By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Apr 18, 2021
Our 2021 Pentax Lens Tournament is now over, and the community has voted the D FA* 50mm F1.4 as the new best Pentax lens of all time! As promised, we have now kicked off our giveaway in which you can win this high-performance lens through a raffle.
Each day from April 16th through May 16th 2021, you can claim one raffle entry, for a maximum of 31 per member. Entries can be claimed in the thread below, where you will also find full giveaway terms and instructions:
2021 PF Pentax Lens Tournament: Winners and Stats
By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Mar 22, 2021
Welcome to the final debrief for our 2021 Pentax Lens Tournament. For the quickest overview of the tournament, we invite you to watch the video below:
This means that we will be giving away a copy of the D FA* 50mm in April. Stay tuned for details!
Unlike the 2014 tournament, which was largely a popularity contest, the 2021 tournament featured blind voting in which each lens was judged based on several photos taken by forum members. When evaluating pairs of photos, voters were not aware of the lens used.
Of course, no tournament is perfect: there is more to a lens than the photos it is can take, and some lenses had more photos than others. However, we hope that this tournament has offered an interesting perspective on the current Pentax lens landscape. We are positively surprised by the stellar performance of recently launched Pentax lenses—in particular the winning 50mm, which was designed by Pentax as part of a new series of ultra high performance primes (together with the D FA* 85mm).
In total, we saw 252 lens nominations in this tournament- 137 of which were made for the 20 top lenses which subsequently became finalists. Interestingly, no third-party lenses ended up becoming finalists. More details on the nominations can be found on the forum.
In the final round, 235 users cast more than 57,700 votes. Only the top 6 lenses won more often than they lost, on average.
By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Mar 19, 2021
Last month, we announced a new photo contest series featuring a unique focal length range each month. Now it's time to choose the winners of the February contest, which saw 9 stunning photos taken at 20mm or wider.
In addition, please consider entering a photo in the March edition of the contest, open to submissions taken from 21mm to 27mm.
By MSL in Giveaways and Events on Feb 6, 2021
Got a 15 bladed bokeh monster or swirly dreamy bokeh? How about a lens that produces starbursts? A super sharp lens? Super color rendering straight out of the camera? How about a fish-eye and the perspective it offers? Got a zoom lens you think can outperform a prime at a specific focal length? This is your chance to show it off, push it to its limits and celebrate the uniqueness of a lens.
Our new monthly photo contest series is your perfect chance to show off "Something Special about that Lens". Each month a new contest will be started with a unique focal length range for the month. It is your chance to to submit a photo with a brief description of what it is that you think makes the lens special. So, pull out those hidden gems, and show them off! Prizes will be awarded to each monthly winner.
In February, you can enter photos taken at 20mm or less. This means that any photo taken with a 20mm prime (or wider) would be eligible, as well as any photo from a zoom set to 20mm or wider. Challenge yourself to take a new photo during the submission period.
Not a fan of ultra-wide lenses? In March, we will be moving up to 21-27mm, followed by 28-39mm in April. See the full schedule here.
Vote now in our special photo gallery
By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Feb 1, 2021
It's time to move on to the last round of our 2021 Pentax Lens Tournament! You've sumitted your nominations, we've tallied them up, and we now have our top 20 finalist lenses. Which one of them will become the winner? Which will come close?
To find out, we have set up a special voting page which will show pairs of photos taken with different lenses. Cast your vote for which photo is better! You can vote up to 8400 times: the total number of unique photo combinations.