Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited
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26 November 2014
Excerpt: This is a nice looking lens that takes high contrast pictures with lovely color that are great to look at. I used it less than my other lenses, maybe because of its odd focal length. There can be some purple fringing in bright situations. The auto-focus is fast. Its a good lens and does the job well.
Summary: First, while I have never tried the non-HD version of this lens (the older version), I believe this lens is only an incremental improvement over the older version. I bought this lens about a year ago and then returned it. I wanted a lens for taking good portraits and I was very impressed with portraits from my nifty thrifty fifty (Pentax DA 50mm, f1.8). The Pentax DA 70mm had an even better reputation for portraits and its focal length seemed ideal.
Summary: As expected from a lens in the Pentax Limited line, the build quality is excellent. The lens comes with a very nice protective pouch to prevent scuffs to the beautiful finish. Although this is my second longest focal length fixed lens, it is the smallest lens in my entire collection. The metal body and detachable lens hood feel great in hand, and the few test shots that I have performed in low light have great contrast and sharpness.
Excerpt: This is a great lens. It's small, light, pretty fast and with great IQ. Build quality is great, typical DA limited. Sharpness wide open could be slightly better but it's useable without a doubt, and can give nice shallow depth of field. Colour and contrast are excellent, as is resistance to flare.
Excerpt: This lens is a pure delight to use, it is quick and very sharp, and it looks sharp on my K5 as well. This is a beautifully crafted solid metal lens with the manual focus that is smoother than any other lens I have ever used. On the down side, the lens barrel has a slight wobble which due to the metal construction becomes more obvious since it makes a noticeable clicking sound.
Pros: sharpness, compact size, autofocus speed for a telephoto