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Pentax HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Black)

BH #PE7024DALB • MFR #21430
Pentax HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • Pentax K Mount
  • 105mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • Compact Portrait-Length Lens
The black HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens from Pentax is a prime portrait-length lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 105mm. This short-telephoto 23° angle of view is well-suited to portrait and landscape shooting as well as general long lens applications. A high-grade multi-layer HD coating has been applied to lens elements to help minimize flare and ghosting for enhanced contrast, clarity, and color fidelity and a nine-blade diaphragm contributes to an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, an SP Protect coating has also been applied to the front lens element to effectively protect it from dirt, oil, and finger prints.
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Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Overview

The black HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens from Pentax is a prime portrait-length lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 105mm. This short-telephoto 23° angle of view is well-suited to portrait and landscape shooting as well as general long lens applications. A high-grade multi-layer HD coating has been applied to lens elements to help minimize flare and ghosting for enhanced contrast, clarity, and color fidelity and a nine-blade diaphragm contributes to an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, an SP Protect coating has also been applied to the front lens element to effectively protect it from dirt, oil, and finger prints.

The compact form-factor of this lens integrates Pentax's Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows manual focus control over the lens at any time, even in AF mode, for precise handling over the focal plane.

Prime portrait-length lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 105mm, covering a longer-than-normal perspective that is well-suited to portraiture.
Compact lens design measures just 1"-thick.
High-grade multi-layer HD coating minimizes lens flare and ghosting to enhance contrast and color neutrality.
Quick-Shift Focus System enables manual focus control at all times for precise handling that is well-suited to selective focus imagery.
Super Protect coating helps to protect the front lens element from dirt and finger marks.
UPC: 027075273689

Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Specs

Focal Length70mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 105mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountPentax K
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View23°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70.1 cm
Maximum Magnification0.12x
Optical Design6 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.5 x 1" / 63.5 x 25.4 mm
Weight4.6 oz / 130 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.575 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.9 x 3.75 x 3.35"

Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Reviews

Satisfying Lens

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-22

I like being brought a little closer with the 70mm. This lens also seem to deliver very good color and clarity. Autofocus is fast and picture quality is quite good.

Sharp and light

By A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-13

I bought this lens to use mostly for portraits, because of the weight/performance compromise. It is so light and compact it enables me to carry a small bag for daily use, and also makes the camera (K3ii) much easier to handle compared to heavier options; for me that was worth the relatively lower brightness. Wide open portraits look great! Sharpness and iq are excellent, build quality is great. I keep the hood on all the time, because otherwise the provided lens cap won't attach. You could also use a pinch cap directly w/o the hood. Highly recommended!

Good lens

By steve
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-02

very sharp.Bokah ok but not spectacular. Good colours. Opted to get the 55mm 1.4 lens as this I think will give better bokeh for potraits. I have the 43mm ltd lens. Similar sharpness

Very nice prime lens

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-01-13

Though I'm primarily a Nikon fan, I bought my K-3 because Nikon (and Canon) seem unaware of a thing called rain. I passed up some great shots from behind a waterfall in the Smokies because I wasn't going to take one of my D-800s into the heavy mist. So I initially bought only the WR (weather resistant) lenses to go with the K-3. Lately, however, I find myself buying more of the Pentax prime lenses simply because I like the K-3, and this lens performs well. It's great for portraits and general use when you simply want to get in a little closer. While the K-3 can be a little slow auto-focusing the longer telephotos, this one is fast, provides a spot-on focus, with a pleasant bokeh. Color is uniform across the entire frame with no aberrations noted at any aperture.

My first limited lens!!

By Paul D
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-20

After reading the reviews for the non HD version, I was hoping the HD version would be even better. I can't directly compare this one with the older model but the top ratings are true. I was surprised how sharp it was at 2.4 but by F4 I was amazed. I generally shoot landscapes so I couldn't decide if i really needed this since it's more of a portrait lens. I bought it as like new and so it was already a good deal then @ had their prime sale and I couldn't resist. It arrived sealed in the original packaging so was shocked it really was more or less brand new.The bokeh is excellent, much better than any other lens in my bag. This is my first limited lens and it lives up to the hype. Colors and contrast just look different from my other lenses. As with most lenses, I would say this is sharpest from F4-F16. Beyond F16 it softens up again but nothing to complain about. You really only notice it if you look at 100%. This and the Pentax K-3 are a great combo. Would be interesting to compare the pictures to the soon to be here full frame and see if you can really see a difference. I guess I'll never know as the full frame is more than I need.

Great small lens !!!

By Juan Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-08

Medium telephoto applications. Portraits. Very lightweight. Great picture quality. Fast auto focusing.

Compact concert and portrait lens

By Adrian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-18

Ive had this lens for a long time, and its my main concert photo lens. Image quality is excellent, from sharpness to bokeh to contrast and color. Its unobtrusive, easy to move around, and the perfect focal length for portraits from a medium distance. Ive also used it for other applications such as telephoto landscapes, its easy to have in the bag thanks to its small size.

Great lens

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-12

I've owned many Pentax prime lenses, going back to the FA28, FA50, FA135, and in the limited series, the FA31, FA43, FA77, DA21, and DA35. I currently own the DA15, DA40 and this DA70. This lens, the DA 70 is the sharpest of them all. I have also owned a Leica Summicron 50mm F2 and I think this DA70 is as good as the Leica in image quality. At least to the naked eye. Put 'em under a microscope and you may find the summicron is a bit better but for value for the money buy Pentax. In fact it is this limited series of lenses that has me buying Pentax cameras.

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