DA 35mm F2.4 "Plastic Fantastic" Review Posted

An in-depth review of Pentax's budget 35mm prime lens.

By Heie in Review Announcements on Mar 4, 2015

Today we are proud to announce our latest in-depth review: Pentax's smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL prime lens!

As has become standard in our lens reviews as of late, this review doesn't just focus on the optic in question but rather compares it in a head-to-head shootout. During this review you will see sample images not only from Pentax's 35mm Plastic Fantastic, but against its premium all-metal big brother of the same focal length. That's right - the HD DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro!

Will Pentax's premium DA Limited macro lens have its bokeh bested? What about its sharpness? Now that your interest has been piqued, the answers lie within our 13 pages of analysis!

And just as a reminder, we don't expect you to just take our word for it. In addition to over one hundred sample and comparison photos for you to peruse through, there is a section of 18 images with their RAW files waiting for you to download and play with to your heart's content.

Last and certainly not least (in fact this is our very favorite part of the entire review!) you'll find on the same page as the RAW files a gallery collected from our very own Pentax Forums' photographers, showcasing what they have created utilizing this humble lens.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the review now!

Click here to read our DA 35mm F2.4 AL Review

Sigma 18-35mm Autofocus: A Second Look

An analysis of focus issues on Pentax cameras

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Feb 2, 2015

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 "Art" is an impressive lens.  Not only is it the world's first DSLR lens with a fixed aperture of F1.8, but it has also proved to be an optical masterpiece with image quality and bokeh comparable to that of high-end prime lenses.

Unfortunately, in our in-depth review of the 18-35mm, our staff reviewer Heie discovered that the lens suffered from serious autofocus issues while shooting through the viewfinder.  These initial findings were verified using five copies of the lens, at different times, across three different K-3 bodies among others.  We therefore suspected a problem with how the lens interacts with the camera during phase detect autofocus (PDAF), as no issues were observed in the live view contrast detect autofocus (CDAF).

However, while many user reports agreed with our findings, other users stated that they haven't experienced any autofocus issues whatsoever.  Thus, in an attempt to arrive at a more conclusive verdict regarding the 18-35mm's autofocus, our forum administrators decided to test two additional copies of the lens side-by-side.  Read on for their findings!

Ricoh Theta m15 Review

A camera that captures 360-degree images

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Jan 26, 2015

Today we are happy to present our review of the Ricoh Theta m15, Ricoh Imaging's second-generation 360-degree camera.  

The Theta is certainly one of the most intriguing products we've reviewed to date.  Its unique capabilities bend the traditional rules of photography and allow users to capture their surroundings and create photos in a brand new way.

You can't go wrong with the Theta's new low price tag, either.  Read on to see why we liked this camera so much!

Click here to continue to the Ricoh Theta review

Pentax K-S1 Review Posted

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Jan 14, 2015

The Internet hasn't given the Pentax K-S1 much love, so we decided to change that by giving it a proper in-depth review.  In it, we take a look at not only the face-lifted interface and how the camera handles, but also the image quality from the new 20.2-megapixel sensor.

Click here for the K-S1 review

Ricoh WG-30w Review Posted

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Dec 22, 2014

Several threads on our forum have mentioned The Camera Store's recent Youtube video, which lists the  Pentax K-S1 as the worst camera of 2014.  We are currently in the process of reviewing the K-S1, and while we might agree that it's the most pointless camera of 2014, it's certainly not the worst. 

Why?  Because Ricoh has outdone itself with the latest compact, the WG-30w.  To sum it up, the WG-30w is a sandbox: a rebadged Pentax Optio WG-2 from early 2012, but with half the LCD resolution, launched to showcase a singular new feature.  That feature is built-in Wi-Fi, which ironically works better than the O-FC1 FluCard in a Pentax DSLR.

How could things have gone so wrong?  Read on!

Ricoh WG-30w In-Depth Review


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