Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM

Last updated (12 August’10):
- Review by DigitalCameraReview

The Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM features 200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 9 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 8.1 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 46.8 inches(1.2m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM lens weighs 29.1 oz. (825g) and it measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 5.3 inches long.

Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM Reviews

Digitalcamerareview reviews the Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM and writes;
“Flare and internal reflections are very well controlled, but the large front element is a little prone to flare in strong sunlight if you aren’t using the included lens hood when shooting. Chromatic aberration (color fringe around high contrast lines) is also well controlled; we only found minor color fringing on high contrast edge demarcation areas when test images were viewed at 200 percent or greater magnification…”
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Photozone reviews the Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM and writes;
“In terms of resolution and contrast the lens is able to produce very good results straight from the max. aperture setting. The level of distortions is absolutely negligible and vignetting and lateral chromatic aberrations (CAs) are not overly field relevant. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is very decent..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Popphoto reviews the Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM and writes;
“It’s high speed and near flawless optics coupled with Pentax’s sensor-based image stabilization technology helped us take dozens of satisfying pictures over several weeks of field testing. It promises the pro or serious amateur virtually distortion-free and perfectly sharp pictures, even in less-than-perfect light.”
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User Opinions

Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM User Reviews

A Performer | Rating: ★★★★★
“This fast lens excells in those environments in combination with my K20D DSLR. AF speed is remarkable. Clarity is brilliant. I have mostly “keepers” in fast action such as high school football games. The value for dollar makes the Pentax DA* f/2.8 200MM ED IF SDM Lens an outstanding investment in your photography…” – by Gerard Mcevoy

Top Notch – with a Caveat | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The pictures taken with the DA* 200 I found to be outstanding. While the lab numbers for sharpness are a tad lower than the DA* 50-135, the resultant images are every bit as good and actually better in across-the-frame sharpness and contrast. I’ve been very impressed with the several hundred pictures I’ve taken so far with this lens..” – by Matt Osborne

Pentax DA*200mm f/2.8 lens is great | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is everything I heard it was, fast, sharp very accurate. I highly recommend this lens to anybody ready to upgrade from the kit lenses. “ – by Matt Osborne

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Features & Specifications

Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF SDM Specifications

Pentax DA 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Lens Features

The high performance DA* 200mm ED (IF) lens incorporates an SDM system which creates a smoother, quieter auto focus. Featuring a Quick-shift Focus System, switching from auto focus to manual is instantaneous. Developed specifically for Pentax digital SLRs, the DA* 200mm ED (IF) SDM lens has Pentax SP coating which protects the exposed lens elements, and a focal length equivalent to 300mm in the 35mm format. Weather and dust resistant, it’s the perfect lens for extreme weather conditions.

* High performance telephoto lens
* SDM system creates smoother, quieter auto focus
* Weather resistant and dust resistant body
* Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual focus
* Pentax SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
* ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration
* Developed specifically for Pentax digital SLRs
* Focal length equivalent to 300mm in the 35mm format

What’s in The Box:

* Pentax DA* 200mm F2.8 ED(IF) SDM (21700)
* Lens Hood PH-RBK 77mm (38758)
* Lens Cap O-LC77 77mm (31516)
* Rear Lens Cap B (31006)
* Lens Soft Case S120-160 (37749)


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