Pentax 06 Tele Zoom Lens For Q Series Cameras
The Pentax 06 Tele Zoom lens covers focal lengths between 15mm-45mm, equivalent to around 83mm-249mm in 35mm format. This Pentax Q-system lens features a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its entire zoom range.
Pentax 06 Tele Zoom Lens Overview:
- Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low dispersion element.
- Built-in mechanical shutter that offers flash synchronisation right up to its fastest shutter speed.
- A built-in ND filter, which comes in handy when shooting with open aperture in bright locations.
- Incorporates 2 Extra-low Dispersion glass elements and one super-low dispersion glass element
- Extremely compact and lightweight (90gr) by design.
- Quick-Shift Focus system allows for instant switching to manual focus.
- Super Protect (SP) coating is applied to the front surface of the optics.
Build and features
- The Pentax 06 15mm-45mm f/2.8 is the smallest tele-zoom in the world.
- It is built from plastics on a metal mount, and like all Q-system lenses it feels a bit toy-like.
- It has a smooth zoom ring and a locking position to collapse the lens to a smaller size for transportation.
- The manual focus ring sits on the front of the lens and is surprisingly accurate during operation.
- AF with the Pentax Q-S1 is on the slow side at the far end, although this is to be expected with a tele-zoom
- Although the build on the Pentax 02 zoom lens is better, the Pentax 06 tele zoom does win when it come to image quality.
- Little or no distortion, CA and vignetting.
- Capable of making beautiful images with the Pentax Q-S1.
- Keep the limits of a compact camera system in mind (no heavy cropping, no large prints)
- The Q-S1 camera does have in-body image stabilisation, but it is still quite difficult to get a clear shot at the far-end unless your subject is reasonable big.
Sharpness and distortion
- Distortion is minimal throughout the range and is easily corrected in-body (as jpeg) or in Lightroom for RAW captures.
- All Q-lenses have surpassingly little CA and vignetting.
Sharpness at 15mm
- The image corners are a bit soft at f/2.8 here, but the center is sharp.
- All this is relative, of course, as you shouldn’t expect the same degree of sharpness as APS-C or FF cameras when zooming in.
- It is sharpest corner-to-corner at f/4.
- Remember that diffraction sets in quite early in these small lenses, affecting overall sharpness starting from f/5.6.
Sharpness at 23mm
Same story at 23mm, sharpest at f/4 with a tiny amount of barrel distortion.
Sharpness at 45mm
- Sharpest at f/4 at 45mm
- Overall It is no problem shooting at f/2.8 with a tele-zoom as the center is sharp.
- Notice that there is no barrel distortion at all here.
- It is quite difficult locking-on to small subjects at 45mm, although advanced auto-focus features like object tracking still works with the Pentax Q-S1.
The Pentax 06 Tele Zoom lens is bundled with the 02 standard zoom in the Pentax Q-S1 kit. Both are very useful lenses and offer excellent value-for-money when purchased together.
The Q-system is all about having fun with photography, but you’ll often be surprised with how good your images look. The 06 Tele Zoom will never be a Pro tele-zoom lens, but it is extremely pocketable and offers quality beyond what you’d expect of a lens this size.