A fast ultra-wide lens with premium optics
By Cory Tarilton in Review Announcements on May 20, 2015
We are happy to present our latest in-depth review in which we take a look at the Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS wide-angle lens. This manual-focus, auto-aperture lens is a great choice if you're looking for a fast lens for landscapes or astrophotography but are on a budget, as it makes no compromises when it comes to optics.
Since we now have in-depth reviews of every current Pentax DA lens, we plan to bring you more third-party reviews over the course of the coming months as we wait for the new Pentax lenses to hit the shelves. Stay tuned!
An advanced yet affordable full-featured flash
By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Apr 27, 2015
Pentax flashes, especially the newly-designed AF 360 FGZ II and AF 540 FGZ II, have long been known for offering an array of advanced features and being fully compatible with the latest camera models. There are also plenty of advanced flashes from third-party manufacturers, and some of these pack even more features and while continuing to deliver full automation and compatibility with current standards.
In today's in-depth review, we take a close look at the Metz 52 AF-1, an affordable yet full-featured digital flash with a power rating just below that of the Pentax AF 540 FGZ II. The Metz 52 retails for just $299 USD, or about $130 less than its Pentax-branded competitor.
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!
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:
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.