Calling all Pentax camera users: we want your photographs from before dawn to
after dusk on the next Pentax World Day: Sunday, February 27th, 2010.
Submit photos to our gallery to show your Pentax spirit and to share
something special from your part of the world! The only restrictions are
1. Although you may submit entries at any time, the photo must be taken on Pentax Day (February, 27th, 2011), between midnight and midnight your time. Please leave all EXIF information intact. You may submit up to three photos.
2. The photo must be taken with a Pentax camera.
3. The photo should be no larger than 1Mb in filesize.
4. The photo should be submitted to the world Pentax day event category within our user photo gallery. Click the "Upload" link located in the navbar to add your photo. You must be logged in. You will be able to upload between 2/27/2011 and 3/14/2011. After this period, only viewing will be allowed for this category.
Help us chronicle this day in the the life of Pentaxians from all corners of the world. Astound us with your film-like imaging, your freedom from camera shake, and your sharp, contrasty lenses!
If you experience any trouble uploading photos, please make sure you've selected the correct gallery category first, then post here if you need help.
Help us make this day a Pentax Day! I will send this message as an e-mail notification to interested forum members as we near the commencement of the event.
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Priced at a resonable $1699.95, this new K-5 features a redesigned grip as well as reinforced top and rear LCD panels. Its silver finish is more "metallic" than that of the silver K-7, and is arguably nicer overall due to the coloring of additional elements that were left unchanged in the limited K-7.
Pentax has not indicated whether or not this limited K-5 will be sold exclusively by the Pentax US webstore, but an estimated launch date of April, 2011 has been posted. Pricing of the silver DA lenses is yet to be announced.
Don't have a K-5 yet? Tempted by the silver edition? Then don't read our K-5 review!
In a press release today Pentax announced a new addition to the 645D lens lineup: the SMC-Pentax D FA 645 25mm F4 AL [IF] SDM AW. This ultra-wide-angle lens offers roughly the same field-of-view as a 15mm lens would on a Pentax APS-C DSLR. Likewise, its field-of-view is rougly equivalent to that of the 33-55mm zoom (at the 33mm position) when used on a Pentax film 645 body.
This lens will be priced at $4999 (ouch!) and is expected to ship in April of this year. It features 11 weather seals as well as quiet SDM autofocus with quick-shift, and will even cover the full image circle if mounted on a 645 film body.
This lens has now been added to our lens database. Technical details will be posted shortly!
We are happy to announce the addition of a dedicated section to special-interest lens groups. Our Lens Clubs forum now contains all the lens club threads that used to be inside the main SLR lens discussion forum.
A broad range of clubs is already out there, but if you would like to start your own, please refer to the sticky at the top of the forum. Enjoy!
Are you looking to buy a flash for your DSLR, but are having trouble deciding which to get?
Currently, the following flashes are the most popular options out there:
Today we are happy to be bringing you reviews of the AF200FG and the Metz 58 (compared to the Pentax AF540FGZ). We hope our reviews will help you decide which flash is right for you!
The AF200FG is a beginner flash that does not tilt or swivel, but significantly extends the range and coverage of the build-in flash, while the Metz 58 is an advanced flash loaded with just about every feature that can be packed into a flash. We hope to be bringing you reviews of the remaining two flashes shortly!
The Pentax Battery Holder BH-109 for the K-r looks like it's started becoming available from trusted retailers.
This genuine adapter allows you to also use AA batteries in your K-r camera, which natively uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery out of the box.
See this thread for details on where the adapter is available. Its MSRP is $39.95.