Pentax 35mm Lens Solutions

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Engineered specifically for PENTAX DSLR camera line, the PENTAX DA line of professional grade lenses, employ a silent SDM focus structure with tightly sealed weather and dust-resistant quality to augment resilience for employment in rainy and dusty environments.

Pentax Lenses

Pentax's K mount, often called the "PK mount", an accepted camera lens mount for attaching an interchangeable camera lens to a 35 mm single-lens reflex camera. Created by Pentax back in 1975, it has been employed by all 35mm and Pentax DSLRs since. Several other camera makers have also manufactured a number of K-mount cameras and lenses.

Pentax Lens Acronyms

    The Pentax K-mount lenses are are the lens mounts for Pentax. Any DSLR made by Pentax is compatible with their lenses as far back as 1973 without an adapter.
    AL: Aspherical Lens Elements.
    DA: The current lens line for Pentax DSLR's DA L: These are lighter lenses and are also bundled with and designed for the Pentax K-2000.
    ED: Extra low Dispersion. Lens element to help correct chromatic aberrations.
    FA Lenses: These lenses are designed with use for full-frame film SLR cameras.
    IF: Internal Focus
    J: Lenses without external aperture ring; camera controlled aperture.
    SDM: Supersonic Drive Motor
    SMC: Super-Multi Coating (Pentax camera lens coating)
    SMCP FA: current generation of autofocus lenses
    SP: (Super Protective) coating made of a special fluoride compound
    WR: Weather Resistant Lens

    Samsung Compatibility

    Pentax DA and DA* lenses are compatible with Samsung DSLRs because they are also made by Pentax. The "Samsung" GX-10 and GX-20 are compatible with DA and DA* lenses.

    Backward Compatibility

    Pentax claims that any camera that can take a DA lens is backward compatible with lenses dating back as far as 1975 without use of an adapter. All other older lenses are compatible with the use of a 645/67 screw mount adapter.

Pentax Q Lenses
PENTAX Q lenses are created to be compatible with the PENTAX Interchangeable Lens Q-series Cameras. Unbelievably compact, Q-mount camera lenses provide a wide variety of adaptable, creative options for Q photographers for a total camera system solution.
Pentax DA Zoom Lenses
The PENTAX DA lens series are manufactured specifically for PENTAX DSLR cameras. DA lenses are harmonize with the digital image sensor in an efficient compact design, to provide the best recipe of price to performance. but optimized for digital bodies and covering the image circle of the reduced-size digital sensor
The PENTAX D FA lens series, are compatible with PENTAX SLR 35mm film cameras, although designed specifically for DSLR cameras, utilizes lens curvatures, coatings, and layout of the optical elements to get rid of ghosting and flare for clear, highest-quality images shot with DSLR cameras. similar to FA, although the optics are optimized for both film and digital
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR
Announced Feb 17, 2016 Wideangle zoom lens Pentax KAF3
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
Announced Feb 17, 2016 Zoom lens Pentax KAF3
5 Star Rating
HD Pentax-D FA645 35mm f/3.5 AL [IF] Lens
HD Pentax-D FA645 35mm f/3.5 AL [IF]
Announced Nov 11, 2015 Pentax 645AF2
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HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens
HD Pentax D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR
Announced Sep 24, 2015 Pentax KAF3
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Pentax DA 18-50mm f/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE Lens
Pentax DA 18-50mm f/4.5-5.6 DC WR RE

Announced Feb 10, 2015
Zoom lens Pentax KAF3
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Pentax D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8ED DC AW Lens
Pentax D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8ED DC AW

Announced Feb 10, 2015
Telephoto zoom lens Pentax KAF3
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Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW Lens
Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

Announced Feb 5, 2015
Telephoto Lens Pentax
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PENTAX DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye Lens
Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye
Typical internet price $650.  
Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) Lens
Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) 
Typical internet price $713. 
Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL Lens
Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL
Typical internet price $600. 
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HD PENTAX DA 16-85mm ED DC WR Lens 
Oct 29, 2014 
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
Pentax SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II
Typical internet price $200.
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR  
Typical internet price $200 
Pentax DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL IF Lens
Pentax DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL IF 
Typical internet price $500. 
Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens
Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Typical internet price $191.
Pentax SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR Lens

Pentax SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR  
Typical internet price $250.
Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lens
Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED  
Typical internet price $363.
HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Lens
HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3
ED PLM WR RE

Announced Jun 8, 2016 Lens Pentax KAF3  
5 Star Rating
Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED IF SDM Lens
Pentax SMC DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED IF SDM
Typical internet price $1,500 

Optimized for digital bodiesDA Prime Lenses

Pentax 14mm f/2.8 DA ED (IF) Lens
Pentax 14mm f/2.8 DA ED (IF)
Typical internet price $639
Pentax 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited Lens
Pentax 21mm F/3.2 AL Limited 
Typical internet price $518 
Pentax 35mm f/2.8 DA Macro Limited Lens
Pentax 35mm f/2.8 DA Macro Limited 
Typical internet price $570
Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact Lens
Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Ultra Compact 
Typical internet price $500. 
Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM  Lens
Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM Prime 
Typical internet price $622.  
Pentax 70mm f/2.4 DA Limited Lens
Pentax 70mm f/2.4 DA Limited 
Typical internet price $559 
Pentax SMCP-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM Lens
Pentax SMCP-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM

Typical internet price $1,400
Pentax D FA Zoom Lenses For SLR and Digital
 The PENTAX D FA lens series, are compatible with PENTAX SLR 35mm film cameras, although designed specifically for DSLR cameras, utilizes lens curvatures, coatings, and layout of the optical elements to get rid of ghosting and flare for clear, highest-quality images shot with DSLR cameras. similar to FA, although the optics are optimized for both film and digital. These lenses are coated with glazes and are built with clearer and better glass.  SMCP DFA: new lenses being introduced - unlike recent lenses for the istD, maintains the aperture ring and has an image circle big enough for use with 35mm film cameras, but size and optically optimized for digital
Pentax SMCP-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Lens
Pentax SMCP-D FA 50mm f/2.8
Typical internet price $428.
Pentax FA Lenses - Both Full Frame and Digital
PENTAX FA series lenses are designed for SLR film cameras, although they are compatible with DSLR cameras. The FA series provides full-frame coverage complete with full automatic or manual aperture control.
Pentax 28-80 F3.5-4.7 FA Lens
Pentax 28-80 F3.5-4.7 FA 
Not compatible with some older PZ or manual cameras.
Typical internet price $120 
Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Lens
Pentax SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited
Typical internet price $578 
Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4
Typical internet price $449. May 11, 2011 ✓
Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 for APS-C cameras
May 21, 2012
Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Lens
Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited
Typical internet price $1,049.  May 10, 2011 ✓
Pentax 100mm f/2.8 WR D FA smc Macro Lens

Pentax 100mm f/2.8 WR D FA smc Macro 
Typical internet price $850
PENTAX D FA 645 camera lenses are created for exclusive use on the PENTAX 645D system cameras. In addition to providing full compatibility with PENTAX 645 mounts, D FA 645 system lenses encompass today's imaging in coatings, glass, and construction technologies to get the best image quality for rigorous demands of digital camera image sensors. 

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