The Pentax K-3 flagship has made it to DPReview's "Best DSLR of 2013" poll, and it is currently in the lead! The full list of contenders in the poll is as follows:
- Canon SL1
- Canon T5i
- Canon 70D
- Nikon Df
- Nikon D5300
- Nikon D7100
- Pentax K-3
- Pentax K-50
- Pentax K-500
- Sony SLT-A58
So, if you love the K-3 and think it deserves to be honored as the best DSLR of the year, don't forget to vote in the poll here (you will need a DPReview account to proceed). With numerous class-leading specifications and innovative features, the K-3 is the perfect candadiate for the title.
To learn more about the K-3, visit our Pentax K-3 Review.
Pentax has just released its first firmware update (v1.01) for the K-3. It is available for download here.
According to Pentax this is what you get:
- Shorter processing time for HDR Capture
- Improved performance of continuous shooting when using phase-detect autofocus
- Extended display time for enlarged live view
- Improved stability for general performance
In other words, this firmware addresses a number of minor bugs in the camera rather than introducing new features. Check out the Pentax K-3 forum to see who will be the first user to report experience with the update!
Read on for instructions on installing the firmware update.
My friend and I decided to drive to the mountains, in San Bernardino, here in Switzerland to shoot the night sky. It was the first cold night of the ending summer but with my Pontiac Trans Am and some great ‘80s music the night was on fire.
After about 45 minutes of driving we were there, in the front of the small lake and the Milky Way, everything was perfect for a great shoot session, like the warm lake that created a constant moving fog, the short woody dock and the swamp (my poor shoes after discovering that it wasn’t only grass). Between every snaps the moment was perfect to tell horror stories, maybe the best one for the location was “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” and the like.
After an hour of shooting and wet foot we decided to drive back home, but the show wasn’t over: in the middle of the trip something very bright cracked the sky, it took me few seconds to realize that it was a shooting star. What to say…amazing night!
The final picture is made from two photographs, one to capture the Milky Way done with a “short” exposure (20 s) and another one with a long exposure (195 s) to reveal the foreground. The lens that I used to shoot was the kit lens used at f3.5 and quite high ISOs. The post processing took me a little bit of time to blend both pictures together and to reveal the Milky Way.
20 s, F3.5, ISO 6400
195 s, F3.5, ISO 3200
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Greetings from Switzerland,
We are very happy to announce the publication of our in-depth review of the SMC Pentax-DA* 200mm, a fast telephoto prime that's part of Pentax's premium telephoto lens lineup together with the DA* 300mm F4. Although the 200mm is an excellent performer overall, it did not impress us quite as much as the 300mm, its longer cousin.
Our in-depth review section now contains reviews of all six DA* lenses and all but three DA lenses. We plan on publishing the missing reviews (DA 18-55mm, HD DA 55-300mm, HD DA 20-40mm) before the end of the year. We will fully complete our in-depth review section with a review of the FA 43mm lens in early 2014.
We hope that this review as well as those posted earlier will help you make the right lens choices based on your needs!
To counter the recent free grip offer from Pentax, B&H has just launched a tempting weekend special on the Pentax K-3 consisting of the camera body, a free 50mm F1.8 lens, 32Gb memory card, and a sling bag. In addition, B&H is offering free shipping and 4% back in gift card rewards (almost $50). All these extras come at no extra charge, as the camera is still just $1296.
Learn more about the Pentax K-3 flagship in our in-depth review.
Adorama is currently running a special on the Ricoh GR- take $100 off and get this fantastic compact for just $699.
With its APS-C sensor and razor-sharp lens, the GR can match or exceed the image quality of a DSLR, all in a fully-pocketable form factor. Thanks camera is not to be overlooked! To learn more about the GR, check out our in-depth review.
The Limited Edition Ricoh GR, which features a special finish as well as a lineup of unique custom-tailored accessories, has just arrived in the US and is ready to ship! The Limited Edition is availble for $899, a $100 premium over the standard version.
Special Accessories: Hood, leather case, and leather strap
The Ricoh GR is arguably of the most-praised compact cameras ever produced by Pentax/Ricoh. To learn more about this truly-pocketable APS-C compact, check our our in-depth Ricoh GR review. With its 16-megapixel filterless sensor, 18mm F2.8 lens, and small size, we find the GR to be a fantastic camera for street photography!
For October 2013 the contest theme was Astrophotography, perhaps a bit more narrow than often, but nevertheless 81 users submitted their entries.
We're happy to announce the winner of this contest, TimStark from Switzerland with this photo titled "Mystic Lake":
|TimStark: Mystic Lake|
Our runners-up were forum member Dr-who from Canada on second place with "Orion" (K-5IIs with an Orion 8 telescope) and mikeSF from USA in third place with "Under the Milky Way" (K-5 with FA 31mm Limited).
|Dr_who: Orion||mikeSF: Under the Milky Way|
To really appreciate these three amazing images click on any thumbnail to browse larger versions.
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our December photo contest: "Rule of Thirds".