Pentax HD D FA 15-30mm F2.8 Review Posted

Full-frame ultra wide zoom lens

By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Apr 18, 2017

To conclude our coverage of the trinity of three fast-aperture, professional lenses for Pentax full frame, we are happy to present our review of the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.

15-30mmThis lens is currently the widest full frame lens available new for Pentax DSLRs. With a constant F2.8 aperture, an ultra-wide focal length, it is a specialized lens that can serve for many tasks, from landscapes to interior photography. It completes a trio of fast zooms with the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 and D FA 24-70mm. Read our review to find out how this new lens fared in our tests!

Read our Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 In-Depth Review

Review of the Everyday Sling Bag by Peak Design

By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Mar 28, 2017

Pentax has long been known for comparatively small camera bodies and lenses. Along with weather sealing, it is one of the highlights of the brand. Cameras like the K-3 and K-S2, in particular, are the smallest of their category.

With the advent of the Pentax K-1 and its lineup of large, fast zooms, things have changed a bit. The K-1 is still relatively small, hardly bigger than the older K20D for instance, but coupled with a 24-70mm or 70-200mm it does take up a lot of room.

Carrying larger equipment presents new challenges with no clear-cut solution. Camera bags are one of the most discussed topic in our Accessories forum, and everyone has an opinion on what is the perfect camera bag.

Today we take a look at Peak Design’s Everyday Sling, a diminutive bag which can still accommodate a surprising amount of gear. How well can it fit a full frame camera and its lenses? 

Read the full review to find out!

A Few Days with a Pentax KP Pre-production Camera

How does the KP fare in actual use?

By Albert Siegel in Hands-On Tests on Feb 22, 2017

The new Pentax KP is just hitting the market, but Ricoh was kind enough to provide me with a pre-production unit a few days ago.  Building upon my initial impressions from last week (link), I want to talk about my time using the camera for casual shooting.

The interface of the camera is very well-thought-out and the options are extensive.  I dare to say this camera offers far more than I expected considering it's not a "pro" model.  Personally, with the exception of maximum shutter speed in viewfinder mode and lack of a top LCD, I feel this camera offers so much more than what a top-end professional DSLR did less than a decade ago.  I guess some might say a that's a long time, but if you're like me, you tend to keep your gear as long as it can get the job done. Heck, I still use my original K-5 as my main body.

 I'm thrilled with the multiple customizable buttons, dials and quick menu.  This is by far the most customizable camera I've used.  And while it may seem intimidating at first, once you have everything set to your preferences, it truly becomes a personal camera.

A look at the Pentax KP from Ricoh's HQ

Pentax's new sleek yet powerful DSLR

By Albert Siegel in Hands-On Tests on Feb 16, 2017

The new Pentax KP won't hit the market for a couple of weeks, but Ricoh was kind enough to invite me to their headquarters in Tokyo for a quick hands-on with a pre-production unit.  I'll be provided a test unit sometime in the next week to give the camera a nice go (and I'll also report on it from CP+), but for now I'll share my first impressions without going into the technical details.

Hands-on with the Pentax KP

A stylish, high-performance mid-range DSLR

By PF Staff in Hands-On Tests on Feb 9, 2017

Ricoh Imaging's official announcement of the new Pentax KP left us and the community with a number of questions.  Who is this camera for?  Where does it fit in?  What's new and special about it?  How does it compare to the existing Pentax models?

Fortunately, a production version of the KP was on display at WPPI 2017. After handling the KP hands-on and having a Q&A session with Ricoh, we learned a lot about the camera and would like to share its "real" highlights!

The KP's key design aspects include customizability, compactness, and image quality.

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