Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens

Model #21280

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Weight 2.29 lb (1040 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.88 x 5.65" (9.86 x 14.35 cm)
Filter Thread None


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 111° - 72°APS-C Picture Angle: 86° - 50°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.02" (28 cm)
Magnification 0.20x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Focal Length 15 - 30mm Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 23 - 46 mm
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Elements/Groups 18/13
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Pentax K


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Expert Reviews
18 April 2017

The three aforementioned lenses constitute the spearhead of Pentax's full frame lenses lineup, for the moment at least. Considering that full frame appeals to enthusiasts and professionals, a group of fast zooms is mandatory.

  • +

    Very good build quality, near star level, AF both fast and reliable, No chromatic aberrations to speak of, Flare generally well controlled, High resolution at all focal lengths in the center and at longer focal lengths on the edges, Pleasing bokeh, Fast aperture

  • -

    Large and heavy, No filter thread, Occasional ghosting, Strong vignetting (can be corrected in-camera or via software), Strong distortion at 15mm not fully corrected in-camera

Pc magazine.32817846
28 September 2016

The Pentax HD D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR is a huge lens, but one that covers an ultra-wide field of view with excellent sharpness, even at f/2.8.

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    Quite sharp. Fixed f/2.8 aperture. Integrated hood. Ultra-wide field of view. Strong close focus capability. Weather-sealed design.

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    Barrel distortion at widest angles. Dim corners. Bulky. Omits filter thread.

7 July 2016

The introduction of the new Pentax K-1 full frame camera body means that the range of lenses available had a few gaps that needed filling. As a result, a number of new 35mm-format optics have arrived, including this imposing 15-30mm.

18 May 2016

The Pentax D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR is quite simply a beautiful, sweet lens to use. It is heavy and bulky and not inexpensive, but it delivers a very high standard of performance and maintains that standard equally well at all apertures and focal lengths.

  • +

    High and very even sharpness, Smooth bokeh, Fast silent AF, Weather resistance, Well controlled CA, Excellent flare resistance, Low distortion for an ultra-wide

  • -

    Quite heavy, Expensive

User Reviews
3 weeks ago

This lens was as expensive as my Pentax camera. Very big and heavy. This is not a lens to use everyday. Excellent picture quality. A superior lens.

1 December 2017

way bigger than expected, not complaining though. when I pulled it out of the box I knew right away I had a nice lens. Beautiful tight build. nothing moves that isn't suppose to. smooth focus ring. took it for my first shoot lastnight. very good lens for night time urban shooting.

16 November 2017

Love my new party lens! This is great for party gatherings. Images are crisp and sharp!!!

30 September 2017

A heavy lens with an extreme quality

22 August 2017

Very good lens and no regrets to order one.

26 July 2017

Absolutely outstanding lens, not enough words to say how much I like this lens.

19 June 2017

I love this big ass lens.

4 May 2017

Even though the lens is on the heavy side. I have found that is tack sharp on photo even when I had hold it. I am very happy with this lens

21 March 2017

One of my favorite Pentax FF lenses. Great for a landscape type walk around lens. The weather resistance and image quality was what sold me with this rather than having gone with the cheaper options. I don't see this leaving my K1 very often as it is a very versatile lens.

15 October 2016

I haven't had a chance to give this lens a thorough workout yet, but from what I have seen, I really love it. Ultra sharp across the zoom range, great in low light, fast and quiet focusing, and the range at the wide end will make this an awesome addition to my K1 arsenal.

Product Highlights
  • K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ED Glass Elements
  • Super Protect & HD Multi-Layer Coatings
  • Supersonic Direct-Drive AF Motor
  • Quick-Shift Focus System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11"
  • Dust- and Weather-Resistant Design
  • 9-Blade Rounded Diaphragm
  • Integrated Lens Hood
In The Box
  • Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens
  • O-LW98A Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap (B) for Bayonet Mount Lenses
  • S120-160 Lens Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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