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10-24-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hi from Honolulu, Hawaii. App developer.

Hi,

I'm not a Pentax user but I'm writing an app Pentax Lens Buddy which will have details on Pentax lenses as well as 3rd party Pentax lenses. Hopefully it should launch in the next month or so after I gather all the information and code some more features.

I've been following the Pentax Forums Twitter feed for a while as well.

Previously I wrote Nikon Lens Buddy:
Nikon Lens Buddy app

... and Canon Lens Buddy:
http://cameralensapps.com/canon/

... and Mirrorless Lenses (I just added the Nikon 1 lenses and I'm working on adding the Pentax Q Mount lenses as well):
Mirrorless Lenses app

Thanks,
Julian


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Cool- feel free to use our lens DB rss feeds!

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Thanks for the tip Adam, I'll check it out.
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A new one will be coming up soon allowing you to read the product description as well as reviews- I'll post a link here shortly.


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RSS feeds for individual lens reviews are found in the upper right corner of each lens listing. For example, the feed for:
Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Is here:
SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens

Feeds containing the latest 15 reviews are here:





We also have an XML feed to search listings:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/lensrss.php?latest=1
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/lensrss.php?latest=1
https://www.pentaxforums.com/camerareviews/lensrss.php?latest=1
https://www.pentaxforums.com/accessoryreviews/lensrss.php?latest=1

By default, these feeds show the latest 15 reviews in the system, as well as detailed info such as ratings. You can also use the feeds to search the database. The following parameters can be sent to it:

title - the title of the item you are looking for
cats - comma-separated list of category id's to check (not required)
rating - minimum rating of results (0-10)
latest - include the latest 15 reviews for each item? (0 or 1)
fl - the focal length you are looking for (integer)

If fl is set, specify one or both:
zoom - show zoom lenses (0 or 1, only works if FL is set)
prime - show prime lenses (0 or 1, only works if FL is set)

Example:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/lensrss.php?title=&fl=50&zoom=1&prime=1&rating=9

Basically you need to either say latest=1, or include either the title or fl parameter

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Here is a JS implementation that uses the XML feeds:
Pentax Camera Lens Search - Project #2 - Adam Oest

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Welcome Julian. Your contribution in the app world for Pentax would be a marvelous addition to Pentax's marketing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Welcome Julian. Your contribution in the app world for Pentax would be a marvelous addition to Pentax's marketing.
Thanks for the words of encouragement, Ash!

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I just realized some of the latest review links were broken. Here are updated versions:


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