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June Photo Contest: Shadows

New theme, more prizes! · 06-02-2012 · By PF Staff in Photo Contests

The theme for our official photo contest for June will be Shadows.  This theme was quite a hit back in November, so we're bringing it back this month!  We are also happy to be offering the same prizes as last month for the top three entries:

  • 1st place: $100 B&H gift card + featuring in Premier Gallery
  • 2nd place: $50 B&H gift card
  • 3rd place: premium photo paper from Red River Paper

Our monthly photo contests are open to everyone.  In order to enter, all you need to do is post a thread in the contest submission forum and either attach your photo using the attachment system, or embed an off-site image.  Once your submission thread shows a thread thumbnail, you'll know that your submission went through successfully!  You can only enter one photo, and it must be taken with a Pentax camera.  In addition, your photo must be smaller than 1Mb and 1024x1024 pixels, but larger than or equal to 300x300 pixels.  Good luck to everyone who enters!

Click here to enter in the June "Shadows" Photo Contest!

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New Sigma Lens Rebates through July!

Some of the best Pentax lens deals out there (up to $100 off) · 06-01-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax-Related News

Sigma has just launched 6 new instant rebates on their Pentax lenses, and renewed 3 more instant rebates through July 31st!  This means that you can save $50-$100 on 9 of Sigma's most popular lenses for Pentax this summer!  Refer to the table below for all the deals.  To learn more about Sigma lenses for Pentax, please visit our Pentax lens database.

New Sigma Pentax Lens Instant Rebates- Through July 31, 2012


Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 HSM

This is the ultra-wide zoom for Pentax to feature silent autofocusing using Sigmas HSM technology.  It is also the fastest ultra-wide zoom, with a constant aperture of F3.5.

Read our Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM in-depth review!

Price: $599

Save $50


Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 HSM

This lens features a massive zoom range in order to capture subjects both near and far, and is quite affordable while you're at it!  This is one of our members' favorites.  See also the Sigma 50-500mm "Bigma".

Price: $969

Save $100 on this lens


Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 HSM

This prosumer walkaround lens is both cheaper and faster than the Pentax-DA 17-70mm F4 SDM.  In-depth comparative review coming soon!

Price: $419

Save $50 on this lens


Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 OS

This lens competes with the Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 and is another one of our member's favorites.  It gets very high user reviews!

Price: $309

Save $50


Sigma 50mm F1.4 HSM

This is Sigma's normal lens for Pentax, featuring silent AF and a fast F1.4 aperture.

Price: $499

Save $50 on this lens


Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 HSM

This lens is half a stop faster than the Sigma 50-500mm, and is also about $100 cheaper.  While not as versatile as the "Bigma", it still makes a great telephoto!

Price: $899

Save $100 on this lens

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Pentax Optio LS465 - Not in North America

Camera to be available in Europe and Japan · 05-31-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

We've gotten word from multiple US Pentax retailers stating that the recently-announced ultra-slim Pentax Optio LS465 point-and-shoot camera will not be released in North America.  However, the camera will be available in Europe and Japan for the equivalent of approximately 149 dollars.

The release date for this camera will be June 18th.  It is already listed on Amazon UK for 99 pounds.

While the Pentax Optio LS465 may seem like another boring point-and-shoot, it would seem that its small size is what sets it apart!  It weighs just over 100 grams, and measures 10.2 x 4.6 x 1.8cm.

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1 Year of Free Marketplace Access

Exclusive opportunity ending soon! · 05-30-2012 · By PF Staff in PentaxForums News

Do you want to get a free premium account on, which allows you to sell your old Pentax and photo gear at no charge, and gives you a lot more photo space on our forum and in our galleries? If you plan on buying a new Pentax camera, you may be eligible for a free account upgrade afterwards on our forum!

Through tomorrow (May 31st), if you buy a Pentax Q, K-01, or K-5 from one of our authorized US Pentax retail partners (B&H, Adorama, or Abe's of Maine), you will get a free 1-year account upgrade.  Thereafter, the upgrade will be for 1 month of marketplace access.  In addition, if you pre-order the new K-30 at any time before it's released, you'll also get a 1-year account upgrade!

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Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 vs F4.0-5.6 Comparative Review

A new 5-way wide-angle zoom review! · 05-29-2012 · By PF Staff in Reviews

We've just posted a new comparative review of two ultra-wide zooms for Pentax: the Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM, and the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC J.  In the review we take an in-depth look at the optical performance, the autofocus, the handling, and the value of each lens.

More importantly, however, this review is actually an extension of the three-way ultra-wide comparative review we posted last month, in which we compared the Sigma 12-24mm, Pentax 12-24mm, and Tamron 10-24mm lenses.  Thus, this new review is a 5-way comparison of ultra-wide zoom lens options for Pentax (and other camera brands as well). We hope you enjoy the read and find it useful!

Read the new ultra-wide zoom comparative review

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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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