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Pentax smc DA Star 200mm F2.8 ED SDM

The smc PENTAX DA Star 200mm for PENTAX digital SLRs provides ex Read more

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Overall 10
10

very nice

F. Philcox, Amazon
26 June 2014
  • Summary: Great auto focus, snaps everything into focus quietly and efficiently. The IQ is really really fine. Absolutely no complaints here.
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Overall 10
10

Stellar quality and performance

JB123, Amazon
21 May 2014
  • Summary: The "Star" version lenses are very finely crafted tools. All fitting are tight and movements are silky smooth. The "IF" focusing is incredibly fast and quiet. While the lens is a handful, it is not unreasonable to hand hold. I was at first uneasy about not having a tripod collar (as the 300mm has) but the 200mm is well balanced and can easily be supported by hand for your typical one hour sports event.
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Overall 10
10

Lives up to its reputation

Mark Dargan, Amazon
13 April 2012
  • Summary: I have a been a Pentax SLR owner for 30 years and so have acquired a collection of lenses, all of which work on my K5 DLSR thanks to Pentax's excellent K mount. After thinking about it for nearly a year I finally purchased the 200mm f2.8 and I have to say after two weeks, that this is the first Pentax lens I own which consistently surprises me with the "snap", colour and life it brings to every shot.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good lens but not great

Matt Hollingsworth, Amazon
3 December 2011
  • Summary: I've gone sort of nuts buying Pentax lenses for my k5 and kx. I have the 10-17 Fisheye, 15mm Limited, 21mm Limited, 35 mm Macro Limited, 40 mm Limited, 70 mm Limited, 200mm DA*, 50mm Takumar m42 and just bought the 50mm f1.2 SMCA. I take a lot of events/street, flowers and nature shots. I don't use this lens a lot partly because I don't need a long lens often. This is a big lens with a lot of glass. It's an amazing work of art to hold.
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Overall 10
10

Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED

Pat Grantham, Amazon
17 November 2011
  • Summary: Lens was received quickly and well packed. Photo Clarity is very good, The F2.8 allows for shooting at low light levels and works well with the Pentax K20D body. Auto Focus is quick and smooth but a little soft in some situations. Ruggedness is very good for a lens of this price and I'm not afraid to take it out on days with a light rainfall. It has become the lens I use the most with my SLR. It's an excellent lens for the price.
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Overall 6
6.0

Flawed beauty

Amazon Customer, Amazon
27 May 2011
  • Summary: I bought this lens to shoot bike races and the like, figuring its length and f/2.8 were just right. I've been disappointed with it producing purple fringing on high contrast edges even in the center of the frame, worst shooting wide open as one would like to do for action sports. It's not the normal edge CA that can be mitigated in ACR or ALR; it has a small amount of normal CA.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent lens

cgroot, Amazon
25 January 2011
  • Summary: This Pentax lens is truly high quality. It works great in many situations. From long distance to within 4-5 feet.
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Overall 10
10

Too early for full review but nice lens

Ciaz, Amazon
11 December 2010
  • Summary: Arrived promptly, in perfect condition. Haven't had a chance to use it much but feels nice on my K7. Love the f2.8 aperture, some huge glass to capture light so lookng forward to taking good shots. Focus seems fast and good too. Construction looks and feels very good.
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Overall 10
10

pentax DA*200mm f/2.8 lens is great

Matt Osborne, Amazon
16 November 2008
  • Summary: This lens is everything I heard it was, fast, sharp very accurate. I highly recommend this lens to anybody ready to upgrade from the kit lenses.
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Overall 8
8.0

Top Notch - with a Caveat

P. VANDALEN, Amazon
1 November 2008
  • Summary: In order to augment my Pentax DA*50-135 f2.8 with more reach, I had been interested in the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 but decided to go with the Pentax DA*200 f2.8 - I really wanted the SDM focus motor of the Pentax lens. Online professional lab tests indicated typical prime lens performance in near zero distortion and across-the-frame level sharpness over a wide range of apertures.
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