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!

Continue to the Irix 15mm F2.4 Firefly & Blackstone Review

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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Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 Limited Review Posted

Detailed test on full-frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 4, 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 Pentax 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.

Following our reviews of the FA 31mm on full-frame, we continue this series with a review of the FA 77mm F1.8, with the review of the FA 43mm to follow next week. A serious contender for the "best Pentax lens ever made" contest that was held a few years ago, the 77mm represents, for many, the ideal portrait lens. Unobtrusive, compact, fast and superbly crafted, the 77mm has many admirers and few critics.

The 77mm is the most recent of the FA Limited, but is still more than 15 years old. Can it still hold its own in 2018?

Read our FA 77mm review to find out!

For reference, here is our old review on APS-C.

Think Tank, Peak Design, Mindshift Gear, and Lowepro Bags

Tests of bags from Think Tank, Peak Design, Mindshift Gear, and Lowepro

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Dec 10, 2017

Continuing our series of camera bag reviews, today we present our tests of a number of bags from Think Tank, Peak Design, Mindshift Gear, and Lowepro.

Pentax FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 6, 2017

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 performance, are a rarity in the modern market.

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

Today we begin this series with our review of the FA 31mm F1.8. Widest among the FA Limiteds, sporting an all-metal construction, minimalist design and fast aperture in a compact frame, the FA 31mm constantly ends up on the shortlist of the best lenses for the K-mount.

The FA Limited lenses were introduced at the beginning of the millennium, more than 15 years ago. Do they stand the test of time? Is their reputation truly deserved? Read our review to find out!

SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Review (Full Frame)

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