Seriously excellent at limiting chromatic aberration! - Seriously excellent sharpness, especially at MTF! - Quick-shift focusing ability without having the focus ring turn when AF is happening. - 14mm on APS-C is a nice focal length - Close focus ability - Use as a Rectilinear wide angle landscape lens is top notch. - A nice large f2.8 aperture that produces sharp images on my K-7 from f2.8 onward, however with visible vignetting comparing f2.8 to say f5.6 that I have noticed with limited testing so far. - Produces “star burst” style light sources. - Solid all metal barrel construction. - The bokeh in general is pleasing to my eyes around 80% of the time.

    Summary: 14mm is a standard “ultra wide” angle lens for APS-C cameras. What sets this lens apart from many is that it has a reasonably large aperture of f2.8 which is generally a stop or two faster than many other wide angle lenses of a similar focal length. That larger aperture shows in the physical dimensions and weight of the lens, yet it’s far from unmanageable and I think matches quite well with K10D, K20D, K-7(5) camera bodies, especially when they have a grip attached. The rest of my review here with photos: http://photographybanzai.com/2010/11/03/lens-review-pentax-da-14mm-f2-8/

  3. Lance B
    Lance B 29 September 2009, 20:17
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    IP 203.100.x.x
    Owner since: 5 years
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Large. Not as sharp wide open, but still very acceptable.

    Pros: An excellent wide angle lens. Image quality is excellent being very sharp from f4, with excellent bokeh and colour rendition and contrast.

    Summary: Highly recommended.

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