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Pentax Forums News: Page 92

Hand Strap for K-30

Images now available · 05-29-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

Pentax Japan announced the Pentax K-30 today in Japan and included this image of the optional hand strap O-ST128. It is available in three colors.

It looks quite nice. We wouldn't mind seeing a strap in this design for the K-5/K-7 as well!


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Win a Pentax DA 21mm Limited!

Member-sponsored giveaway photo contest · 05-28-2012 · By PF Staff in Photo Contests

Forum member Duplo has just posted a small giveaway photo contest in which you can win his copy of the Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2 Limited lens!  Essentially, this is a landscape photo contest in which your photo should "convey the raw power of mother nature and her fragility".

There's a special story behind this 21mm- it's taken some award-winning photos, been through temperatures as low as -40 degrees C, and traveled around the arctic.  We hope that trough this contest, the lens will find a great new home by another Pentaxian!

Click here to enter your photo or learn more!

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April Photo Contest Winners

"Patterns" Photos · 05-26-2012 · By PF Staff in Photo Contests

We are very proud to announce the winners of our official April photo contest, for which the theme was "Patterns".  There were 3 clear winners from among over 100 submissions.

Our first-place winner was forum member Macario with this photo, entitled "Gateway":

Gateway(Click to enlarge)

This photo is now being featured in our Premier Gallery - feel free to comment on it there on in our winners' showcase on the forum.

Don't forget that through the end of May, you can enter in our current photo contest ("Night Scene") for a chance to win $150 in gift cards!

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Tamron Lens Rebates for Pentax

Save up to $50 on 5 different lenses · 05-25-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax Deals

Tamron has just reintroduced 5 instant rebates for their most popular lenses for Pentax- while they're all mail-ins and fairly low ($25-50), any type of savings is still welcome news given the high Pentax lens prices.  Below we summarize the current rebates.

Summer Tamron Mail-In Rebates - thru 6/30

Tamron 17-50mm

Tamron 17-50mm F2.8

This lens is one-third of the price of the Pentax DA* 16-50mm, and optically better as we've found in our in-depth review.

Read our Tamron 17-50mm comparative review

Price: $474

$25 Rebate

Tamron 28-75mm

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8

This zoom lens was designed for full-frame cameras, but still works wonders on APS-C.  See also the Pentax FA* 28-70mm in our lens database.

Price: $474

$25 Rebate

Tamron 10-24mm

Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5

The Tamron 10-24mm competes with the PEntax DA 12-24mm, and is $250 cheaper after the mail-in rebate.  It's very close to the Pentax in terms of image quality.

Read our Tamron 10-24mm comparative review

Price: $449

$50 Rebate

Tamron 18-200mm

Tamron  18-200mm F3.5-6.3

This all-around zoom is an affordable alternative to the Sigma 18-200mm or Pentax 18-135mm WR.

Price: $249

$50 Rebate

Tamron 90mm Macro

Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro

The Tamron 90mm macro is arguably one of the best macros available for Pentax right now.  It is almost half the price of the Pentax D-FA 100mm WR, which we've compared this lens to in a recent review.

Read our Tamron 90mm vs Pentax 100mm comparative review

Price: $449

$50 Rebate

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Pentax K-30 Comparison Page

Side-by-side comparison with other Pentax DSLRs · 05-23-2012 · By PF Staff in PentaxForums News

The new Pentax K-30 DSLR has just been added to our camera comparison page. If you wonder how this new camera matches up against the K-5, K-r, K-01, or even older bodies, you need not look any further!  For even more details on the camera, be sure to read our K-30 preview and our other in-depth DSLR reviews.

The comparison page, linked below, is also accessible via the "Databases" tab in the navbar.

You can find our K-30 comparison page here

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Pentax K-30 Officially Announced

Photos, details, and all the specs (overhauled AF!) · 05-21-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

Now that the embargo on the new Pentax K-30 has been lifted, we are happy to be among the first sites to post a complete overview of this revolutionary new $849 DSLR.

The Pentax K-30 is targeted at the mid-range DSLR market.  As such, it's the first successor to the K200D, which ended up being one of the most popular Pentax DSLRs due to its good balance of features and value.  The K-30 can be seen as a K200D on steroids: it is weather-sealed, and while it has no top LCD, additional external controls (including a second control wheel) have been added to make it even easier to use, and it now supports AA's as well as a rechargeable D-LI109 battery.  Other new features since the K200D include an AF assist light, new shooting modes, a larger LCD, and a faster processor. overhauled

Pentax K-30 Autofocus System: SAFOX IXi+
Figure: the overhauled AF system in the K-30

That's enough about the K200D, however.  What's important is that Pentax is reviving the mid-range line with an extremely powerful camera.  The K-30 features a vastly overhauled autofocus system.  Known as SAFOX IXi+, this 11-point AF system incorporates a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration, factors in the light source at the time of shooting, and uses an overhauled algorithm to focus faster and more precisely than even the K-5.  Pentax is also including a new select-area expansion function for enhanced tracking of moving subjects, and promises improvements in "all areas", including focusing accuracy and speed.   Now, let us take a closer look at the specifications of the K-30.

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Pentax Optio LS465, a New Point and Shoot

The LS465 is a stylish compact camera · 05-21-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

Pentax has a new point and shoot in the works, named the Optio LS465. It will be very compact, have a 16 MP sensor, and will be aimed at the entry level point-and-shoot market, or rather the fashion market! It will have a 5x zoom, 20-140mm eqv., just like the recently-introduced WG-2. Where the WG-2 is designed to withstand heavy use/abuse, the LS465 will be a stylish, very compact camera with a customizable front panel.  This customizeability isn't new for Pentax, and suggests to us that this camera is a direct replacement for last year's Optio RS1500.

The camera will be capable of recording movies in standard HD (1280x720) and has face detection with smile capture and several other scene modes. It is not quite as feature-rich as the WG-2, but we expect it to be much cheaper.

The battery can be charged in the camera which some will find more convenient than having to remove the battery and use a separate charger.

As soon as we have the full technical specifications they will be posted here in our camera database.

At this point we know the following:

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Full Specs for the DA 50mm F1.8

The complete specifications are now available · 05-21-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

We're now able to present the complete specifications for the new budget 50mm lens as published by Pentax.  The lens will become available in late June/early July at a price of $249.95.

Consult the SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 page of our lens database for the specs!

The lens database also accommodates user reviews, so if you decide to get this lens please review it to the benefit of others! It will be highly appreciated.


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