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November 14, 2008

The Lensaholic (Tamron 70-200, Lumix 14-45 M43, Pentax FA 50mm f1.4 reviews)

Welcome to a new edition of the Lensaholic! For previous episodes and lens-related coverage, be sure to check the lenses mini-blog.

Lens Reviews
Pentaxians are primed for a new review, and Andy Westlake delivers the Pentax 50mm f1.4 FA review. While we won't spoil the conclusions (page #4), it receives a rating once ...reserved for Canon gear. Just kidding :-) A quick check around the internets yields a $200 shipped price at Adorama.

And Micro Four Thirds fans have a reason to be excited. All along the watchtower?, the gear-review spin-off site of Imaging Resource has posted the first review of a Micro Four Thirds lens. The only Micro Four Thirds at the moment to be precise. Check out what they thought of the Lumix 14-45mm f3.5-5.6. Note that the Leica name is not on the lens or the box :)

Author and photographer Peter K. Burian has published his magazine review of the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD lens at Shutterbug. This lens offers a price-tradeoff when compared to the constant aperture house brands offered by Canon, Nikon and the likes for a whole lot more. When mounted on an APS-C/DX dSLR, you get the equivalency of roughly 105-300mm. For a more accurate equivalency, be sure to multiply by 1.53x (MNP) and 1.58x (C). The Di means it's good for DSLRs, but it also works on 35mm full frame. In Tamron speak, "Di II" are the cropped imaging circle lenses, while "Di" lenses are designed/optimized with digital in mind. A quick non-denominational search at Amazon shows this lens selling between $660 and $700.

Lens Talk Radio
Shutterfinger points at five essential items in his kit. And guess what, three of them are lenses! Which lenses and are they primes or zooms?

We have part two in a series at the Pentax DSLRs blog. The series ...focuses on using DA lenses on 35mm full frame Pentax SLRs. Pentax does not have a 35mm full frame DSLR, but they certainly have plenty of 35mm full frame film SLRs.

Naked lenses? Will that get you a public indecency citation? Probably not. But what will it do to your pictures? AlphaTracks explains.

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