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.
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!
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!
An analysis of focus issues on Pentax cameras
By PF Staff in Review Announcements on Feb 2, 2015
The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 "Art" is an impressive lens. Not only is it the world's first DSLR lens with a fixed aperture of F1.8, but it has also proved to be an optical masterpiece with image quality and bokeh comparable to that of high-end prime lenses.
Unfortunately, in our in-depth review of the 18-35mm, our staff reviewer Heie discovered that the lens suffered from serious autofocus issues while shooting through the viewfinder. These initial findings were verified using five copies of the lens, at different times, across three different K-3 bodies among others. We therefore suspected a problem with how the lens interacts with the camera during phase detect autofocus (PDAF), as no issues were observed in the live view contrast detect autofocus (CDAF).
However, while many user reports agreed with our findings, other users stated that they haven't experienced any autofocus issues whatsoever. Thus, in an attempt to arrive at a more conclusive verdict regarding the 18-35mm's autofocus, our forum administrators decided to test two additional copies of the lens side-by-side. Read on for their findings!