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HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Black)
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (10)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Nice bokeh (8)
  • Consistent output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Weddings (8)
  • Low light (7)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Portraits (3)
  • Sports/action (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp and light

By A

from Ithaca, NY

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Silver):

    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!

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good lens

    By beulah man

    from Hamilton Ontario

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

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

      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

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice prime lens

      By Old Marine

      from Wilmington, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Weddings/Events

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

        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.

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        5.0

        My first limited lens!!

        By Paul D

        from Blaine, MN

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

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

          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.

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          5.0

          Great small lens !!!

          By jjcllgg

          from Yokosuka, Japan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Silver):

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

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very sharp and fast medium tele

            By juancarlos

            from Yokosuka, Japan

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Silver):

              I use it wen I need a closer look at my subjects. It is very sharp lens, fast autofocus and small.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              First Impressions

              By Isoflex

              from Arkansas

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraiture

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

                I bought this lens to use for portraits and took it to photograph a prom. The focus speed was good but not great. I was also using my Olympus E-3 with 12-60mm SWD and it was about 3/4 that speed or so, not bad at all. Indoors it seemed a little better compared to the E-3 so pretty darn good.

                Color rendition was outstanding, just beautiful. Indoors the colors were a little odd during the dance, lots of blue it seemed. That might have been caused by WB, not sure. Tried other WB settings but didn't seem to make a difference. Probably just the DJ's lights.

                Bokeh was smooth and not busy, very nice. Separation of background was fantastic, nice 3D type look. The only negative was the lens was a little long on my K20D so made for some problems in tight quarters, a 50mm would probably have been better in some situations.

                Lens envy is non-existent with this lens, if you are insecure about having the smallest lens around you might want to steer clear. This lens is REALLY small, but the pictures it makes are superb.

                Considering I was shooting at 2.4 and shooting moving objects I had few OOF images. If using for sports you would definitely want to stop down to f4 or so. When shooting still subjects it is spot on every time.

                This lens exudes quality and subdued design. It ain't flashy or gimmicky it is a precision tool. The retractable lens hood is a joy to use. How Pentax/Ricoh made it move smooth and stay put I don't know, nor how they made a tele that small!
                Probably the best lens I've ever shot. Happy with the purchase.

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                (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Smallest 100mm equivalent you will find

                By Kavootles

                from Iowa City, Ia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

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

                  I have a collection of old pentax lens and cameras. I just got an mx-s on [*]. I have a K20 from a few years ago. I have a spotmatic with the 50mm takumar. Today that lens would cost $1200. I shot pentax for years before selling it all and going for canon autofocus. After a while I started buying it back. Lately I have acquired some L glass and a canon 6d. I am telling you all this to put my remarks and rating into perspective. The 70mm da is the smallest portrait lens you will find. I also have a green ring 40mm da. I don't like the sound of them. I don't like the focus rings. It's probably why I have collected maybe 20 manual focus pentax lenses. With the canon 6d and the 50mm L or the 135mm L I can shoot in the dark and the out of focus! It gives me goose bumps. But, but.. when you look at the pictures that the da produces.. its that old pentax magic. Portraits, portraits, and travel portraits! In travel portraits, you don't actually want the background out of focus. If you were going to do that .. f1.2 you could take the photos in a parking lot at home. Anyway, the da are just something I can't avoid. I know, I know.. I ought to pick up a newer camera to make them shine. I'll probably get there.

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                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Portrait Lens and Short Tele

                  By Waterfall

                  from Minnesota, north of 47th Parallel

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    This is a new lens and I have shot fewer than 100 images, all inside with available light and varying ISO. Portraits of my cats are great. No people portraits available due to lack of model releases at this time. Lens has typical great Pentax Limited build quality and fast AF. The lens itself is a beautiful piece of machinery. Built-in sliding hood works well. Lens cap is not an issue and does not fall off unless you put it over the hood and then push the hood back into the barrel.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Stunning lens

                    By John PadaWan

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • F24 Constant
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Portrait
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited Lens (Silver):

                    This lens is incredible. Mounted on a K-3, this lens is a killer, I used it mainly for portrait and close-up. At f/2.4 or even 2.8, the bokeh is wonderful and the details great. It is well build for a DA (actually a new HD DA type in Ricoh/Pentax arsenal). The only thing that can discourage people for buying this lens is this price. It is not a telezoom, not a SDM and not tropicalized but opens at f/2.4 constantly (very bright), slim for a 70mm and sold with a very discret hood (I really like it because very efficient). The only thing that decided me is the pictures taken with this lens. Once you see them, you want the lens. You won't regret it.

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