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Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited
8.9 out of 10

Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

gofour3, pentaxforums.com
3 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: The M40/2.8 was released in 1976 and remained in production until 1984. It was the first Pentax pancake lens and the smallest in height.* A new digital optimized version the DA40/2.8AL, was released in 2004 and remains in production today. * Excluding the Takumar 18mm fisheye lens from 1963.
  • Pros: Excellent build, small size and focal length on film.
  • Cons: All the negatives associated with buying a manual focus pancake lens with no "A" setting.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

biz-engineer, pentaxforums.com
30 March 2015
  • Excerpt: It's tiny, decently sharp at f4 and sharp at f5.6 and above. I was very happy when I bought this lens and I used it a lot because of its tiny size and weight when traveling by bike for more than a week (that's the only lens I carried and I did everything with this single small lens), using it a...
  • Pros: Tiny, fairly sharp
  • Cons: Focal length on APS-C, focus mechanism, price
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Bokina, pentaxforums.com
14 January 2015
  • Excerpt: Judging from previous reviews, I only expected mediocre sharpness from this lens. And sure enough, at f/2.8 the lens is somewhat unimpressive.
  • Pros: Tack sharp from f/5.6
  • Cons: A tad soft wide open
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Overall 8
8.0

Extremely light and small, good for everyday use.

marcearenales, Ebay
6 April 2014
  • Summary: First of all, I must establish that I am a beginner, not a professional or even a dedicated photographer. However, I am a very enthusiastic and meticulous aficionado. I am also a collector, a characteristic that spills over into my photography hobby --I realize now that I am slowly drifting into...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

robthebloke, pentaxforums.com
14 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Awww, it's sad seeing this lens being marked so low! I picked up one of these in immaculate condition, and it's actually far better than the reviews here would have you believe. The bokeh when stopped down is nothing special, but my copy of this lens is actually sharper than my DA40 limited!
  • Pros: Size, Sharpness.
  • Cons: Doesn't quite focus to infinity on digital.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

gylfimag, pentaxforums.com
7 April 2013
  • Excerpt: This lens has only one claim to fame - its size. The downside of this was that the focusing ring is very narrow. Optically it is not stellar although good enough for most purposes, especially when shooting film.
  • Pros: Small, well built
  • Cons: Mediocre optically, very small focusing ring
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Bukaj, pentaxforums.com
14 November 2012
  • Excerpt: As the other reviewers stated, its problem is a mediocre performance but above average price. I have nothing more to say than that the stated is truth. It doesn't mean it's an optically bad lens. It isn't. But its true potencial is in its size.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

EmulsionCompulsion, pentaxforums.com
3 November 2012
  • Excerpt: ) Quite a compact lightweight combo. Great for street photography because of its small size and unobtrusive looks and the color rendition is also pretty decent. However compactness and good looks come at a price.
  • Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Color rendition
  • Cons: PF wide open, Soft wide open, Fiddly to focus for someone with large hands
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

MysteryOnion, pentaxforums.com
27 June 2012
  • Excerpt: It is not a bad lens, but the other more smaller lenses makes this lens not always on the camera. It has good sharpness, but I must say that the cam inside is not always accurate and the very shallow rim for the front make this lens very prone to glare and loss of sharpness.
  • Pros: Handy zoom range to walk around with
  • Cons: Not wide enough sometimes
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

DaveHolmes, pentaxforums.com
14 July 2011
  • Excerpt: The bokeh isn't great and at 2.8 it isn't too sharp (read soft)... The centre does sharpen up at f5.6 but edges and corners do remain slightly soft at all apertures...
  • Pros: Small... Stopped down it's sharp-ish...
  • Cons: Thin focus ring... Bokeh not amazing... Colour rendition
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