A versatile, compact, high-performance zoom
By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Jul 28, 2016
We are happy to finally kick off our series of in-depth reviews of the D FA full-frame zoom lenses launched alongside the Pentax K-1! In this first installment, we take a close look at the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR. Expect us to cover the remaining lenses in the coming months.
This ultra-portable lens costs just $446 (in the US) and covers a convenient range of commonly-used focal lengths. It's also packed with the latest Pentax lens technologies, including the HD coating, silent DC autofocus, and weather sealing. But how does it fare in the field when it comes to image quality? Is it a consumer-grade lens, or does it stack up against its more expensive rivals? Read on to find out:
A versatile macro lens worthy of the Limited label
By bdery in Review Announcements on Jul 20, 2016
Today we are happy to present and in-depth look at the HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro.
As an APS-C lens with a "normal" 35mm focal length, true macro capabilities, and a metal construction, the DA 35mm macro is a versatile lens capable of being used in a large variety of shooting situations. In addition to being a macro, it can serve as an everyday walkaround lens, and its wide F2.8 aperture can be useful in low light.
Pentax has long had a tradition of offering many high-quality macro lenses. The current line-up also includes a 50mm and a 100mm, but only the 35mm bears the Limited tag. Is it worthy of the name?
How does the DA 35mm macro perform? Read on to find out:
In-depth lens comparison between four ultra wide lenses
By Heie in Review Announcements on Jun 23, 2016
Today we are proud to announce our latest in-depth review! Not just one or two lenses (or three), but a veritable four-way battle between the widest lenses you can buy for the Pentax K-mount.These are the Pentax 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fisheye, the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 Fisheye, the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6, and the Rokinon 10mm F2.8.
A longstanding argument we felt the need to finally put to rest, we wanted to see which ultra wide was truly the best option available. With both fisheye and rectilinear lenses, every angle was considered.
But not sure what the difference is between the two types? Don't worry, because this tome of comparisons is also packed with plenty of explanations and sample photos to explain what those differences are and, most importantly, what they mean to you so you can narrow in on which truly is the best lens to enhance your kit.
At 21 pages, over 11 Gigabytes of RAW files to download and process to your heart's content, and forty carefully selected images from Pentax Forums' very own members, we can't be more excited to share with you one of our most comprehensive reviews to date!
A comprehensive evaluation of the new Pentax full-frame
By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Jun 5, 2016
We have worked tirelessly to bring you our in-depth review of the Pentax K-1, perhaps the most-awaited and best-received Pentax DSLR to date. But how does the first full-frame DSLR from Pentax stand up to our tests? How is the image quality and performance? Is it user-friendly? Is it competitive in the current market? Read on to find out!
Pentax tethering software
By PF Staff in Review Announcements on May 24, 2016
To follow up our recent guide to the Pentax Lightroom tethering plugin, we are happy to be bringing you a walkthrough and review of Pentax Image Tansmitter 2, the commercial tethering software designed for the Pentax K-1, 645Z, and 645D.