The Pentax DA* 200mm SMC f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM is a high-end prime lens with an impressive specification

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Pentax DA* 200mm SMC f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM

Overall score:90%


Pentax DA* 200mm SMC f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM Review


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Overall this is a lovely lens that looks and feels very good indeed. Its performance is generally solid but the presence of chromatic aberration at the extremes of the image field for tricky subjects is a slight cause for concern. Pentax points out that the angle-of-view offered is equivalent to that of a 300mm lens on a full-frame camera and may be trying to align its 200mm f/2.8 with exotic full-frame 300mm f/2.8 lenses but although the angles of view are the same the perspectives will be significantly different. For that reason the lens is best assessed on its own merits, which are many.


Minimum Aperture:f/22
Other:Sealed against water and dustDirt resistant SP coating on front lens elementUltrasonic focusing
Image Stabilisation:no
Filter Thread:77mm
Maximum Magnification:0.2x
Minimum Focus:120cm
Number of Diaphragm Blades:9
Lens Construction:9/8
Maximum Aperture:f/2.8
Diagonal Angle of View:8.1 degrees
35mm Equivalent Focal Length:300mm
Dimensions:83 x 134mm
Focal Length:200mm
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