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Pentax 40mm f/2.8 XS SMC DA review by Marriott
Review Date: 6/17/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $289.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: The usual: small, extremely light, (50g!), gets people's curiosity.
Cons: soft corners at 2.8 (but sharp center), build is just ok.

The beauty, fun and value of this lens is in it's tiny size, good IQ above 2.8, and its curiosity to others wondering "what the heck are you using there"? Don't misunderstand, at 2.8 it's quite sharp in the middle. My copy seems a bit better than the review sample while having similar characteristics. It does fall off at the edges and corners wide open, but I'm not really bothered by it at that aperture. At f/4.0 it's much better, and by f/5.6 and above it's really quite excellent. I own the Nikon 35m f/1.8 and the DA 35mm f/2.4 "plastic fantastic" and both are better at 2.8, but not that much and stopping down soon finds them equal. I'm satisfied with that level of performance for the price I paid and the fun I have using it.


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