Pentax is a brand name of Ricoh, a famous Japanese company making some of the best optics in the world. The company was founded in 1936 and is one of the oldest watch companies in Asia. Later, they expanded and started producing photographic equipment, among other things.
Over the years, Pentax has become synonymous with quality lenses, with excellent optics and superb build quality. In 2023, Pentax is celebrating 100 years of continuous existence. Despite the competition from Nikon and Canon, Pentax makes some of the best DSLR bodies on the market and their lenses are designed to be a perfect match for them.
Pentax SMC DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
This super-telephoto lens is weather-proof and comes with silent focusing motor, ensuring quiet operation. It also has a manual focus override. The quality is superb and the lens is very light, making it a great choice for a Pentax lens.
D Pentax-D FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW
50mm f/1.4 lenses have been around for decades, although lately higher standard lenses have started appearing. One thing that keeps 50 mm lenses in the game is that they are considerably cheaper and easier to produce. This new SMD AW lens from Pentax features an excellent build quality, yet the price is not as high as you would expect.
HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR
Designed for Pentax K-1 body, HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR is the second lens for standard zooms. It uses the SDM (Supersonic Direct Motor) system, for fast and silent zoom. It is also sealed, so water and dust can’t get in and foul the mechanism.
HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
With a field of view equivalent to 24-130mm in 35mm terms, HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR is a great choice for a quality zoom lens. The mechanism is fast and quite and the build quality is very good. The whole lens is weather sealed.
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW
Pentax FA lenses are top of the line products and both parts and build are of excellent quality. The optics inside is superb, allowing for great depth and field of vision. It comes with an HD multi-coating plus an SP (Super-Protect) coating, a patented technology designed to repel dirt, water, and grease. It is a bit heavy, but with a quality DSLR body it will be balanced.
HD Pentax D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR
Despite being an ultra-wide lens, the distortion on HD Pentax D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR is minimal, making it a great choice for wide panoramic shots.
Pentax HD FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
Another super-telephoto lens, Pentax HD FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW features quite focusing and excellent weather sealing, making it both water and dust proof.