Summary: This lens fills the gap between the DA HD 21mm and the DA HD 70mm Lens for me. I used the same subject for all three lens and took multiple shots with each lens. THE IQ either equaled or surpassed the results of the other two lenses. Color rendition is great for all three.
Excerpt: This is my second Pentax Limited Edition lens. The first (HD DA 21) was purchased in May of this year and never ceases to amaze me with magic hour landscape and urban street shots. The 40mm is very special too. Discrete and compact, it works well for walk-around and travel photography.
Excerpt: Mine is sharp. Very sharp. I shoot mostly film with a little digital on my K01. I've also owned the DA40XS, which I sold because I didn't like it any better than this lens. I've owned this one for maybe two years now, and ran tons of film through it.
Excerpt: I have used this lens regularly for several months and I am well satisfied with it. For me, it has become a 'standard' or everyday/where lens. I have used it to cover weddings, for travel and family events.
Excerpt: Just received this lens and it is howling wind with a storm behind outside, so take this review with a pinch of optimism and not much actual experience. Shall add some experience and more impressions later.
Excerpt: Admittedly, I paid a fairly small price for this, and that came with a flash unit, an ME, and a case, but it was totally infested with fungus. Considered throwing it away because it was soft and unusable, but after scratching the front to a ridiculous degree, I took it apart and cleaned it, because...
Pros: Size, Sharpn, Colours
Cons: Bit slow, bit dire wide open, odd focal length