Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 70mm f/2.4 AL Limited
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Pentax 70mm f/2.4 Limited SMC DA review by ddekadt
19 January 2010
Summary: This lens is spectacular in every way, excepting for it's close focusing distance which is a real disappointment. Aside from that, this is just a magnificent lens. The build is superb, tight tolerances, smooth focusing, aesthetic beauty in and out. The speed is ok, f2.4 is good enough, and considering the size of the lens as a result of the narrower aperture, it's not much of a problem. Optically it is just something else.
Pentax 70mm f/2.4 Limited SMC DA review by grim grimsson
grim grimsson, slrgear.com
1 January 2009
Summary: Very good portrait lens, people do not feel intimidated by it's size. Sharp with fast and precise autofocus. Lightweight but still solid construction. A lens that I use more and more as I discover how good it is. Bought it as a portrait lens, but now I bring it almost everywhere I go.
Summary: I use this lens for nature and outdoor photography, as well as for some portraits. And I love it! It is so well-built and its sharpness is wonderfull. Also bokeh is excellent, maybe better at 2.8 than the fastest 2.4, but this is matter of personal taste. I enjoy a lot its size and weight - it is so easy to carry this lens anywhere I go, even for a whole day trip.
Pros: - built quality is superb, - excellent sharpness, - lovely Bokeh, - size and weight, - front screw size (saves a lot money on filters), - price
Cons: For weaknesses I really have to think for a while:, - maybe a bit slower and noisier AF compared to SDM lenses, - people tend to laugh when they see it mounted on the camera....:o) (and so they do with the 40mm pancake lens)
Summary: This lens takes beautiful portraits in the studio. The only difficulty I've had is that my studio space is small and I have a hard time getting a full length shot. But it takes amazing close-ups.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Summary: This super-compact lens is one that now accompanies me any time my K10D does. Its AF is fast, albeit not silent, and the slight telephoto is great for candid shooting and scenery. It is scenic use for which I most highly recommend it. Pentax's DA lenses deliver beautifully saturated results, and this excels. Greens are rich, and halation is minimal. My only gripes are that it is fiddly to manually focus and that it loses its ultra-thin feel the minute you mount the hood.
Summary: Unbelievable lens - I read review after review and finally on impluse bought the lens today. Spent the afternoon shooting and am amazed at the quality of the images. Focus is fast and colour rendition is perfect Pentax. This will be ideal for portrait work.
Pros: Consistent Output, Lightweight, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: This is one of the best lenses I have used to date, sharp through out even to the corners even wide open. nice small light weight and very well made lens. Has a nice 3d effect like most other pentax limited lenses. AF is fast but it's old style screw drive with a bit of noise. This lens is VERY well made and feels great.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction