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.
Due to an exceptionally-severe snowstorm, all exhibitions at the CP+ show were cancelled today. Although we were able to tour the Pentax booth in more detail on Friday, our interview with Pentax representatives will unfortunately need to be rescheduled.
Please stay tuned for updates about the interview as well as news from Friday. Until then, here is a quick video tour of the show from Thursday:
Yesterday marked the first day of the CP+ 2014 photography trade show in Yokohama, Japan, an annual event generally seen as one of the most important exhibitions within the photographic industry. Almost all major camera and lens manufacturers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Tamron, Olympus, Fujifilm, and of course Pentax/Ricoh are present at the show, and this year, their booths will be toured by more than 11,000 visitors from around the world.
At this year's show, there are plenty of new products on display, in contrast to what we saw last year. We spent the most of today simply touring the various exhibitions, so we'd like to start by offering you some stills from the show. Starting tomorrow we will be bringing you more specifics on the recently-announced Pentax gear, and on Saturday we will be interviewing Pentax/Ricoh representatives at the show. After the show wraps up we will also include coverage of other companies and products.
Sigma Japan has just announced the imminent launch of its 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art lens for the Pentax and Sony mounts. This lens was released last year for Sigma, Canon, and Nikon cameras. It is the successor to the now-discontinued Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM, one of the most popular Sigma primes previously available for Pentax.
This lens is designed exclusively for APS-C cameras, and as such it is rather compact, measuring 2.5" long (63mm, w/o hood) and weighing in at about a pound (435g). With a focal length of 30mm, it offers a "normal" field of view, delivers roughly the same magnification as what your eyes see. This makes it an excellent everyday prime lens, like 50mm lenses were in the film days. Its maximum aperture of F1.4 lets you go all out with the bokeh and means it will be a great choice for low-light photography.
Upgrading your camera's firmware carries many benefits, ranging from feature additions to new accessory support to bug fixes and performance improvements. If you're familiar with transferring files to a SD memory card using your computer, you'll have no trouble upgrading your firmware on your own.
The video below is our step-by-step firmware update guide. For the latest firmware update information and download links, visit our firmware homepage.
The Pentax MX-1 has unfortunately been discontinued, but this means that you can secure a fantastic deal on this camera while supplies last!
Adorama currently has the silver MX-1 available for just $199 - click here to get yours! This includes free US shipping as well as 4% back in gift card rewards.
The MX-1 is a premium compact camera featuring a retro genuine brass construction. To learn more about it, check out our in-depth review. At this time, no successor for the camera has been announced.
From February 13 through 16 the annual CP+ Photo Imaging Trade Show will take place in Japan. PentaxForums will have staff on site and we will report on Pentax-related news, which you'll be able to read about on our homepage. We will also be interviewing Pentax representatives at the show, and videos will be uploaded to our Youtube channel.
Based on today's press release from Pentax, we already know some details about what we can expect at the show. Prototypes of the products listed below will be shown as a "referential exhibition" and will be officially announced later this year.
- A new 645D medium format camera with a CMOS sensor and a tilting LCD monitor, two features that hint at this new camera being equipped with live view. The new 645D will also have a faster processor than its predecessor. This new camera should become available in the Spring of 2014.
- An ultra-wide angle zoom lens for the 645D
- A telephoto macro lens for the Q-System
- A film copier accessory for DSLR cameras allowing for convenient copying of 35mm as well as medium format (120/220) film
We find it exciting and very promising for the future of Pentax that a new 645D camera is being introduced. It is also nice to see that another quality lens is being introduced for the Q-System. Clearly Ricoh is investing in the Pentax brand.
Read on for more product photos.
Pentax has just officially announced the new HD Pentax-DA AF Rear Converter 1.4x AW, a 1.4x teleconverter that increases the effective focal length of a lens while maintaining autofocus and autoexposure capabilities. This is the first new Pentax teleconverter since the film era. As with all 1.4x teleconverters, the increase in reach comes at the expense of one stop of light.
This modern teleconverter has been treated with the Pentax HD coating, a high-quality multi-layer coating with lower reflectance than the previous Super Multi Coating. The converter is also fully weather-sealed, which means that it can preserve the weather-sealing of your camera system when paired with a weather-sealed body and lens.
The teleconverter will start shipping in the US in March, 2014. It will retail for $599 online and in stores. You can currently pre-order it at B&H Photo.