New Macro Lens in K-Mount
By PF Staff in Third-Party Announcements on Nov 15, 2018
If you have been on the lookout for a 1:1 macro lens with a longer focal length than the 100mm that Pentax currently offers, the just-announced Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro may be for you. This new lens covers the 24x36mm full-frame format and can of course also be used on APS-C cameras.
The lens is manual focus only which is oftentimes the preferred focusing mode for shooting macro. The focusing ring turns a generous 270 degrees from infinity to 1:1. The lens has high-end features such as internal focusing, nano coating, weather sealing, a removable tripod mount, and 11 rounded aperture blades for smooth bokeh. Similar to a D FA lens, automatic aperture control is available, but there is no aperture ring.
You can secure an early copy of this lens by pre-ordering today:
The lens is estimated to start shipping on December 26, 2018, and the initial price is set at $595.00 (USD). Irix has dubbed the lens construction "Dragonfly", which is marked by full weather sealing and is somewhat of a hybrid between their Firefly and Blackstone lens edition's we've seen in the past.
Creative tilt lens
By PF Staff in Third-Party Announcements on Aug 16, 2018
Lensbaby has recently added a new lens to the Pentax lineup: the Sol 45 tilt lens. This 45mm F3.5 lens delivers a sharp center surrounded by a creative circular bokeh effect. It is also available in Canon, Nikon, Fuji, and Sony mounts.
The lens is already in stock at major US retailers:
Check out the video below for some sample photos from the new Sol:
The first wide-angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design allow custom amounts of central highlighting.
By JonPB in Third-Party Announcements on Feb 18, 2018
Lensbaby's newly-announced Burnside 35 uniquely offers the Petzval look in a wide angle lens, and also uses a second aperture to allow manual control over vignetting. Like other Lensbaby lenses, the Burnside 35 allows photographers to achieve creative effects that are not easy or possible to realize even with post-processing tools.
New firmware enables wireless P-TTL, manual control & HSS of 3rd-Party flashes
By JonPB in Third-Party Announcements on Feb 16, 2018
The Cactus X-TTL system, which unifies control across different flash systems, recently added support for Pentax cameras and flashes. Pentax shooters can now enjoy wireless P-TTL when pairing Pentax flashes with Cactus triggers, and can also remotely adjust the power and zoom of other flash systems and trigger them without needing wires or an on-camera flash.
Premium ultra wide prime designed for full-frame cameras
By PF Staff in Third-Party Announcements on Nov 21, 2016
A new lens has recently made its debut in the Pentax K-mount: the Irix 15mm F2.4 ultra wide angle. Following an October launch in the Canon and Nikon mounts, it is now also shipping for Pentax.
This manual focus, auto-aperture, nano-coated lens is designed to deliver premium image quality and covers the full frame image circle. It has recently been the subject of a 400+ post discussion on the forum, and it has attracted plenty of attention as a possible alternative to the Pentax D FA 15-30mm F2.8 zoom for the Pentax K-1.
The Irix 15mm is the first third-party lens with the Pentax K-mount to feature weather sealing.
It is available in two variants that share the same optics: a cheaper "Firefly" (with a plastic body, barrel weather sealing, lighter weight), and the premium "Blackstone", (with a metal barrel, engraved text, full weather sealing). Pricing is set at €475 and €695, respectively (roughly $504 and $738 at today's exchange rates). Currently, the lenses are sold exclusively through the Irix web site, but this is subject to change.
Irix is a Swiss lens designer, while its lenses are produced in Korea. According to the manufacturer:
"Swiss precision and ingenious Korean solutions make for a powerful combination. Irix lenses are designed to deliver top optical performance and match the demands of full frame matrix cameras. Our wide-angle lenses successfully merge a short focal length with a large aperture. Our intelligent build combined with high quality coatings result in minimal distortion. With this guarantee, your Irix lens will quickly become your go-to tool."
We've uploaded the 15mm's full specifications to our lens database, where you can learn more about both versions of the lens: