Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 ED HD PENTAX-D FA SDM WR

Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 ED HD PENTAX-D FA SDM WR

A large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, providing sharp, high-resolution images and a large F2.8 maximum aperture.

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Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 ED HD PENTAX-D FA SDM WR

When mounted on the PENTAX K-1 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera body, this zoom lens covers a focal-length range from 15mm ultra-wide-angle to 30mm wide-angle.* Thanks to its exaggerated perspective typical of an ultra-wide-angle lens and high-resolution imaging power, it captures dynamic, sweeping views of subjects, especially in landscape photography. Treated with the PENTAX-developed HD Coating, it produces well-defined, fine-detailed images with ample light levels even at the edges of the image field, while effectively reducing chromatic aberration, distortion and coma to a minimum. Its large F2.8 maximum aperture also comes in handy for photographing nightscapes and starry skies. The built-in SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) provides quiet, high-speed autofocus operation.

* When mounted on a PENTAX APS-C-size digital SLR camera body, this zoom lens covers a focal-length range from 23mm to 46mm.

Main Features

Exceptional imaging power
When mounted on the PENTAX K-1 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera body, this zoom lens provides an ultra-wide-angle focal-length coverage from 15mm to 30mm. Its exaggerated perspective helps the photographer produce spectacular images in landscape photography. Since it provides a 30mm focal length at the telephoto end, it can also be used for such casual applications as snapshots.

State-of-the-art optical design
This zoom lens incorporates three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical elements and three aspherical optical elements in its 18-element, 13-group optics, to deliver high-resolution images rich in contrast even at the edges of the image field, while effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, distortion and coma.

Large-aperture zoom lens, with a maximum aperture of F2.8
Since this zoom lens provides a maximum aperture of F2.8 over its entire zoom range, it is versatile enough to be used for many different subjects and scenes, ranging from sweeping landscapes to nightscapes and starry skies. Despite its ultra-wide-angle perspective, it can capture the subject with an excellent bokeh (defocus) effect on the background. Even in macro photography from its minimum focusing distance of 28 centimeters, it can capture subjects with a well-defined sense of depth.

Built-in SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor)
The incorporation of a new-generation SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) assures that this zoom lens provides quiet, high-speed autofocus operation, letting the photographer react swiftly to all types of subjects.

Weather-resistant construction
Special seals applied throughout the lens body provide this zoom lens with dependable weather-resistant construction, effectively preventing the intrusion of water into the lens interior. By pairing it with a weather-resistant PENTAX digital SLR camera body, the photographer has a durable, dependable digital imaging system that performs superbly under demanding shooting conditions — even in the rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray.

HD Coating to improve image description
The lens is treated with high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating.* Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this PENTAX-original coating assures higher light transmittance and less reflection to deliver bright, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight. * HD stands for High Definition.

Other features

  • Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching from autofocus to manual-focus operation, by holding the shutter-release button halfway down and turning the focus ring after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system.
  • Rounded diaphragm with nine blades to produce a smooth, beautiful bokeh (defocus) effect, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources.
  • SP (Super Protect) Coating applied to the front surface of the lens to effectively repel water and grease.


Focal Length 15-30mm
Equivalent in 23-46mm 35mm format 
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Maximum Aperture F2.8
Minimum Aperture F22
Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Angle of View (Diagonal) 111-72°
(when attached to PENTAX 35mm full-frame SLR cameras)
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Mount KAF3
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.28m (0.92 ft.)
Maximum Magnification 0.20x
Filter Diameter N/A
Diaphragm Control Fully automatic
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
  Rounded diaphragm (15mm: F2.8-4   30mm: F2.8-5.6)
Lens Hood Built-in (fixed)
Lens Cap O-LW98A (included)
Lens Case S120-160 (included)
Maximum Diameter x Length approx. 98.5mm x 143.5mm (approx. 3.9in. x 5.6in.)
Weight approx.1040g
(approx. 36.7oz.)
Included Accessories Lens Cap O-LW98A, Lens Mount Cap K,
 Lens Case S120-160
Others HD Coating
  SP (Super Protect) Coating
  WR (Weather Resistant)
  Quick-shift Focus System

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Panevėžys, Lithuania. GB
Fantastic image quality, very solid construction and quick focus. Brilliant built quality.
Very big and heavy. However, the lens looks good on the K1.
Confirmed purchase: 26 November 2018
Published on: 15 December 2018
out of 10


Rotherham GB Experienced amateur photographer 55yrs
Image quality, lack of vignetting for such a wide lens and distortion easy to fix. Wide aperture means good focussing in low light and excellent colour/vibrance to images
Very big and heavy so not an every day walkabout lens unless you're a body builder and price compared with Tamron version which is unavailable for Pentax.
Confirmed purchase: 02 January 2018
Published on: 02 February 2018
out of 10


Dursley GB
Image quality and build
Filters not available unless spending big money.
Confirmed purchase: 20 November 2017
Published on: 04 December 2017
out of 10


Portland, Dorset GB
Brilliant image nice bright and sharp. Low distortion even at full wide. Solid construction. Hard to imagine how the image could be better.
Price was high even at the discouted price. Almost imposible to put a filter on unless you get something specialist. The front element is always exposed when uncapped, I always use a filter as a sacrificial protection on my other lenses... cant do that on this lens. My heaviest lens.
Confirmed purchase: 03 February 2017
Published on: 17 February 2017
out of 10


london GB
Fantastic image quality and quick focus. Great built quality too.
Expensive but that's the nature of lenses.
Confirmed purchase: 28 April 2016
Published on: 12 May 2016

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