Multi-Brand Photokina 2016 Recap

Dozens of cameras and lenses, but none with a Pentax badge.

By deadwolfbones in Photokina 2016 on Sep 21, 2016

Photokina is the granddaddy of camera industry trade shows, and unlike CES, CP+, and PhotoPlus, it only comes around every other year. That means manufacturers roll out the red carpet, showcasing major updates and exciting new products on a global stage.

Well, some manufacturers, anyway…

Hands-On with the Pentax DA 55-300mm PLM WR RE

Do all those acronyms add up to a better lens?

By deadwolfbones in Hands-On Tests on Sep 19, 2016

The K-70 and 55-300 PLM in profilePentax K-70 with the 55-300mm PLM set at 55mm

For years, the SMC and HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 have been faithful companions for Pentaxians who want big telephoto reach but don’t want to spend a bundle. The original’s most glaring flaw was a lack of weather sealing, which was fixed with a WR version that debuted alongside the Pentax K-3. The other big issue? Slow autofocus due to an antiquated screw-drive motor. Well, a few months ago, Ricoh Imaging unveiled the fix for that problem, too: the all-new HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE with silent AF.

Ricoh WG-M2 Review Posted

A 4K capable action camera

By deadwolfbones in Review Announcements on Sep 12, 2016

The Ricoh WG-M2 is an intriguing addition to the rugged WG line of outdoor cameras.  As this year's follow-up to Ricoh's first entry into the action cam market, the WG-M2 is a substantial upgrade: it boasts the ability to record 4K video at 30 FPS— something not offered by even the most expensive Pentax DSLR models in the current lineup.

This camera also delivers an extraordinarily wide angle of view as well as waterproofing and a number of optional mounts.  But is this a worthy competitor to market leaders such as GoPro?  Is it a good value?  Read on to find out!

Ricoh WG-M2 Review

Pentax K-70 First Look: Sample Photos

A grueling hike, plus an evening on the Santa Fe Plaza

By deadwolfbones in Hands-On Tests on Aug 11, 2016

The Pentax K-70 has been hotly anticipated by Pentax Forums readers, so we're happy to deliver a set of full-size sample shots. These samples include both bright daylight and dim artificial light examples, to give you a better idea of what the K-70 is capable of across varying shooting conditions. The majority of the outdoors/daytime shots below come from a hike to Wheeler Peak near Taos, New Mexico, and were taken using the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited, the FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited, and the FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited. Meanwhile, the low-light shots around the Santa Fe Plaza were taken using the DA 18-135mm DC WR kit zoom.

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