Pentax 85mm lens arrives early! Here's the HD Pentax-D FA★85mm F1.4ED SDM AW

Pentax 85mm f/1.4
(Image credit: Pentax/Ricoh)

We first reported on this new Pentax portrait lens back in March 2020, and when we heard about the latest Pentax lens roadmap in May, the Pentax 85mm lens was still not expected until the end of the year. But here it is, along with confirmation of the key specifications.

Pentax may not be the major player in the photographic market that it once was, but it still has a strong fan base, and this new premium-quality portrait lens will fill an important gap in the pro lens line-up for the full frame Pentax K-1 Mark II.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at