We are happy to announce our latest giveaway: this time, we will be giving away 5 8Gb Eye-Fi SD cards, thanks to sponsorship from the makers of this unique accessory!
Enter now! Any forum member can participate, and no purchase is necessary. Good luck!
This event will run from 3/7/2011 through 4/7/2011.
Today, Pentax announced their latest compact digital camera: the Optio S1. This new camera isn't weather-sealed, but is quite small, weighing in at only 144 grams and less than an inch deep. In addition to Pentax's usual in-camera firmware featuring face dedection and auto picture modes, it boasts the following:
- High Resoluton 14-megapixel sensor
- 5x zoom lens equivalent to 28-140mm on film
- 1280x720p HD video
- Bright 2.7" LCD screen
- True Shake Reduction (SR) system
- Infrared remote control support
- SDXC support
The camera is expected to be available at B&H in late April.
We've spent some time improving our Pentax Lens Review Database this weekend, and are happy to announce that we've added lens feature icons to all lenses. These icons designate availability of the following:
- Type of focusing mechanism (SDM, Screwdrive, or Manual)
- Aperture automation/ring
- Power zoom
- Built-in hood
- Internal focusing
- Internal zooming
- Production status
Launched in 2006, the Pentax Lens Review Database is the Internet's most complete listing of genuine Pentax lenses. It currently contains every Pentax lens ever made since the 1960's, as well as over 3,000 user-submitted reviews of these lenses.
The theme for our official March photo contest will be a fitting one: "Spring".
We've also posted the poll for our February "Birds" photo contest- vote for your favorites now!
As usual, the winner of these contests will be featured in our premier gallery, and will receive forum reputation points. Good luck!
Also, don't forget about your World Pentax Day photos; they may be uploaded for another two weeks.
We've received rumors from multiple sources that a new firmware version - 1.03 - is under development for the Pentax K-5 primarily to address the recently-discovered front-focus issue. Once this firmwate fix is out, there should be no more known QA issues with the K-5, as it appears that units currently being produced are free of the nasty sensor stain issue that plagued K-5's from 2010.
Furthermore, our K-5 serial number database shows promising results by purchase date:
October, 2010: 16/27 K5's stained (59%)
January, 2011:18/49 K5's stained (37%)
February, 2011: 5/19 K5's stained (26%)
This suggests that as early-production K-5's are indeed being sent back for cleaning and disappearing from the shelves, replaced by new, clean models.
As a reminder: if you currently own a K-5 with the stain issue, you can send it in under warranty for cleaning/repair.