The theme for our official March, 2012 photo contest has been announced! It will be "The Wind". We are looking forward to seeing how you will interpret something that can't be photographed on its own!
For instructions on how to enter and details on prizes, please visit the contest announcement.
We have also posted the voting thread for the February "Birds" photo contest, which saw over 200 entries. Help us determine the best photo by voting for your favorites!
Pentax has just announced a special edition DSLR camera kit consisting of a Pentax K-5 with a DA 40mm XS lens with the focusing ring in matching silver. The lens was originally designed for the Pentax K-01 by Marc Newson. We find that this lens looks even better on the silver K-5!
The list price for this package is $1599.95 USD and it will be available in April.
The full text of the press release is found here.
Read on for more pictures.
Pentax just announced new firmware for their current and recent models. Here are the links to the downloads:
The only change according to Pentax is improved reliability when writing to SDXC type memory cards. Read on for installation instructions.
The manual focus SLR section in our comprehensive camera database has been updated with detailed descriptions of each camera. Various inaccuracies were corrected. We hope you will enjoy this update and please let us know if you find any errors or omissions!
Feel free to add your own reviews to the database if you use any of these old cameras!
As you may know, we have several places where you can upload and share photos, including:
Just over a year ago, we added an EXIF reading system to all three areas. However, only photos that weren't scaled by our system (i.e. were within our image dimension limits) had their EXIF data displayed.
Now, we are happy to announce that we've upgraded our system and it now retains EXIF for all photos, as long as the metadata was there to begin with. We hope you enjoy this improved feature and that it helps those that seek to troubleshoot problems with their images!
Although Linux users are greatly outnumbered by Windows and Mac users, the popularity of Linux is on the rise, and we have quite a few of its users on our forum.
As far as we are concerned, one big question still remains: is Linux an option if you need a complete suite of photo processing and RAW development programs, or does open source software still have a ways to go? Forum member montizg blogged about this three years ago. Today, he revisits the question through a PentaxForums.com article to see how much things have changed!
Every year since 2010, forum member SlickYamaha has been helping us produce an exclusive PentaxForums.com shirt. The time has come to present our official 2012 shirt, which was designed by forum member sam-joseph, who will be getting one for free!
We've just launched the T-Shirt order form if you would like to get a shirt, and if you have any questions, freel free to ask in the official 2012 T-Shirt forum thread. SlickYamaha will donate $3 of each sale to the forum. The shirts are priced at $22 and are available in white and gray.
Every 5th order will now receive a free shirt!
Remember, orders can be placed for a limited time only, and the order form will close in a few weeks.