Best lenses for the 16-MPix Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs: Measurement data now available online

By Kevin Carter - Thursday January 30 2014

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Sharpness comparison between Pentax K-5 IIs and K-5 II | Sharpness comparison between Pentax K-5 IIs and Pentax K-3 | Best prime lenses for the Pentax K-5 IIs | Best zoom lenses for the Pentax K-5 IIs | Best prime lenses for the Pentax K-5 II | Best zoom lenses for the Pentax K-5 II
 
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Pentax8992310
Pentax smc DA Star 55mm F1.4 SDM640228
Pentax smc DA 50mm f1.8249209
Pentax smc PENTAX D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro444189
Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited700189
Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4450189
Pentax HD DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited750189
Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL220188
Pentax smc D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR589188
Pentax smc DA 70mm F2.4 Limited545188
Pentax smc DA 40mm f2.8 XS250177
Pentax HD DA 40mm F2.8 Limited550167
Pentax HD DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited700158
Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited360157
Pentax smc DA Star 300mm F4 ED (IF) SDM1400157
Pentax smc DA Star 200mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM1200157
Pentax smc DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited650138
Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited510137
Pentax smc PENTAX DA 14mm F2.8575136
Pentax HD DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited700136

Although the lenses follow similar rankings on the K-5 II with the same models occupying the top three positions, there are some slight differences. The most notable of those being the Pentax smc D FA Macro 100mm f2.8 WR, which dropped from fourth place to ninth and the smc DA 70mm f2.4 Limited, which fell from fifth to tenth place – both those models perform well on the K-5 IIs.