Our February giveaway has come to a close, but that doesn't mean we're done!
If you've ever thought about how exciting it would be if your Pentax K mount DSLR could use Nikon F, Olympus OM, Contax Yashica C/Y and Konica AR mount lenses, here is the answer.
Introducing Pentax K+ Mulit-Mount (PK+MM), a new way of adapting lenses from different mounts to K mount without the need for adapters, achieving infinity focus (except Konica AR mount) and yet retaining the use of its native K mount lenses.
Sound familiar? This idea was my DIY project which I submitted in the PentaxForums.com Pentax K-30 giveaway back in 2012 (you can see the original entry here) which later became the winning entry. During the course of voting, the encouraging feedback/comments made me decide to make my idea commercially available so that anyone who is interested does not need to DIY. And the result? The professionally precision-machined PK+MM which you can see here mounted on my Pentax K-r.
PK+MM installed on Pentax K-r.
By replacing the original mounting ring on your Pentax K mount DSLR with the PK+MM part, you can start to mount the lenses of Nikon F, Olympus OM and Contax/Yashica and even Konica AR mount directly onto your DSLR. Just imagine the choices of Nikkor, Zuiko, Carl Zeiss, Yashica, Hexanon or other third parties lenses in the Nikon F mount not available in Pentax K.
Below is the product introduction video which will show you exactly how PK+MM works.
What makes PK+MM different from using currently-available methods is that no adapter is required. This preserves the different mounts' ability to focus to infinity as their film flange focus distances are slightly longer than that of the Pentax K mount (except Konica AR mount). Current adapters that allow infinity focus normally have corrective optics that degrade image quality while those that do not have corrective optics only allow focus at close distances. Other alternative methods like changing the mount of the lens means you need to disassemble the lens and then only use 1 modified lens at a time.
While aperture control is totally dependent on the type of lenses mounted and only manual focus is possible, PK+MM will vastly open up your choices of lenses previously only available or adaptable to other mounts.
Interested to get the PK+MM for FREE? That's where the giveaway part comes in!
The Cactus RF60 belongs to a new species of radio-controlled flashes that allow photographers to make use of the flexibility and reliability of radio communication for more than just triggering.
An RF60's power level can be remote controlled from an on-camera RF60 in master mode or by the upcoming Cactus V6 radio trigger. An RF60 in master mode can control up to four groups and even the zoom settings of the external RF60. The RF60 furthermore supports semi-automatic versions of high-speed sync and second curtain sync in a brand-agnostic manner.
Today, we are pleased to be bringing you an in-depth review of this flash. The review review features a section elaborating on the benefits of off-camera flash photography and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the RF60's features and handling.
One amazing deal is back at B&H, and you won't find it anywhere else! For a limited time only you can get a Pentax K-3 DSLR, DA 50mm F1.8 lens, genuine D-BG5 Grip, and a Sandisk 32Gb memory card all for the price of just the camera body. The total value of the free bundled accessories is $441.85, but this bundle is very limited in quantity.
Don't miss out before this offer is gone: order your K-3 with free extras now!
This free accessory bundle is also available with the Pentax K-3 18-135mm kit.
For more information on the Pentax K-3 and the bundled accessories, please visit our in-depth reviews, lens database, and accessory database.
Today, we're pleased to be bringing you this year's exclusive CP+ interview with Pentax (Ricoh Imaging) representatives. Because the show was cancelled on our original interview date, we had to reschedule and ended up condicting the interview last week at the Pentax headquarters in Tokyo.
In this interview, we discussed current Pentax equipment and future plans with Takashi Arai (Product Planning Group) and Hiraku Kawauchi (Public Relations Manager) of Ricoh Imaging. Most of the questions were based on forum user suggestions.
Without further ado, let's get to the questions:
Question 1: Do you have any updates on the status of the Flucard development for the Pentax K-3?
The launch date for the Japanese market is February 27th with other markets following soon after.
A dedicated Flucard enables wireless tethering on the Pentax K-3. Details here.
Question 2: None of your cameras currently have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Is this something you might consider in upcoming models, especially now that many competing compacts and DSLRs do support Wi-Fi?
It's true that none of our DSLRs have Wi-Fi. Not all users really required this feature so far, however the potential demand is increasing and we will study the possibility to have built-in Wi-Fi in the future.
Question 3: The Ricoh GR is a very popular and successful camera, and many of our users are enjoying it and the Pentax MX-1. Do you see “enthusiast compacts” as a key market segment and will we see more such cameras in the future?
Demand for enthusiast compacts, which we call premium compacts, is relatively stable, but the overall compact digital camera market is facing a declining trend. I imagine this is due to the emergence of smartphones, however the super zoom, waterproof and premium compact categories are still strong within the compact market. We will continue to develop and release compacts mainly in those categories.
Our forum navigation system includes many links that make it easy to find new and interesting content, but until now, we had no dedicated page showing you all the latest photos being posted and discussed on the forum.
Today, we're happy to announce that this changes, with the addition of the "Today's Photos" and "Recent Updates" links under the new "Photo Threads" heading in the dropdown menu in the upper-right of each of our forum pages. These links are available to guests and registered users alike.
The "Today's Photos" link will take you to a page showing all photo threads posted within the last 24 hours in our photo sharing and critique forums. They will be sorted by the original upload date, with newer photos coming first.
The "Recent Updates" link displays a bit more. After clicking on the link, you'll be taken to a page with photo threads that have recently been updated (i.e. those that received new comments). The results on this page will be sorted by the time of the latest comment, with newer comments coming first. This link also includes threads from our Lens Sample Photo Archive, Lens Clubs, Weekly Photo Challenge and Mini-Challenge forums.
A key feature of these two pages is that they include thumbnails, making photos easier to browse.
The Pentax K-3 stand was one of the key attractions of the Pentax/Ricoh booth at this year's CP+ show. Even though the stand looked more like a bar than anything else, it did showcase the K-3 quite well: several demo cameras were lined up along the countertop, allowing visitors to try out the camera and point it at a test setup consisting of a trainset and small bottles.
Midday on Friday, the booth also staged a short performance:
Adorama has just launched a 1-day sale on the Pentax K-5 IIs in celebration of Presidents Day (February 17th). Click on the link below to get the special price, which is normally not visible on the Adorama web site.
The kit includes free shipping, 4% in gift card rewards, free Tiffen post-processing software, and a Class on Demand card.
For more details on the Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR, see our in-depth review.
Update: as of 2/18, this deal is still live.
A film duplicator accessory was among the prototypes on display by Pentax at this year's CP+ show. This bellows-like setup makes it easy to digitize film photos and slides using a DSLR without having to use any other external hardware or software.
It's no doubt surprising to see a film-related accessory being launched this far into the digital era. This product does make a lot of sense, however. Traditional flatbed scanners or even film scanners are slow and require you to use your PC to process and catalog the digitized files. With this accessory, you can use your existing DSLR and macro lens to quickly digitize not only traditional 35mm film, but also medium format (120/220) film. Before starting to copy a roll of film, you can adjust your camera and focus the lens so that the crop is perfect and you don't have to make any edits later on. This gives you ultimate control without having to learn how to use a computer program.
The accessory itself employs a rather simple design. At one end, there is an adjustable sliding mount for your camera and lens. At the other end, you attach a flashgun to illuminate the film. The film itself sits in dedicated holder which does not require you to cut the strip. The lens disappears into the bellows, which blocks out stray light.