World Pentax Day: July 11-13, 2014

Go out and shoot during this weekend, then upload to the event gallery!

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Jun 22, 2014

The next World Pentax Day (WPD) is actually going to be a three-day World Pentax Weekend and it will take place on Friday thru Sunday, July 11-13th, 2014.  This is our fourteenth installment of the WPD and we hope to see as many members as possible partake in the event!

What is World Pentax Day?

The idea behind World Pentax Day is very simple.  Each year, the staff designates two or three days for the World Pentax Day event.  On each of these days, Pentax users have the opportunity to go out and shoot, and then upload their favorite photos to a special collective event gallery.  Thus, together, we paint a snapshot of the world through the "eyes" of Pentax cameras! From time to time, we may add a twist to each event, such as a hosting an additional giveaway or making a photo book.  Best of all, World Pentax Day is open to everyone!  Photos submitted to our gallery must be taken with a Pentax camera and on the day designated as World Pentax Day, however.

We encourage you to get together with your photo friends or local photo club and use this day as an excuse to go out and put your camera to good use, especially if this will be your first WPD.

How to Upload

Starting on July 11th you will be able to upload up to 5 of your favorite photos to the event gallery, which is linked below.

Upload to the World Pentax Day Gallery

The link above will go live on the 11th, and the gallery will remain open through the end of July.  Once again, only photos taken on 7/11/2014, 7/12/2014, or 7/13/2014 may be uploaded to this gallery.

To learn more about the event, please read our World Pentax Day overview page.

Want to see previous submissions?  Click here to view the full World Pentax Day gallery, which contains over 10,000 photos!

Pentax K+ Multi-Mount Giveaway

A user-inspired concept turned into a real product

By Gnarelsek in Giveaways and Events on Mar 1, 2014

Our February giveaway has come to a close, but that doesn't mean we're done!

If you've ever thought about how exciting it would be if your Pentax K mount DSLR could use Nikon F, Olympus OM, Contax Yashica C/Y and Konica AR mount lenses, here is the answer.

Introducing Pentax K+ Mulit-Mount (PK+MM), a new way of adapting lenses from different mounts to K mount without the need for adapters, achieving infinity focus (except Konica AR mount) and yet retaining the use of its native K mount lenses.

Sound familiar? This idea was my DIY project which I submitted in the Pentax K-30 giveaway back in 2012 (you can see the original entry here) which later became the winning entry. During the course of voting, the encouraging feedback/comments made me decide to make my idea commercially available so that anyone who is interested does not need to DIY. And the result? The professionally precision-machined PK+MM which you can see here mounted on my Pentax K-r.

PK+MM on Pentax K-rPK+MM installed on Pentax K-r.

By replacing the original mounting ring on your Pentax K mount DSLR with the PK+MM part, you can start to mount the lenses of Nikon F, Olympus OM and Contax/Yashica and even Konica AR mount directly onto your DSLR. Just imagine the choices of Nikkor, Zuiko, Carl Zeiss, Yashica, Hexanon or other third parties lenses in the Nikon F mount not available in Pentax K.

Below is the product introduction video which will show you exactly how PK+MM works.

What makes PK+MM different from using currently-available methods is that no adapter is required. This preserves the different mounts' ability to focus to infinity as their film flange focus distances are slightly longer than that of the Pentax K mount (except Konica AR mount). Current adapters that allow infinity focus normally have corrective optics that degrade image quality while those that do not have corrective optics only allow focus at close distances. Other alternative methods like changing the mount of the lens means you need to disassemble the lens and then only use 1 modified lens at a time.

While aperture control is totally dependent on the type of lenses mounted and only manual focus is possible, PK+MM will vastly open up your choices of lenses previously only available or adaptable to other mounts.

Interested to get the PK+MM for FREE?  That's where the giveaway part comes in!

Win a Pentax DA 50mm Lens Today!

One-day giveaway now live

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Feb 24, 2014

Surprise!  We're launching a second giveaway alongside our existing February giveaway. 

Today only, the person with the most forum posts and likes will be the winner of a brand-new Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8, one of the most popular Pentax primes.  The giveaway period will be midnight to midnight US central time on Monday, February 24th, but it doesn't matter where you live to be eligible to win.

So, head on to the forum and check out the new posts and today's photos.  Post around a bit, leave a few comments, help some members out, and you might just be our winner!

See this thread for the full giveaway details.  Good luck!

See also this real-time leaderboard for the current frontrunners.

Daily Prize Giveaway in February

Plus three special grand prizes

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Feb 1, 2014

We're very happy to announce the official February, 2014 Giveaway, which features daily prizes in addition to three grand prizes which will be awarded to three lucky participants at the end of the month.  The grand prizes are a Pentax DA 35mm F2.4, DA 40mm F2.8 XS, and DA 50mm F1.8 lenses. This giveaway is all about community: let's make the forum come to life this month!

The way the giveaway works is simple: you get one point for every forum post you make.  You gain an additional point for each member that Likes your posts each day. 

At the end of each day, the member with the highest number of points will be our daily winner.  That member will get to pick out one of our 28 daily prizes.  In addition, the top 12 point holders will each receive a raffle entry for the grand prize drawing.

Daily prizes:

4 16 Gb Sandisk Extreme SDHC Card
3 32 Gb Sandisk Ultra SDHC Card
4 Pentax Remote Control F
4 Pentax Remote Control RC-1
3 Giotto's Large Rocket Blower
4 Unlimited Attachments Forum Upgrade
3 HDMI Cable for Pentax DSLRs
1 $25 Adorama Gift Card
1 Lens Cleaning Kit
1 67mm ProOptic Filter Kit (UV, CPL, ND2)

Grand prize drawing:

At the end of the month, the member the the most raffle entries will automatically win one of the grand prizes.  The remaining two grand prizes will be drawn randomly based on actual entry counts.

You can keep track of the current giveaway standings via a special page that we've prepared.

Giveaway Standings LinkWhere to check the live giveaway standings and daily winners

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to the forum and start posting away, or read on for the fine print.  Don't have an account yet?  Create one!

Pentax K-50 Double Giveaway

A chance to win one of two K-50 bodies!

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Oct 14, 2013

This summer, Pentax announced the K-50, a redesigned outdoor DSLR that delivers lots of advanced features at a great price.  Since then, we've published our in-depth review, and just last week Adorama posted some sweet deals on Pentax K-50 bodies and kits.

Now, it's time for us to put this great camera in your hands!  We're happy to announce that:

We are giving away two Pentax K-50 DSLR kits!

By spreading the word about the K-50 and doing a number of other simple tasks through the widgets below, you can earn up to 50 raffle tickets to win one of the two cameras. In order to give everyone a fair shot at winning, we are hosting two separate giveaways with a wide variety of ways to enter.  Entering will only take a few minutes of your time!

We would like to thank Adorama Camera in New York for sponsoring this giveaway.

Giveaway #1

The first giveaway allows you to enter simply by reading about the K-50, checking it out at Adorama, and sharing information about it, among other tasks.  See the widget below for details:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #2

Our second giveaway mainly designed for users of Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.  Earn chances to win by Liking us and Adorama on Facebook, inviting a friend to enter the giveaway, or sharing information about the K-50 with a friend.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can of course enter both giveaways, so have at it!  Good luck!

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