Lenstip tests the DA 20-40 F2.8-4 Limited lens!

Started Feb 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
klimbkat Senior Member • Posts: 2,266
Re: Lenstip tests the DA 20-40 F2.8-4 Limited lens!


I want value for money and the 20-40 just doesn't give it

Pretty much everyone who owns the lens and has used it in the field disagrees with this.  The size, range, WR, etc. of the DA 20-40 Ltd. may not be what you are after, but there is no other offering by Pentax or others that delivers what this little package does.  The MTF measurements are in the range of other good Pentax glass, near to what the primes produce, but do not really measure "rendition."  I've had the DA* 16-50 since 2008, and while I like it and have used it a lot (10s of thousands of shots), it is much larger (bigger holster and case), much heavier, and does not deliver better IQ or rendition than the DA 20-40.  In fact, in the f8 to f16 landscape range I typically shoot, the DA 20-40 seems cleaner and sharper with better color rendition and micro contrast.  Thus, there is plenty of value to me, the same kind of value I see in the limited primes like the DA 15, the FA 43, and the DA 70, but with zoom flexibility and WR.

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