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Pentax smc DA* 50-135 mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA* 50-135 mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 50 - 135 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 31.5 - 11.9 o
Closest focusing distance 1 m
Maximum magnification 0.17
Minimum aperture 2.8
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SDM
Lens Construction 18 elements / 14 groups
Filter diameter 67 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 76.5 x 136 mm
Weight 685 g
Additional information 3 ED elements. Anounced: 2007.
Average rating (8 owners reviews)
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4.96 Good
Owners reviews (8)
  1. vrrattko
    vrrattko 18 July 2017, 06:04
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    IP 109.81.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 450 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slightly slower AF

    Pros: Weather sealing Build Quality Useful Range F 2.8 aperture Quite compact Great Optics Flare resistance

    Summary: Recommended telephoto zoom for APS-C cameras with optics rivalling fixed lenses

  2. Ricky
    Ricky 21 November 2015, 11:56
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    IP 49.197.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 650
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: AF could be quicker. So sharp @ 2.8 that you can get moire on clothing with a K-3

    Pros: Sharp at all telephoto lengths and apertures. Excellent color.

    Summary: This lens comes highly recommended with outstanding technical review on another site. I bought it used, but using it it has been phenomenal, beautiful images. Its been stuck on the camera for a long time, because the images are so stunning. Better than my 16-50 2.8 but a slower auto focus, probably because the throw is greater. Bokeh can some time look nervous on vegetation like rosemary bushes. Great for close focus too. You find one, buy it ! Sharp !

  3. bossa
    bossa 23 May 2012, 03:41
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    IP 203.122.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $1500
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: AF is a touch slow

    Pros: Best image quality of a zoom I've ever seen on my K-5.

    Summary: This lens is easily the best zoom going around for me and I can't understand why the 1st review of it here (with no actual stars selected) is allowed to stand and affect the overall score. I've got 2 K-5's and a D800E and I was about to sell this lens along with my DA*60-250 to fund a Nikon 70-200 VRII - after testing the Nikkor couldn't bring myself to sell them. It has less weight and CA than the Nikkor for way less money. It also has pretty much the same FOV on APS-C as the Nikkor does on Full Frame so unless you want less DOF at smaller apertures (on full frame) this is the go. Some of my best images were made with this lens.

  4. Spectral Photography
    Spectral Photography 4 June 2011, 04:14
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    IP 214.15.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 600
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Not an f2 lens.

    Pros: Weather sealed. Fast and accurate to focus with SDM. Pretty much replicates the focal length range of a full frame 70-200mm lens.

    Summary: Stunning image quality from the often underrated Pentax brand. This is my best lens and one of the best kept secrets in the 'pro' bracket.

  5. yamamoto
    yamamoto 14 March 2010, 17:32
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    IP 151.47.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 850$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None

    Pros: Sharp

    Summary: Good lens

  6. soheil
    soheil 6 March 2010, 17:26
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    IP 65.49.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: $900
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None

    Pros: The best in it's class. Sharper than Canon 70-200/2.8 IS L ( full frame) at tele end. Top built quality.

    Summary: Won't miss any 70-200 full frame again (exept for DOP).

  7. tmt
    tmt 24 February 2010, 18:20
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    IP 89.132.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 520 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: low battery - no SDM

    Pros: sharp in every aperture and focal length

    Summary: highly recommended

  8. supertester
    supertester 23 February 2010, 06:59
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    IP 67.159.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 820
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None

    Pros: Great lens

    Summary: Awesome Image Quality Weather sealed One of the best

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