Best lenses for your Pentax K-50: Pentax lens overview

By Kevin Carter - Thursday August 22 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Pentax K-50 Best Prime | Pentax K-50 Best Zoom | Best Portrait lens | Best Standard zoom | Best Super-zoom

The best performing standard zoom in our database is the $335 Pentax smc PENTAX DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL with a DxOMark score of 17 points. However, while it was only introduced in 2003, that lens can be difficult to find new, being replaced by the $736 16-50mm f/2.8 and the $599 17-70mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM (not yet reviewed). Although the 16-50mm f/2.8 ED is a good performer on the K-50 the DxOMark score is held back slightly due to high levels of chromatic aberration, but in all other respects it would make a good choice.

Pentax smc PENTAX DA 16-45mm F4 ED AL 335 17
Pentax smc PENTAX DA Star 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM 736 16
Pentax smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II 125 15
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Pentax 499 13