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PentaxSMCP-DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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      • No

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      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.

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      • No

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      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.

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        • No

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        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.

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        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.

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        • No

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        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

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        • No

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        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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          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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            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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                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.

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                    (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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