We're happy to announce that over the course of the coming weeks, we will regularly be posting a new series of Pentax-specific photographic tutorial videos on our Youtube channel. Don't forget to subscribe to stay on top of the latest videos!
In our first tutorial, we take a look at how you can turn any lens into a perspective-correctiion shift lens using your Pentax's built-in Shake Reduction system. Pentax calls this feature "composition adjustment", and it is found on their high-end DSLRs including the K-7, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs and K-30.
We hope you enjoy this video and the upcoming tutorial series!
Pentax has just released a new v1.12 firmware update for the original Pentax Q. This update fixes an issue with the "Tone Expansion" Smart Effect found in the camera. As usual, it also includes the latest minor bugfixes.
We believe that this bug was introduced by firmware v1.11, which was taken down by Pentax shortly after being made available. We recommend that everyone running v1.11 update to the latest firmware version, even if you don't plan on using Tone Expansion.
For those of you still running v1.10 or earlier, this new firmware update will improve your camera's autofocus, so we recommend installing it.
Click here to download firmware 1.12 for the Pentax Q, and read on for installation instructions. Please note that this firmware will reset all your camera's settings once installed.
Pentax has just announced a new firmware update for the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs on their Japanese support site. Firmware version 1.04 fixes an issue that could potentially freeze the camera's status screen. The firmware also brings the usual "stability improvements".
Quick download links (from Pentax.jp):
The original Pentax K-5 is not affected by this bug, and thus there is no new firmware update for it.
Pentax Ricoh have just officially announced the new Ricoh GR, the latest in Ricoh's lineup of high-end compact digital cameras. The new GR incorporates an APS-C sensor in a an elegant, pocketable body that is styled just like its GR-series predecessors.
Based on the official specifications and the accompanying product information, we feel that the GR is going to be a true "photographer's camera" for those who demand the best in image quality but can't always carry around a bulky DSLR. The Ricoh GR is the world's smallest and lightest APS-C compact camera. Its small size will allow professionals and enthusiasts alike to carry it everywhere that they go!
If this alone isn't good enough, then we'll add that the GR is also going to be one of the cheapest APS-C compacts, available in the US for just $799. The camera is designed to embody four core values which are of key importance to Ricoh: compactness, superb image quality, fast performance, and being a joy to use.
At the heart of the GR is a 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor that does not incorporate an anti-aliasing filter. Thus, some might describe the GR as a pocketable version of the Pentax K-5 IIs! Combined with a specially-designed 18.3mm F2.8 lens (28mm equivalent on film), it is inevitable that the GR will deliver stellar image quality no worse than that of the similarly-specced Nikon Coolpix A, which has already received very favorable reviews. Pentax Ricoh states that the GR's lens was meticulously designed to maximize sharpness and minimize distortions and aberrations, and internal tests show that it is consistently better than the lens of the GRD IV, and that it can outperform a Pentax DSLR with the 18-55mm kit lens. In addition, Pentax Ricoh claims that the GR's lens is superior to that of the Coolpix A in terms of MTF; we will of course perform tests to confirm these claims in practice.
If marketed properly, the GR could prove to be some serious competition for the Coolpix A, or any high-end compact, for that matter. This is thanks to the GR's low price ($300 less than the Nikon), and because the GR may turn out to be better in terms of general performance, handling, and autofocus speed, which has been exceptional in previous Ricoh cameras.
While you're probably more interested in the specifications of this camera, what especially caught our attention about the GR is the fact that it's the first camera to show clear evidence of collaboration between Pentax and Ricoh, now known as Pentax Ricoh Imaging. A feature formerly unique to Pentax cameras has made it into the GR: TAv mode. This shooting mode allows you to set the desired shutter speed and aperture while the camera chooses the appropriate ISO.
Official Ricoh GR Specifications
|Sensor||16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS
No anti-aliasing filter
|Shutter||Mechanical, 30s-1/4000s, bulb|
External flash via standard hotshoe
Buffer: 999 frames (JPEG, fine), 4 frames (RAW)
|Shooting Modes||P, Tv, Av, TAv, M|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 4EV|
|Metering||Matrix, center-weighted, spot|
|Image Processor||GR Engine V
Optimized for the GR's filterless sensor
|File Format||JPEG, DNG RAW|
18.3mm F2.8 GR lens
7 elements in 5 groups
|Aperture Blades||9 (rounded)|
1080p at 30/25/24FPS
|Viewfinder||N/A, dedicated optical viewfinder attachment available (GV-1, GV-2)
No EVF support
|Electronic Level||Yes, dual-axis|
|Focusing system||Contrast detect AF (continuous, face detection, and single-shot mode)
0.2s response time
Manual focus assist with focus peaking
|Body Material||Magnesium alloy|
|Dimensions||117 x 61 x 34.7mm (WxHxD)|
|Battery Life||290 frames (45 minutes of video)|
|Optional Accessories||GV-1 viewfinder, GV-2 mini-viewfinder, GF-1 TTL flash, leather neck strap, 21mm wide-converter, lens hood, lens filter, leather case, cable release|
|Launch Price||US $799|
Read on for more details and photos of the GR!
I wouldn't call myself fearless, but I do travel a lot and always keep my camera with me.
Above: A relaxed bedouin in the Jordanian desert near Petra during the summer of 2009. Rock climbing up there was really hard, and when we got to the top, this bedouin was talking on his cell phone like if he was in the sofa, it was like 40ºC! That's fearless. Pentax DA 17-70mm F4
Pentax Ricoh have just posted a teaser video about the a new compact fixed-lens APS-C camera called the Ricoh GR. Based on the video, it seems that this camera incorporates many design elements found on previous Ricoh GR cameras, even though in terms of specifications, it closely mimics the recently-launched Nikon Coolpix A.
Here are the key specifications of the Ricoh GR:
- 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- No optical low-pass filter
- 4FPS continuous shooting
- 3-inch LCD with 1.23 million dots
- Fast AF response time (0.2s during normal shooting)
- High-performance GR Engine V image processor
- 18.3mm F2.8 GR lens
- 9 aperture blades
- Small body: 117 x 61 x 34.7mm (WxHxD)
Ricoh claims that the GR is going to be the world's smallest APS-C digital camera; specifications confirm that it is smaller than the Coolpix A (by a hair). Its body design resembles that of the earlier Ricoh GRD IV.
Be different, stand out from the crowd, and conquer your fears with Pentax because “it’s good to be FEARLESS!”
Conquering your fear of heights by standing four feet back from a 3,000 foot cliff straight down into Yosemite Village on a 10,000 foot high granite slab in order to photograph a unique foreground with an iconic American landscape…FEARLESS!
Firstly, thanks for this competition and the opportunity to participate.
I consider myself a very careful person not seeking real threats during my photo trips. I am also not an adrenaline sport lover. Despite these facts I have found myself several times in situations where I was asking myself during my journey or after why I am doing this? Is it worth it?