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Save 40% at Topaz Labs

Savings on all products! · Posted on 12-20-2012 in Pentax Deals

Topaz Labs has just launched a year-end 40% discount code on all their products- one of the biggest savings to date!

Simply use the code topaz2012 in the Topaz Store.  Once there, add the plugin(s) you want to your cart, then type the code in at checkout.  Topaz plugins make great holiday gifts!

See below for our reviews of various Topaz plugins:

Topaz Adjust 5 Review
Editing Plugin
 
8.2
Topaz DeNoise
Noise Reduction Plug-In
 
9.2
Topaz BW Effects
Post-Processing Plugin
 
8.4

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Last-Minute Pentax Deals

Get free overnight shipping on select cameras and lenses · Posted on 12-20-2012 in Pentax Deals

B&H is doing something uniqe this year: offering free overnight shipping on a variety of Pentax items, including the K-01, DSLRs, and lenses.  If you order by 4pm Eastern today (within 5 hours of this post), you will receive the shipment tomorrow so that you have time to gift-wrap everything over the weekend.

First off, all K-01 kits as well as the body over come with free overnight:

The same applies to the K-5 II body & kit as well as all weather-sealed K-30 kits.  If you've been waiting to get the Q10, now is the time, as it's also dropped in price and has free overnight.

Pentax Q10

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My Pentax K-r

Posted on 12-20-2012 in Influential Photo Gear

Round about 1980 I bought my first proper camera a Pentax ME F with a M50 f1.7 lens. This really got me into photography and I really enjoyed using it over the years. After about 10 years it developed a fault which despite being repaired remained and it fell into disuse. I lost interest in photography.

Eighteen months ago I decided to buy another camera and chose a Pentax K-r. This Dslr was Pentax's entry model with 12Mp sensor. It was an improvement on and replaced the K-x.  

 

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OP/TECH USA Strap

Posted on 12-19-2012 in Influential Photo Gear

Greetings, My name is Jack Powers and I am from Wichita, Kansas.  I am a retired Respiratory Therapist and Educator from Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. Married to my wife Pam of 43 years and raised two children.  Our youngest Allen passed away in 2009 but left our family with a beautiful gift, our 5 y/o grandson Rowdy.

My first digital camera was a Casio followed by three Sony Cybershot point & shoot cameras.  I moved to a DSLR in 2009 when I bought the Pentax K20D which was recommended by a good friend of mine.  I got to say that my life changed when I got the Pentax.  I loved everything about it and still do.  Having the ability two change lenses as your requirements change is an outstanding plus.

Figure 1: OP/TECHUSA camera strap, an idea replacement for standard/thin neck straps

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Typically a successful ultra-wide landscape establishes an engaging relationship between a foreground and a background object. Ansel Adams used this technique in many of his most famous photos.

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Making of "The Dragonfly"

Posted on 12-19-2012 in Favorite Photos

This photo was shot at Nikko, a popular tourist destination in Japan. The reason to take this photo was mainly for test the lens I bought recently. The results were satisfactory, specially with such old lens.

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Pentax K to Q Adapter Now Shipping

Mount DSLR lenses on your Q · Posted on 12-18-2012 in Pentax News

The official Pentax K to Q mount adapter has finally hit the shelves and is now readily available for order from B&H.  A couple of these adapters did arrive last week, but they sold out within minutes!  This adapter allows you to mount Pentax SLR lenses on the Pentax Q, and moreover, it allows you to manually control the aperture so that digital lenses (without an aperture ring) can be used.

The adapter also has a built-in mechanical leaf shutter which goes up to 1/1000s. Using this shutter rather than the camera's electronic shutter reduces motion blur.

Pentax Q to K Adapter

When you mount a DSLR lens on the Q, the corresponding crop factor is 5.5x, meaning that a 300mm lens would correspond to a 1650mm on a full-frame K-mount camera!  This gives you an easy, effective, an affordable way to get extreme telephoto (and extreme macro) images!

The only downside is that the official adapter costs $249, but it's worth every penny if you want to get the most out of your Q (which is now available for less than the adapter itself)!  No other adapter will give you the leaf shutter - not even Novoflex's overpriced $300 adapter!

With that said, if you're on a budget, you can still mount K-mount lenses on your Q.  All it takes is $19.95 to get the Fotodiox Pentax K to Q adapter pictured below.

Generic AdapterThe most basic Fotodiox adapter doesn't have the fancy features of the Pentax adapter, so the lenses you adapt had better have an aperture ring!

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Pentax Holiday Gear Guide 2012

Recommended equipment, great deals, and gift ideas! · Posted on 12-18-2012 in Pentax Deals

Today, we're happy to be bringing your our 2012 Pentax holiday gear and gift guide!  In the US, standard shipping cutoffs for delivery by Christmas are coming up on Wednesday, so we apologize for the delay in the posting this.  We hope that late ends up being better than never, though!

Read on for some great gift ideas for yourself as well as your friends and family!

Please note that the prices below are subject to change based on the latest pricing and availability.  For certain items, discounted prices can only be viewed in cart.

Without further ado, here's what we recommend you take a look at during your year-end shopping.  If you happen to live in an area which has Pentax retailers locally, we encourage you to stop by and give the cameras below a spin:

Cameras and Combos

Holiday Price
Recommendation

Pentax K-5

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+ Tamron 17-50 F2.8

$749

+

$424

=

$1173

Best-in-class in terms of image quality, the original Pentax K-5 is still available from Adorama at an incredible low price. Combine it with the reasonably-priced Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 zoom for a hard to beat combo.

Make sure to fill in the manufacturer's mail-in rebate form for the Tamron (expires Dec. 31, 2012).

Read our in-depth reviews:

Pentax K-5 Review

Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Review

Pentax K-30

pentax-k30

w/18-135mm

$979

Another great combination at a truly great price from Adorama, the Pentax K-30 with the Pentax 18-135 mm "walk-around" zoom, a good kit for beginners and for travelers who want to travel light. Camera as well as lens are sealed against dust and rain.

Read our in-depth reviews:

Pentax K-30 Review

Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR

 Pentax K-01

$316

The K-01 has dropped in price worldwide, and it can be yours for just $316!  In February, the K-01 was launched at more than double the price.

Read our in-depth review:

Pentax K-30 Review

Pentax K-5 IIs

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+ 35mm Macro

$1297

+

$540

=

$1737

OK, so you want the K-5 IIs for it's enhanced image quality? It deserves one of the best lenses available, we recommend the DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro.

Read our in-depths reviews:

Pentax K-5 IIs Review

Pentax 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Review

Pentax Q

Pentax Q

+ DSLR Lens
Adapter

$246

+

$26

Looking for a compact camera but would like better image quality and the ability to switch lenses? The original Pentax Q is still available at an incredibly low price from ShopNBC! This low price even includes the 5-15mm (28-82mm eqv.) zoom and a 3-year warranty!

Can you believe that this kit launched at an MSRP of $999 just over a year ago?

Furnish the Q with a K-mount adapter and you can use your K-mount lenses. Pentax's own adapter is hard to find but we have found an inexpensive third party adapter at Amazon.com that still can control the aperture.

Read our in-dpeth review:

Pentax Q Review

Lenses

Already have a great camera but need lenses? Here are our top picks:

Holiday Price
Recommendation

Sigma 70 - 300mm

Sigma 70-300

 

$199

 

The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro is an autofocus telezoom at a much more reasonable price than the Pentax DA 55-300mm. The lens even has a macro function that goes down to 1:2 (half life size).

Read what our users think:

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG User Reviews

Pentax 35mm F2.4

$174

An inexpensive way to get into the fascinating world of prime lenses is this Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL. On digital, it corresponds to the 50mm lens that came with your Dad's Pentax Spotmatic or K1000, in other words it is a so-called "normal" lens.

Read our in-depth review of this lens.

Pentax 40mm F2.8 XS

$194

This is the ultra-compact 40mm lens that was introduced with the K-01. Also this prime lens is available below $200.

Read our shoot-out and review here.

Pentax 50mm F1.8

 $224

The Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 is a fast, short telephoto lens. We would have liked to see also this lens below $200, but that was not to be.

Read our review and comparison with other 50mm lenses.

Pentax 15mm F4 Ltd.

$539

The Pentax-DA 15mm F4 Limited wide angle lens has a lot of followers and may very well become one of the legendary Pentax lenses. It is not cheap but it is a little gem to handle.

Read our review here.

Sigma 50-500mm

$1299

The Sigma "Bigma" is another favorite among our users. It is not cheap but the price is nevertheless very reasonable for a 500mm lens. The price is after a special manufacturers rebate which expires soon.

Read what our users think about the Bigma here.

 

Top Accessories

Holiday Price
Recommendation

+2yr Warranty

 $19.95

A Two-Year Extended Warranty for the K5, K5-II, K5-IIs, KR, K-30, K-01 Digital SLR Cameras from Pentax includes one complete check-up to be provided anytime during the warranty period. The inspection covers all camera functions to ensure each meets factory specifications.  Add this warranty to your cart when you buy your camera and you'll get a total of three years of warranty coverage!

Lens Case

 $15.95

Our users speak favorably of this Pearstone Onyx 60 Lens Case. It is designed to carry a typical SLR lens and is made from weather-resistant 600 denier ballistic nylon, with protective interior padding. The case uses self-healing, weather-resistant zippers. It has a double-zippered lid with an inside mesh accessory pocket. The case can be carried by a double touch belt loop and has two webbed eyelet loops for an optional shoulder strap.

 

 $59.95

An SD card with speeds up to 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds. This is faster than required for today's Pentax DSLRs but might come in handy for future models.

Small Gift Ideas

Holiday Price
Recommendation

 $9.50

A must-have for all DSLR owners: Giottos large Rocket air blower for removing that dust from the sensor which the cameras dust removal system may have left behind.

$19.99 

 

We have very good experience using SD cards from Transcend in our Pentax DSLRs. While faster cards are available we haven't seen any speed adavantage in practice over these Transcend cards with the current crop of cameras (K-01, K-30, K-5, Q).   Best value anywhere!

 $31.45

Sensor cleaning kit for those rare cases where dust spots resist the rocket blower.

A- and M-lenses

Varies:
$20-$100

Try the PentaxForums Marketplace for second hand A and M-series 50mm prime lenses. This is an inexpensive way of getting into the joy of using prime lenses and the image quality of these old lenses leaves little to be desired.

For True Pentaxians

If you or a family member is lucky enough to own 3 Pentax Limited pancake lenses, such as the 15, 21, 35, 40m, or 70mm, this is the perfect case to gift!  Check out the Pentax Limited Lens Case:

Pentax Limited Lens Case

That's it for now- if you have any further holiday gift ideas, please share them in the comments section!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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