We'd like to invite everyone to vote in the poll for our March, 2013 "dreams" photo contest. This contest saw some 93 submission, and due to its abstract theme, we've received some truly incredible and creative entries. We hope you enjoy the photos, and thanks in advance for voting!
B&H photo has just lowered the online price of the Pentax DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lens from $1599 to $969 for a limited time. The lower price still includes free shipping as well as 2% back in gift card rewards.
For more information about this premium weather-sealed walkaround zoom, take a look at our in-depth review.
We have a standard way of pairing fearlessness and photography: all too easily we think of fearless photographers facing dangerous circumstances to find unique photographic opportunities. These photographers take serious risks, and therefore must face and conquer their fears, to create powerful images.
“On the Edge”, 10/14/2007, North Carolina’s Chimney Rock State Park, with K10D/Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens. Image shot at 138mm, F5.6, 1/45 sec., ISO 400, aperture priority, multi-segment metering, AF-S, in RAW.
I think the stories behind these photos suggest it's good to be fearless more than the resultant photos, but I'm not exactly a wild and crazy guy. A brief disclaimer: these photos aren't my best work, but they are each from a time when I feel I was operating fearlessly.
Shot 1: Sand Everywhere
Adorama has just dropped the price of the Pentax K-01 black and yellow bodies to just $249! On top of this, the cameras include free shipping as well as 2% back in coupon rewards.
Last November, Pentax USA dropped the price of the K-01 to $346, down from $599 amidst very slow sales. Since then, the official price dropped to $316 and later $299. This new low price, however, isn't going to last and to the best of our knowledge it is an Adorama exclusive. The K-01 has officially been discontinued as of last month.
Originally launched in early 2012, the Pentax K-01 was the first mirrorless camera to natively support a DSLR lens lineup. Even though it boasts excellent image quality (and at this price, it is unmatched), the K-01 received mixed reviews due to its design and lack of a viewfinder. Combined with its high initial price of $749, this led to low popularity among photographers.
For more information on the K-01, including a comprehensive evaluation of its image quality and autofocus, check out our in-depth K-01 review.
It has been a long time since we posted a deal, but this one is almost too good to be true. We hope you take advatage of it!
The Pentax 16-45mm F4 is leaving the current Pentax lineup. Originally launched alongside Pentax's first DSLRs (the *ist D series), the lens has essentially been replaced by the Pentax DA* 16-50mm F2.8 and the DA 17-70mm F4 as alternatives to the cheaper 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. It was supposedly discontinued in late 2011 in Japan, but up until now we had not seen stock shortages in the US.
Even though the 16-45mm has been discontinued, it continues to be a great bargain for those seeking better image quality than the kit lens without spending too much money. For more information about this lens, please visit our Pentax lens database. The lens can be found used on our Marketplace for well under $300.
Today we're happy to be bringing you our in-depth review of the Pentax 10-17mm fisheye zoom, which is the widest lens in the current Pentax lineup. At the wide end, it offers a diagonal field of view of 180 degrees, which makes it an excellent choice for photographing interiors (i.e. houses, cars, or boats) as well as landscapes. As it is a fisheye lens, it produces pronounced geometric distortion in the corners, which leads to a interesting artistics.
In the US, the 10-17mm fisheye is currently available for $529, and unlike many other lenses, its price does not seem to fluctuate much.
We are now only two lenses short (DA* 200mm and DA* 60-250mm) of having in-depth reviews of the entire (current) Pentax lens lineup! To read our other reviews, please visit the in-depth lens review index.
We expect to publish our review of the DA* 60-250mm later this month, and the DA* 200mm review shortly afterward. After these are posted, we will focus on improving reviews that were posted in 2010 and 2011, reviewing Sigma lenses, and reviewing various interesting cameras by other manufacturers.