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HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

A telephoto zoom lens for use with 35mm-format full-frame digital SLR cameras,
combining outstanding close-range photography with great portability

Despite its compact, highly portable design, this high-performance telephoto zoom lens covers the image circle of 35mm-format full-frame digital SLR cameras. Since it is designed to be compact and lightweight with a weather-resistant  construction, it delivers outstanding imaging performance in a wide variety of applications. With the addition of the high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating to the optics, the overall lens coating performance has been optimized. The result is that it delivers sharp, high-contrast images, while minimizing flare and ghost images in backlit situations.

Versatile telephoto shooting supported by excellent portability

Despite its outstanding portability, assured by a compact, lightweight body measuring 175 millimeters in length and weighing 819 grams (859 grams with a lens hood), this zoom lens delivers exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range. Coupled with a weather-resistant construction which prevents intrusion of water into the lens barrel, it performs superbly in all types of active outdoor photography.

When mounted on an APS-C-format camera, its focal length range is extended to the equivalent of 107mm to 322mm in the 35mm format. Its outstanding portability makes outdoor photography simpler, more effortless and more enjoyable. When coupled with the HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW, you can further extend the focal length range to cover a wider range of subjects.

Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II


Image captured with PENTAX KP using AF rear converter 1.4x
Image captured with PENTAX KP using AF Rear Converter 1.4X
Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX KP
Image captured with PENTAX KP


Image captured with PENTAX KP
Image captured with PENTAX KP
Image captured with PENTAX KP using AF rear converter 1.4x
Image captured with PENTAX KP using AF Rear Converter 1.4X

Tele-macro shooting made easy by excellent close-range imaging performance

Thanks to a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.32 times, the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4ED SDM WR can be used as a telephoto macro lens to expand your freedom of expression. In addition, the lens barrel is designed to be extension-free during autofocusing and zooming operations to keep the overall dimensions intact. When mounted on an APS-C-format camera, the maximum magnification is increased to approximately 0.48 times in the 35mm format. Since it allows you to capture close-up images nearly at half life-size (0.50 times), it will greatly expand the creative freedom of tele-macro photography.

Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX K-1 Mark II
Image captured with PENTAX KP
Image captured with PENTAX KP

Optical construction designed to optimize maximum magnification

HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW

HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

Although their F numbers at open aperture vary, both this lens and the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-200mmED DC AW have a similar focal-length range.

The HD PENTAX-D FA 70-200mmED DC AW retains the uniform aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range to deliver the exceptional image quality characteristic of Star-series lenses, because PENTAX placed priority on imaging performance over magnification in close-range photography. That’s why the middle optical-element group, rather than the large, heavier front optical-element group, is used for focusing operations. By using the middle optical-element group for focusing, this lens provides a broader angle of view for a given focusing distance in close-range photography. Because of this, its maximum magnification is limited to 0.13 times.

On the other hand, the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mmED SDM WR has a smaller lens barrel diameter by setting the maximum aperture to F4, while using the front optical-element group for focusing operations. By using the front optical-element group for focusing, this lens provides a narrower angle of view for a given focusing distance in close-range photography. It also benefits from a shorter minimum focusing distance of 0.95 meters. Thanks to these two factors, its maximum magnification is increased to 0.32 times.

Effortless autofocus shooting

■ Built-in SDM

This lens incorporates a ring-type, high-torque SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) to assure quiet, high-speed AF operation and improve operability in outdoor shooting.

Built-in SDM

■ Focus-range limiter

This lens features a focus range limiter, which helps you minimize AF operation time by limiting the operational range of the focus mechanism. By selecting one of the two operational sub-ranges divided at a focusing distance of two meters (0.95 meters to 2.0 meters; 2.0 meters to infinity), you can cut AF operation time down to nearly one-third of full-range operation.

Focus-range limiter

Operating the focusing range limiter:
Slide the focus range limiter switch to the LIMIT position, and the focus range is automatically set to one of two sub-ranges (0.95 meters to 2.0 meters, or 2.0 meters to infinity) according to the position of the focus-element group at the moment.
 
For instance, if you activate the focus range limiter when the lens’s focus ring scale indicates a focusing distance of five meters, the focus range limiter automatically selects the sub-range of 2.0 meters to infinity. When the focus ring scale indicates one meter, it selects the sub-range of 0.95 meters to 2.0 meters.

Applications:
• Sub-range of 2.0 meters to infinity:
When you want to focus on images such as an airplane or automobile positioned at a distance beyond a wire fence, you can select this sub-range to ensure that the camera does not focus on the fence.
• Sub-range of 0.95 meters to 2.0 meters:
When you want to focus on the subject a short distance away, such as a flower, you can select this sub-range to keep the camera from focusing on distant objects in the background, such as a building.

Photo Gallery

Yoshiaki Kobayashi

Yoshiaki Kobayashi

Born in 1969 in Tokyo, Kobayashi became a freelance photographer after graduating from Tokyo Photographic College (currently Tokyo Visual Arts College). He has captured a wide variety of subjects representing nature’s tenderness, including flowers and wildlife. After relocating to Hokkaido, he has continued to capture nature-oriented images under a main theme of Inochi no Keshiki (Scenes of Life), while conducting a number of photo exhibitions such as Hikari no Iro, Kaze no Iro (Colors of Light, Colors of Wind) and Inochi no Keshiki, Kushiro Shitsugen (Scenes of Life in Kushiro Marshland) and publishing a photo book titled Inochi no Keshiki, Kushiro Shitsugen (Scenes of Life in Kushiro Marshland). He was selected as one of the featured photographers in the 2013 PENTAX Calendar. In April 2017, he held a photo exhibition titled Hikari no Iro, Kaze no Iro 2 (Colors of Light, Colors of Wind: Part 2) at RICOH Imaging Square Shinjuku.

PENTAX KP

Aperture
F8.0
Shutter speed
1/320sec
Focal Length
210.0mm(Equivalent to 35mm format:315mm)
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Landscape

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F14
Shutter speed
1/200sec
Focal Length
128.0mm
ISO sensitivity
400
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F8.0
Shutter speed
1/125sec
Focal Length
133.0mm
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Vibrant

PENTAX KP

Aperture
F5.6
Shutter speed
1/320sec
Focal Length
210.0mm(Equivalent to 35mm format:315mm)
ISO sensitivity
400
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX KP

Aperture
F6.3
Shutter speed
1/200sec
Focal Length
294.0mm(Using AF Rear Converter 1.4x / Equivalent to 35mm format:441mm)
ISO sensitivity
3200
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F11
Shutter speed
1/250sec
Focal Length
210.0mm
ISO sensitivity
400
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX KP

Aperture
F8.0
Shutter speed
1/320sec
Focal Length
210.0mm(Equivalent to 35mm format:315mm)
ISO sensitivity
100
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F5.0
Shutter speed
1/200sec
Focal Length
180.0mm
ISO sensitivity
1600
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F11
Shutter speed
1/100sec
Focal Length
90.0mm
ISO sensitivity
400
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Bright

Mr. Kobayashi comments on the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4ED SDM WR:

“Because of its compact design and compatibility with full-frame cameras, the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4ED SDM WR is the perfect telephoto zoom lens for my PENTAX K-1. My first impression of this lens was its light weight. Since it weighs only 819 grams and its barrel is designed to be quite slim, I had no trouble carrying it anywhere. I recommend this lens to those who gave up on the 70-200mm F2.8 lens because of its heavy, bulky design. They should pick it up and feel it firsthand. I wish PENTAX had launched this lens simultaneously with the PENTAX K-1.

“Since its minimum focusing distance has been shortened to 0.95 meters, it’s much easier to focus on close-range subjects. Coupled with a maximum magnification of 0.32 times, you can enjoy close-up photography with ease. Even when a fence is in your way in floral photography, you can use it as a telephoto macro lens. With a flower similar in size to a cosmos, you can capture it as a full-frame image.

“This lens also performs well with APS-C-format cameras, and is a great imaging tool to extend the telephoto range. By combining it with the HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW, you can extend its focal length to approximately 450mm in the 35mm format. This brings you a whole range of new photographic possibilities.

“Captured images are really sharp. But they aren’t overly crisp, and retain the graceful ambience you expect from PENTAX lenses. Those images aren’t merely the result of pursuing pixel-based resolution, but I would rather describe them as the reproduction of natural texture perfect for scenic and portrait photography.

“Because the zoom ring is positioned at the front portion of the lens, you end up holding the front portion of the lens. This assures you a stable shooting posture. Even though it doesn’t provide a tripod pedestal, it maintains a good balance when mounted on a PENTAX KP, without becoming front-heavy. This lens is a perfect partner for a compact SLR camera. I expect that it will enhance mobility in my photographic outings and allow me to capture better, more exciting images.”

Photo Gallery

Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Born in 1967 in Nagano Prefecture, Yoshimura worked for a printing company in Tokyo after graduating from high school. After he left the company, he made his debut as a professional photographer while living in Canada for a year. Since then, he has been based in Tokyo while visiting many places both in Japan and abroad, and has been ambitiously engaged in a variety of photographic activities. He is renowned for his artistic expressions of landscapes which capture light, shadow and wind in intriguing compositions, and for his inspiring portraits which convey the liveliness and emotion of local people. He has published a number of photo books, including Sense of Japan, CEMENT, and Supein no Mottomo Utsukusii Mura: Zentoha no Tabi (Most Beautiful Villages in Spain: a Journey through All Traverses).

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F10
Shutter speed
1/500sec
Focal Length
78.0mm
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Bright

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F6.3
Shutter speed
1/400sec
Focal Length
120.0mm
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Natural

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F9.0
Shutter speed
1/200sec
Focal Length
113.0mm
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Landscape

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F10
Shutter speed
1/800sec
Focal Length
108.0mm
ISO sensitivity
320
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Landscape

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F4.0
Shutter speed
1/200sec
Focal Length
120.0mm
ISO sensitivity
320
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Natural

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F10
Shutter speed
1/500sec
Focal Length
70.0mm
ISO sensitivity
250
White balance
Daylight
Finishing touch
Landscape

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F10
Shutter speed
1/40sec
Focal Length
155.0mm
ISO sensitivity
200
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Landscape

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F10
Shutter speed
1/500sec
Focal Length
70.0mm
ISO sensitivity
320
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Landscape

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F8.0
Shutter speed
1/100sec
Focal Length
105.0mm
ISO sensitivity
125
White balance
AutoWB
Finishing touch
Landscape

Mr. Yoshimura comments on the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4ED SDM WR:

“In my latest photo book, Supein no Mottomo Utsukushii Mura: Zentoha no Tabi (Most Beautiful Villages in Spain: a Journey through All Traverses) , I captured a number of images using my PENTAX K-1 Mark II. On this trip, I carried three F2.8 zoom lenses, but honestly speaking, I was exhausted by their weight. When PENTAX unveiled this 70-210mm F4 lens, I was so happy that I almost raised my fists in triumph. It weighs just 819 grams. Compared with the 1,755 grams of the 70-200mm F2.8 model, the weight has been cut down to almost a half. A weight reduction of nearly one kilogram makes a big difference.

“When I used this new lens for the first time during my trip to Tejeda village in Spain, I was delighted with its light weight. I always carry one lightweight spare lens in a porch fastened around my waist, so that I can quickly change lenses depending on the subject. I used to carry a wide-angle zoom lens as a spare, but I was surprised by the fact that I could easily fit this telephoto zoom lens in the porch, without removing the lens hood. It also maintained a good balance when mounted on the PENTAX K-1, without bowing excessively forward due to the lens’s weight. I felt no stress at all when I took casual snapshots while strolling on stone-paved alleys.

“What surprised me most was the sharp, crisp images which this lens produced. Since it incorporates a number of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and anomalous dispersion glass elements, it delivers sharp images over the entire zoom range. I didn’t notice any underexposure in peripheral areas of the image field, or any diffraction at apertures smaller than F16. Upon returning home, I compared their image quality with that of images previously captured by the 70-200mm F2.8 lens, but I couldn’t tell the difference because I tend to close down the aperture for most of my images.

“When I used the new F4 model in a dimly lit cathedral, however, I had to deal with the disadvantage of moving to a smaller maximum aperture by one stop. At first, I suspected that I would suffer failure and end up with many blurred images, but I overcame the problem by slightly raising the camera’s sensitivity setting and turning on its SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism.

“One unexpected surprise this lens presented me during the trip was its close-up shooting capacity, thanks to a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 meters. I don’t own a close-up lens. When I’m on the road, however, I sometimes wish to capture close-up images of flowers or dishes. This zoom lens let me realize these wishes with ease.

“In 2020, I will set out on a journey to capture images for my next photo book, Suisu no Mottomo Utsukushii Mura (Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland). I will have to cover more distance on foot than my journey in Spain. I’m pretty sure that the 70-210mm F4 lens will play a huge role in the upcoming journey.”  

Photo Gallery

Matt Bishop

Matt Bishop

Born in Australia, Matt has been living in Italy since 2002, where his passion for landscape photography took place. His first camera was a Pentax MZ and still today he uses the Pentax system to capture the diverse terrain around the globe. “Capturing my homeland has always been a desire for me, and in recent years my landscape photography workshops in Italy and Patagonia, have made that passion an obsession”

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F11
Shutter speed
1/30sec
Focal Length
115.0mm
ISO sensitivity
100

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F7.1
Shutter speed
1/40sec
Focal Length
210.0mm
ISO sensitivity
100

PENTAX K-1 Mark II

Aperture
F13
Shutter speed
1/15sec
Focal Length
210.0mm
ISO sensitivity
100

Mr. Bishop comments on the HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4ED SDM WR:

“This versatile and extremely light weight telephoto lens, is surely a system that Pentax users have been long waiting for since the release of the DFA lineup. Closing the bridge for photographers wanting a high performance lens within this focal range, that is lighter than the DFA 70-200mm, but still has the ability to perform well under all situations that you would expect from DFA telephoto.

“Mounting this lens onto a Pentax K1 Mark II, I tested its performance under many conditions, such as landscape, wildlife and street photography. Not only did the focus system respond very quickly and accurately (thanks to the help of the in-built focus range limiter), being an F4 gave off a lovely soft bokeh, the 0.95 meters focus distance gave for lovely intimate captures, the focus subjects were tack sharp, the weather sealing brilliant while shooting under harsh conditions, and the build quality is what we can expect from all DFA lenses.

“As a landscape photography that spends a lot of time travelling and hiking to difficult locations, having a lightweight telephoto lens is an essential part of my kit to go. I would recommend this lens to any landscape photographer looking for a lens with these characteristics, and seeing it perform in other circumstances I would recommend it to anyone shooting portrait, wildlife or even street photography.”

Product Gallery

Imaging System to Optimize the Lens’s Outstanding Portability

■ Outstanding portability even with 35mm full-frame DSLR system with compact and light weighted
telephoto zoom lens

Covers 70-200mm
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW

    HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW

    approx. 2030g
    (with hood and tripod pedestal)
  • PENTAX K-1 Mark II
    (35mm full-frame)

    PENTAX K-1 Mark II (35mm full-frame)

    approx. 1010g
    (including battery and SD card)

Covers 70-210mm
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

    HD PENTAX-D FA70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

    approx. 859g
    (with hood)
  • PENTAX K-1 Mark II
    (35mm full-frame)

    PENTAX K-1 Mark II (35mm full-frame)

    approx. 1010g
    (including battery and SD card)

Pursuit of image quality
Total of approx. 3040g

Weight difference
approx. 1171g

Emphasis on portability
Total of approx. 1869g

■ Comparison covering 150-450mm with 35mm full-frame and a compact, light weight APS-C

Cover 150-450mm
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW

    HD PENTAX-D FA150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW

    approx. 2325g
    (with hood and tripod pedestal)
  • PENTAX K-1 Mark II
    (35mm full-frame)

    PENTAX K-1 Mark II (35mm full-frame)

    approx. 1010g
    (including battery and SD card)

Cover approx. 150-450mm
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

    HD PENTAX-D FA70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

    approx. 859g
    (with hood)
  • HD PENTAX-DA
    AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW

    HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW

    approx. 126g
  • PENTAX KP

    PENTAX KP

    approx. 703g
    (including battery and SD card)

Pursuit of image quality
Total of approx. 3335g

Weight difference
approx. 1647g

Emphasis on portability
Total of approx. 1688g

■ Comparison covering 70-450mm by emphasizing portability and using both 35mm full-frame and APS-C

Cover 70-450mm
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW

    HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW

    approx. 2030g
    (with hood and tripod pedestal)
  • PENTAX K-1 Mark II
    (35mm full-frame)

    PENTAX K-1 Mark II (35mm full-frame)

    approx. 1010g
    (including battery and SD card)
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW

    HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW

    approx. 2325g
    (with hood and tripod pedestal)

Cover approx. 70-450mm
  • HD PENTAX-D FA
    70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

    HD PENTAX-D FA70-210mmF4ED SDM WR

    approx. 859g
    (with hood)
  • PENTAX K-1 Mark II
    (35mm full-frame)

    PENTAX K-1 Mark II (35mm full-frame)

    approx. 1010g
    (including battery and SD card)
    • HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW

      HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW

      approx. 126g
    • PENTAX KP

      PENTAX KP

      approx. 703g
      (including battery and SD card)
    • As the lens is so light weighted, there is a alternative to take APS-C DSLR and AF rear converter to cover the wide focal length.

Pursuit of image quality
Total of approx. 5365g

Weight difference
approx. 2667g

Even carrying so many gears...
Total of approx. 2698g

A telephoto zoom lens for use with 35mm-format full-frame digital SLR cameras,
assuring remarkable imaging performance over the entire zoom range
and combining versatile close-range photography with great portability HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mmF4ED SDM WR


HD PENTAX Lens lineup

Category Type Product name Focal length

Top: in FF setting
Bottom: in APS-C setting

Aperture
Wide-Angle Lenses Zoom HD PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED
APS-C
10-17mm
-
F3.5-4.5
HD PENTAX-DA11-18mmF2.8ED DC AW
APS-C
11-18mm
17-27.5mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mmF2.8ED SDM WR
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
15-30mm
23-46mm
F2.8
Single Focus HD PENTAX-FA35mmF2
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
35mm
53.5mm
F2
HD PENTAX-DA 15mm F4ED AL Limited
APS-C
15mm
23mm
F4
HD PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited
APS-C
21mm
32mm
F3.2
Standard Lenses Zoom HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR
APS-C
16-85mm
24.5-130mm
F3.5-5.6
HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
APS-C
18-50mm
27.5-76.5mm
F4-5.6
HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4ED Limited DC WR
APS-C
20-40mm
30.5-61.5mm
F2.8-4
HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mmF2.8ED SDM WR
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
24-70mm
37-107mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
28-105mm
43-161mm
F3.5-5.6
Single Focus HD PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
APS-C
40mm
61mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA50mmF1.4 SDM AW
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
50mm
76.5mm
F1.4
Telephoto Lenses Zoom HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR
APS-C
55-300mm
84.5-460mm
F4-5.8
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
APS-C
55-300mm
84.5-460mm
F4.5-6.3
HD PENTAX-D FA70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
70-200mm
107-307mm
F2.8
HD PENTAX-D FA 70-210mm F4ED SDM WR NEW!
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
70-210mm
107-322mm
F4
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
35mm Full FrameAPS-C
150-450mm
230-690mm
F4.5-5.6
Single Focus HD PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
APS-C
70mm
107mm
F2.4
HD PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW
APS-C
560mm
859mm
F5.6
Macro Lenses Single Focus HD PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
APS-C
35mm
53.5mm
F2.8
Converter / AF Lens Adapter HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW - -

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