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Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR USA

You Pay: $1,196.95

Not compatible with "full-frame" (35mm size) cameras

Product Highlights
  • Weather & Dust Resistant

The Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Lens is a high-quality telephoto lens that is designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras. It offers a focal length that is equivalent (in 35mm format) to 300mm. This wide coverage is ideal for a variety of telephoto applications, including portraiture, sports and scenery.

Pentax DA* (DA-Star) zoom lenses come equipped with the SDM System, which assures smoother, quieter auto-focusing operation by using a built-in supersonic motor. When mounted on the K10D digital SLR camera body, the focus mode is automatically switched to SDM-assisted auto-focusing. When mounted on older Pentax digital SLR camera bodies, the conventional autofocus mode using a camera-mounted motor is selected.

Like all Pentax lenses, this lens is treated with smc coating for maximum light transmission, sharp definition, and high contrast images. In addition, SP (Super Protective) coating made of a special fluoride compound has been applied to the front surface of the lens through the use of a unique evaporation process. As a result, the lens offers excellent water- and oil-repellent performance and makes for easier cleaning should the lens be accidentally smeared with fingerprints or cosmetics.

Note! Not compatible with "full-frame" (35mm size) cameras

Designed for Digital SLRs
The image circle in DA-series lenses is designed to perfectly match the 23.5mm x 15.7mm size of the CCD used in Pentax digital SLRs to optimize camera performance. This design also contributes to a drastic reduction in size, weight and production cost, compared to 35mm-format counterparts with similar specifications.
DA*-Series
DA*-series lenses feature tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction that enhance durability for use in rain or dusty conditions.
SP Coating
SP (Super Protective) coating made of a special fluoride compound has been applied to the front surface of the lens to offer excellent water- and oil-repellent performance.
Quick-Shift Focus
Quick-Shift Focus System allows to instantly switch the focus mode from AF to manual with a slight twist of the focus ring.
High Optical Quality
Incorporates Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens elements to compensate for chromatic aberration.
Performance
Focal Length 200mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Pentax K
Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 8.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' (1.2 m)
Magnification 0.20x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 5.3" (8.38 x 13.46 cm)
Weight 1.82 lb (825 g)
Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR
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    PentaxSMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR
     
    4.8

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (14)
    • Strong construction (11)
    • Durable (9)
    • Easily interchangeable (9)
    • Rugged (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (11)
      • Low light (6)
      • Wildlife photos (5)
      • Wildlife (4)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very happy with this lens

      This is my first "non-zoom" telephoto. My other current lens is Pentax's 18-250 zoom, which is teriffic (versatile) but obviously lacks the aperature range of the 200mm f2.8.Read complete review

      This is my first "non-zoom" telephoto. My other current lens is Pentax's 18-250 zoom, which is teriffic (versatile) but obviously lacks the aperature range of the 200mm f2.8.
      Coupled with my K10D I had to upgrade camera software to V.1.30 via the Pentax Website to utilise Super Sonic Motor (SMC), which was very simple. SMC makes for quiet, smooth, quick focussing. Also, K10D's antishake complements lens very well.
      I use with sport..son's soccer matches and daughter's horsing around; as well as portraiture and animals...cockatoos on feeder, cattle, dogs etc. All these subjects move around a bit so not every photo is a winner, but when you hit the "sweet spot" the results are great.
      I have taken some people shots at dusk at f2.8 and the light floods in, making it possible to capture great images in low light.
      I was tossing up between this and the 300 f4, but with 10 megs on K10D (14 on K20D) there is loads of room for cropping.
      I love it, but take into account my lack of experience of other similar lenses.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      First sample definitely faulty/defective

      I had been anticipating buying this lens for a while. I finally bought it. It is not too heavy, especially compared to my Sigma 70-200, feels very nice, balanced and olid....Read complete review

      I had been anticipating buying this lens for a while. I finally bought it. It is not too heavy, especially compared to my Sigma 70-200, feels very nice, balanced and olid. Upon my first outing with the lens I took about 50 outdoor shots with good lighting. Practically ALL the shots were out of focus! There were a few which looked relatively decent, but were a far cry from the sharpness I am accustomed to with the Pentax Limited lenses I own and from what I expected from this lens. I believe I simply received a faulty sample, a lemon, have returned it in exchange for another copy. Hopefully I will not be dissapointed.

      Reviewed by 14 customers

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      5.0

      Excellent mid-range telephoto lens

      By the bird guy

      from Bakersfield, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

        Use this for wildlife and objects not too far away. Plants and flowers look terrific. Operates quietly. Lens hood is a little tricky to attach.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        First sample definitely faulty/defective

        By Russ

        from San Francisco

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

        I had been anticipating buying this lens for a while. I finally bought it. It is not too heavy, especially compared to my Sigma 70-200, feels very nice, balanced and olid. Upon my first outing with the lens I took about 50 outdoor shots with good lighting. Practically ALL the shots were out of focus! There were a few which looked relatively decent, but were a far cry from the sharpness I am accustomed to with the Pentax Limited lenses I own and from what I expected from this lens. I believe I simply received a faulty sample, a lemon, have returned it in exchange for another copy. Hopefully I will not be dissapointed.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        So far, so good.

        By Railwolf

        from Pueblo West, CO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

          I've had the lens a couple of weeks and am very satisfied so far. Very well built lens.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very solid and sharp lens

          By Ole-Petter

          from Norway

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Pricey but worth it

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

          I bought this for use with my Pentax K-5. The image quality is superior to telezooms I have owned previously. I have used it for children's football events, portraits and landscape fotography so far, and I am very pleased. I plan to use it for other outdoor sports such as cross country skiing and sailing. The solid build obviously means some weight, but it is worth it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just what I needed

          By Eclectic Mike

          from Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

          I spent years trying to eek out good sport and indoor pictures without a flash from lenses that just weren't made to do so and this lens looks like what I've needed at an affordable price. While I was caught a bit off guard by the weight, I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and quiet the autofocus feature worked.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          wow

          By chamayan

          from Montréal, Qc

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

          I used it mostly for ice hockey pictures, it is very sharp, i simply love it

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very fine lens.

          By Lynn Jr

          from Troy, Ny

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

          I use this lens mostly for wildlife and landscape work. Extremely well built, weather sealed, fast, and sharp at all F-stops.

          My only gripe with this lens is its weight. It is heavy. But, considering the build quality and superb optics, the extra weight is not a very big issue.

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          5.0

          Even better than I thought

          By colinsart

          from Coffs Harbour NSW Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Quick Focus
          • Rugged
          • Sharp Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

            I have found this to be a very usable lens and I can get a lot closer to things than I would have thought possible.
            It's a little bit heavy but take it for a photo walk and it's a lot better than a gym workout.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Incredible lens

            By Danes Digital Images

            from East Texas

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Quick Focus
            • Rugged
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

              This is an ultra clear lens I use on my K10D for landscapes, wildlife and, most recently, weddings. With a fast aperture, I was able to shoot a wedding ceremony from the back of a (smallish) church using my AF540 flash. I have several 20 X 24 landscape prints that resemble paintings. This is a great lens. The only con is the poor quality lens cover. Broke beyond repair too easily.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              THIS LENS ROCKS!

              By El Guapo

              from Dothan, Alabama

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Value
              • High Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

                  Unbeleiveable image clarity with zero distortion. Impressive build and quality workmanship. A very worthwhile investment.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for Indoor Sports

                  By Cujo

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Quick Focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoor Sports
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

                    Easy to use, Used to shoot indoor sports with a flash but with the 2.8 great for indoor sports.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very happy with this lens

                    By Hereford

                    from Kellys Plains, NSW, Australia

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Low-light results
                    • Rugged
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

                      This is my first "non-zoom" telephoto. My other current lens is Pentax's 18-250 zoom, which is teriffic (versatile) but obviously lacks the aperature range of the 200mm f2.8.
                      Coupled with my K10D I had to upgrade camera software to V.1.30 via the Pentax Website to utilise Super Sonic Motor (SMC), which was very simple. SMC makes for quiet, smooth, quick focussing. Also, K10D's antishake complements lens very well.
                      I use with sport..son's soccer matches and daughter's horsing around; as well as portraiture and animals...cockatoos on feeder, cattle, dogs etc. All these subjects move around a bit so not every photo is a winner, but when you hit the "sweet spot" the results are great.
                      I have taken some people shots at dusk at f2.8 and the light floods in, making it possible to capture great images in low light.
                      I was tossing up between this and the 300 f4, but with 10 megs on K10D (14 on K20D) there is loads of room for cropping.
                      I love it, but take into account my lack of experience of other similar lenses.

                      Share this review

                      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      No Abberations, quiet operations

                      By Hereford

                      from Kellys Plains, NSW, Australia

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Super sonic motor

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

                        Only had this a week, but very impressed.
                        Hooked up to my K10D with updated firmware 1.30 (available free from Pentax website) the super sonic motor incorporated in the lens is very quiet and quick.
                        Image quality is terrific and with 10 megapixels allows plenty of cropping while retaining image quality.
                        Great for portraits, low light, moving birds/sports.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Quality Glass

                        By Sure Shot Mike

                        from Crystal Lake, IL

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Pentax SMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR:

                          Light weight, easy to carry. I use it for nature photography and works well in low light settings at dusk.

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