We're happy to announce the winners of our October "Shadows" photo contest!
As a reminder, the theme for our November photo contest is "Abstract". Entries will be accepted through the end of the month - click here for details on how to enter.
The last few months have been very slow for Pentax and the Pentax community. Apart from the launch of the mildly-disappointing Pentax Q, there has been no major product news, and no new items for the K-mount (DSLR) linuep have been announced. The community waits in anticipation of rumors, let alone an official statement, about what the future might hold.
Despite this stagnation, we have some good news for you for Black Friday week and the upcoming holiday season: prices on many Pentax lenses have fallen, and most items that have been on back-order over the past months are now once again readily available, including the legendary 31mm F1.8 limited lens and the M42 to K mount lens adapter! We don't normally see price drops this big on Pentax lenses, so this is some very exciting news! On the other hand, this was the least Pentax could do. Among other deals is $100 off the Pentax DA* 16-50mm.
Today we are happy to be launching a new addition to our in-depth review section: post-processing software reviews! The new section is accessible directly via our navbar and is also linked to from the in-depth review index on the homepage.
Photo editing software is arguably just as important as the camera and the lens in creating a good photograph, and it can have a huge impact on your final product. In the absence of new announcements from Pentax this year, we'd like to focus on reviews of software that we've found helpful, and think you will too!
Our first review takes an in-depth look at a member of the Topaz family of photoshop plug-ins: Topaz Adjust, which is an image enhancement and exposure adjustment plugin-in.
8.2/10 - Very Good
As you may have noticed, we recently switched over to a new, paginated format for our in-depth reviews.
We are happy to announce that we've updated two of our older, yet still very popular reviews to this new format:
We hope you enjoy these reviews, and we are looking forward to bringing you more in the very near future!
Topaz Labs, developer of several Photoshop photo editing plugins that are very popular among our members, has just realease a new version of Topaz Adjust: Topaz Adjust 5. This is an image touch-up and color enhancement plug-in which will help you pop the colors and make things clearler in your photos.
Below is an example of what the plugin is capable of:
As a special introductory offer, the coupon code at the above URL can be used for 30% off the Adjust plugin, or even the whole Topaz 9-plugin bundle (which includes the famous Topaz DeNoise).
A full in-depth review and walkthrough of the entire Topaz bundle will be posted on PentaxForums early next year!
We are happy to officially launch our PentaxForums.com 2011 Holiday Giveaway, sponsored by B&H photo, featuring over $1000 in prizes for 8 winners! Through this event, we want to make your holiday photo gear wishes come true!
In order to enter, you will first tell us what piece of Pentax or photo-related equipment is at the top of your personal wishlist. Then, you will write an informative article (a how-to or a guide) about something photographic that you are experienced with. If you come in first place, we will do our best to buy you the item you told us about!
We will accept article submissions through the end of January, 2012. Then, our judges will select the top submissions and showcase them on our homepage. The most informative and most interesting article will be the grand prize winner (minimum $500 value), and the next 7 top articles will win B&H gift cards of varying amounts ($150-$50). We will collect feedback on the posts from the community prior to announcing the winners.
In other words: if you write something that others really like and that others will enjoy reading, you'll greatly increase your chances of winning! Be sure that your article is relevant for the general PentaxForums.com membership. We hope that you will not only enjoy the prizes from this event, but also enjoy writing the blog post!
Click the button below to get started! For your convenience, we are providing a visual post editor as well as a file uploader which you can use to make your post. Some examples of what we are looking for are found on the page linked below.
Last week, we asked users on our Facebook page what was the the top of their wishlists. After getting dozens of responses, here's what they wanted most:
- A Pentax K-5 (by a huge margin)
- A FA 31mm Limited lens
- A Pentax 645D (keep on dreaming, guys)
- A FA 77mm Limited lens
- See more on our Facebook page
PentaxForums.com is proud to announce its largest giveaway competition to date, sponsored by the New York superstore B&H Photo. Participate for a chance to make your holiday gear wishes come true!
The event starts next Monday, November 14th, and will continue through the holiday season and end on January 31st, 2012. For this giveaway, each participant will indicate the top item on his or her holiday wishlist (it can be anything photographic, including Pentax gear).
The grand prize will be very unique: we will help fulfill your holiday wishes by getting you the top item on your wishlist, or paying for part of it (if your wish is too great for Santa to handle)! There will also be 7 other cash prizes, sent to you as B&H gift cards: $150 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for each of the runners-up (a total of 5 fourth-place winners). If you wanted to see a Pentax camera or lens underneath your Christmas tree, we can help make that happen! A K-5, DA* 50-135mm, or Sigma 85mm F1.4 would all be reasonable things to wish for...! Already know what you would like? Share it on our Facebook page!
In total, there will be over $1000 in prizes!