How good is the DA 20-40 compared with DA 21 and 35 Ltds?

Started Apr 20, 2014 | Questions thread
Zvonimir Tosic
Zvonimir Tosic Senior Member • Posts: 2,778
It is good

DA20-40 is good enough to be labelled as Pentax Limited lens.

It is not a macro lens, so not comparable to DA35 entirely.

Do you need it? I think you do; anyone travelling with a family needs a zoom because that what works for the photographer working alone is an obstacle when there is no time for a dedicated and careful work. Plus, if a family is using a camera too, it is unlikely they will use a camera plus prime in the same way a photographer would use it, nor bother with framing, nor moving towards the subject looking for a best angle, etc.

In other words, zooms are a horrible compromise, but a necessary one.

On the other hand, do you need a $990 zoom when roaming around? Ehh ... don't know.

But if you can, keep the DA21 and DA35. They will remind you that there are times when you must go alone to take an extra step to do a photograph worth remembering.

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