Best of 2015: SLR Lenses

While much of the photo industry has been focusing on the continual growth of the mirrorless world, the DSLR market has also seen its fair share of growth and optical innovations throughout 2015. Anchored by the strongholds of Canon and Nikon, and garnished with Pentax, the realm of SLR lenses expands beyond the primary camera manufacturers to include several third-party manufacturers ranging from the formidable Zeiss, Sigma, and Tamron to lesser-known, up-and-coming manufacturers such as Mitakon Zhongyi and Venus Optics.

Pentax Sport Optics Binocular Roundup

Pentax recently released an exciting new lineup of sport optics, which includes 34 binoculars. Knowing how diverse the applications of binoculars are, the company created four different series to accommodate any niche. These new models range from full-sized pieces that are designed to take advantage of the faintest hints of ambient light, to small and lightweight go-anywhere models that would be perfectly at home in a shirt pocket.

Hands-On Review: The Pentax K-3 II

The new Pentax K-3 II’s advanced features, image quality, ruggedness, and performance will be no surprise to Pentax loyalists. Those photographers have known that Pentax’s DSLR cameras have been at the technological forefront for years. As these Pentax shooters are out making great photos, they do so confidently, knowing that their cameras have unique and useful built-in features that even the top-level professional cameras from the major competitors do not have at their disposal.

With its latest flagship, Pentax has raised the APS-C DSLR bar even higher.


CP+2015: Test Driving the New Pentax K-S2 DSLR, and Three New Pentax Lenses


CP+ 2015: My Encounter with the Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Prototype

At the CP+2015 Pentax booth, I found what was treated like a visitor from another planet… people gathered around and ooohed, some stumbled over, not sure what they were seeing but needing to see it. For Pentax shooters, was it only a mirage? Indeed, the prototype for the first Pentax full-frame DSLR was encased in glass. As the photo shows, it did not offer much in terms of specifics, but you get the idea. I asked a nice information person for details, and she referred me to a colleague, who told me clearly that there was nothing she could really tell me.


First Look: the New Pentax K-S2 DSLR

Join Allan Weitz, from B&H Photo, as he takes a quick look at the new Pentax K-S2 DSLR. Based on the K-S1, the new DSLR features a 20MP APS-C CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, for tack-sharp imaging. The body is completely weather sealed, with HDR and Clarity enhancement modes. Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity are now built in for quick uploading to your computer, portable device, or social media websites. The body offers a larger grip than its predecessor, and an analog exposure mode dial has replaced the less functional thumb control wheel found on the top deck of the K-S1.


Unveiled: A Pair of Telephoto Zooms from Pentax


B&H Gear News Roundup: January 16, 2015

New camera and optics news from Fujifilm and Pentax for the week of Janaury 16th, 2015. This story and more at


B&H Gear News Roundup, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! It felt like a spooky week, as the camera world was fairly quiet when it came to new product announcements. The calm before the holiday storm? Regardless, there is some cool new stuff out on the market for you to check out!

This week in the news: 


Unveiled: New Standard Zoom 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens for Pentax DSLRs



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