Reviews and Problems with Pentax SMC DA 40mm F2.8 XS
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Sharp as a tack, and tiny as one too
16 July 2014
Summary: Super compact, super crisp. I LOVE this lens. It is so portable that I can fit this in my holster bag with the 18-55 on the camera, and almost makes the K-5 look like a point-and-shoot. The 2.8 is crisper than expected and provides a beautiful depth of field when wide open. At 3.5 and above it is sharp as a tack. Compared to its big brother this lens packs quite a punch for the price tag.
Summary: This lens is extremely fun to use for photo or video. The images are extremely crisp and video is very fun and easy with such a short focus ring allowing you to do quick focusing pulling with shallow depth of field. This lens also creates very round bokeh from great aperture blades. The nature of a 40mm/60mm is that it creates a framed shot for you. A natural view of your surroundings comparable to the human eye.
Summary: I haven't tested it extensively yet, but with the few test photos I shot, I noticed a marked difference in the sharpness/photo quality of the pictures taken with this lens vs my kit 18-55 and 50-200mm lenses. I winced to spend the money but after reading reviews I thought it might be worth it. It's worth it.
Summary: I have had this for a while. I must have taken a thousand shots by now. I can admit that this is a superb lens considering its size and price. great center sharpness wide open. gets better as you stop down a little. Makes a lot of noise when focusing in low light. Not much to complain about but, worth noting. You will hear it in your video for sure. love the lens so far.
Summary: I have a lot of good to say about this lens, so let me start by telling you whats bad to just get it out of the way. 1- Purple fringing can be strong but only in significantly high contrast situations (tree branches in the gray sky, white fence/ or white floweres with sun hitting it, etc). Also occurs worst wide open at f2.8 stops to 4 stops then is gone.
Value for money 40mm optics, but mounting is tricky
M. Muzammil "IncidentFlux", Amazon
16 March 2013
Summary: It's a Pentax 40mm f/2.8 lens. Image quality is as expected of a prime lens. Looks really good if handled correctly. Mounting it to the K-30 is a real pain and tricky. I have an 18-55 WR and 18-135 WR lenses, both are quality lenses and mount easily in the first attempt. Value for money optics. Still a good lens.