Pentax Forums Giveaway: Win a Pentax D FA★ 50mm F1.4 Lens

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:

Click here to enter our raffle for the D FA* 50mm F1.4

The D FA* 50mm is part of Pentax's new series of ultra-high performance full-frame primes. Learn more about it in our in-depth review.

The D FA★ 50mm F1.4 is the Best Pentax Lens of All Time

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:

Per our tournament results, the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 lens is the new Best Pentax Lens of All Time, dethroning the FA 77mm from our 2014 Lens Tournament.

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.

% Wins
1 8 60.47% HD D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW 6 Best Pentax lens
2 5 59.37% SMC FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited 8 Best standard
3 10 55.98% HD D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW 5 Best telephoto
4 1 55.41% SMC DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM 17 Honorable mention
5 13 53.64% SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited 4 Best ultra-wide
6 2 53.55% HD D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW 12 Honorable mention
7 13 49.02% HD D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR 4  
8 10 48.78% SMC DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM 5  
9 13 48.77% SMC FA 43mm F1.9 Limited 4  
10 13 48.63% SMC DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR 4  
11 3 48.45% SMC D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR 11  
12 4 48.39% SMC FA 77mm F1.8 Limited 10  
13 5 48.28% HD DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE 8  
14 13 47.65% SMC DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL [IF] 4  
15 13 47.38% HD DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR 4  
16 10 45.45% HD D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR 5  
17 8 45.18% HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR 6  
18 5 41.00% SMC DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro 8  
19 13 38.17% SMC DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED 4  
20 13 37.18% SMC DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM 4  

Vote Now: There's something special about that lens

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.

Click here to cast your vote

In addition, please consider entering a photo in the March edition of the contest, open to submissions taken from 21mm to 27mm.

There's something special about that lens: Photo contest series

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.

Enter a photo in the contest

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.

2021 Pentax Lens Tournament: Finalists Announced

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.

Click here to proceed to the lens tournament voting page

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