In our latest review, we compare the new lineup of HD Pentax Limited primes to the outgoing SMC Limited lenses.
While the new HD 15mm, 21mm, 35mm, 40mm, and 70mm lenses share the same optical design and high-quality metal construction as their SMC counterparts, they have received rounded aperture blades, redesigned lettering, and of course Pentax's new HD coating, which promises to reduce reflectance. The HD Limiteds are also slightly more expensive than the old lenses.
The red rings on the HD lenses may look fancy, but how big of a practical significance do the other changes have in real-world shooting? Read the review to find out!
All five of the recently-launched Pentax-DA HD Limited Primes (pictured above) have been in our hands for a number of weeks now, and in addition to using them in the field with the Pentax K-3, we've completed our preliminary tests of these new lenses side-by-side with their SMC Limited predecessors.
If you're unfamiliar with the HD Limiteds, they're simply updated versions of Pentax's lineup of ultra-compact prime lenses. Specifically, the new HD 15mm, 21mm, 35mm, 40mm, and 70mm lenses have been treated with improved coatings that reduce ghosting, rounded aperture blades that deliver smoother bokeh, and a refreshed cosmetic design. Our in-depth review of all five lenses, which we plan on bringing to you early next week, will elaborate on these differences.
The new HD versions of the Pentax's Limited lenses are available at a price premium over their older siblings. In the US, the jump in price ranges from $50 to $150 per lens: nothing too major in itself, but when this is stacked on top of high MAP prices, getting the best of the best can become quite costly.
Read on for our first impressions of the HD Limiteds.
We have just posted our in-depth review of the Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 zoom lens, arguably one of the best zooms in the current Pentax lens lineup.
If you're looking for a lens that's very sharp wide-open and gives you plenty of reach, the 60-250mm is not to be overlooked. This lens is unique because it sacrifices a stop of light to deliver more reach than a typical 70-200mm lens, and all this comes in a lighter package. Read the review to see how it fares!
We are happy to announce that we have just published our in-depth review of the Pentax K-3, our most comprehensive review to date with more than 20 pages covering the performance and features of the new Pentax flagship! We hope that this review answers all your questions about the K-3 and addresses any concerns that you may have had about the camera.
There's no question that the Pentax K-3 is the most capable camera in the current Pentax lineup as well as one of the most compelling products that Pentax has released to date. The detail that this camera's 24-megapixel sensor delivers has impressed us, as has its high overall speed and large feature set. All-around, this camera was a joy to review: the K-3 it turned out to still have everything that what we loved about the K-5 and K-5 IIs, and yet Pentax still managed to improve it in just about every key area compared to its predecessor. With the possible exception of autofocus and video, this camera will surely hold its ground against the competition extremely well.
We've been waiting a long time to say, "Bravo, Pentax, for creating such a nice camera for enthusiast Pentaxians!"
Click on the link below to continue to the full review and see just how well the K-3 fares.
After three long days with the Pentax K-3 in the field and in the studio, we're ready to share our first impressions of this camera, as well as give you an early verdict about its performance!
Based on what we've seen, we are tempted to say that the K-3 is the best APS-C DSLR currently on the market. Rest assured that even as a Pentax-oriented editorial staff, we're normally hesitant to make such conclusions. The K-3 is unquestionably superior to its predecessor (the K-5 II/IIs), as it brings marked improvements in terms of features, overall performance, speed, and image quality. It may not outperform the competition in all areas, but at the moment there simply isn't any other enthusiast APS-C DSLR out there than can deliver the same level of sophistication, build quality, and handling in a single package.
The remainder of this article is broken up into a number of sub-sections that take a closer look at various aspects of the K-3. Enjoy!
A lens that is sharp wide-open, produces beautiful bokeh, suppresses aberrations, and has no distortion? Well, that about sums up the Sigma 35mm F1.4 "Art", Sigma's latest optical masterpiece, when we used on a Pentax DSLR. But is it perfect?
We're happy to announce that our latest In-Depth Accessory Review is now complete! In it, we take a comprehensive look at the Sirui T-025x Carbon Fiber Tripod and determine if, once and for all, the quest for the ultimate three-legged travel companion has been found!
Today we're happy to be bringing you our in-depth review of the Pentax Q7, the latest member of Pentax's lineup of ultra-compact interchangeable lens cameras.
The Q7 represents the first major upgrade to the Q-mount family of cameras. Although Pentax released their second Q-mount body, the Q10, just last year, it was identical to the original Q in almost every way except for its appearance. While the Q7 and Q10 share the same casing, on the inside, they are completely different.
Pentax has brought a plethora of changes and improvements to the Q7. First and foremost, they have fitted it with a new 1/1.7-inch sensor that is some 50% larger than the old 1/2.3" sensor, promising improved image quality. The Q7's menu system has seen a facelift, with almost every screen being changed in some way. Its performance and startup time has been improved, and the autofocus system has been overhauled. Despite these modifications, the Q7 of course continues to be a niche camera appealing primarily to those who prioritize small size above all else, and who crave the ability to swap lenses.
If you're a current Q user, you might be surprised by the improvement in image quality that the Q7 brings to the table. We've devoted much of our review to comparing the Q7 to its predecessors, but we also evaluate the Q7 on its own, from the standpoint of a prospective buyer interested in a mirrorless camera. We hope you find the review helpful in deciding whether or not the Q7 is right for you!