Rokinon 24mm Tilt-shift F3.5 Review Posted

Full-frame perspective control lens for Pentax

By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Aug 29, 2016

Today we are happy to present an in-depth look at the Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC lens! As a nearly unique lens in the K-mount landscape, the Rokinon 24mm Tilt-Shift fills a gap and will be  welcomed by many photographers looking for this kind of specialized lens for architecture, landscapes or creative photography.  This lens is of particular interest now that the Pentax K-1 is out.

Tilt-shift

Being unique does not automatically make a lens good, however. How does this tilt-shift lens perform?  What are its practical applications? Read on to find out:

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HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Review

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.

HD 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:

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Pentax DA 50mm F1.8 Review Posted

An inexpensive lens with excellent performance

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 6, 2016

Today we are happy to present our latest in-depth review: a look at the SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8.

DA 50mm on Pentax K-50
DA 50mm F1.8 lens on a Pentax K-50 body

The 50mm focal length is a very popular one, and the "nifty fifty" is often the first lens purchased after the kit lens. Pentax released the DA 50mm in 2012 in order to offer a compelling and inexpensive fixed focal length lens option in its lineup.

Building on the design of former 50mm lenses, the DA 50mm F1.8 uses modern technologies (such as advanced coatings) but lacks some perks found on more expensive lenses in order to keep the price down. It has a strong following on our forum and has become known as the "plastic fantastic".  In the US, it regularly retails for under $100.

How does the DA 50mm perform? Read on to find out:

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How to Use a Backlight in the Studio

A look at various lighting techniques for effective portraits

By bdery in Articles and Tips on Oct 13, 2015

Studio photography can open a world of possibilities. Often, however, creative techniques rely on expensive and very specialized equipment, which can be hard to obtain for beginners and hobbyists.

Today we present a backlighting technique that can be performed with standard studio equipment, but also with items you probably have lying around your house. The technique takes advantage of a light source located behind the subjects to create strong contrast, and a light gradient gently wrapping around your subjects to fall in shadows at the front. It is very effective as black & white but, as you will see, can still be interesting in colors.

Backlight

Without further ado, let’s see how to build an image such as this one!

Pentax D FA 100mm Macro WR Review Posted

An all-metal weather-sealed macro lens

By bdery in Review Announcements on Sep 2, 2015

Today we are glad to present our latest in-depth review in which we take a close look at the popular SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR prime lens!  Note that this review replaces our aging and less comprehensive 2011 review of the same lens.  We are currently in the process of refreshing old reviews and you can expect more such updates in the coming months.

DFA 100mm Macro

Macro is an important part of photography, and Pentax has long kept a tradition of offering excellent macro lenses. Many consider the company’s latest macro lens a classic in its own right. With weather sealing, a compact metal body, super protect coatings and very high sharpness, it certainly has the makings of a great lens.

Is it just hearsay or can it be confirmed by experimentation? We have 14 pages of pictures, tests and analysis to answer this question. Sharpness, bokeh, aberrations will all be tested. Two dozen sample images will also let you see how the lens performs in real life.

Don’t hesitate and head to the review now!

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