Review - Pentax 40mm/2.8 Digital Pancake Lens

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"Kevin Mikos" <me-2-@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> Review - Pentax 40mm/2.8 Digital Pancake Lens:

A review would include some hard facts about lens quality, possibly
comparisons against other lenses and sample images. The link does not even
offer a picture of what is touted as the lens's best feature; a trick lens
cap. The link is to a press release, not a review.
 
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"jfitz" <jfitz@bigfoot.com> on 04 Mar 2005 posted

> "Kevin Mikos" <me-2-@privacy.net> wrote in message
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>> Review - Pentax 40mm/2.8 Digital Pancake Lens:
>
> A review would include some hard facts about lens quality, possibly
> comparisons against other lenses
http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/normal/DA40f2.8.html
Has scant little information also. except that it is composed of " 5
elements in 4 groups " and has 'ghostless coating' as a special feature.

> and sample images.

they say:
"all test shots we took with this Pentax f2.8/40mm lens were extremely
detailed and showed a nice, natural rendition of colours. Contrast was
superb"
I guess everyone has to take their word on it.


I notice now actually that the bottom set of photos on
http://dcviews.com/reviews/Pentax-istDS/Pentax-istDS-review.htm

are said to be from this lens. The text looks to be a cut and past from
teh other page.


> The link does not
> even offer a picture of what is touted as the lens's best feature; a
> trick lens cap.

'unscrew the center and it becomes a hood' would've been neat to see,
unless its not a 'flaring' hood and is really just a rasied edge.
 
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R.Schenck <nygdan_morteauxspam@yahoo.com> wrote:

> > The link does not even offer a picture of what is touted as the lens's
> > best feature; a trick lens cap.
>
> 'unscrew the center and it becomes a hood' would've been neat to see,
> unless its not a 'flaring' hood and is really just a rasied edge.

It's a lens cap with a bit you can screw out of the center. That's all
it needs, really, since the glass is so tiny and the focal length is
fixed.

There's a full Japanese review somewhere out there. It was mentioned in
the pentax-users mailing list. I don't have the URL handy, but it also
had demo pictures, and they looked pretty sharp.
 
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Here's one with some sample pictures.
They even have comparisons to the (almost legendary) old manual focus Pentax
40mm.
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/review/2005/01/17/753.html

and here are more examples using some of the other lenses in the Pentax
'limited" series
http://dizin.co.kr/dipeople/proreview/ds/02.htm

-john

"R.Schenck" <nygdan_morteauxspam@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> "jfitz" <jfitz@bigfoot.com> on 04 Mar 2005 posted
>
> > "Kevin Mikos" <me-2-@privacy.net> wrote in message
> > news:cvu419$i25$1@domitilla.aioe.org...
> >> Review - Pentax 40mm/2.8 Digital Pancake Lens:
> >
> > A review would include some hard facts about lens quality, possibly
> > comparisons against other lenses
> http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/normal/DA40f2.8.html
> Has scant little information also. except that it is composed of " 5
> elements in 4 groups " and has 'ghostless coating' as a special feature.
>
> > and sample images.
>
> they say:
> "all test shots we took with this Pentax f2.8/40mm lens were extremely
> detailed and showed a nice, natural rendition of colours. Contrast was
> superb"
> I guess everyone has to take their word on it.
>
>
> I notice now actually that the bottom set of photos on
> http://dcviews.com/reviews/Pentax-istDS/Pentax-istDS-review.htm
>
> are said to be from this lens. The text looks to be a cut and past from
> teh other page.
>
>
> > The link does not
> > even offer a picture of what is touted as the lens's best feature; a
> > trick lens cap.
>
> 'unscrew the center and it becomes a hood' would've been neat to see,
> unless its not a 'flaring' hood and is really just a rasied edge.
 
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