Review: Pentax K1 Mk II (A Camera That Was Born to be Wild)

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The Pentax K1 Mk II is a solid camera, but does it offer enough to make it a viable choice in 2019?

The Pentax K1 Mk II was launched in March of 2018 with little fanfare. Its predecessor the K1 launched in 2016 and made much more of an impact due to the fact that it was Pentax’s first Full Frame DSLR. The camera introduced features that had never been seen before in a DSLR, and the 36 Megapixel sensor was capable of producing beautiful images. So why was there so little excitement in regards to the K1 Mk II? The Pentax K1 Mk II is almost the exact same camera as the K1. The body is the same, the sensor is the same, the main image processing unit is the same; the only changes are an additional processing unit which works in tandem with the main processor, a slightly faster autofocusing system, higher ISO output, and a new handheld pixel shift mode. Are these updates really enough to make it a worthwhile buy over the now cheaper, Pentax K1?
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3 Pentax Lenses All Newcomers to the Platform Should Add to Their Collection

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Pentax may not get as much attention as Canon, Nikon, and Sony these days, but those loyal to the brand have some excellent Pentax lenses to choose from.

The K series of Pentax cameras are solid performers, and they are liked by many in the landscape and portrait sides of photography. Their excellent build quality and feature-packed bodies are complimented well with some quite excellent Pentax lenses.
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The Venus Optics Laowa 25mm Ultra-Macro Lens Gets Really Long

The new Laowa lens is a lightweight and affordable ultra-macro option for full frame DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras.

Heads up, macro photographers! Venus Optics has recently introduced the Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra-Macro Lens. It’s a new member in their roster of unique macro lenses alongside the 60mm f2.8 2:1 Macro & 15mm f4 Wide Angle Macro. With a magnification range of 2.5:1 to 5:1, this new lens promises flexibility when it comes to macro photography in different sizes.

The Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra-Macro Lens is made with 8 elements in 6 groups with 1-pc of low dispersion element, ensuring outstanding sharpness, minimal chromatic aberrations, and reduced color fringing in all magnification levels. The wide focal length also produces a greater depth of field compared to lenses with longer focal lengths.

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