|HD||The HD multi-layer coating is applied to the surface of lens elements. It boosts light transmission, ensures sharp and high contrast images, minimizes ghosting and flares. The HD coating reduces reflections 50% more efficiently in comparison with traditional smc coating throughout the visible spectrum and has exceptional hardness, which ensures its increased durability.|
|D-FA||Full frame autofocus lens for Pentax digital SLR cameras. Has no aperture control ring and only supports electronic aperture control from the camera.|
|ED||The lens incorporates low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|WR||Water Resistant lens.|
|DC||The lens is equipped with micromotor to provide moderately fast and quiet autofocus.|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||75.4°-23.3° (35mm full frame)|
|53.6°-15.3° (Pentax APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||15 elements in 11 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||50 cm|
|Magnification ratio:||1:4.5 @ 105 mm at the closest focusing distance|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Micromotor|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø73 x 86.5 mm|
|Weather sealing:||Water-resistant barrel|
|Fluorine coating:||Front element|
|Filter size:||62 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, water-resistant, made of plastic. The lens mount is metallic. The zoom ring is so broad that it occupies the most part of the barrel. It is rubberized but lacks deep longitudinal ribs typical for older models of Pentax zoom lenses facilitating good grip and preventing slippage of fingers. There is no distance scale anymore and the focusing ring is now located near the rear rather than the front part of the barrel.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 62 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
Dedicated petal bayonet lens hood (a part of the package) features a slide-out window which enables rotation of polarizing filter without removing the lens hood.
A fluorine coating has been applied to the outer surface of the front lens element to repel water or oil drops for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
The lens is equipped with micromotor, the autofocus is low noisy and moderately fast. The lens features Quick-Shift Focus System: after autofocus is achieved, the focusing ring can be turned to adjust the focus manually. This feature eliminates the need for changing the focus mode to MF.