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

Think Tank Retrospective 30 V2 Review

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 29, 2019

Think Tank first launched their popular Retrospective line of camera bags many years ago. then, in the summer of 2018, the company decided to update the entire lineup to improve their bags even further. Changing a winning recipe is always risky; Think Tank applied specific, incremental changes to their Retrospective bags without loosing focus on what made them popular in the first place.

Today we take a look at the Retrospective 30 V2, one of the largest bags available in this lineup. Keeping many of the qualities of the first version, the V2 incorporates lighter materials, newer design elements and improved features.

Is this a worthy upgrade to a photography classic? Read our review to find out!

Pentax M, FA, and D FA* 50mm F1.4 comparison

Fast Pentax 50mm lenses compared

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 9, 2019

The Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 is the 6th generation of 50mm F1.4 lenses produced by Pentax for the K-mount. The previous versions all kept the same basic properties: a compact body, lightweight and unobtrusive, with reliable optical performances.

The D FA* broke the mold, with a significantly larger body and totally redesigned optical formula. This new lens comes with the promise of unparalleled results.

This review takes a look at the D FA* 50mm and compares it with the film-era FA and M 50mm lenses. All share the same focal length and maximum aperture, but are vastly different. The M lens is a fully manual, metal-bodied lens, while the FA sports a plastic body and features autofocus and automatic exposure.

About 40 years separate the M 50mm to its D FA* counterpart. Things are sure to have evolved, but to what extent? Read our comparison review to find out.

Modern Fast 50mm Shootout

Pentax-DA* 55mm, Rokinon 50mm, Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 3, 2019

50mm is an almost universal focal length, available since the beginning of modern photography. With the recent launch of the Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 lens, users of the K-mount now have several choices of high-quality lenses near 50mm.

Today we are happy to present a comparative review where we pitch the D FA* and see how it compares to the former normal star lens from Pentax, the DA* 55mm F1.4 and the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm F1.4. Officially designed for APS-C sensors, the 55mm can be used on full frame bodies as it covers the 35mm image circle. For its part, the Rokinon is a full frame, manual focus lens said to offer high optical performances. Launched in 2014, it was until now the most modern 50mm available on the K-mount.

How do these lenses compare? Read our review to find out!

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