By PF Staff in Site Information on Apr 24, 2012
We feature a comprehensive SLR lens, camera, and accessory user review system here at PentaxForums.com, as well as technical information about K-mount, M42 screwmount, and medium format (645 & 6x7) lenses and teleconverters. Please follow the links below to continue!
- Genuine Pentax Lens Review Database
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Below is information concerning the different Pentax lens series listed in our database:
Please note that you must be a registered user in order to post reviews.
By PF Staff in Site Information on Apr 24, 2012
Every month, hundreds hours of work are contributed to the technical maintenance and administration of PentaxForums.com on top of our high server and software costs. Since there is no advertising done on the forum itself, we must turn to user contributions to keep ourselves online. Our monthly donation goal is currently $900.
Two major ways in which you can contribute to the upkeep and growth of PentaxForums.com:
- Making a direct donation via PayPal, credit card, or check
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Buy, sell, and trade camera gear
By PF Staff in Site Information on Apr 23, 2012
Highly unique to our site is the Pentax Photographic Marketplace & Classifieds Section, which allows all forum members to list their old or unwanted photography gear for sale. This not only allows users to easily find buyers for their items, but it also gives those buyers a very large selection of items that may not be available elsewhere - especially rare or used equipment! Although the transactions themselves are not processed through our site, by using the Marketplace, forum members reach thousands of potential buyers quickly and easily. In addition, the Marketplace has a built-in feedback system that can build users' reputations on the site, and best of all, there are no fees for listing items! We feel that a resource such as this one is integral to any large community of users.
Our Marketplace has two sections- the "For-Sale" section and the "Wanted Items" section. Features include an item listing form, which makes selling and describing items easy, automatic thread prefixes, and automated thread-closure controls once an item is sold.
Since members are not shown ads, there are some restrictions on who can use the For-Sale section, although all forum users are welcome to use the Wanted Items section. Users must meet one of the following criteria in order to be able to sell items in the For-Sale section:
- Site Supporter Status (obtained after making a donation to the site)
- Pentaxian Status (obtained after being a member of the site for 2 years and having at least 200 posts)
- Pentaxian Status (obtained after making 1,000 posts)
Users who meet one of the above conditions have unlimited access to the Marketplace for personal use.
We also allow users to sell items commercially, or in bulk, although in order to do this, a monthly $10 fee is charged. We do NOT charge any fees on a per-item basis, and there is no limit to the number of items sold by any individual user, within reason.
Below are useful links pertinent to the Marketplace:
We hope you enjoy the Marketplace! Thousands of forum users have happily and safely used it since 2006!
By PF Staff in Site Information on Feb 18, 2012
Welcome to the home of World Pentax Day at PentaxForums.com! Here you can learn all about the event and join in on the excitement. Read on for more about World Pentax Day, or click here to go straight to the gallery!
For the latest World Pentax Day announcements, also be sure to check our Pentax Events news page.
What is World Pentax Day?
The idea behind World Pentax Day is very simple. Each year, the PentaxForums.com 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.
Starting in 2016, each World Pentax Day will be accompanied by an interactive map view.
World Pentax Day was formerly known as "Pentaxium".
World Pentax Day Book
A book featuring our members' favorite photos from the February, 2012 WPD was published in June, 2012. Learn more or order a copy now!
How Can I Participate?
The steps are quite simple:
- Go out and take some pictures with your Pentax on the designated date
- Create a free PentaxForums forum account if you don't already have one
- Navigate to the World Pentax Day gallery and select the category corresponding to the current event
- Click on the "upload" link and upload your photos
- Share your photos on the forum, Facebook, or elsewhere!
We also encourage group shoots, so if you know other Pentaxians in your area, why not arrange a meet-up? Furthermore, if you'd like to request an e-mail reminder prior to the event, you may do so by browsing to the date of the event on our calendar and clicking on the appropriate link on the event info page.
Past Event Dates
Below you will find links to the past World Pentax Day event galleries.
- May 6-8 2016
- July 11-13, 2014
- February 23-24, 2013
- June 23, 2012
- June 18, 2011
- February 27, 2011
- August 15, 2010
- April 17, 2010
- October 10, 2009
- April 4, 2009
- October 11, 2008
- April 5, 2008
- March 25, 2007
- September 24, 2006
World Pentax Day Rules
These rules apply to all events.
- All photos submitted must be taken on the exact date of the current World Pentax Day. Times in your local timezone apply
- EXIF data should be left intact for digital photos
- EXIF data need not be available for film photos (but do indicate what camera you used using the appropriate field)
- Make sure all photos uploaded are smaller than 1.5Mb in file size
- There are no restrictions on resolution as long as you fit within the file size limit
- All photos must be taken with Pentax cameras (no lens restrictions apply)
- Please include the location as well as a brief description of each photo
- You may upload photos up to 14 days after each World Pentax Day. After that, you will no longer to be able to upload more or make edits to your photos
- A limited number of photos per user can be uploaded. Depending on the event, the limit may be 3-7 photos
We hope to see you at the next World Pentax Day! Discuss World Pentax Day on the forum.
By PF Staff in Site Information on Aug 6, 2011
Founded in early September, 2006, PentaxForums.com is a Pentax discussion community dedicated to providing a friendly, useful, and feature-packed forum for its members. Our mission is to become the ultimate Pentax resource and forum on the Internet, and educate our users about photography as well as current and past Pentax equipment. In addition to offering a feature-packed forum, PentaxForums.com also offers free photo space for all its members in the User Photo Gallery, as well as other valuable resources, such as the Lens Review Database and Pentax Camera Database that delve deeper into the world of Pentax equipment.
Our philosophy is to place our users above all else. In using PentaxForums.com, you will notice that the finest attention has been given to site usability, performance, and content. We regularly introduce new features and site sections, many of which are made possible by the generous donations of our users. PentaxForums.com is powered by custom-written software and vBulletin, one of the most powerful forum systems on the web.
We hope you enjoy your stay on PentaxForums.com, the friendliest photography forum on the web!
PentaxForums.com is managed by editor-in-chief and administrator Adam Oest, who is also in charge of the publishing and editing of all homepage news stories and in-depth pentax equipment reviews. Ole Oest is a full-time staff editor in charge of monthly photo competitions and event coverage. They are both passionate Pentax users and experienced photographers.
Numerous other forum members and staff writers also make regular contributions to our homepage. Our forum is overseen by a team of moderators.
PentaxForums.com is regarded as the largest Pentax-dedicated web site in the world. Our forum sees well over 1,000 new posts every day, and the site gets an average of 5 million monthly page views, as of March, 2014.
In November, 2011, PentaxForums.com won the www.vbulletin.org "Board of the Month" title for its new, user-friendly forum design and features.
More About Our Content
Recently, we started an in-depth review section, where you may read full-length reviews of Pentax equipment written by our staff. We also introduced a Pentax News section in which we post the latest in Pentax news, rumors, and Pentax-related happenings.
Among several other things, highly unique to our site is the Photographer's Marketplace, which allows all forum members to list their old or unwanted photo gear for sale. This not only allows users to easily find buyers for their items, but it also gives those buyers a very large selection of items that may not be available elsewhere - especially rare or used equipment! Although the transactions themselves are not processed through our site, by using the Marketplace, forum members reach thousands of potential buyers quickly and easily. In addition, the Marketplace has a built-in feedback system that can build users' reputations on the site, and best of all, there are no listing fees! We feel that a resource such as this one is integral to any large community of users.
Our website makes it very easy for users to upload, post, and share photos as well. The "Post your Photos" section is dedicated to sharing photos in threads, and forum members can easily link to and embed photos in their threads or upload them directly using the attachment system or photo gallery. For more serious photographers, we feature a critique forum.
Finally, every month, PentaxForums.com holds a public photo contest with a unique theme. At the end of each month, a poll to decide the winner is posted, and after two weeks, the winner is announced and showcased on the site homepage. Prizes are offered! Unofficial weekly competitions are also held in our mini-challenges forum.
If you are a current or prospective Pentax user, we welcome you to register for free on the forum and start exploring everything it has to offer! You can also stay on top of Pentax news and updates via our Facebook Page or news and review RSS feeds.