Announced in June this year, the K-50 is an accessibly priced environmentally sealed DSLR featuring a built-in stabilization and a 16-MPix APS-C size CMOS sensor. As Pentax has yet to introduce a full-frame DSLR to the range the K-50, like others before it, can benefit from one of the largest lens ranges designed for the smaller APS-C sensor. The result is an appealing and unsurpassed range of compact and highly portable primes and zooms. We have analyzed the optical properties of 28 different models in total from Pentax as well as third-party makers, mounted on the new K-50, to help you in your selection either when buying new for the first time or when simply choosing which lens to take with you on your next shoot.
Sigma’s range of telephoto zooms can put the premium marques to shame in terms of choice, and this one is not only hugely versatile but can boast stabilization and a ultrasonic type motor while also saving a considerable sum. But, just how well does it compare with the new Nikon 80-400mm VR? Read on to find out.
From Monday 5th August, DxOMark will be locking the lab up for two weeks, for some well-deserved R and R. As photography enthusiasts, we will be trading the rigors of indoor technical testing for the demands of real-world picture taking, albeit at much slower pace and while taking advantage of the nice weather and maybe a beach or two. The lab will re-open on the 20th August, with reviews and advice on the latest cameras and lenses.
Chasseur d'Images, the first European magazine dedicated to photography, has chosen to rely on DxOMark Mobile technology for its new section devoted to smartphone image quality measurement. In its July issue, the magazine reviewed the water-resistant Sony Xperia Z incorporating the report with measurement data supplied by the laboratories at DxOMark.
As with previous guides, this review is intended to help you make the right choice when selecting lenses, in this instance, for the micro Four Thirds Olympus OMD E-M5 and the rival offering from Panasonic, the Lumix DMC-GH3. These two flagship models share not only the same mount, as partners of the Micro Four Thirds alliance, but in this particular instance, a similar 16Mpix MOS sensor as well. The prevalence of high quality primes (and let’s not forget zooms) for those cameras makes it, arguably, the most attractive proposition of any of the mirrorless camera systems currently available. Read on to see which lens models are the best performing in the range.
Sigma’s range of DN lenses are specifically designed for mirrorless cameras. The 30mm f/2.8 is the equivalent to a 60mm on a MFT camera and has recently been updated but, at $199, the price seems at odds with its new premium Art series label. Read on to see how well this model performs.
As a short telephoto prime for Sony NEX and Olympus and Panasonic cameras, the re-categorized A series Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN prime fills a gap not yet occupied by the camera maker’s own models. Read on to see how well this lens performs.
Following on from the enormous success of the OMD- E-M5, the firm has now upgraded its flagship PEN E-P model with a ‘5-axis’ stabilized 16-MPix MOS sensor. Read on to find out how well it performs in our labs.
As the equivalent to a 150-600mm this lens perhaps more so than any other in the range demonstrates just how much smaller MFT mount lenses can be compared with APS-C format offerings. Read on to see how well this highly portable model performs.
As arguably the most versatile model in Nikon’s range of telephoto lenses, the 200-400mm f/4 is very popular with professional users and enthusiasts alike. At a shade under $7,000, however, it’s quite a substantial investment. Read on to see if how well this highly regarded and versatile lens performs in our labs.
Nikon has had a 200mm f/2 in its range since 1977 and has been regularly updated over the years to maintain its position as one of the highest performing lenses in the maker’s range. Read on to see if how well this highly regarded lens performs in our stringent lab tests.
Chasseur d'Images, the first European magazine dedicated to photography, has chosen to rely on DxOMark Mobile technology for its new section devoted to smartphone image quality measurement. In its July issue, the magazine reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4 integrating the report with measurement data supplied by the laboratories at DxOMark.
Tamron has an excellent reputation for macro lenses and their 90mm focal length is practically legendary. The latest version has a new state of the art optical design and adds image stabilization (vibration reduction) as well as an ultrasonic type AF motor. Read on to see how well this new significantly updated model performs in our labs.
Following on from the distinctive styling of the K-30, the new Pentax K-50 is a mid-range, sensitively priced DSLR featuring a tried-and-tested stabilized 16-MPix CMOS sensor with fine-tuned image processing and sensor sensitivity of up to ISO 51,200. Read on to see how well it performs in our labs.
After analyzing the sensor performance of the new Sony RX100 II we’ve now had the opportunity to assess its Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 28-100mm (equivalent), f/1.8-4.9 zoom. Read on to see how well the lens performs.
Featuring a 12-Mpix back-illuminated 1/1.7inch type CMOS sensor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 is highly portable compact camera with a hugely versatile, image stabilized 28-200mm (equivalent) f/2.0-5.9 zoom. This is our first lens test on a compact camera with a 1/1.7-inch type image sensor. Read on to see how well this optical zoom 7.1x bearing the prestigious Leica-brand name performs in our labs.
The photographic industry is split into many sectors, ranging from pure photography to social media (and thus from Pro SLR to smartphone). Some sectors are more “niche” than others. The GoPro HERO3 comes from one of these niche sectors: action cameras. Designed to record extreme sports, they are not like conventional cameras: the emphasis is on rugged build, simple interface, light weight, and predominantly video output. We at DxOMark were curious to test both the still and video quality of this unconventional camera. We were not disappointed: the GoPro HERO3 achieves the highest DxOMark Mobile video score.
This is the third and final installment of a three part series on choosing the most suitable lenses for Canon’s entry-point into full frame photography, the EOS 6D camera. The 20-Mpix CMOS sensor used by the EOS 6D is similar in architecture to that in Canon’s hugely popular full-frame EOS 5D Mk III, a camera that we’ve shown to be highly efficient at exploiting both the sensor and lens, resolving detail above what might be expected. Although that particular model has a slight edge in pixel count, the more sensitively priced EOS 6D should perform similarly. To help you make the right choice when selecting lenses, we’ve had the opportunity to analyze the data from over 95 models on the EOS 6D.
After the runaway success of the full-frame 35mm f/1.4, Sigma is taking the initiative with this new ultra-high speed, pro-level standard zoom designed for APS-C format cameras. The specification is particularly promising, but does it mean the end of fixed focal lenses for APS-C? Read on to see how well this cutting-edge model performs in our labs.