Originally made for use on film cameras and still in the Pentax lineup, this fast, normal prime scales up to a 75mm on Pentax DSLRs. Best maximum magnification ratio, 1:6, of the 50mm f/1.4 lenses we recently tested.
We love this unique pancake lens. It’s so darn cute and thin. Tough, too—even the lenscap has all-metal construction. Best of all? Performance! Who knew a lens this small could produce images this sharp?
Unusual for a kit lens, this 82.5–450mm equivalent has Excellent image quality, even at 300mm. But AF is loud and slow—Pentax must add its supersonic drive motor (SDM) to this lens for it to be a competitor.
The superlative optical performance and solid build quality of this zoom earn it Pentax's DA* designation—you can call it star billing. But it’s f/2.8-heavy, and f/2.8-pricey—considering that it’s an f/4.