Review of the Photocross 13 Sling Bag by Mindshift Gear

By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Jun 18, 2018

Always interested in fleshing out their lineup of bags for active photographers, Mindshift Gear recently released their first sling bag, the Photocross.

While most of the company's products are large bags meant to be used on long outings, allowing the photographer to carry hiking and camping essentials as well as photography equipment, the Photocross is designed for a lighter load. This does not mean the bag is in any way less rugged. The bag uses weather-resistant materials and shows that the company gave a particular thought to the needs of winter photographers.

The bag is available in two sizes, called 10 and 13 (referring to the maximum screen size of the electronics they can carry, and not to the internal volume). We tested the larger version.

Continue on to the Mindshift Photocross Bag Review

Irix 15mm F2.4 Firefly & Blackstone Review Posted

Ultra-wide full-frame lenses for Pentax

By bdery in Review Announcements on Jun 11, 2018

It is rare to see a total newcomer make its mark on the conservative photography market. This is especially true regarding lenses: the main actors are essentially the same as they were some decades ago, with a few names disappearing but almost no newcomers.

Things have begun to change in recent years, with new brands emerging and trying to make a name for themselves. One such brand is Irix, which released its first product in 2016. The lens in question, the 15mm F2.4, is an ultra wide angle, rectilinear full frame lens with manual focus but fully automated exposure. It comes in two versions, optically identical but with different bodies. The more expensive version sports a metal body and weather sealing. With such a list of features, the Irix 15mm F2.4 has caught the interest of many photographers— especially Pentax K-1 shooters, faced with limited ultra-wide options available from Pentax.

In this review we put the Irix 15mm lens through its paces and see if it can deliver on its promises. How does this newcomer perform? Read our review to find out!

Continue to the Irix 15mm F2.4 Firefly & Blackstone Review

Comparing the 3 Pentax FA Limited Primes

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each lens?

By bdery in Hands-On Tests on May 22, 2018

The three FA Limited lenses, often called the Three Princesses or Three Amigos, present many similarities but also a few significant differences. Now that we have completed our in-depth review of each on full frame, we can more easily compare them and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. In this short article, I will give my very personal evaluation of each lens.

In case you missed the recent reviews, here are some quick links:

The similarities between the three lenses relate mostly to those elements which contribute to their reputation. Build quality is superb in a small package. Colors, contrast and general rendering really set the lenses apart from many others. The so-called 3D rendering is consistent among the three models. Colors are rich and, more importantly perhaps, gradations are subtle and gradual, without any harsh transitions. In all cases, center sharpness is excellent at most apertures.

Chromatic aberration and vignetting are the weak points of the three FA Limiteds. Moreover, the 43mm and 77mm show softer corners at wider apertures. Because of this, these two lenses are maybe better suited for portraits or anything requiring subject isolation. On the other hand, the 31mm shows the most consistent sharpness figures.

Pentax FA 43mm F1.9 Limited Review Posted

An in-depth review on full frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 16, 2018

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 performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

After reviewing the widely popular FA 31mm F1.8 and 77mm F1.8, we now look at the smallest and lightest of the FA Limited, the 43mm F1.9. Like its siblings, the 43mm is made entirely of metal, offers a fast aperture in a small, elegant body. Not quite as renowned as the FA 31mm and 77mm, the 43mm is still among the most popular lenses in our database.

The FA 43mm was the first Limited ever created, 20 years ago this year. How does it compare with more recent lenses? Read our review to find out!

Continue to the FA 43mm Limited Review

Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 Limited Review Posted

Detailed test on full-frame

By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 4, 2018

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 performances, are a rarity in the modern market.

With the release of the Pentax K-1 full frame camera, it is time to revisit our reviews of these legendary lenses and see how they perform with a high-resolution large sensor.

Following our reviews of the FA 31mm on full-frame, we continue this series with a review of the FA 77mm F1.8, with the review of the FA 43mm to follow next week. A serious contender for the "best Pentax lens ever made" contest that was held a few years ago, the 77mm represents, for many, the ideal portrait lens. Unobtrusive, compact, fast and superbly crafted, the 77mm has many admirers and few critics.

The 77mm is the most recent of the FA Limited, but is still more than 15 years old. Can it still hold its own in 2018?

Read our FA 77mm review to find out!

For reference, here is our old review on APS-C.

Sort: Newest | Most Views | Most Comments Showing articles 1 - 5 of 25 | Last Page


fb.com/PentaxForums PentaxForums +Pentax Forums @PentaxForums News | Reviews | Forum

Support Pentax Forums Donate to Pentax Forums Support Pentax Forums