Pentax Telephoto 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR

Model #21790

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Specifications

Physical

Weight 13.23 oz (375 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.8 x 2.6" (7.11 x 6.60 cm)
Filter thread 58 mm

Performance

Magnification 0.17x
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Focal length 55 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82.5 mm
Format compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Diaphragm blades 9
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5.7
Minimum focus distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Angle of view 28.6°
Camera mount type Pentax K
Groups/elements 8/9

Features

Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
24 June 2010
9.1/10

It seems like a shame that Pentax’s 55mm fast prime does not have full-frame coverage, but given that there is currently no full-frame Pentax body (other than older film cameras) this may not be such an important gripe.

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    Excellent ergonomics

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    Fringing in MTF images

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
18 July 2009

Pentax smc DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM is one of the latest addition to the company's growing portfolio of lenses specifically designed for digital SLR cameras. This is also one of the first KAF3 mount lenses in the company's potfolio.

Photodo.33034400
17 May 2009

Gary Wolstenholme takes a close look at this short telephoto lens from Pentax. This 55mm f/1.4 lens from Pentax is designed to be used with their latest generations of DSLR cameras and sports a bright maximum aperture of f/1.4 and silent SDM focusing for around £600, which I feel is a little pricey...

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    Excellent optical quality from f/2 onwards, Fast focusing, Weather selling, Low distortion and CA

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    Limited compatibility with older Pentax DSLRs, Price, A little soft at f/1.4

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
9 February 2016
8.0/10

I got this lens to use for portraits of family and for day-to-day photography (yes I know it's not a typical street-photo focal length). I find the images crisp and the lens responsive. It's heavy, but it seems worth it, and the manual focus is easy and satisfying to use.

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    Durable, Easy To Use

Adorama.32830004
22 April 2012
10/10

A wonderful lens, really nice smooth bokeh. Not as sharp as a Carl Zeiss but it is autofocus. Also had no problems using it out in the rain, if the weather is bad this is the lens I'd want to have with me.

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged

Photography review.32822891
19 April 2009
6.0/10

Severe back-focus on my K10D and I don't understand why Pentax changed the (in my opinion great screw-motor) with the slower SDM, the image quality (manually focused because the SDM AF shows back-focus) is great by the way.

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    very sharp, great build and weather-sealing

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    price is too high, back-focus problems on the K10D (I guess on the K100Ds too) and the accuracy of the SDM system

Product Highlights
    7.9/10
    Average Expert Score
    8.8/10
    Average User Score
    In The Box
    • Pentax Telephoto 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR
    • PH-RBH Lens Hood for SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM Lens
    • O-LC58 58mm Lens Cap
    • Rear Lens Cap (B) for Bayonet Mount Lenses
    • Lens Case S90-100 (Soft)
    • 1-Year Pentax USA Warranty
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