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

We were curious to see how well the 24-Mpix Pentax K-3 would compare against the Pentax K-5 IIs using the same lenses. In the event, were somewhat surprised to find that difference between the two amounted to around 10%, which is still significant though perhaps slightly less than we expected.

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The one exception to this was the outstanding Art series Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A, which saw a improvement of just over 23%, but it’s clear this lens is optimized for sharpness.