Top Pentax Gear of 2018

A look at what Pentax fans seem to enjoy

By PF Staff in Gear Guides on Jan 23, 2019

2018 was a slow year for Pentax announcements, with just three new products hitting the market: the WG-60, K-1 II, and D FA* 50mm lens.  Several other interesting developments sprouted throughout the year, but we'll save those for a separate "year in review" article.

For now, to break radio silence as far as gear-related news goes, we wanted to take a look back and share something new that we haven't done before: an overview of the most-purchased Pentax gear of 2018, based on sales data from our US partner stores. The cameras and lenses that have made it onto this list represent great value, performance, or desirable features.  Consider it a crowdsourced gear guide!

If you were among those who added one of the listed items to your kit, feel free to share your comments below.

Top Cameras of 2018

1. Pentax K-1 II

The Pentax K-1 II was released in early 2018 as a successor to the K-1.  As the main product launch of the year, it comes as no surprise that it was popular.  Moreover, Pentax made an upgrade service available to existing K-1 owners, and the response to this offer was much greater than expected.

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Pentax K-1 II

Full Frame Coverage of DA Lenses: Comprehensive Test

Which DA lenses cover the full 24x36 mm frame?

By PF Staff in Gear Guides on Jan 7, 2019

In response to the many requests regarding which DA lenses cover the 24x36 mm full frame format ("FF") we have tested almost all DA lenses with a Pentax K-1 under similar circumstances.  We are happy to finally be able to present the full results.

A few DA lenses officially support full frame as stated by Ricoh/Pentax. Those lenses are:

  • DA* 200mm F2.8
  • DA* 300mm F4
  • DA 560mm F5.6

For all the other lenses which we have tested the FF coverage presented in the table below is based on our subjective evaluation of a very large number of test images taken at various apertures, focus settings, and zoom settings, as appropriate. It is highly personal how much vignetting, how much drop in resolution, or how much optical distortion is acceptable, so your mileage may vary. We welcome feedback on our evaluation, but please include photo evidence with any such feedback.

The main flaws generally found with the FF coverage are:

  • black corners, i.e. the lens doesn't cover the FF frame at all
  • heavy vignetting, i.e. the lens covers the FF frame but the vignetting is too heavy to give an acceptable result when corrected in post processing
  • soft corners, i.e. blurry and/or swirly patterns

Pentax in 2018: What the Brand Brings to the Table

Pentax is a Fine Choice

By PF Staff in Gear Guides on Nov 5, 2018

Ricoh’s sole announcement at Photokina 2018 was the development of the GR III, which has created some frustration and disappointment amongst some of our members. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what Pentax actually gives us today and how that leaves us with little excuse for not buying into Pentax and getting out and taking some wonderful images!

After all, were we always to be waiting for the next model, we’d never get anything, because there will always be a next model!

Current K-Mount Zoom Lenses (2017)

Overview of Pentax and Third Party Zoom Lenses

By PF Staff in Gear Guides on Nov 21, 2017

In continuation of our overview of all current K-Mount prime lenses we're now presenting all current K-Mount zoom lenses.

Click on a thumnail to open up the database with specifications and user reveiws for any particular lens of your interest.

Please let us know if you find that we have missed one or more current K-Mount zoom lenses.

Current K-Mount Prime Lenses (2017)

Overview of Pentax and Third Party Prime Lenses

By PF Staff in Gear Guides on Nov 15, 2017

A large number of prime lenses are currently available in K-mount. We have compiled them into the list below, a list that might come in handy should you have a wish for Santa! 

Click on any thumbnail to open up the database with specifications and user reviews for any particular lens.

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