, SMC Pentax K 85mm f/1.8

SMC Pentax K 85mm f/1.8

A compact telephoto with a large aperture is an extremely useful lens when combined with a nice compact body like the Pentax K-5, K-7, or even the old MX. How does the K 85mm...

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, SMC Pentax-K 135mm f/2.5

SMC Pentax-K 135mm f/2.5

Both 135mm and 200mm lenses were common on 135 format (35mm film) cameras, and conveniently 135mm times the 1.5 crop factor of Pentax is about equal to 200mm, making a lens with 135mm focal...

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, Standard Lens Shootout for APS-C

Standard Lens Shootout for APS-C

A standard lens is one with a focal length roughly equal to the diagonal of the film or sensor used in the camera. This provides a fairly natural looking field of view with little...

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, Nifty 50 Shootout

Nifty 50 Shootout

On film the 50mm was the standard lens. Nearly every camera came with one, and they can be had used for a dime a dozen. The question remains, which one is best?

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, SMC Pentax-K 35mm f/3.5

SMC Pentax-K 35mm f/3.5

With Pentax digital cameras sticking to a 1.5 crop format APS-C sensor, it makes the 35mm focal length desirable as a standard lens, which conveniently was a very popular wide angle for 135 format...

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, SMC Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL

SMC Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL

The new SMCP DA 35mm f/2.4 AL is Pentax’s foray into the inexpensive standard primes; a large aperture lens with all plastic construction. The questions to ask are: how does a $220 lens stand...

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, SMC Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited

SMC Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited

When ever you ask a Pentaxian what lenses you should get, one of the answers will certainly be to buy the Limited lenses. They have a series of DA Limited lenses designed for digital...

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To Kit or not to Kit – Three Pentax Kit Lenses

Everyone says MyBrandX kit lens is the best, producing the nicest colors and is sharper than BrandY’s kit lens, but once they buy into the system they upgrade after a few days, months, or...

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, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-f/5.6 Review

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-f/5.6 Review

The new Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-f/5.6 is a promising new ultra wide angle lens for APS-C and smaller formats. On Pentax it offers an incredibly wide 120° diagonal field of view (112° horizontal by 89°...

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, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is an interesting character.  It is the only lens of its kind for any of the common mounts.  For APS-C sensors it is very close to a standard lens with...

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