The workhorse of the Pentax full frame lineup
By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Dec 12, 2016
Continuing our series of tests of the three fast-aperture, professional lenses for Pentax full frame, we are proud to present our review of the HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.
This lens is the true workhorse of the Pentax full frame lens lineup. It delivers versatility through weather sealing, a fast aperture rating, and a zoom range covering some of the most common focal lengths in everyday shooting. Alongside the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 and D FA 15-30mm, the 24-70mm is a likely choice for photographers looking for the convenience of a zoom and a high level of performance. Read our review to find out how this new lens fared in our tests!
By bdery in Review Announcements on Nov 6, 2016
A 70-200mm is likely to be found in most professional photographers' bags, and this new Pentax lens is particularly interesting and relevant now that the Pentax K-1 is available. 70-200mm lenses come with high expectations regarding performances and quality. On paper, the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ticks all the boxes and comes equipped with some interesting and unique features.
But how does the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 perform in the real world? Read on to find out! We also compare it directly to the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8!
Full-frame perspective control lens for Pentax
By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Aug 29, 2016
Today we are happy to present an in-depth look at the Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm F3.5 ED AS UMC lens! As a nearly unique lens in the K-mount landscape, the Rokinon 24mm Tilt-Shift fills a gap and will be welcomed by many photographers looking for this kind of specialized lens for architecture, landscapes or creative photography. This lens is of particular interest now that the Pentax K-1 is out.
Being unique does not automatically make a lens good, however. How does this tilt-shift lens perform? What are its practical applications? Read on to find out:
A versatile macro lens worthy of the Limited label
By bdery in Review Announcements on Jul 20, 2016
Today we are happy to present and in-depth look at the HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro.
As an APS-C lens with a "normal" 35mm focal length, true macro capabilities, and a metal construction, the DA 35mm macro is a versatile lens capable of being used in a large variety of shooting situations. In addition to being a macro, it can serve as an everyday walkaround lens, and its wide F2.8 aperture can be useful in low light.
Pentax has long had a tradition of offering many high-quality macro lenses. The current line-up also includes a 50mm and a 100mm, but only the 35mm bears the Limited tag. Is it worthy of the name?
How does the DA 35mm macro perform? Read on to find out:
An inexpensive lens with excellent performance
By bdery in Review Announcements on Apr 6, 2016
Today we are happy to present our latest in-depth review: a look at the SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8.
DA 50mm F1.8 lens on a Pentax K-50 body
The 50mm focal length is a very popular one, and the "nifty fifty" is often the first lens purchased after the kit lens. Pentax released the DA 50mm in 2012 in order to offer a compelling and inexpensive fixed focal length lens option in its lineup.
Building on the design of former 50mm lenses, the DA 50mm F1.8 uses modern technologies (such as advanced coatings) but lacks some perks found on more expensive lenses in order to keep the price down. It has a strong following on our forum and has become known as the "plastic fantastic". In the US, it regularly retails for under $100.
How does the DA 50mm perform? Read on to find out: