The new waterproof Ricoh WG-4 (successor to the Pentax WG-3) has just arrived at B&H Photo and is now ready to ship. Pentax USA has also launched a $50 introductory instant rebate on the camera, lowering the price of the GPS model to $329, and the price of the standard model to $279. Order here.
Pentax has just announced a new premium kit consisting of the ultra-compact Pentax Q7 mirrorless camera, 4 high-performance lenses, a hood for each lens, a polarizing filter, and a special leather camera bag. All this comes in a specially-designed box, and the kit will be limited to a production run of 1000 units worldwide.
The kit will go on sale in the US at Pentax Web Store later this month with an MSRP of $1199.95. It will also be available in other contries via local distributors. The complete kit contents are as follows:
- Pentax Q7 camera body (Color: black x black)
- 01 Standard Prime (Color: limited edition black)
- 02 Standard Zoom (Color: limited edition black)
- 06 Telephoto Zoom (Color: silver)
- 08 Wide Zoom (Color: silver)
- MH-RB40.5 Metal Hood for 01 lens (Color: black)*
- PH-RBB40.5 Plastic Hood for 02
- PH-RBA40.5 Plastic Hood for 06
- PH-RBF49 Plastic Hood for 08
- Pentax-100 PL Polarizing filter (for 01, 02, or 06 lenses)
- O-CB133 Blue Leather Camera Bag
- Special kit box
Pentax (Ricoh) has just put up a countdown teaser for the successor to the 645D, which will supposedly be named the "Pentax 645z". No details have officially been revealed, but from the prototype on display at the CP+ 2014 show in Japan in February some facts are known. Most importantly, it will have a CMOS sensor (likely 50MP), live view, and perhaps a movie mode as well.
Yokoyama, Japan: 0945, 1-4-14
Today Rikoh Pantax (RIP) announces the new HD 2.7x Takumur F CN AFA. This Auto Focus Adapter takes any modern Canon or Nikon lens, converts it to K-mount, and magnifies it by 2.7x while maintaining full Auto Focus capabilities and brightening the aperture using new patented technology. For example, a Canon L 24-105mm f/4 lens will become a 65-284mm f/2 lens, and a Nikon 200mm f/2 becomes a 540mm f/1.4.
This new AFA will be available for order in the U.S. beginning at 11:59 PM EDT today from major online retailers for a price of $499.
Alongside the new HD 2.7x Takumur F CN AFA, RIP is also announcing today its new HD 0.7x and HD 1.0x Takumur F CN AFAs. Like the HD 2.7x AFA, these new Auto Focus Adapters will take any modern Canon or Nikon lens and convert them to the legendary Pentax K-mount with full Auto Focus functionality. The 0.7x will make a lens wider, creating a perfect way to adapt Canon and Nikon lenses designed for the obsolete full frame format to the Pantax APS-C sensor. For example, a Nikon 14-24mm lens becomes 10-17mm, while a Canon 24-105mm becomes a more useful 17-74mm lens.
For converting APS-C lenses, or when a wider angle of view is not desired, the HD 1.0x AFA simply converts the outmoded Canon or Nikon mount lens to the innovative K-mount and transfers the AF capability - without changing the focal length.
Like the 2.7x AFA, the HD 0.7x and 1.0x Takumur F CN AFAs will both be available for order in the U.S. beginning at 11:59 PM EDT today from major online retailers at prices of $299 and $149, respectively. The first samples of the 0.7x and 1.0x AFAs are expected to ship late in the 2nd quarter. Get your orders in early to be included in these first shipments. Stock will be shipped on a first come, first served basis, and final delivery of all the new AFAs will be by April 1, 2015.
Sales of Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras are expected to dwindle rapidly, and analysts anticipate that by the end of 2014 they will effectively be lens-only manufacturers. In order to assist Canon and Nikon with a smooth transition into this Brave New World, RIP has agreed to taper the rollout of the new AFA. Get your orders in early if you want to be included in the first wave of shipments of these industry-transforming adapters. The the first samples are expected to ship early this quarter.
The three AFAs are expected to be the final blow to Nikon and Canon DSLR sales, which will transition into their new role as simply lens manufacturers with large - but mostly unusable - IP portfolios.
In anticipation of the new demand, RIP has been quietly re-tooling its factories to allow for an immediate 6-fold increase in manufacturing volume for their K-03 and K-5000 DSLRs. RIP is promising a further doubling of capacity by year’s end, for a 12-fold increase over the 2013 manufacturing volumes.
This breaking news story was contributed by DSims, who is reporting for us directly from Yokohama today.
The 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens is by far the most common zoom lens seen on DSLRs today, and also one of the most cost-effective lens choices available on the new lens market. Currently, Pentax has a number of different versions of this lens, including the DA L 18-55mm with a plastic mount (~$50), the weather-sealed DA L 18-55mm WR with a plastic mount (~$80), and the premium weather-sealed DA 18-55mm WR with a metal lens mount and full-time manual focus override ($199). All these of these share the same optical formula and lens coatings. While the lenses are typically bundled with new DSLRs, the latter of the three is also available for purchase separately.
In our latest in-depth review, we'll be taking a close look at the optical performance of the SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR. Despite being the cheapest zoom lens in Pentax's current lineup, this lens actually packs a punch for everyday shooting, and we find it to be a good alternative to older consumer zooms such as those in the Pentax F and FA lens series.
This photo was taken at a place called Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. It's an area a couple of miles from where I live in Gunnison, Colorado that has a big network of hiking, biking, and ski trails. It’s a great amenity for our very active community and also just one of my favorite places to be.
I’m a mountain biker and during the long summer days I ride those trails after work for fun, my health, and my sanity. I almost always have a camera along in my pack as well. When the clouds or light are looking good I’ll stay out through sunset and ride home in the dark with a headlamp. Usually I just bring the camera (K-5 in this case) and a small prime or two, usually the DA 40 and DA 15 Limiteds.
Late last summer we got more rain than usual. Hartman Rocks which is typically dusty dry desert really greened up, and in flat rocky areas we got some persistent puddles. Puddles are very unusual in the area so on this particular night with puddles present and what looked like an interesting sunset coming I had to stop riding and shoot for a while.
I shot this area with a lot of different shaped puddles for a few minutes, mostly getting the alpenglow in the East where the exposure is easier to control because of lower contrast between the landscape and sky. After getting what I felt were going to be some good shots facing East I started packing up. The light was starting to fade and I knew it was going to get chilly on my ride home. I turned around and noticed this interesting and probably very old juniper tree had been behind me the whole time. It had this nice puddle below it and I knew I just had to get the camera back out for a few more shots of my newly discovered subject.
Ricoh Imaging Americas ("Pentax USA") has just announced a Ricoh Theta 360 giveaway coupled with a photojournalism contest with a little twist. The Theta is a unique camera that captures 360-degree spherical images at the push of a button.
The event, which is being hosted by CNN as a sponsored feature, has two phases. During the first phase, users will describe in 360 words or less what they would be able to do with a Theta and why they think they should get one. Submissions will close on April 10th, and by May 1st, 360 winners will receive a free Theta from Ricoh.
Once the Theta winners are announced, the "Spherical Report 360" contest will begin. Participants will then report on real-world events as photojournalists, using spherical images from the Theta. Each month through August, an "MVP" winner will receive a Ricoh Commander watch. In September, three grand prize winners will be announced, and these individuals will be invited to an exclusive round-table discussion in September. The grand prizes include a Pentax K-3 18-135mm kit and two limited edition Ricoh GR cameras.
This sounds like a great opportunity if you're looking to start a career in photojournalism, and we are happy to see that Ricoh products are being recognized by a nationwide news company! To enter the giveaway, please visit:
Remember to sign up before April 10th for a chance to receive a free Theta and enter the reporting competition. As this event is sponsored by Pentax USA, only residents of US are eligible to participate.
We're happy to announce the winners of our February, 2014 photo contest, "Trees"! In first place was forum member mattb123, who captured the photo "Lateral Growth" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 and an smc Pentax-DA 15mm F4 lens.
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We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our March "starbursts" photo contest, which closes at the end of the month.