Lens review/comparison website

Andrew Cunnington

Link Posted 13/01/2004 - 16:28

I'm currently considering buying an *ist D. I don't have any existing lenses so I wanted to know more about them. Is there a website that lists compatable leneses - hopefully one that includes reviews and side by side comparisons with other compatable brands? I would only be interested in the newer AF lenses, but I realise that with the recent firmware many more lenses are 'compatable' at a basic level.

Does such a site exist?

many thanks,



Link Posted 13/01/2004 - 17:46
Hi Andrew,

There are some scattered reviews.
Check these out for starters:
http://www.photodo.com/ (mostly older lenses)

I too have the *istD and find that the AT-X range Tokina lenses are very nice indeed - the 24-200mm is a very useful brute. All are large though, with whopping 72mm filters. They review well too The more expensive Pentax lenses are also lovely - but you'll have to pay for them! Some Sigmas are okay too, although not as well built as the Pentax and Tokinas.

Hope this helps!
(For gallery, tips and links)


Link Posted 14/01/2004 - 16:20
I have found this useful:

I have mainly been shooting digital for the last couple of years (with a Fuji), and using my Z1-P with a Sigma zoom when I do shoot film (usually slides).

Yesterday I got some prints back from the local processor. My wife (no photographer!) had borrowed my old Super A and 50mm 1.7 for a trip to New York and came back with stunningly sharp, flare/distortion-free pics with high contrast and lovely colours. She managed to focus them, too, and the camera exposed perfectly, despite the conditions. In New York, everything is generally either brightly-lit or in dark shadows.

The results from the Sigma zoom looked terrible by comparison. I had never appreciated how big the quality difference was between a rather so-so zoom and an excellent prime.

Sod the convenience. I'm going back to prime lenses or very highly rated zooms with a small zoom range. Thank you, Pentax, for increasing the usability of M lenses on the *ist D.

Andrew Cunnington

Link Posted 15/01/2004 - 09:33
Thank you very much for the replies - between the sites you list I can find what I need to make an informed decision.
I especially like 'stans' site.

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