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Friday, May 29, 2015

HD 16-85 Measurbation Reviews

Both are done by measurbators, but one with real-world scenes as the shooting targets and the other with test charts in a "lab":

http://digiphoto.techbang.com/posts/7658-pentax-16-85mm-f35-56-ed-dc-wr?page=1
(Tested with K-3, in Traditional Chinese)

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/903-pentax_1685_3556
(Tested with K-5 II)

The lens model seems to be fairly good. However, it arrives just too late, Canon and Sony had similar models many years ago, when APS-C DSLRs still shined. Nonetheless, I myself feel that the DA17-70 F4 would still be a better lens optically, because of its constant aperture but only a slightly shorter reach. For size and weight wise, the HD 16-85 is not a compact lens anyway.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DA18-135 Discontinued

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/16-pentax-news-rumors/296011-18-135mm-lens-being-discontinued.html

It is reported that Ricoh Imaging USA has confirmed this also.

It seems that the Pentax APS-C system is dying, but the new FF system has not yet been completed and arrived, bad! :-(

Rumour: Pentax K-mount FF Comes this Autumn, no Built-in Flash but GPS

http://thisistanaka.blog66.fc2.com/entry/945/
(in Japanese)

Btw, the author of the above post is a famous Japanese photographer who is close to the official Ricoh Pentax internal source.