While it may be long overdue, today we're happy to present you with our in-depth review of the Pentax DA* 50-135mm F2.8 lens, which is a premium short-to-medium telephoto zoom featuring weather sealing, silent focusing, and internal zooming. In our review we evaluate all aspects of the lens, with a rather exhaustive evaluation of its optical performance. We hope you enjoy the review!
The HD Pentax 560mm F5.6 ED AW DC ($6999) super telephoto lens started shipping in the US just last week, and we are now in posession what we believe to be one of the first production examples of this lens. Today we have for you an unboxing video:
We will be posting some more first impressions later this week, so please stay tuned! This upcoming post will discuss things such as autofocus speed, general handling, and full-frame compatibility.
We have been told that this lens is designed for bird shooters who want to hand-hold their setup in the field. So far, it seems to us that Pentax has done a good job of ensuring good handling based on the lens's easy-to-hold barrel, and by supplying a case that can be used in the field as opposed to a metal monstrosity.
In our first review of 2013 we take a look at the new Pentax 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM super-zoom lens, which finally hit the shelves in late December. This all-in-one lens fills an important gap in the Pentax lens lineup, as the previous super zoom (the DA 18-250mm) has been discontinued for almost two years now.
This 18-270mm lens, like the 18-250mm before it, is made by Tamron, and is also sold under the Tamron brand for Canon and Nikon cameras. As such, it has already received quite a large number of reviews on other sites, but we decided to perform a comprehensive evaluation of it anyway to see if it will be worthwhile for Pentax users. Compared to its predecesor, this lens delivers improved optics, silent AF (a very welcome addition), nicer bokeh, and a little bit of extra reach. Read the full review to see just how well it fares! All we'll say here is that we were able to capture some fairly impressive landscape photos with it!
Earlier this year, Nikon launched the D800 and D800E 36-megapixel DSLRs, bringing the resolution of full-frame cameras much closer to that of professional medium format bodies, such as the Pentax 645D- at least on paper!
Those of you who've been following our reviews for a while probably know that back in 2011, we compared the Pentax 645D to the Nikon D3x (24-megapixel) and found the Pentax to have a clear advantage in terms of image quality. Sensor technology has been evolving rapidly, though, and we had a hunch that the new D800E might change things a bit. And it did.
We recently decided to pick up a D800E and face it off against the 645D. We found the Nikon D800E to nearly match the resolution of the 645D, and it scored higher in terms of noise and dynamic range thanks to its newer CMOS sensor. So does the D800E dethrone the 645D? Well, there are lots of things to consider when buying a camera for professional studio or landscape use, and this is why we performed an in-depth comparative review of the two cameras rather than just look at their image quality.
Read the Nikon D800E vs. Pentax 645D comparative review to find out which camera is best for professionals in need of a high-resolution camera!
- Moire: Real World Example
- High ISO Noise Reduction
- Aperture vs Resolution
- Comparative Photos K-5 vs K-5 IIs
- Comparative Photos Continued
- Comparative Macro Photos
All conclusions posted together with the original review remain unchanged. The Pentax K-5 II/IIs are now readily available for purchase from retailers nationwide!
In our latest comparative review, we take a look at the Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D), Nikon D5100, and Pentax K-30 side-by-side from a user's standpoint. If you're looking to get started with a DSLR or want to upgrade your old camera, check out this comparison for a closer look at three of the most attractive options out there at the moment!
The Pentax K-5 II and IIs, successors to the Pentax K-5 which Pentax announced just before Photokina, started shipping late last week. In an effort to discover just how worthwhile these cameras really are, we went ahead and started our review right away! Key specifications for these cameras include:
- 16.3 megapixels
- ISO 80-51,200 (expanded)
- 7FPS shutter
- Fully weather-sealed body
- In-camera stabilization
- (K-5 IIs) Filterless design for maximum resolution
Now, without further ado, we're happy to present you our Pentax K-5 II / IIs review.
More sample photos will be added to the review next week. If you have any requests, please post them in this thread!
With Photokina behind us, we can finally go back to reviewing equipment! Today we're happy to be posting an in-depth review of the SMC Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM, a premium standard/short-tele lens featuring weather-sealing, rounded aperture blades, and silent autofocus. We really liked the image quality of this lens (especially the bokeh), although its autofocus speed and high price tag could use improvement. Read the review for more details!