Venus Optics announces new full frame shift lens, available in the K mount
By wadge22 in Third-Party Announcements on Mar 29, 2022
Venus Optics, the makers of Laowa camera lenses, have announced a new full-frame ultra-wide shift lens—the Laowa 20mm F4 Zero-D Shift—which will be available in a variety of mounts including the Pentax K mount. This new lens is one of Laowa's Zero-D designated lenses (the third available for Pentax), which create rectilinear images with close to no distortion despite the wide angle. This lens offers a shift function of up to 11mm to allow for correction of straight lines to counteract perspective distortion. These features combined will make it a great choice for interior or exterior architecture photography, as well as for stitching multiple images to get panoramas or other wide shots.
A high-performance ultra-wide lens for full-frame
By wadge22 in Third-Party Announcements on Mar 21, 2022
Irix continues to show support for the K-mount by releasing another high quality lens to its lineup available for Pentax cameras. The new Irix 21mm F1.4 Dragonfly was originally released as a video lens, but is now being offered with a new body as a photo lens. This lens contains 15 elements in 11 groups, including four ultra-low disperison, four high reflective, and two aspherical elements. It covers a field of view of 89.7 degrees on full frame, yet delivers distortion below 2%. The lens is currently available for £675.75 directly from Irix Europe. An official US release is expected in the future. This lens It joins a lineup of no less than 5 other Irix lenses for Pentax.
Irix lenses offer high-performance optical designs with plenty of modern features such as weather sealing and nano coating—no other third-party lenses for Pentax are weather sealed. This particular 21mm is an ultra-wide-angle lens designed for full-frame such as the Pentax K-1, and offers automatic aperture with manual focus, similar to Pentax A-series lenses. Unlike A-series lenses however, focal length data is transmitted to the body for Shake Reduction and EXIF data purposes, and there is no aperture ring on the lens. The lens will of course also work with APS-C bodies, and two seperate lens hoods will be included, one for full-frame and one for APS-C.
To learn more about how Irix lenses fare, see also our in-depth and user reviews:
A high-performance wide-angle lens for full-frame
By PF Staff in Third-Party Announcements on Dec 4, 2021
It is always exciting when a third-party lens strengthens the Pentax K-mount lineup, and that's exactly what's happening today! The new Irix 30mm F1.4 Dragonfly, originally announced in September, is available for pre-order as of late November and is expected to start shipping this month at a launch price of $675 USD. It joins a lineup of no less than 4 other Irix lenses for Pentax.
Irix lenses offer high-performance optical designs with plenty of modern features such as weather sealing and nano coating—no other third-party lenses for Pentax are weather sealed. This particular 30mm is a wide-angle lens designed for full-frame such as the Pentax K-1, and offers automatic aperture with manual focus, similar to Pentax A-series lenses. The lens will of course also work with APS-C bodies.
Head over to our lens database for the full specifications of the new Irix 30mm F1.4. To learn more about how Irix lenses fare, see also our in-depth reviews:
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: