After a long holiday break lasting ten days, B&H Photo, the largest authorized Pentax retailer in the US, has now re-opened and is once again accepting/shipping online orders!
If you have any questions for B&H now that they're back, you may ask in their Q&A section on our forum, where representatives will answer any general or Pentax-related questions that you may have.
Whenever you shop at B&H, you may be eligible for a free Premium Account on our forum, which increases your photo space tenfold and allows you to use our Marketplace section.
Finally, we'd like to thank B&H for their sponsorship of our recent Pentax K-30 giveaway, which will remain open until November!
With Photokina behind us, we can finally go back to reviewing equipment! Today we're happy to be posting an in-depth review of the SMC Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM, a premium standard/short-tele lens featuring weather-sealing, rounded aperture blades, and silent autofocus. We really liked the image quality of this lens (especially the bokeh), although its autofocus speed and high price tag could use improvement. Read the review for more details!
Forum member isb.deep recently posted a series of images taken indoors under (seemingly) constant lighting, but nevertheless the images came out with varying color casts; in some cases these color casts took the form of horizontal bands.
The image above shows an example with a yellow band at the bottom of the image.
We find that this issue, its explanation and the remedy deserves a wider audience hence this blog post.
The explanation of this unwanted effect was provided by users SpecialK and Aegon and is quite interesting.
Today we are very happy to announce that henceforth, we will be listing as well as reviewing Ricoh cameras in our equipment databases and on our homepage. Considering that Pentax and Ricoh engineers are already working together on future cameras, and how dedicated Ricoh seems to be to the Pentax brand, we think that this content will start becoming increasingly relevant to current Pentax users.
In addition, we would like to broaden our site's audience to include Ricoh camera owners, and would therefore like to extend a warm welcome to those users!
Two Ricoh-specific sections are now available on our forum:
All Ricoh digital cameras have been uploaded to our camera database as well, together with photos and specifications for each camera:
We are very happy to finally be announcing the winning entries from our August "Fences" photo contest, all three of which were highly-original yet still fit the theme perfectly!
In first place was forum member mark lj with "New Fence". Click on the photo to enlarge:
Our second and third place winners were Chaos_Real and The Kurly One, with "River of Fog" and "Night Chain", respectively:
Stay tuned for an in-depth post about the marking of the winning photo, and don't forget to enter in our October "The Outdoors" photo contest for a chance to win the same great prizes which our August winners will soon receive!
Canon and Nikon showcased new "intro-level" full-frame DSLRs at Photokina this year, both of which are in the low-$2000 price range. The two cameras are design-wise typical members of their respective brands: the Canon 6D with a simplistic design and a smoth and quiet shutter, and the Nikon D600 with a sharper design, buttons sprinkled all over, and a loud and aggressive shutter sound.
A thorough evaluation isn't possible at a trade show like this, so what we can offer is subjective first impressions and some photos of the products.
Canon and Nikon went separate ways in this segment just like they did in the mid-range segment with the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800, respectively. Canon took the more conservative approach with "just" 20 MP in the 6D, whereas the Nikon D600 offers up 24 MP. Only a thorough test can reveal if the Canon will win in noise comparison. It's practically a given that it will lag behind in resolution.
Read on for technical specifications and our first impressions! While both camera seemed like fine additions to their respective lineups, it's clear that certain features were left out merely to justify the lower price points. This yields a gap in the market which we're sure Pentax Ricoh could fill, for example by releasing an affordable full-frame with in-camera stabilization, a 1/8000s shutter, and superior framerates for both stills and videos. As long as this hypothetical Pentax body would retain the excellent handling and user interface of the current bodies, we are sure it be a worthy rival for the other intro-level full-frames.
The time has come for us to vote for the winners of our official September "Forests" photo contest! This contest saw some 82 submissions, meaning that in the voting thread, you may select up to 8 of your favorite photos.
All forum members are invited to vote, and voting will remain open for three weeks. Once the voting thread closes, the top three photos will be the winners!
Pentax has recently published a web page containing several sample photos from the new K-5 II and K-5 IIs. In addition, several comparative photos were showcased in Japan and have now been posted on the forum by members.
From the looks of it, the K-5 IIs does in fact have a tremendous advantage over the K-5 and K-5 II in terms of resolution. We plan on conducting detailed tests of this once the K-5 IIs hits the shelves, which should happen within two weeks. In the US, the K-5 IIs is available for pre-order for $1299, while the regular K-5 II is $100 cheaper. Considering that the original K-5 was launched at an MSRP of $1749, this pricing seems quite reasonable.