By bdery in Review Announcements on Feb 6, 2020
After releasing two sling bags in the Photocross line, Mindshift recently added a backpack option with the introduction of the Photocross 15.
Just as rugged as its smaller counterparts, this backpack is aimed straight at photographers wishing to reach inclement locations, particularly in hard weather like rain or snow. Instead of targeting hikers on multi-days outings, the Photocross 15 is designed for a lighter load with an inner volume of 20 liters. This does not mean the bag is in any way less rugged. It uses weather-resistant materials and shows that the company gave a particular thought to the needs of winter photographers.
By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Dec 13, 2019
Always on the lookout for new ways to assist photographers in carrying and using their equipment, Think Tank recently introduced the third generation of their modular belt system.
Built around the principle that carrying and using photo equipment are two different things, with different requirements, the modular system offers numerous modules and accessories giving quick access to cameras, lenses, flashes, filters and accessories. The goal is to make using and switching gear painless and fluid.
Like many products from Think Tank, the modules can be used separately but work better as a system. How did we like this approach? Read our review to find out!
By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 4, 2019
With a weather resistant body, automatic aperture control, a tripod foot, a long focal length and covering the full frame image circle, this macro lens has a lot to offer and several differentiating elements. Can it deliver on its promises? Read on to find out!
By bdery in Review Announcements on Nov 10, 2019
Launched in 2006, the SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye lens has long been the widest APS-C lens available from Pentax. As a well-regarded but niche product, the lens has been used creatively by a fair number of users.
In 2019, Pentax launched an updated version of this lens. Benefiting from improved HD coatings, the new version is in many ways similar to its predecessor, but adds the possibility to remove the lens hood. While not advisable for APS-C shooters, removing the hood offers full frame users the ability to capture nearly circular images. This option opens up new markets for the lens.
In this review, we take a look at the physical characteristics and optical performance of the HD DA 10-17mm Fisheye lens. Does the lens live up to expectations?
High-end ultra-wide zoom lens
By bdery in Review Announcements on Sep 28, 2019
The HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 is one of the most recent additions to the Pentax lineup. This extreme wide angle lens, which is designed to cover the APS-C image circle, complements the 16-50mm and 50-135mm F2.8 lenses launched in 2007. Together, these lenses create a trio of fast, professional-grade zooms for the APS-C format.
The new 11-18mm has All Weather sealing, uses Pentax's fast and silent DC focusing motor, and includes modern HD coatings. It also incorporates several elements meant to facilitate its usage in cold weather, which makes it a rather unique product.
12 years is a long time in the photography business. How does the 11-18mm compare with its older siblings, and with other recent Pentax lenses? Read on to find out!