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Pentax K-1

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Lenses for Pentax Full Frame

Had the Pentax K1 been a mirrorless camera, it could have had instant compatibility with nearly every brand of lens. As it stands, Pentax K lens selection from Pentax alone is somewhat limited for modern high performance full-frame designs.

Native mount lenses

Existing lenses designed for Pentax APS-C sensor size can of course be used on the Pentax K1, certainly in APS-C crop mode. Some of these even fill the full frame, or nearly so, at least over some portion of the range, so the full frame sensor can be mostly, perhaps even fully utilized (though with likely quality limitations). See my reviews of the Pentax limited lenses as well as my evaluations of the three Zeiss Touit APS-C lenses on full frame Sony, like the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon.

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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Pentax autofocus: SMCP-FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited, SMCP-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited, SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

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