Réunion island is a paradise for who like contemplation. This particular evening I was going to this beach with my shooting "Pentaxian" partner Sonia. She talked to me about this site few days ago and we had decided to go there to make some pictures of the Milky way.
There is no sand on this beach, only stones and maybe someone, one day, began to stack these to make "cairns". We don't know if it's the same person who has continued or others, but now, there are many thousands. So, until the stars appeared we took some pictures of the sunset to warm up the hardware and Mystic Sunset is one of these.
Pentax USA has just launched a $100 instant rebate on the K-3 DSLR, lowering its price to $1199 at authorized dealers.
B&H Photo is currently offering a very attractive deal on the K-3: you can get it for $1196.95 with a free Pentax AF540 flash and 32Gb SanDisk SD card, a $451.95 value included at no additional charge. Click here to check out this deal (international shipping is available)!
Edit: as of noon EST, the free flash has been removed from the package. We will update this post if we learn more.
To learn more about the flagship Pentax DSLR, visit our K-3 review.
We're happy to announce our latest photo contest, the winner of which will receive a brand new Pentax K-3 camera body, sponsored by B&H Photo.
The contest will consist of multiple phases, the first of which is simple: simply enter your best photo for a chance to become one of our 64 finalists. During the first phase of the contest, you will also have the opportunity to comment on others' submissions and nominate finalists. A panel of judges will select half the finalists, while the remainder will be chosen by the community.
To enter, head over to the full contest guidelines. Or visit the contest forum to view and comment on the current submissions.
This contest is open to everyone, anywhere, even if you don't have a forum account yet. Photos taken with any camera make or model are allowed. The only rule is that your submission must be taken by you. Good luck!
We're happy to announce the winners of our March, 2014 photo contest, "Starbursts"! In first place was forum member bruno.cirou, who captured the photo "Mystic Sunset" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-3 and a Tamron AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di-II LD (Model A16) lens.
|"Spokes" by mikeSF||"Autumn Deer" by sharepointalex|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our April "Spring Colors" photo contest, which closes at the end of the month.
The Pentax K-3 has been voted as the "Best Expert DSLR" of 2014 by editors of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), an organization consisting of 29 photography magazines from 16 different countries. TIPA states that "a TIPA Awards endorsement is the highest accolade for any photo and imaging product." Each year, TIPA presents 40 awards in a wide variety of categories, from everyday accessories to professional photographic equipment. This year's awards were determined at a convention held on April 5th in Vancouver, and these awards are being announced to the public today.
Three other Pentax DSLRs have been recognized by TIPA in the past:
- 2011: Pentax 645D (Best Professional DSLR)
- 2010: Pentax K-x (Best Entry-Level DSLR)
- 2007: Pentax K10D (Best Expert DSLR)
TIPA's selection of the K-3 comes as no surprise, as this high-performance 24-megapixel camera delivers a host of innovative and class-leading features, such as a 8.3 FPS shutter, hardware moire reduction, and a large LCD screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. From a hardware perspective, the K-3 is Pentax's most technologically-advanced DSLR to date.
Other noteworthy cameras in this year's TIPA awards include the Olympus EM-10, Samsung NX30, Fuji XT-1 and Sony A7r in the Entry-Level, Advanced, Expert, and Professional mirrorless categories, and the Nikon D3300, Canon 70D, and Nikon D4s in the Entry-Level, Advanced, and Professional DSLR categories, respectively. The Nikon 1 AW1 was awarded "Best Rugged Compact Camera", a distinction given to the Pentax WG-2 back in 2012. The complete list of award winners is available on TIPA's web site.
Today, we're happy to unveil a overhauled version of our mobile site with a host of improvements to make it even easier to browse while on the go. Even though we've featured a mobile site since 2011, we feel that it hasn't been robust enough for comfortable mobile browsing until now.
The new mobile site lets you browse not only the forum, but also our homepage news and in-depth reviews. On the forum you'll now be able enjoy larger images and easier access to new content and private messaging.
Our mobile skin currently supports all web-enabled smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Samsung Galaxy, and other Andriod devices. iPads have large screens and will therefore always be shown our full site.
To activate our mobile site, simply visit the homepage (pentaxforums.com) or the forum (pentaxforums.com/forums/) from your mobile web browser. The mobile site should load automatically. However, if you're shown the full version of our site, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Enable Mobile" or "Mobile Skin" links, as shown in screenshot 1 and screenshot 2.
If feel your phone or tablet has a big enough screen to use our full site, you can always switch back using the "full site" link at the bottom of each mobile page, as shown in this screnshot.
Old vs. New
As you can see, the touch-friendliness, design, and readability of the new mobile skin have been drastically improved. The new skin will also stretch both next and images to match the width of your screen, so photos become larger on larger screens.
Next, we will take a closer look at some of the features of the new mobile site.
The "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse was a breathtaking sight which dozens of our members watched and photographed just a few days ago. Now it's time for us to enjoy some of the great moon photos that have been posted on the forum! Below are some of our favorites prior to the total eclipse; click on any thumbnail to enlarge:
Next up, the "Blood Moon" itself.
The theme for this month's official photo contest- our 92nd monthly contest to date- will be "Spring Colors". Show us those beautiful colors that are emerging as winter comes to an end, or if it's not spring in your area, be creative or simply grab a photo from your archives! The only requirement is that your photo be taken with a Pentax or Ricoh camera, and that it's sized appropriately.
In addition, voting for the winners of our March "Starbursts" photo contest is now underway. Help us pick the top three winners, who will be receiving gift cards courtesy of B&H Photo and photo paper courtesy of Red River Paper. The same prizes will be available to our April participants.
We'd like to wish all our contestants good luck!