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8.3 out of 10

Pentax smc DA 21 mm

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Overall 10
10

User Review

alwaysjerricky, pentaxforums.com
1 June 2014
  • Excerpt: My favorite prime. Great for street photography. Light, sharp and everything you can ask for.
  • Pros: Fast (and very quiet) AF, Sharp open, small, light
  • Cons: f3.2 but its okay
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

BarryE, pentaxforums.com
28 May 2014
  • Excerpt: One aspect that amazes me with this lens is the possibility of using it hand-held at very low shutter speeds. At 1/10 the images are still crisp at 100% viewing. I put this down to the balance/weight of the lens.
  • Pros: Size, quality feel, balance
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Iberia, pentaxforums.com
26 May 2014
  • Excerpt: In my view it would make a very good street/travel photography lens if it weren't for the overly wide field of view.
  • Pros: Small, light, built quality
  • Cons: Average IQ, soft corners, some CA, pronounced geometric distortion, noisy AF, "slow" max aperture, focus ring turns on AF
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

px_pc, pentaxforums.com
10 April 2014
  • Excerpt: Quite simply an excellent lens for street photography, but also for landscapes (although there I might prefer the 15mm). The quality is up to the limited standard, and this lens is very compact and light. It's size makes it an excellent compagnon in the town or on a hike.
  • Pros: Color, size
  • Cons: working with filters and the lens hood combined
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Overall 10
10

User Review

JEA, pentaxforums.com
6 April 2014
  • Excerpt: This is among my very favourite of the Pentax Limited lenses. It is small, light, discrete and versatile--a perfect walk around lens. It is a handsome looking lens and the lens hood does a great job of protecting the lens itself. Because it stays firmly in place the hood really eliminates the need to use a protective UV filter. The sharpness and colour rendition are spot on. Photos look great straight out of the camera.
  • Pros: close focus distance, sharpness, colour rendition
  • Cons: none
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

pentajazzz, pentaxforums.com
4 April 2014
  • Excerpt: Yes - it is enough wide for usual indoor-tide room-landscape shooting. enough - it is mean that 15mm I do not need.
  • Pros: compact and lightweight, sharp, fast AF.
  • Cons: not detected yet
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

JPT, pentaxforums.com
5 March 2014
  • Excerpt: I went through a few stages after buying this lens. The first shot I took was amazing, catching the early evening light in a way that none of my other lenses could do. Then I fell into the trap of pixel peeping and started wonder whether it was worth the money. I noticed softness at the edges of the frame wide open. Then I took it on holiday to Paris and really liked the way it captured scenes around the city.
  • Pros: contrast, flare resistance, build quality, centre sharpness
  • Cons: lower sharpness at the edges
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Jonathan Mac, pentaxforums.com
17 February 2014
  • Excerpt: This lens is very nice. It's small and light, AF is fast and overall IQ is good. It's nice to finally have a small, wide prime for use on digital, so I don't have to use a zoom for wide-angle.
  • Pros: Small, light, very good image quality
  • Cons: Distortion, a little slow, not the sharpest wide open, horrendous green blob flare
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Overall 10
10

Fantastic lens

James W. Turner, Amazon
31 January 2014
  • Summary: This was the 2nd Pentax Limited "pancake" lens I've purchased (the 1st was the 40mm). This has probably become my most-used lens! It's always either on my camera or in my pocket for quick retrieval. I use it for architecture photography and anything that I need to get a lot into a photo or can't step back enough to get with the 40.
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Pentax 21mm f/3.2 Limited SMC P-DA review by kh1234567890

kh1234567890, slrgear.com
30 January 2014
  • Summary: The DA21 is small and the clever lens hood hardly adds to its length. On a K-7 it looks positively diminutive. As with all the limiteds, the design and build exude that certain satisfying precision feel. The lens hood design is unconventional but effective. The lens cap is a solid piece of felt lined aluminium, in keeping with the look and feel of the lens, but a bit impracticable and probably expensive to replace.
  • Pros: Size, build, handling
  • Cons: None
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