Top Pentax Resources 2015

The community's favorite Pentax tutorials and reviews

By PF Staff in Articles and Tips on Aug 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, we asked forum members to list their favorite in-depth Pentax Forums content, including reviews, photographic articles, and tutorials.  Today, we've compiled a list of the top picks as recommended by your fellow Pentaxians!  We hope that this list lets you to discover some exciting content that you may have missed in the past weeks.

Articles and Guides

Tutorials and guides form a key part of our editorial content.  Below is a selection of our members' favorite resources.

1. Astrophotography Series: Planning | Gear Selection

This six-part series (a work in progress) aims to cover all of the basics of astrophotography, from choosing the right site, gearing up, and perfecting your technique.  The first two installments cover planning the shoot and and getting the right equipment.  Four additional posts are planned over the course of the coming months.

2. Comprehensive Pentax Flash Guide

A comprehensive downloadable guide that covers the Pentax P-TTL flash system in great detail.  Both camera and flash settings are discussed.

3. Catch in Focus Tutorial

A must read if you frequently use manual lenses and are tired of getting blurry images.  This article presents a technique which lets you delay image capture until the camera confirms focus.

4. The Fundamentals of Exposure

If you're afraid to venture outside of P mode or simply want to deepen your understanding of shutter speed and aperture, you will find this article very helpful.

5. How to Use Manual Lenses on DSLRs | Video Version

All Pentax DSLRs allow the use of legacy K-mount lenses without the use of an adapter.  Read our in-depth tutorial or watch the video to learn what settings you need to change to properly meter with manual lenses.

6. History and Evolution of the Pentax K Mount

The Pentax K-mount has evolved greatly since its debut in the 1970's.  This article follows the evolution of Pentax lens technology and features.

7. Shooting Long Exposure Hand-Helds

This detailed article by forum member Heie has received widespread praise for its unique perspective on improving hand-holding technique.

8. Fixing Front/Back Focus

All current Pentax DSLRs support in-camera AF fine tuning. This technical guide describes front and back focus and shows you how to test for it and compensate accordingly.

9. How to Expose Landscapes with Mixed Lighting

Getting the perfect landscape photo is harder than it might seem, especially when there is plenty of light variation in the scene.  This article presents advice on how to expose in challenging lighting.

You can browse our full collection of tutorials and resources on the homepage.


No Pentax site would be complete without in-depth staff reviews of the latest gear.  Below are just a handful of our many reviews.

1. Pentax K-3 In-Depth Review

The Pentax K-3 flagship is an incredibly powerful DSLRs that is now priced very competitively alongside competing models and newer Pentax bodies.  Read our in-depth review to see why this camera (or the nearly identical K-3 II) deserves to have a spot in your bag.

2. DA 16-85mm In-Depth Review

Launched in early 2015, the DA 16-85mm lens is a "prosumer" walkaround lens with premium image quality, weather sealing, and plenty of versatility.

3. DA 18-135mm In-Depth Review

We highly recommend the Pentax 18-135mm over any 18-55mm kit lens.  With silent autofocus, weather sealing, a flexible zoom range, and a beginner-friendly price tag, you really can't go wrong with this lens.

4. Pentax K-50 In-Depth Review

The Pentax K-50 is a highly-capable weather-sealed DSLR.  Despite being packed with advanced features, it's surprisingly user-friendly and it is now selling and record low prices.

5. Pentax K-5 II/IIs In-Depth Review

The Pentax K-5 IIs marked the debut of filterless sensors in Pentax DSLRs.  Many users still enjoy the 16 megapixel sensor and reliable performance of Pentax's previous flagship.

Browse more in-depth reviews on our homepage, and don't miss our lens databases and user reviews!  If there's a resource you really enjoyed that's not listed in this post, give it a shout out in the comments below.

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