Sigma 8-16mm vs Rokinon 10mm, Pentax 10-17mm, Rokinon 8mm

In-depth lens comparison between four ultra wide lenses

By Heie in Review Announcements on Jun 23, 2016

Today we are proud to announce our latest in-depth review! Not just one or two lenses (or three), but a veritable four-way battle between the widest lenses you can buy for the Pentax K-mount.These are the Pentax 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fisheye, the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 Fisheye, the Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6, and the Rokinon 10mm F2.8.

A longstanding argument we felt the need to finally put to rest, we wanted to see which ultra wide was truly the best option available. With both fisheye and rectilinear lenses, every angle was considered.

But not sure what the difference is between the two types? Don't worry, because this tome of comparisons is also packed with plenty of explanations and sample photos to explain what those differences are and, most importantly, what they mean to you so you can narrow in on which truly is the best lens to enhance your kit.

At 21 pages, over 11 Gigabytes of RAW files to download and process to your heart's content, and forty carefully selected images from Pentax Forums' very own members, we can't be more excited to share with you one of our most comprehensive reviews to date!

Click here to read our Ultra Wide Angle 4-Lens Showdown

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

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

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 "Art" Review Posted

In-depth review and comparison vs HD 20-40, FA 31, & DA* 16-50

By Heie in Review Announcements on Nov 3, 2014

Today we are proud to present our latest in-depth review: Sigma's 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM "Art" lens!

Because of the premium nature of this lens, we didn't just assess it on its own merits and call it a day. We recognize that you are likely to be considering this lens against several highly regarded lenses, and so we made it our mission to make this the Aspirin to that headache. For the Bokeh and Sharpness pages of this review you'll see direct comparisons throughout the shared focal length ranges between Sigma's zoom and Pentax's premium standard zooms - the DA* 16-50mm F2.8 and the HD 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited. We also made sure not to leave out Pentax's legendary prime, the FA 31mm F1.8 Limited.

Which lens do you think will come out on top?

Additionally, we don't expect you to just take our word for it. As such, among the several hundred sample photos for you to peruse through, there is a section of 32 images with their RAW files waiting for you to download and play with to your heart's content.

Don't just skip right to the conclusion (that's right - we're onto you...) - 14 pages of detailed analysis await!

Click here to read our Sigma 18-35 "Art" Review

The Making of "The Descent"

The winning image in our "Black and White" photo contest

By Heie in Photo Contests on Sep 26, 2014

Ever since getting the opportunity to attend the Sapper Leader Course ("Sapper School" for short) as a brand new lieutenant, I was bitten by the mountaineering bug. Grounded in combat engineering tasks, one of the most fundamental tenets of being a Sapper is the ability to breach whatever's in your way. Usually associated with clearing mine fields and throwing (usually too much) explosives on our "problems," that obstacle must be overcome. Even if it turns out to be a cliff that you have to ascend or descend.

Immediately after graduating, I was shipped to Bamberg, Germany for my first duty station. Located just outside Franken Jura, I spent every opportunity climbing indoors and, once the weather cooperated, out. Eventually, my cockiness thirst for adventure took me to the Alps, taking leave to book a 6-day course that taught mountaineering in an alpine environment. The culminating event (and why it was so expensive), was an attempt at summitting the iconic Matterhorn. Regarding that summit, Mother Nature unfortunately had other plans.

As you'd expect, my newly discovered passion for climbing over big rocks went hand-in-hand with the budding photographer I was...

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