Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Pentax in reviews...

Often, as a Pentax user, I feel that Pentax cameras and equipment get unfair reviews in magazines etc. Now, obviously no-one would like to admit the equipment they used was rubbish, but I very much believe that Pentax gear is up there with the best (okay, perhaps not Nikon D3 best, but the K20D is a fifth of the price). You do tend to get your money's worth with Pentax, comparable lenses are better value, bodies have more features (weather-sealing being a case in point - both the K20D and K200D are fully weather sealed).

But occasionally a review appears that fully justifies the feeling that there is a bias towards other brands, and the one below is a classic!

These lens tests were from the Photography Monthly magazine Macro Lens round-up, June 2007. Left hand chart and verdict Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8, right hand Pentax SMC-D 50mm f/2.8 (click on the pic to open a larger version).



Just take a second to note the score for each lens under 'Performance', then have a look at the resolution charts. Hmmmm...

According to the reviewer "where it (the Canon) does score well is wide open at f/2.8", whereas "at the wide apertures below f/5.6, the (Pentax) lens is a little disappointing".

Hence the reason magazine reviews are held with an air of scepticism round here.

3 comments:

Neil said...

I found the rarest of things the other day - a bad canon camera review (for the 50D) - they slated it in parts but if memory serves it still got 88%, only 2% less than pentax k20d !?

Anonymous said...

The Km is not weather sealed as you claim, needs correcting.

Dan said...

Anonymous, you're absolutely right, thanks for pointing that out. In my defense they hadn't long been released when I wrote that, and I'm sure at the time I'd seen something that said they were.

I shall correct it forthwith! :-)