HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW review

The HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW trinity zoom just about earns its star

HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW
(Image: © Ricoh Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Typical of 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lenses for full-frame DSLRs, this Pentax is no lightweight, and it’s heavier than most at 1,755g. With a ‘Star’ status usually reserved for Pentax’s top notch prime lenses, it aims to deliver excellent image quality, along with pro-grade build quality and excellent performance. It lives up to its claims in most respects but edge-sharpness could be better when shooting at close range.


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    High-tech optical path

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    Pro-grade build quality

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    Good autofocus system


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    Quite heavy for a 70-200mm f/2.8

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    No optical stabilization

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    Modest close range edge-sharpness

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The HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW plays a leading role in the company’s K-mount lens line-up. Photographers who favor shooting with prime lenses pretty much all of the time often feel that a 70-200mm f/2.8 is the most essential zoom, and you’ll find one in the kit back of most serious shooters. At the telephoto end of Pentax’s set of trinity f/2.8 lenses, the 70-200mm is the only one to earn a star, the ‘*’ being reserved for the company’s very finest optics, most of which are prime lenses.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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