D FA* 50mm F1.4 Review Posted

In-depth review of one of Pentax's finest lenses

By beholder3 in Review Announcements on Oct 17, 2018

We are happy to bring you our in-depth review of the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW!

Stakes were high for this long-awaited premium lens. As Pentax's first professional-grade prime for the full-frame format, the D FA* 50mm foreshadows what we'll be seeing in tomorrow's K-mount lineup.

After we put the D FA* 50mm through its paces, we believe that it truly shows that Pentax does not need to fear the competition when it comes to image quality, despite the fact that the company's budget is probably dwarfed by many of its competitors.  We are happy to report that this lens scored the highest overall rating of any lens we've reviewed to date!  Without further ado:

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Pentax K-1 Mark II In-depth Review Posted

Evaluation and comparison with the original K-1

By bdery in Review Announcements on Sep 23, 2018

The Pentax K-1, as the first full-frame DSLR from Pentax, changed the K-mount product line forever while becoming an extremely competitive offering within its class.  The K-1 Mark II builds on the K-1 and brings exciting new functionality: Dynamic Pixel Shift technology allows you to capture hand-held super resolution photos with more detail than a traditional photo taken on a tripod.

Is the K-1 II a worthy successor to the K-1?  Is it worth getting or worth upgrading to?  We answer these questions and more in our in-depth comparative review of the K-1 II and K-1.

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Irix 11mm F4 Review Posted

Widest rectilinar prime lens for Pentax full frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Aug 1, 2018

Irix is a newcomer in the photography market.  The manufacturer seems intent, for the moment at least, on offering high quality wide-angle lenses. The company has a growing user base and its products certainly garner interest. After testing the ultra wide angle Irix 15mm F2.4, we venture even further in extreme wide angle territory with our review of the Irix 11mm F4!

Like the 15mm, the Irix 11mm lenses are offered in two optically identical version. The Firefly is the cheaper variant, with a lighter plastic body, while the Blackstone is definitely more high-end, sporting a metal alloy body, full weather sealing and a few extra perks.

Like its sibling, the Irix 11mm is a full-frame rectilinear lens. Making such a wide focal length rectilinear is impressive (it covers a whopping 126° diagonally). Did the designers manage to preserve optical performance or is the lens too much of a compromise? Being more of a specialized product, user reviews of the 11mm are scarce.

In this in-depth review we try to answer these questions and see just how good the  Irix 11mm F4 can be.  Is it as good as the company's 15mm? Read on to find out!

Irix 11mm F4 Firefly & Blackstone Review

Irix 15mm F2.4 Firefly & Blackstone Review Posted

Ultra-wide full-frame lenses for Pentax

By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 11, 2018

It is rare to see a total newcomer make its mark on the conservative photography market. This is especially true regarding lenses: the main actors are essentially the same as they were some decades ago, with a few names disappearing but almost no newcomers.

Things have begun to change in recent years, with new brands emerging and trying to make a name for themselves. One such brand is Irix, which released its first product in 2016. The lens in question, the 15mm F2.4, is an ultra wide angle, rectilinear full frame lens with manual focus but fully automated exposure. It comes in two versions, optically identical but with different bodies. The more expensive version sports a metal body and weather sealing. With such a list of features, the Irix 15mm F2.4 has caught the interest of many photographers— especially Pentax K-1 shooters, faced with limited ultra-wide options available from Pentax.

In this review we put the Irix 15mm lens through its paces and see if it can deliver on its promises. How does this newcomer perform? Read our review to find out!

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Pentax FA 43mm F1.9 Limited Review Posted

An in-depth review on full frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 16, 2018

The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

After reviewing the widely popular FA 31mm F1.8 and 77mm F1.8, we now look at the smallest and lightest of the FA Limited, the 43mm F1.9. Like its siblings, the 43mm is made entirely of metal, offers a fast aperture in a small, elegant body. Not quite as renowned as the FA 31mm and 77mm, the 43mm is still among the most popular lenses in our database.

The FA 43mm was the first Limited ever created, 20 years ago this year. How does it compare with more recent lenses? Read our review to find out!

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