We have just posted our in-depth review of the Pentax DA* 60-250mm F4 zoom lens, arguably one of the best zooms in the current Pentax lens lineup.
If you're looking for a lens that's very sharp wide-open and gives you plenty of reach, the 60-250mm is not to be overlooked. This lens is unique because it sacrifices a stop of light to deliver more reach than a typical 70-200mm lens, and all this comes in a lighter package. Read the review to see how it fares!
We are happy to announce that we have just published our in-depth review of the Pentax K-3, our most comprehensive review to date with more than 20 pages covering the performance and features of the new Pentax flagship! We hope that this review answers all your questions about the K-3 and addresses any concerns that you may have had about the camera.
There's no question that the Pentax K-3 is the most capable camera in the current Pentax lineup as well as one of the most compelling products that Pentax has released to date. The detail that this camera's 24-megapixel sensor delivers has impressed us, as has its high overall speed and large feature set. All-around, this camera was a joy to review: the K-3 it turned out to still have everything that what we loved about the K-5 and K-5 IIs, and yet Pentax still managed to improve it in just about every key area compared to its predecessor. With the possible exception of autofocus and video, this camera will surely hold its ground against the competition extremely well.
We've been waiting a long time to say, "Bravo, Pentax, for creating such a nice camera for enthusiast Pentaxians!"
Click on the link below to continue to the full review and see just how well the K-3 fares.
As photographers, we spend quite a bit of time finding image-worthy subjects and composing them in such a manner as to highlight them. Some might argue that that would be the crux of photography, and at the end of the day, that's why whatever it is happens to be the subject, after all. And whether we do it purposefully or subconsciously, the void around the subject is (hopefully) carefully considered as part of that overall composition, given the same amount of deliberation as the subject itself. In fact, it can be the deciding factor between a so-so snapshot and a gallery worthy photograph!
In the above image, it's clear that there are only two distinct 'things' in the photograph - the lonely dancer on the edge of a chair and her world of grey. Read on to discover what the interaction between the two of them really means from a photographic point of view!
Editorial Note: In conjunction with the recently announced November Monthly Photography Contest, we thought it would be the perfect time to debut the Pentax Forums Snap Tutorials! Aptly named (at least we think so), because the name is in fact a double entendre. In a photographic context, 'snap' is obvious. The other meaning refers to simplicity, brevity, etc., and that's just what these are - quick informative little guides to introduce you to a topic of photography that you may not have been previously aware of.
The theme for the official PentaxForums.com photo contest for November, 2013 will be "Negative Space."
Submit your photo here for a chance to win B&H gift card prizes and more! Like for all previous contents, you may only submit a single photo, and it must be within the size & dimension limits stated in the contest announcement. And while we do allow non-Pentax photos on the forum, only photos taken with Pentax cameras will be eligible to participate in this contest. Good luck!
If you have trouble entering or need help, please read the contest announcement above, and then ask your question in the our site help forum.
Many Pentaxians will be aware that Bruce (Bramela) Stephenson from Newcastle, Australia, has been an active Pentax Forums contributor since 2007- shortly after the site was launched- participating in numerous competitions, games, challenges, and discussion threads. He has also served as a Forum Moderator over the course of the past several years, and he has been a huge help to the Forum in that role.
Today, we are sad to inform the community that Bruce has fallen very ill. He was rushed to hospital earlier this week with inoperable stomach cancer and doesn't have much time left.
He is in remarkably good spirits though and together with his wife Pam, he is drawing great strength from his faith and family. In typical form, he has asked that no fuss be made. More than that, he has specifically requested that his best wishes and thanks be passed on to his Forum friends all over the world. Photography is his passion and the Forum enhanced it mightily for him.
In keeping with his request, private messages to him via the Forum would seem a nice way to wish him well; his wife has already drawn comfort from a couple of early PMs and she can choose when it is best to pass on more to him.
Also in keeping with his request that no fuss be made, arrangements are already in hand to have a nice bunch of flowers delivered to Bruce with a simple, no-names card just wishing him the best on behalf of his Forum mates. Flowers are one of Bruce's passions as a photographer, home gardener and volunteer worker at his regional Botanic Gardens.
In many places it is traditional for us to chip in on such occasions but this is impractical for all sorts of reasons in the circumstances. Instead, it seems a good opportunity for individuals to consider donating something to a cancer charity in their own area. Or, if “Movember” is currently being run in your town, perhaps sponsorship of someone you know, on Bruce's behalf, might be fitting. We're pretty sure Bruce would be greatly cheered by this.
As a sign of our appreciation for Bruce, we will be dedicating Monday, November 11th as a day to honor him in this month's Single in November photo thread. We invite everyone to post a flower photo for Bruce on that day, since flowers are his passion. The photo can be taken on the 11th or before: it's no matter. Click here to post a photo for Bruce to see!
Farewell and thanks for everything, Bruce! You will be missed on behalf of the whole Pentax community.
Ricoh has officially announced a 17-27mm (eqv. on Q7) wide angle zoom lens for the ultra-compact Pentax Q system, officially known as the SMC Pentax-Q 08 Wide Zoom 3.8-5.9mm F3.7-4. This lens is intended for street shooting, snapshots and landscapes. It weighs in at a mere 75 g but nevertheless packs state-of-the-art lens design features such as:
- A Super Aspherical lens element to minimize distortion
- Two ED (extra low dispersion) glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration
- SP (Super Protect) coating of the front element repelling dust and grease
- IF (Internal Focusing)
- STM (STepper Motor) drive for speedy and silent autofocus
The HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR zoom lens for K-Mount was officially announced today by Ricoh. This latest addition to the Pentax lens line-up comes complete with all the recent refinements in lens technology:
- The fast and reliable DC Autofocus Motor
- SP (Super Protect) Coating on the front element to repel dirt and grease
- HD (High Definition) nano coating to reduce flare and ghosting and increase contrast
- Weather seals to keep dust and moisture out
As if this wasn't enough Pentax also deployed:
- Super-low dispersion and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements for increased sharpness and increased control over lens aberrartions
- Rounded aperture blades for a smooth bokeh
- Metal lens barrel
With all this and the exclusive "Limited" design of the lens barrel we believe we're looking at a real winner in all aspects.
Last week, information about two upcoming Pentax lenses was leaked on the net. The first is an elegant Pentax DSLR lens, the HD Pentax 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited zoom. The second is a the 08 Wide Zoom for the Pentax Q system. Both lenses have been part of the Pentax lens roadmap since late 2012. Let's start with the 20-40mm.
Like the existing HD Limited Lenses, the rumored 20-40mm zoom will be available in both black and silver. Further specifications about this lens, including the AF system and presence of weather sealing, are not currently know. What we do know is that the lens will feature Pentax's latest "HD" coating, which promises lower reflectance than the traditional SMC coating, similar to Nikon's "Nano Crystal Coat". We also know that the lens will have a variable aperture range from F2.8 to 4: something unusual for a high-end lens, but to be expected if small size is a priority.
The design of this new lens is interesting, as it combines a retro-styled zoom ring with the barrel design of existing lenses.
Current Pentax HD Limited Lens Lineup
The Pentax "Limited" lens designation is a misnomer. Rather than meaning "limited production", Pentax actually uses this term to refer to its ultra-compact lineup of quality lenses. These lenses are unique, as no other manufacturer has such a robust lineup of compact lenses. The price you pay for this small size, of course, is that you lose a stop or two of maximum aperture compared to what you would get from a traditional lens.