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8.5 out of 10

Pentax smc DA 21 mm

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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

px_pc, pentaxforums.com
7 days ago
  • 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
2 weeks ago
  • 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
2 weeks ago
  • 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

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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Overall 10
10

User Review

jddwoods, pentaxforums.com
22 January 2014
  • Excerpt: Already having the DA 15, DA 35 and DA 70 Limiteds, I bought a used version of this lens admittedly on impulse despite knowing that this has the lowest general ratings of the limiteds. This was definitely a pleasant surprise. Despite it being used, the lens is indistinguishable from a new lens, a tight solid constructed metal gem. I have taken many outdoor shots as well as indoor shots and am impressed with the sharpness and color accuracy.
  • Pros: compact size, build quality, sharpness, versatility, autofocus speed
  • Cons: Nothing significant
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

dasboot88, pentaxforums.com
25 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Only sharpness at border is not so good, compare with my DA16-45(very good) & FA28(perfect).
  • Pros: concept design, accuracy & fast autofocus, compact size & weight , build quality, focal length, color, contrast
  • Cons: sharpness at border @f3.2, CA
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

pesao, pentaxforums.com
31 October 2013
  • Excerpt: Maybe I'm not the right one to express an impersonal and impartial opinion on this lens, because, as a "street photographer" I would prefeer something different than what this lens is intended to be by Pentax. Something nearer at the 31 limited for apsc... heavier, bigger, but faster and sharper from total aperture.
  • Pros: Size, optical performance/size ratio, colours, construction.
  • Cons: Not so fast and not so sharp, to be an expensive prime.
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