Review of the new rotation180 34L backpack from Mindshift Gear

By bdery in Review Announcements on Feb 6, 2022

Today we are happy to present this review of the newly released rotation180 34L backpack from Mindshift Gear!

This backpack is an update on the Horizon backpack that we had reviewed in 2017. The new backpack keeps the element which set the rotation180 line apart from anything else, but improve on a number of key elements. In particular, the upgrades solve many of the small gripes we had with the Horizon.

Read on to see what we thought about this updated rotation180 backpack!

Testing the HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF with the D FA 150-450mm

By bdery in Review Announcements on Feb 4, 2022

Getting a longer reach seems to be a never-ending quest for some photographers. With this in mind, it appears logical to see what happens when the longest current Pentax zoom is coupled with the current K-mount teleconverter. The Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-F5.6 ED DC AW impressed us when we tested it on full frame, and the teleconverter's review showed superb results.

Both lenses are weather resistant, rugged and capable of silent autofocus. They both are stellar optical performers. How well will they work when coupled together?

Read our test of the HD DA 1.4x AW AF teleconverter coupled with the D FA 150-450mm F4.5-F5.6

D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited Lens In-depth Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 28, 2021

Today we are extremely happy to present our review of the HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited lens.

The Pentax FA Limited lenses have been around for over two decades. In early 2021, Pentax updated these lenses with newer "HD" coatings, and in November it launched this D FA 21mm—an entrely new addition to this family of lenses.

The HD D FA 21mm, FA 31mm, FA 43mm, and FA 77mm Limiteds in silver (Photo credit: LennyBloke)

Conforming to the design philosophy of the original lenses, the 21mm includes several modern elements such as weather sealing and DC autofocus.

Is the HD Pentax D-FA 21mm Limited new lens a worthy addition to the full-frame Limited lens family? Read our review to find out!

See also: enter our 21mm giveway for a chance to win a copy of this lens (ends December 29th).

DA* 16-50mm F2.8 PLM In-depth Review Posted

New pro-grade walkaround lens for APS-C

By bdery in Review Announcements on Nov 23, 2021

Today we are happy to present our in-depth review of the HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW lens- Pentax's new pro-grade walkaround lens for APS-C.

This lens is a welcome upgrade of the original version, released in 2007. The new lens features a completely new optical and mechanical design, but its main point of appeal is without a doubt the use of a PLM motor for autofocus, which promises significant improvements in terms of both reliability and focus speed.

How does this lens perform in practice?

Read on to find out our opinion about the DA* 16-50mm F2.8 PLM lens!

Comparative Review: HD vs SMC Pentax FA Limited Lenses

By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 20, 2021

We are excited to present our comparative review of the new HD Pentax FA Limited lenses: refreshed versions of the three SMC FA Limited lenses (31mm F1.8, 43mm F1.9, and 77mm F1.8) that have been around for two decades. Even today, this trio (sometimes called the "Three Princesses" or "Three Amigos") is considered among the best lenses available for the K-mount.

In 2021, Pentax released an updated version of the three FA Limited lenses. The update involves newer coatings, the use of curved aperture blades, and minimal cosmetic changes.

Revisiting a classic comes with a certain level of risk. The three FA Limited are popular in a large part because of their unique rendering (sometimes called "pixie dust" by users). In this review, we perform a detailed comparison of all the parameters likely to be influenced by the updates to the lenses.

Read on to see the detailed comparison of the SMC and HD FA Limited lenses!

Want to win one of the new HD FA Limiteds?  To celebrate their launch, we we are giving away your choice of one of these lenses.  Enter the giveaway here (ends July 31, 2021)!

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