Pentax HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens

Pentax HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens

Pentax HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens

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Product Highlights

  • K-Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • 105-300mm (35mm Equivalent on APS-C)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • HD, SP, and Aero Bright Coatings
  • Direct Current AF and Quick-Shift Focus
  • Focus Range Limiter
  • Weather-Resistant with 13 Seals
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Pentax 70-200mm f/2.8 Overview

  • 1Description

Pairing a versatile zoom range with a fast, constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, the HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens is a telephoto zoom designed for Pentax K-mount DSLRs. Offering a 105-300mm-equivalent focal length range with APS-C cameras, this lens is particularly well-suited to sports, landscape, and wildlife uses, especially when working in trying light conditions. Extra-low dispersion glass elements have been incorporated within the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortions, as well as produce a high degree of sharpness from edge-to-edge. HD and Aero Bright coatings have also been applied to lens elements to reduce reflections and flare and a Super Protect coating also helps to shield the front and rear elements from dust, water, and oils. Further enabling its use in difficult conditions, this 70-200mm f/2.8 also features a weather-resistant construction with 13 separate seals to block moisture and dust from entering the lens.

In regard to focusing, a DC autofocus motor realizes fast and quiet performance and is accentuated by the Quick-Shift Focus System for changing between AF and MF control by simply turning the focusing ring. Additionally, a removable, rotating tripod collar is included with the lens for more even balance when shooting atop a tripod.

One of the most versatile zoom ranges, this 70-200mm lens provides a 105-300mm equivalent focal length range when used with Pentax APS-C DSLRs.
A constant f/2.8 maximum aperture delivers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and is particularly beneficial to creating shallow depth of field imagery.
Extra-low dispersion glass elements are incorporated within the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and produce high image clarity with edge-to-edge sharpness.
High Definition (HD) and Aero Bright coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting in order to deliver greater contrast and color fidelity. Additionally, a Super Protect (SP) coating also helps to protect the surface of exposed elements from fingerprints, water, dust, and oils and also makes the front and rear elements easier to clean.
A Direct Current (DC) autofocus motor benefits from an internal focusing design and delivers fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance.
The Quick-Shift Focus System allows you to first use autofocus to acquire general focus on a subject, then instantly refine your focus position manually without the need for an AF/MF selector.
A focus range limiter allows you to constrain the lens' focus range between different sets of distances for faster performance and greater responsiveness.
The weather-resistant construction utilizes 13 distinct seals to prevent moisture or dust from entering the lens.
A removable, rotating tripod collar is included with the lens for better balance when shooting atop a tripod.
UPC: 027075286917
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Pentax HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens
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  • Rear Lens Cap (B) for Bayonet Mount Lenses
  • PH-RBM77 Lens Hood
  • O-TM80 Tripod Mount
  • HS 110-230 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pentax 70-200mm f/2.8 Specs

    Focal Length 70 to 200mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 105 to 300 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Pentax K
    Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
    Angle of View 34.5° to 12.5°
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.94' / 1.2 m
    Magnification 0.13x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.69
    Optical Design 19 Elements in 16 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.60 x 7.99" / 91.5 x 203 mm
    Weight 3.86 lb / 1755 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.9 x 7.2 x 7.0"

    Pentax 70-200mm f/2.8 Reviews

    HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 37.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pentax Zoom ever I had a chance to shoot few hundred pictures with D-FA* 70-200 on my K5-II this weekend. I am truly impressed. The lens is very sharp wide open, and autofocus is very accurate. Color reproduction, out of focus areas - everything is beyond my expectations. Honestly, I've not seen such image quality from any Pentax zoom (and even many of the primes) ever. The build quality is very high, nothing to complain about. I really like that the tripod support is double-purposed as a carrying handle, it's very convenient. The only thing I'm not quite happy with is the weight. The lens is really heavy, I'd recommend using a monopod with it.
    Date published: 2016-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pro-level lens for Pentaxians So far I've used this lens for sports action photography, and I plan to use it for a few portraits down the road. Although I paid a hefty sum for a hefty lens, I'm glad it has features the 70-200mm f/2.8 Tamron does not: weather sealing, internal zooming (no telescoping action), and DC motor for faster focusing -- a must for fast-action burst shooting. I also read about sharpness issues with the Tamron. It's significantly less expensive, and a bit lighter/smaller, but you get what you pay for, I guess. This Pentax lens produces extremely sharp photos, even at f/2.8. Like others have said, it's built like a tank, but it can be hand-held. Built to last and get the job done in any conditions.
    Date published: 2016-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice lens Very nice lens. Heavy beast but amazingly nice bokeh. I only used a hand full times but will continue to support Pentax lenses. weather resistance is definitely a nice touch. I have done a few shots in a water park where my daughter had her 5th birthday where this feature came in very handy. Furthermore, living in SIngapore where high (80%) humidity is standard WR offers additional protection. I also like to use it for distant portrait shots as especially younger kids dont realize that they are being photographed and hence stop making funny faces/poses. Paparazzi-Dady :-)
    Date published: 2016-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It holds up well I am an outdoorsman living on a farm in NE Ohio. I need camera gear that stands up to the elements. Snow, rain, stormy weather, and sudden drenching dew while bouncing around in an aluminum walleye boat at night is regular photography for me. I am up to my elbows in Canon gear, but the Pentax K-1 and this lens give me great peace of mind as far as being able to hold up well to the wet. This lens gives outstanding image quality that I did not expect. I have lots of Canon L lenses with which to compare it. In my eyes, the IQ is right on top with the best of them. With internal focus and internal zoom this lens should and has proved itself to me as an all weather lens I can count on.
    Date published: 2017-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pentax Lenses Just Keep Getting Better I bought a Pentax K-3 only because Nikon doesn't understand the concept of rain. I got tired of sweating over my D800s when a dark cloud rolled overhead. The K-3 and the AW/WR lenses perform well in the rain, but quite honestly, the earlier variable zooms demanded a lot of light, not always available on a rainy day. Lately, Pentax is releasing brighter lenses that enable you to shoot on the gloomiest of days, and this is one of them. The lens is very well made and quiet when auto-focusing. I've used the Quick Shift focusing a couple of times, but the lens seems to nail the focus accurately without my intervention. I have already used it in the rain and it performed admirably. It's a good option for the budget conscious, as it can replace the three prime lenses in this focus range without sacrificing light.
    Date published: 2016-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Beast This big heavy beast is astonishingly sharp at all focal lengths, even wide open. I have used it for animals and outdoor sport, where perhaps it isn't really long enough on the K1, but I can crop heavily and still get far sharper and more compelling images than with the DA 55-300 at 300mm. The bokeh is delightfully smooth, and the AF very precise. The D FA* 70-200 is certainly a bag of (superb) primes, though bear in mind that it is probably heavier than a collection of good primes covering the same range. The lens does not extend when focusing or zooming, making weather sealing much more effective (AW rather than WR). The manual focusing ring is beautifully smooth and precise, and easily operated with one finger. The tripod foot is very secure, but easily removed. Despite its weight, the 70-200 is quite easy to hand-hold in decent light. For long periods though, many users may like to use a tripod or monopod.
    Date published: 2016-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations Have had this lens three weeks & have been out with it several times already with it mounted to my K-1. It has exceeded my expectations. My only comparison is to my Nikon 80-200 f/2.8D (non-AF-S)mounted on my D750. Not exactly apples to apples, but close I think. The Pentax combo is sharper I think. Auto focus seems fast to me, but my only reference would be my 200-400 G AF-S VR f/4 Nikon on the D750, & that's probably not a fair comparison. The tripod collar is a definite step up from the Nikon in design & function. it's sturdier, easily removable, & the detents at 90 deg. intervals is very handy. This lens is noticeably heavier than the Nikon, but that's not important to me. The build quality & weather sealing however are, & this lens gets five stars in those categories. Highly recommended for K-1 owners if you can afford it.
    Date published: 2017-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a winner for Pentax and a perfect mate for the K1. I've only had this lens a week, and my first impression is that this is a top shelf product. It is solid and very well made, focuses very quickly and quietly, comes with a nice zip-up carry case, takes gorgeous pictures, the zoom and focus rings operate smoothly, and it feels great on my K1. The removable rotating tripod collar makes switching from landscape to portrait a breeze. I have tried to think of something I don't like about this lens, but I can't. This is a heavy, expensive lens, but the quality of construction justifies both the weight and the cost. I waited for a while to save the money to buy it, and It appears to be well worth the wait. Price-wise it's in the same league as the comparable offerings from Canon and Nikon. This is a serious investment in a system, not just a purchase. It's not for everybody, but I'm happy.
    Date published: 2017-02-28
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Pentax K-1
    • Pentax K-1 II
    • Pentax K-3 II
    • Pentax K-70
    • Pentax K-S2
    • Pentax KP