Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 4, 2019

After releasing a pair of ultra-wide lenses (the 11mm and 15mm), Irix recently launched a different type of lens with the 150mm F2.8 Macro.

With a weather resistant body, automatic aperture control, a tripod foot, a long focal length and covering the full frame image circle, this macro lens has a lot to offer and several differentiating elements. Can it deliver on its promises? Read on to find out!

Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro Review

HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fisheye Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Nov 10, 2019

Launched in 2006, the SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye lens has long been the widest APS-C lens available from Pentax. As a well-regarded but niche product, the lens has been used creatively by a fair number of users.

In 2019, Pentax launched an updated version of this lens. Benefiting from improved HD coatings, the new version is in many ways similar to its predecessor, but adds the possibility to remove the lens hood. While not advisable for APS-C shooters, removing the hood offers full frame users the ability to capture nearly circular images. This option opens up new markets for the lens.

HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye Now Shipping

In this review, we take a look at the physical characteristics and optical performance of the HD DA 10-17mm Fisheye lens. Does the lens live up to expectations? 

Read our review of the HD 10-17mm to find out!

Pentax DA* 11-18mm F2.8 Review Posted

High-end ultra-wide zoom lens

By bdery in Review Announcements on Sep 28, 2019

The HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 is one of the most recent additions to the Pentax lineup. This extreme wide angle lens, which is designed to cover the APS-C image circle, complements the 16-50mm and 50-135mm F2.8 lenses launched in 2007. Together, these lenses create a trio of fast, professional-grade zooms for the APS-C format.

The new 11-18mm has All Weather sealing, uses Pentax's fast and silent DC focusing motor, and includes modern HD coatings. It also incorporates several elements meant to facilitate its usage in cold weather, which makes it a rather unique product.

12 years is a long time in the photography business. How does the 11-18mm compare with its older siblings, and with other recent Pentax lenses? Read on to find out!

HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 AW Review

Ricoh GR III Review Posted

DSLR-grade image quality in your pocket

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Jul 20, 2019

The long-awaited Ricoh GR III finally arrived earlier this year, and it seems that it was well worth the wait!  This truly pocketable 24-megapixel APS-C "pro" compact camera maintains the pedigree of the GR line while also inheriting a number of Pentax DSLR features, such as sensor-shift Shake Reduction and the anti-aliasing filter simulator.  In addition, the GR III debuts entirely new features of its own, such as a touchscreen display and an extremely sharp F2.8 lens designed from the ground up.

For several weeks, the GR III had been sold out through pre-orders, and it is now on track to be the best selling high-end Pentax or Ricoh camera this year— an impressive feat given the small yet fiercly competitive nature of the compact digital camera market and the camera's moderate $899 price tag.

So, why is this camera so successful?  Is it right for you, and does it fall short in any way?  Continue to our in-depth review to find out:

Read the Ricoh GR III In-depth Review

Peak Design Travel Backpack Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 6, 2019

Peak Design is a company in no need of introduction. It has made a name for itself in recent years as a well-liked manufacturer of camera bags and accessories.

After offering a lineup of everyday bags ranging from the backpack to the sling, tote and messenger, the company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to promote its new range of products, called the Travel Line. Centered around a Travel Backpack, this line also feature packing tools such as pouches, cubes and the like.

We have had the chance to test a pre-production sample of the Travel Backpack and many of its accessories. Read on to see how well it can help the traveling photographer!

Click here to read the Peak Design Travel backback review

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