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8.3 out of 10

Pentax smc DA 21 mm

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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Nicolas06, pentaxforums.com
17 August 2014
  • Excerpt: It is not the perfect lens, mainly because it is quite soft on borders, even stopped down. My understanding is that this is not softness but field curvature. The result is the same: border tend to lack sharpness even stopped down... At least when you put focus to infinite.
  • Pros: great colors, small, light, perfect walkaround lens
  • Cons: soft on corners
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Overall 10
10

User Review

jephi, pentaxforums.com
28 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Great lens: easy handling, solid built, picture quality is excellent, even wide open.
  • Pros: Fast focus, small, great built, great optics
  • Cons: none
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Overall 10
10

Great little lens.

Old Pro, Amazon
13 June 2014
  • Summary: This compact gem is perhaps the perfect little walk-around lens for your Pentax. Unobtrusive, it gives your camera a unique perspective that doesn't scream wide angle but is wider and can be more useful than (35mm equiv.) 35 and 50mm focal lengths. Like the 43mm Limited on Pentax film 35's, it just looks right when you raise it to your eye and the resulting images bear this out.
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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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