Recommended lenses for Pentax K7, Pentax K20d

by Enche Tjin on October 8, 2009

Pentax advanced digital SLR are well known for its well built, weather/water seal camera body. To get the maximum out of it, I recommend you to get high quality weatherproof lenses as well.
Here are some recommendations:

Pentax DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 SDM Price: $800

This lens will be most likely be your workhorse. It is wider (equiv to 24mm) than most general purpose lens out there makes it great for dramatic landscape shots. It is waterproof and focus very smooth and quiet. Highly recommended!<

Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 SDM Price: $850

This lens is waterproof  as well and able to produce great image quality. The focal length might be a bit weird for people that used to 70-200 or 70-300mm, but it is actually more versatile in my opinion. 50-135mm lenght is great for portraits and indoor sports. It is also shorter and lighter than 70-200mm lenses.

Pentax FA Limited 31mm f/1.8 Price: $999

This is elite Pentax lens coming from the film era. Its image quality is top notch and its ability in low light is awesome, especially with Pentax built-in shake reduction. It is not waterproofed, but it has excellent built quality in small and light package. Pentax 31mm is compatible with film dan full frame digital SLR camera as well.

Pentax K7 shown with 31mm f/1.8

Pentax K7 shown with 31mm f/1.8

Pentax DA Limited 70mm f/2.4 Price: $530

This lens is very small, very fast, well built and produce great quality image. It is perfect for portraits and candids.

Pentax 10-17mm Fisheye Price: $480

Fun lens from Pentax, it creates some stunning perpective. Unlike other fisheye lenses, this lens is more versatile because it has zoom. It does not break your bank as well.

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Stah November 2, 2009 at 5:16 am

16-50 is poor-qulaity crap, made in Vietnam. FF/BF, slow AF.
50-135 is also slow like a turtle. Any screwdriver lens from other manufacturer will be much faster. You’ll never do fast streen photo with this lens.
So, this is my advise:
Get 15-21-40 Lims for first case or 16-45/4 as an affordable workhorse.

Or you’d rather get FA*24/2 and 31-43 Lims. Full-frame pocket monsters.
Add 77 Lim with astonishing picture instead of 70 Lim.
Get FA 50/1.4, DFA 100/2.8, 135/2.8 – you’ll never need anything else for best image quality.

Buy them, while you can.

And get 70-200/2.8 Sigma or Tamron, while Pentax will made good fast tle-lens for street photo.

Lee October 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

Any fast lens you may recommend for a pentax 2000, for portraits and indoor shots.

Thank you in advance for your help


Enche Tjin October 5, 2010 at 11:57 am

I will recommend the fast and tiny Pentax 50mm f/1.4

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