By bdery in Review Announcements on Dec 6, 2017
The three FA Limited lenses from Pentax have a reputation bordering on cult status. With good reason: these small primes, superbly assembled and delivering excellent optical performance, are a rarity in the modern market.
Today we begin this series with our review of the FA 31mm F1.8. Widest among the FA Limiteds, sporting an all-metal construction, minimalist design and fast aperture in a compact frame, the FA 31mm constantly ends up on the shortlist of the best lenses for the K-mount.
The FA Limited lenses were introduced at the beginning of the millennium, more than 15 years ago. Do they stand the test of time? Is their reputation truly deserved? Read our review to find out!
By bdery in Articles and Tips on Nov 5, 2017
Pentax’s K-mount has one of the most comprehensive APS-C lens lineups on the market. On the other hand, the digital-era full frame line-up is growing but still small. With the release of the Pentax K-1, many users have taken to testing APS-C lenses to see if they can, in fact, be used on full frame.
With its zoom range, fixed aperture and excellent image quality, the Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 is a lens that many photographers would have liked to see working on full frame. Sadly, using it in full frame mode without modification leads to dark corners at the wide end and fully black corners at the tele end, as you can see here.
The culprit is a flange on the rear baffle of the lens. Easily accessible, this baffle can be removed, modified or replaced to allow full frame operation.
In this article, we present a step-by-step method to modify the lens, as well as various options to replace the baffle. We also test thoroughly the lens’s optical performance after the modification to evaluate the impact of the change.
Is the modification worth it? Can the 60-250mm be used reliably in full frame mode? Read on to find out!
High-performance full frame telephoto zoom lens
By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 22, 2017
We reviewed the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW on APS-C back in 2015, before the launch of the Pentax K-1 full frame camera. Today we are proud to present an updated version of this review, presenting a defailed performance analysis on full frame. This completes our series of reviews of the current D FA zoom lineup.
The 150-450mm is currently the longest zoom available new for Pentax DSLRs, and has the second longest focal length overall. It has a variable aperture, an extremely rugged, all weather design, a 3x zoom range and an impressive array of external controls. We had been impressed by the lens's capabilities on APS-C. Read our review to find out how this new lens fared in our full frame tests!
Price Alert! As of the writing of this post, this lens is retailing at just $1995 in the US— the lowest price we've seen in over a year.
By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Jun 16, 2017
Some of the advantages of Pentax DSLRs are their ruggedness, weather resistance and generally compact size. Partly because of this, the brand draws quite a following among hikers, campers and the like.
Carrying photo equipment when on a trail is not a simple as on a city street. Luckily, many bag manufacturers have recently begun catering to the needs of outdoors photographers. Bags and backpacks for hiking remain a frequent topic in our Accessories forum and every user has a different opinion. In the near future, we will present reviews of some of the most interesting proposals on the market.
Today we present our first test with the Manfrotto Off Road Hiker 30. Manfrotto is a well-regarded brand in the camera industry, and their backpack offers some interesting and unique features. How does it perform on a trail?
Full-frame ultra wide zoom lens
By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Apr 18, 2017
To conclude our coverage of the trinity of three fast-aperture, professional lenses for Pentax full frame, we are happy to present our review of the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.
This lens is currently the widest full frame lens available new for Pentax DSLRs. With a constant F2.8 aperture, an ultra-wide focal length, it is a specialized lens that can serve for many tasks, from landscapes to interior photography. It completes a trio of fast zooms with the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 and D FA 24-70mm. Read our review to find out how this new lens fared in our tests!