HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited In-Depth Review

Our in-depth look at the smallest DA Limited

By carpents in Review Announcements on Mar 30, 2015

Our 13-page review of the diminutive HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited is now up and ready to supplement our existing review of the SMC version.

We thoroughly examine the lens to see if the optics in this little Limited match its not-so-little reputation.  We first look at how the lens handles, given how amazingly compact it is. How did it fare in the field?

Looking at sharpness, we compare the DA 40mm Limited to the pro-grade Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8. For color and contrast, we also match the pancake against the DA* 16-50mm as well as lenses from two other brands. We then dissect the DA 40mm Limited's bokeh, its autofocus, vignetting, and distortion.

If you want to know if the HD DA 40mm Limited is still the "King of the Pancakes", you will find the answer below.  Enjoy!

HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Review

Sigma USB Dock Tutorial and Review

A quick tutorial of Sigma's USB Dock and our review of it

By Heie in Review Announcements on Mar 19, 2015

One of the most exciting recent lens accessories we can think of has been Sigma's USB Dock. It's a simple, albeit revolutionary step to offering unprecedented levels of customization, fine-tuning, and control over the lenses owned by the average photographer (i.e. someone without a testing bench or who worked for the camera company that had access to their equipment). As you can imagine, we couldn't wait to try it out and bring you and in-depth review along with a tutorial on how to use it!

Tested in conjunction with our recently published Sigma 18-35 F1.8 DC HSM "Art" in-depth review, we were pretty amazed at just how "down the rabbit hole" Sigma lets you go with tailoring their Global Vision lenses to your tastes and needs.

But did Sigma get it perfectly right with this one-of-a-kind accessory? Read on to find out:

Click here to read the Sigma USB Dock Tutorial and Review

HD Pentax 16-85mm In-Depth Review Posted

A high-performance standard zoom lens

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Mar 16, 2015

We have just posted our in-depth review of the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR, a new and surprisingly-sharp standard zoom lens complete with silent autofocus, weather sealing, and a wider field of view than other kit lenses.

Is this lens a good choice for your everyday shooting?  Is it worth upgrading to it from the DA 18-135mm or the 18-55mm kit lens?  Read on to find out.

Continue to the 16-85mm Review

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) In-depth Review

An Enthusiast Compact with an Excellent Viewfinder

By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Mar 9, 2015

Pentax/Ricoh has no enthusiast compact camera offering with a viewfinder. Enter the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) with its 2,764,000 dot electronic view finder and big sensor (four thirds). These two aspects could indicate that we're looking at an capable compact camera that could earn the spot as second camera for a critical DSLR shooter.

Does the Leica deliver on this promise? It certainly looks the part with its clean design and cutting-edge technical specs.

We have been shooting with it for about a month and are pleased to now publish our in-depth review. Follow the link to find out if this Leica is the compact camera you have been waiting for!

Continue to the Leica D-Lux Typ 109 Review

DA 35mm F2.4 "Plastic Fantastic" Review Posted

An in-depth review of Pentax's budget 35mm prime lens.

By Heie in Review Announcements on Mar 4, 2015

Today we are proud to announce our latest in-depth review: Pentax's smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL prime lens!

As has become standard in our lens reviews as of late, this review doesn't just focus on the optic in question but rather compares it in a head-to-head shootout. During this review you will see sample images not only from Pentax's 35mm Plastic Fantastic, but against its premium all-metal big brother of the same focal length. That's right - the HD DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro!

Will Pentax's premium DA Limited macro lens have its bokeh bested? What about its sharpness? Now that your interest has been piqued, the answers lie within our 13 pages of analysis!

And just as a reminder, we don't expect you to just take our word for it. In addition to over one hundred sample and comparison photos for you to peruse through, there is a section of 18 images with their RAW files waiting for you to download and play with to your heart's content.

Last and certainly not least (in fact this is our very favorite part of the entire review!) you'll find on the same page as the RAW files a gallery collected from our very own Pentax Forums' photographers, showcasing what they have created utilizing this humble lens.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the review now!

Click here to read our DA 35mm F2.4 AL Review

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