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Weather-resistant Pentax Limited 20-40mm F2.8-4 zoom lens announced

By dpreview staff on Nov 6, 2013 at 23:01 GMT

Ricoh has announced the HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR, the first zoom lens in its Limited series. It boasts a weather-resistant build (another Limited first) and provides an equivalent focal length of 30.5-61.5mm in 35mm terms when mounted to a Pentax K-mount DSLR body. The lens barrel, hood and cap are all made of aluminum. It will be available in silver and black, at a recommended price of £849.99 in the UK.

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Press Release:

HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mmF2.8-4ED Limited DC WR

The first zoom lens in the Limited Lens series, designed for use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras

RICOH IMAGING U.K LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mmF2.8-4ED Limited DC WR interchangeable lens, designed for use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras. The first zoom lens in the acclaimed Limited Lens series, this zoom lens features a lens-installed AF driving motor and a dependable weather-resistant construction.

This is the first zoom lens of the high-performance Limited Lens series, providing exceptional visual description, distinctive appearance and a meticulously detailed finish. It features a two-times zoom range covering focal lengths from moderate wide angle to standard, and a large maximum aperture of F2.8 at its wide-angle end. In addition to the state-of-the-art HD coating and completely round-shaped diaphragm, it also comes equipped with a weather-resistant construction – a first for the Limited Lens series - and a smooth, quiet AF system driven by a lens-installed AF motor, to capture beautiful, high-quality images, even in demanding weather conditions.

Main Features

1. The first two-times zoom lens in the Limited Lens series

With its two-times zoom coverage from 20mm to 40mm, this lens offers a focal-length coverage from 30.5mm to 61.5mm (in 35mm format) when mounted on a PENTAX K-series lens-interchangeable digital camera body. It provides the most frequently used focal lengths required for many popular applications, such as scenic photography, snapshots and portraiture, making it the ideal choice as an all-purpose, everyday lens.

2. Acclaimed Limited Lens-series quality for superb visual description and premium appearance

Inheriting the design concept of the Limited Lens series, this lens is designed with an optical construction that reproduces the feeling of depth while minimising astigmatism over the entire zoom range. It allows the photographer to optimise the subject’s visual description, by making its appearance softer at larger apertures and sharper at smaller apertures. Its lens barrel, hood and cap are made of a high-grade aluminium material, and are hand-machined for perfect proportions and beautiful texture. The zoom ring in the mid-section of the lens barrel features a series of grooves to facilitate zooming operation.

3. State-of-the-art optical technology

The lens has been treated with the PENTAX-developed HD coating*, a high-grade, multi-layer coating that reduces reflection in the visible light spectrum to less than 50 percent of that of conventional multi-layer coatings. This allows the user to capture crisp, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images, even in adverse lighting conditions. It also incorporates an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and a super-low-dispersion glass element in its optics to deliver clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberrations over the entire zoom range.

* HD stands for High Resolution.

4. The first weather-resistant lens in the Limited Lens series

This lens is the first Limited Lens-series model to feature a weather-resistant construction, with seven special seals to prevent the intrusion of water and moisture into the lens interior. By mounting it on a PENTAX weather-resistant digital SLR camera body, the user is assured of greater durability and reliability when shooting in the rain or mist, as well as locations subject to spray or splashes.

5. Other features

  • Smooth, quiet AF operation using a lens-installed AF driving motor
  • Round-shaped diaphragm to produce a natural, beautiful bokeh (blur) effect, while minimising the streaking effect of point light sources
  • The lens features the Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system
  • SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains
  • A choice of black or silver

RRP: £849.99
Current availability: TBA

HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length20–40 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountPentax KAF3
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F4.0
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F32.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesRounded aperture
Optics
Elements9
Groups8
Special elements / coatings1 ED glass element, 1 SLD glass element, HD coating
Focus
Minimum focus0.28 m (11.02)
Maximum magnification0.2×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeMicromotor
Full time manualYes
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleYes
Physical
Weight283 g (0.62 lb)
Diameter71 mm (2.8)
Length69 mm (2.7)
MaterialsAluminium barrel
SealingYes
ColourBlack, silver
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread55 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeMH-RA55

Additional Images

 Black, with hood  Silver
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Comments

Total comments: 218
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alatchin
By alatchin (5 months ago)

I guess it is all about what focal lengths you choose to use. It sure is very small, but not that small. However an interesting idea, a short focal length range for slight adjustments you may want to make... You could create a wide version from 16-24, this one, and a long version 40-80.

May be an interesting idea.

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (5 months ago)

Got to give it to Pentax for making darn sexy looking lenses and unlike Leica, you don't need to sell a kidney to own one. Now maybe Nikon should release a bunch of retro lenses for the Df with beautiful engraved DoF/distance scales.

6 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

That's a good idea. Hopefully Nikon has long terms plan for the Df.

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (5 months ago)

Nikon is still selling retro lenses with aperture rings. Actually - as far as I know they still manufacture them.

0 upvotes
Twong
By Twong (5 months ago)

I prefer to see a 16-32.

2 upvotes
tinzi1
By tinzi1 (5 months ago)

sigh, Pentax, u gotta put some investment in marketing research before production. look around! lame.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

They did a research and found no one else has ever made such a lens. Therefore decided to take a chance and deliver something new.
So they did exactly what you suggested.

13 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

Nobody had made such a lens because they usually go wider and longer with faster aperture for less money.

3 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (5 months ago)

@tkbslc

What are these lenses that is built like a tank, excellent IQ and is weather resistant?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 38 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
Cynog ap Brychan
By Cynog ap Brychan (5 months ago)

Sigma made a 20-40 a while back - I have it. It's constant f2.8 and made for full frame. Optically, it's not bad at all, but it's huge and plasticky. I've not used it very much since going digital, because I have the Tammy 17-50, but this Pentax Limited looks interesting to me.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

"@tkbslc

What are these lenses that is built like a tank, excellent IQ and is weather resistant?"

Who said this thing has excellent IQ? Even Pentax did not (read their press release: " making its appearance softer at larger apertures ")

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

Definitely a beautiful lens, jewel-like. But other than newness and small size, I'm not sure why you'd prefer this over the Pentax 16-50 f/2.8 or even better, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 (a large lens, but probably the sharpest APS-C zoom ever created) or for less money, the Tamron or Sigma 17-50 f/2.8.

But I do like the idea of pairing this 20-40 f/2.8-4 with the K-3 giving you a completely weather sealed, tank-like setup. The British price converts to $1364 making this one of the most expensive APS-C zooms ever created, but like all the DA Limited primes, the casing really is spectacular.

1 upvote
JustDavid
By JustDavid (5 months ago)

http://www.pentaxwebstore.com/product/45567

$999.95 in the US

0 upvotes
Model Mike
By Model Mike (5 months ago)

Small size makes it a better pairing with a K-5 II IMO. Street photography rainy day heaven!

1 upvote
Boris
By Boris (5 months ago)

Expensive!

1 upvote
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

Depends how cheap your photography goals are.

10 upvotes
Boris
By Boris (5 months ago)

and that means what?

1 upvote
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (5 months ago)

If you want IQ there are plenty of cheaper alternatives that will perform as good as this lens. If you want something beautifully designed and compact and you don't shoot Leica then this is hard to beat.

1 upvote
Peter Lacus
By Peter Lacus (5 months ago)

If you don't spend at least $1000 on a(ny) single lens, your photography goals are cheap. Simple as that. ;)

WRT price - if the quality is there, it may "replace" two other Limiteds so the price will be fair. Compared to Leica it may even be a bargain. We shall see when we see some pictures (out) of the lens...

2 upvotes
Blackraven
By Blackraven (5 months ago)

this lens looks superb. Isnt made by voightlander (Cosina) by any chance is it?

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (5 months ago)

Nope. Pure Pentax. Err I mean Ricoh,now. =))

1 upvote
Pakhead
By Pakhead (5 months ago)

Some of us still have the old Pentax 20-35 F4 designed as a compact wide zoom for film cameras. It had a very limited range for APS-C, but still covered useful focal lengths, was wonderfully compact, and produced marvellous images on the early generation of DSLRs like the 6MP DS. I suspect that may have provided some inspiration for this lens.

3 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

This is an interesting concept.. It's what I call the "quasi prime" - I was thinking about this like 2-3 years ago.. if we could have a prime, faster lens, higher quality lens but ability to adjust framing "a little bit." Would love to see how it really performs.

5 upvotes
Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (5 months ago)

Tokina went a similar "quasi prime" path with its 11-16mm f/2.8 ultra wide-angle, and the result was a stellar performer (except for CA's, which should not be so difficult to avoid at 20-40mm). More recently, Sigma went "quasi prime" with their spectacular 18-35 f/1.8. Interesting to see Pentax bringing this concept now to slightly longer focal lengths and a less ambitious f-range in order to make the lense as small as possible.

By the way, I have the 11-16mm, and at first the zoom range makes you laugh... until you find yourself actually using it to get the framing absolutely right, and you realize it's very usefull afteral.

[edit: just to avoid confusion: yes I am aware that limited-range zooms have been around for longer, but it's interesting to see these new lenses made with the latest methods and how incredible their optical quality can be]

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (5 months ago)

Built in AF motor? Heh, that's a change...

0 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (5 months ago)

It is, and one of the worst things about the limited lenses is the loud gear driven focus. The DC motor should be nice and quiet but still allows compact size.

0 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (5 months ago)

This really looks like a beautiful lens.

I don't even own a Pentax camera, but I'd love to have one. Just so I could handle it, and look at it. And I really am not kidding.

(Wow.... I probably need professional help for this gearhead thing!)

11 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (5 months ago)

We are evidently brothers although by your pic I would imagine our parents are unrelated.

My favourite lens is the pentax s-m-c 50/1.4 . I've not taken a single photo with it since I can't stand to accidentally scratch the lens body. From time to time, I take it out and touch it. And then I put it back again.

2 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

It's like a "quasi prime" - a prime with some degree of adjustability. I like the concept. Would love to see how it performs.

0 upvotes
Thrashbarg
By Thrashbarg (5 months ago)

Oh good, I'm glad it's not just me. Even if I'm not shooting, I sometimes like to take my DA15 Limited out of its little leather pouch and just admire it.

Some my think me a fool, there is probably better IQ for less money, but it is such a lovely object!

2 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (5 months ago)

I understand completely.

Makes perfect sense to me.

1 upvote
PK24X36NOW
By PK24X36NOW (5 months ago)

Sorry, but I don't get it, Pentax. This is a 2:1 zoom ratio, relatively slow, variable aperture lens that isn't very wide on the wide end, isn't very long on the long end, and you want 849 POUNDS for it (I don't even want to think of what that is in dollars)?!

The main thing that's "limited" about this lens is what - range, versatility??

You would think that for your top-line lenses, you should be able to muster a 3:1 zoom ratio, constant aperture, and a focal length range that isn't boring.

6 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (5 months ago)

It's small. Very small.

It probably has 1/4 or less volume compared to said 3:1 zoom ratio constant f/2.8 non-boring-focal-length lens.

5 upvotes
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (5 months ago)

Let's see, you wish for a APSC crop standard zoom with 3x range and F2.8 constant aperture?

That would be the Nikkor AFS 18-50/2.8 DX. List price $1424 US. It's also barking huge.

Get it now?

9 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (5 months ago)

If they are going for ultimate lens correction with no compromises, then the limit on the zoming might be understandable.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

Being different and exciting is the opposite of predictable, repetitive and being boring. In the tide of 3x zooms with huge aperture, this kind of lens is exactly what we've been missing all the time.

5 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

Probably image quality. Size. Construction. Build. Weather sealed added. DOF scale on mechanically linked focus ring.

And small small small. BTW, Pentax does already have a top of the line zoom that is constant aperture going from wide to beginning of tele.

Comment edited 3 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
4 upvotes
RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (5 months ago)

Pentax have what you're looking for, it's the SMC Pentax DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 - All Weather Sealed... But that lens is HUGE and HEAVY...

This new 20-40mm lens is for people who want a tiny zoom lens with high quality optics and sports a silent AF and weather sealing...

3 upvotes
maxola67
By maxola67 (5 months ago)

You look like zoom-addicted person.
Limited lens line-up was quality/compact oriented from the scratch with no zooms among. But I hope this one wouldn't be any different.

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (5 months ago)

Hmm, I don't get it, how can a focal length range be boring? Or even exciting for that matter? What's exciting about a range of numbers? Unless you're a math-o-phile...

Perhaps 'useful' is a more appropriate term?

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

"It's small. Very small."

At 283 g and 71mm diameter and 69mm length, it is not very small. Panasonic 12-32 is small. This thing is about the size and weight of Panasonic 12-35/2.8, 24-70mm-equivalent zoom with constant f/2.8 aperture.

0 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (5 months ago)

How does the DOF scale work? Is it only for the 40mm end?

0 upvotes
Jim in Hudson
By Jim in Hudson (5 months ago)

Yes, I think the DOF scale is for 40 mm.

0 upvotes
Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (5 months ago)

The depth-of-field scale works for both the wide end and the long end: that’s why each f-number on the scale has two ticks joined by a line.

The narrow ticks indicate depth of field at 40 mm, while the widely spaced ticks are for 20 mm.

It’s a much better effort than average these days, but the focusing throw is still too short, and the distance scale too sparsely populated (related problems), for it to be much use at 40 mm.

0 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

It's 30-60 mm in 135 format terms — it covers both classic 35mm and 50 mm FoV, with extra few mm on both ends.
To many this could be the only lens they'd ever need. And it's WR too.
It also has a classic touch to it, with a Super Takumar focus ring type.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (5 months ago)

"The only lens they'd ever need."

Yeah, I wish. Good point though. In covering 30-60, with a reasonably wide aperture, in a very small package, its a very nice compromise for travelling. The alternative is one from the selection of DA 35, DA 40 catalog and either the DA15 or DA21.

On paper, anyway, you don't lose much by choosing to go with the zoom here.

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

Very very true. I didn't think about it that way but that's a good point. Two primes in one and the ability to frame in that range accordingly while keeping small.

0 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (5 months ago)

So it's a more expensive, narrower (zoom range), slower version of a 17-50/2.8. It's a wonder nobody ever thought of it before !

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

30-60 might as well just be a 35 or 40mm prime. Then it could actually be fast.

0 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (5 months ago)

Posts like this is the reason why Zvonimir Tosic doesn't have credibility. What he wrote above applies to all kit zooms (some of them, like Pentax and Oly) are weather sealed too.

Just say that it's small, beautiful looking, optically high quality (hopefully), though expensive lens.

No need to make up nonsense

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (5 months ago)

by the laws of GBA, nope, this is not the ONLY lens one can ever need...

there's the DA70 Limited too...
and the DFA100... and the DA15... and the list goes on :D

4 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (5 months ago)

Notice the reference to the old takumar m42 lenses in de zoom ring.

3 upvotes
Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (5 months ago)

What's with the red ring? We supposed to think it's a Canon L?

0 upvotes
Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (5 months ago)

I don't think anyone would mistake a Pentax limited for a big Canon L

6 upvotes
Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (5 months ago)

Still, it has a red ring. I will buy this for my Canon camera.

2 upvotes
Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (5 months ago)

It's their 8th lens with that red ring

3 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (5 months ago)

other people will mistake it for a xbox 360. (But they won't buy it anyway)

1 upvote
Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (5 months ago)

Red ring means "HD coatings". No, you're not supposed to think it's a Canon.

1 upvote
Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (5 months ago)

Seriously though, those are some nice looking lenses.

3 upvotes
In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (5 months ago)

"Still, it has a red ring. I will buy this for my Canon camera."

What exactly is the most condescending comment I can post here that remains within the bounds of acceptability on these boards?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Michael de Ruijter
By Michael de Ruijter (5 months ago)

Buying this lens for one's Canon body will at least give meaning to owning the Canon . . .

6 upvotes
maxola67
By maxola67 (5 months ago)

Not very fresh joke.

0 upvotes
Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (5 months ago)

I m a Nikon Lover but since I lost my D200 to the ocean waves, I m just getting tired of waiting for the Nikon D400. Im seriously considering the purchase of a Pentax K-3 because reading carefully all the specs it just suits my best dreams for such a selling price

Now this lens is one more reason to keep thinking about, why not a Pentax ?

It would be a very nice lens to start, suitable for some landscape and portrait near the sea or in light rainy days

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
14 upvotes
Michael de Ruijter
By Michael de Ruijter (5 months ago)

Oh . . . it might be a helluva lot better than you think right now. The Limited series has that tendency.

2 upvotes
maxola67
By maxola67 (5 months ago)

I think so - K3 would be good replacement for D400)))

0 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (5 months ago)

The Limiteds IQ are quite addictive

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (5 months ago)

Try a K-3 at the nearest place you can, and once this lens comes out (or at least the price goes down)

... your wallet will decide :D

1 upvote
Cynog ap Brychan
By Cynog ap Brychan (5 months ago)

The Limited's really are something else. I didn't appreciate them, until I bought a couple. But be warned: they will be bad for one's lens-buying addiction. And if you don't have LBA now, you might catch it if you buy a Limited.

2 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (5 months ago)

Who is still doing metal AF lenses these days? Simply beautiful !

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 7 minutes after posting
15 upvotes
citrontokyo
By citrontokyo (5 months ago)

From 35mm~70mm, the evidence points to ff coverage. The wider angle lenses, however, only cover aps-c.

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (5 months ago)

Uhm, Leica I think? Zeiss? But I don't think they're AF.

Anyways, even Canon/Nikon have metal in their AF lenses, but not "all-aluminum" or something

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

"Who is still doing metal AF lenses these days?"

Canon. Olympus. Panasonic. Fuji.
Who doesn't?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 36 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (5 months ago)

wow

3 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (5 months ago)

Interesting that they went with red...

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (5 months ago)

Red signifies the new HD coating. Green is for smc.

2 upvotes
Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (5 months ago)

It's their 8th lens with that red ring

0 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (5 months ago)

Actually, several of their C mount machine vision lenses have used red rings on the high resolution versions for a few years. :)

0 upvotes
Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (5 months ago)

They still make C-mount ? I did not know that. There's also that new 90mm for the 645D.

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (5 months ago)

Beautiful lens! I'd have no use for it, but it's gorgeous.

3 upvotes
disraeli demon
By disraeli demon (5 months ago)

It seems a bit of an odd design - the wide end's not very wide, the long end's not very long, and it's only f2.8 at the widest setting.

Hopefully it's very good optically, and the weather sealing and small size are plus points. Interesting to see if there'll be a market for it.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
Michael de Ruijter
By Michael de Ruijter (5 months ago)

Ricoh is bringing it to the table!

Let's see some images.

3 upvotes
scrup
By scrup (5 months ago)

I wish all lenses were weather resistant. The most annoying thing is dust on the other side of the glass. You can see it but can't do anything about it.

4 upvotes
maxola67
By maxola67 (5 months ago)

Not all people are ready to pay >600$ for glass.

0 upvotes
a-flying-wuss
By a-flying-wuss (5 months ago)

It's just rubber seals, they cost next to nothing to add. 18-55 WR is $200 new in box, and it's even cheaper when sold from a "separated" kit, they go for less than $100 used. And 50-200 WR is very close in price, just $250 new and much less when sold used from the kits.

1 upvote
Olymore
By Olymore (5 months ago)

It's also the extra cost of manufacture/assembly. Labour costs more than the materials.

0 upvotes
a-flying-wuss
By a-flying-wuss (5 months ago)

It's still cheap, we're talking about tens of dollars per lens at most and not hundreds.

1 upvote
luxor2
By luxor2 (5 months ago)

Looks like a traditional Leica RF lens barrel

0 upvotes
RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (5 months ago)

The design was based from Super Takumar lenses...

5 upvotes
Michael de Ruijter
By Michael de Ruijter (5 months ago)

Is that seriously the hood ? ? ?

It can't be . . .

0 upvotes
Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (5 months ago)

At first I was wondering why the black wasn't the same as the silver, but it's probably the hood indeed.
Hood ref is MH-RA55

Pentax likes it's tiny hoods on limited lenses, some pop out, others are more like a lens cap with a hole in the middle.

That coating must be good :)

0 upvotes
Michael de Ruijter
By Michael de Ruijter (5 months ago)

Yeah, but . . . damn! That hood is nothing more than a step-up ring.

0 upvotes
RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (5 months ago)

That lens may be very great in handling lens flare, so maybe, the purpose of the hood is just for protection, also maybe just enough height to keep flares off... =)

1 upvote
Michael de Ruijter
By Michael de Ruijter (5 months ago)

Flare is one thing, but my understanding is that cutting out any stray light at all will improve the image quality in terms of contrast. Correct me if I'm wrong.

1 upvote
Joel Benford
By Joel Benford (5 months ago)

You are correct, Michael. And the effect can be suprisingly strong.

Hoods are for contrast, not flare, most of the time on a decent lens.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

This lens would appear to have"Limited" Appeal?

4 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (5 months ago)

Sure, to those that like small high quality lenses. Pentax already makes the smallest high quality DSLR cameras (K-3), so this would be a natural fit for that camera. Would be a nice hiking lens where you wouldn't have to worry about rain, etc. Probably not for you based on your comment.

13 upvotes
RickS
By RickS (5 months ago)

Lighten up, it's just a joke. (Corny one, too.) I like it!

0 upvotes
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