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Keywords: Pentax Wide Mid Tele Zoom APS-C DA SDM tested


Registered: May 2013
Posts: 7
Pentax 17-70mm f/4 AL IF SDM SMC DA review by cali4nia
Review Date: 1/7/2014 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $480.00| Rating: 7 

Pros: excellent colors, good contrast
Cons: very soft

This lens produces very pleasing colors and delivers good contrast. The AF was working flawlessly, quick and precise, no hunting even in dimply lit conditions. Lens is well built, but somewhat heavy. The Achilles heel of this lens is the resolution. It's very soft across the frame wide open, and doesn't get much better until closed to f/8 or so. That pretty much true in the whole focal range. Compared it side by side to the kit 18-55, and the kit was substantially sharper at all settings.

Registered: March 2011
Posts: 1
Pentax 17-70mm f/4 AL IF SDM SMC DA review by dawsonjm
Review Date: 3/27/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, reletively light, great color and IQ.
Cons: Not weather sealed, just a tad slow.

This lens has rarely been off of my K20D since I bought it last summer. It has a great range, and is a great upgrade from the kit lens.

It is not as fast as good primes, but in our dusty climate, keeping the lens on the camera saves a lot of heartache about dust on the sensor.

I just bought the DA*60-250, so this will be the perfect companion lens.

I have not done any testing, but I think that the photos with this lens have been of superlative quality.


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