Irix 45mm F1.4 Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Mar 23, 2021

Today we are happy to present our in-depth review of the Irix 45mm F1.4 lens!

Launched in 2020, this fast aperture, normal lens features a rugged, weather-sealed body, automatic aperture coupling, manual focus with adjustable friction and a focus lock.

The focal length makes the Irix a logical competitor to the Pentax 43mm F1.9 Limited, while its size and specifications bring it more in line with the D FA* 50mm F1.4.

How does the Irix compare with these lenses, and with other modern 50mm lenses available on K-mount? Read our review to find out!

Moment Rugged Camera Sling Bag Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Mar 5, 2021

Today we are taking a look at a recently released bag from Moment, the Rugged Camera Sling.

Available in two versions (6 and 10 liters), this sling offers a surprising number of features for such a small package. Thanks to the use of technical fabrics, well-placed magnets, and deliberate design choices, this bags strikes an interesting balance between minimalist and full-featured.

Read our review to find out more about this camera sling!

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Review Posted

By bdery in Review Announcements on Feb 8, 2021

Laowa (also called Venus Optics) is becoming one of the best-known third-party manufacturer of lenses for the K-mount. Concentrating on wide angle and high magnification macro lenses, the company create a successful niche for themselves.

One of their most compelling products, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO, has been available in various mounts for some time, but until now it was not available on Pentax's K-mount. This changed during the fall of 2020, with the release of this lens on K-mount.

Offering a high 2.0x magnification, automatic aperture coupling on a metal body, the lens offers a unique list of features (typical macro lenses have between 0.5x-1.0x magnification). How does it perform in actual use? Can it compete with the other macro lenses already available for the K-mount? Read our review to find out!

Review: The Integer Backpack from Mission Workshop

By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 14, 2020

Founded in 2009, Mission Workshop is a company specializing in bags, apparel, and accessories catering in particular to technical lifestyle cycling. In other words, while their products can please a wide variety of customers, special thought is given to how their equipment will operate when worn during biking or other dynamic activities.

Rather than trying to design with a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the company developed a proprietary modular system, called Arkiv. Most of their bags can accept various modules to fully customize the bags’ operation.

One such bag, the Integer, is of particular interest. It is currently the only dedicated camera bag from Mission Workshop. With a rugged exterior, strong modularity, a 24 liter internal volume, and quick access to photo equipment, this bag is an interesting product worthy of further examination.

How does the Integer function as a backpack and as a camera bag? Read our review to find out!

SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Re-Reviewed

Taking a fresh look at a classic lens

By bdery in Review Announcements on Oct 18, 2020

We are happy to announce our latest stand-alone lens review of the SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4.

This well-known lens had originally been reviewed by us in 2011, together with the K10D. A lot has changed since then, and while the lens is the same, the camera bodies, the sensor format, and the photogrpahy landscape, have changed enough to warrant revisiting this fast fifty.

After comparing it to the M and D FA* 50mm, we now take the time to study the affordable FA 50mm on its own, in an in-depth review using a full-frame camera. How well does this 1991 lens perform with modern sensors? How does it compare with modern lenses? Read on to find out!

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