Congratulations go to forum member Max-E for winning our December, 2011 "Silver and Gold" photo contest with his beautiful coastal airplane photo! Click on the photo above to comment.
The runners-up have also been posted in our Winners' Showcase forum.
The theme for our current contest, which closes at the end of January, is "Rivers and Lakes." Click here to enter. Good luck!
Pentax is slated to announce a new k-mount mirrorless body at the CP+ camera & photo show in Japan, according to the latest rumors leaked by a Japanese camera blog and other sources. CP+ runs from February 9th, 2012 through February 12th; it starts in just three weeks!
The K-01 will be a mirrorless camera that uses the current K-mount lenses compatible with the Pentax DSLR lineup. Judging be previous rumor trends, we believe this name is tentative.
- "921,000 dot" 3-inch, VGA LCD screen from the K-5
- K-5 image processing and sensor (16.3 Mp)
- 1080p HD video at 30fps
- 1/4000s-30s shutter speed range
- Contrast-detect autofocus (81 metering points)
- Built-in flash
- 12.1cm wide x 7.9cm high x 5.9 cm deep (compare to Pentax Q at 9.8cm x 5.8cm x 3.1 cm)
- 560g loaded with battery (compare to 200 for the Q)
- New DA 40mm kit lens
- Available in 3 lens kits
- 3 different colors
- Electronic viewfinder
The most exciting thing about this camera will without a doubt be the fact that it uses K-mount lenses, making it compatible with thousands of current and legacy lenses both by Pentax and other manufactures.
Today, the makers of PentaxForums.com are proud to unveil a new site: Camera-Enthusiast.com!
Camera Enthusiast is a photography discussion site and camera forum for users who think their camera is more than just a tool for taking pictures. While the primary focus of the site will be on phtography itself (i.e. technique, critique, photo sharing), you will also be able to discuss all camera brands on the forum!
The Camera Enthusiast homepage will also feature a photographic blog with technical articles and news and highlights from the entire photo industry! Finally, just like on PentaxForums.com, the new site will have an in-depth review section! In fact, we've already posted the first review of a studio backdrop support system solution!
Finally, in order to celebrate the launch of the site, we are doing a landscape photo contest in which you can win a Fuji X10 camera or one of two $100 gift cards!
What are you waiting for? Create an account on Camera Enthusiast now and discover the innovative features that await you in its forum!
Today, Pentax has officially extended the $300 instant rebate on the K-5 through March 31st, 2012. With a list price of $1499.95, this means that the camera can be acquired for no more than $1199.95 throughout the US.
While this is great news in itself, it also suggests that the K-5 will remain Pentax's top APS-C model for at least two more months. When will something new arrive?
Another Pentax executive interview surfaces: ePhotoZine has recently spoken with Johnathan Martin, the General Manager of Pentax in the UK. You can read the entire conversation here.
As before with John Carlson, no concrete product news was mentioned in the interview, and all questions asking about future roadmaps were dodged. However, when asked about Pentax's future plans are, Martin says:
"2012 is going to be a very exciting year, and [news about a new mirrorless camera] is already out there, although we can't go into details. Also we will be looking to grow strongly in the Digital SLR market."
He then continues to allude to other manufacturers' lineups of 4 DSLRs (from entry-level to professional) but quickly proceeds to state that Pentax's product timeline is "unknown".
A year can't be exciting if all we see is stagnation, so we must assume that something big is on its away soon.
We've just posted our first lighting solution review: in it, we take a look at the Impact One-Floodlight Umbrella Kit and compare it to the Lowel Tota-Light One-Light Kit. Considering its generous pricetag of under $75, we found the Impact solution to do impressively well!
Today at the CES, Imaging Resource interviewed John Carlson, who is the Senior Manager or Sales and Marketing at Pentax USA (officially known as Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation). You can read the entire interview as originally posed here.
In the interview, questions about current Pentax products, the photo industry in general, the influence of Ricoh's acquisition of Pentax, and potential future products were raised.
As usual, almost no concrete facts were revealed via the interview, as employees aren't at libery to share the company's roadmaps and future marketing strategies. However, we were able to extract at least a few interesting facts and ideas from the conversation:
- The Pentax 645 25mm F4 lens is expected to finally become available in March
- The K-r is now out of production, as we announced on our homepage last month
- The Pentax product line will continue under the Pentax name; Pentax is going to place its investments in the APS-C and 645D lineup despite having acknowleged the public desire for a full-frame camera. However, John also says that full-frame isn't something that's "going away".