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Pentax – A SMC 35mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

Pentax A SMC 35mm 2.8 Lens Review

We’re back from a brief vacation and we’ve brought with us a treasure trove of material for our Photophile friends! First on the docket is a review of a pretty rare and rather wonderful legacy lens from Pentax. It’s the SMC Pentax-A 35mm F/2.8.

During our journey up and around Maine’s rocky coast, we shot this hard-to-find lens in a variety of stereotypically autumnal New England situations. We peeped leaves and hiked trails, we strolled through colonial fishing villages and sipped nutmeg-infused beverages, we basked in fleeting sunshine and we froze our asses off. And of course, we snapped photos.

We really wanted to put this lens through its paces to see how it performed on both vintage and digital cameras, so we not only shot it on a pair of classic film machines (the Pentax ME and the Ricoh XR-1), but later adapted it to the Sony A7 as well.

How did the SMC-A 35mm/2.8 comport itself? We’ve got the inside scoop on this uncommon assemblage of glass.

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A Curated List of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Camera Deals

BLACK FRIDAYIt’s that time of year again. Christmas is less than a month away, and soon everyone will be trying their damnedest to prise open your wallet and relieve you of your hard-earned cash.

The bastards.

It can be tricky to navigate the world of costly photo gear at the best of times, but add the bombardment of sales that comes with the holidays and differentiating the deals from the steals becomes even harder.

To lower the noise level and cut through the hype, we’ve compiled a nicely curated list consisting of only the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals available to photophiles this year. We’ve taken the time to parse them out, and separate the wheat from the chaff. Rest assured that if you’re looking for the best deals on camera gear you’ll find it here, just below the break.

The list will be updating throughout the holiday and the weekend, so check back often, as retailers continue to announce sales.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Best Travel Cameras – Digital Edition

5 best travel cameras digital

The last time we talked about travel cameras we focused on making a list of five retro machines. It was a pretty excellent list. Picking any one of the cameras on it would serve any vacationing photophile well. But while those machines were beautiful, classy, and capable, they required loading of stinky, unforgiving film. What’s that all about?

Film cameras are wonderful and charming, for sure, but not everyone wants to shoot film (for some reason). For those photophiles who just can’t muster up and shoot like it’s 1969, here’s a list of digital cameras that are perfect for any kind of vacation. Like the film cameras covered earlier, these machines are small, capable, and good-looking. From snorkeling to street photography, these five cameras will easily handle the photographic needs of any traveler.

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