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 PentaxForums.com 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 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!
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.
See this thread for the full giveaway details. Good luck!
See also this real-time leaderboard for the current frontrunners.
We're very happy to announce the official PentaxForums.com 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.
|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.
Where to check the live giveaway standings and daily winners
Ricoh Imaging (Pentax) exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas over the course of the past three days. The show wrapped up yesterday, so let's take a look at what was shown at the Pentax booth and what new announcements were made. We'd like to note that since Pentax Ricoh Imaging was re-branded to just Ricoh Imaging late last year, the Pentax logo has since been removed from its corporate identity (and booth branding), but the same great Pentax products were of course still on display. Note that in our homepage postings, we will continue to refer to Ricoh Imaging as "Pentax".
The sizable Pentax booth was the fifth-largest at the show, behind Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus and the same size as the Fuji and Panasonic booths.
The official PentaxForums.com T-shirts for 2013 are finally here! Use the order form below to get your orders in, or read on for more details about the shirts! All orders will be processed by forum member SlickYamaha, and if you wish to order more than 2 shirts, please contact him via PM for bulk pricing.
If you order two or more shirts, you will get free Marketplace access on our forum. $5 of each shirt sale will be donated to the forum.
All shirts are made of high-quality material by Gildan. This year, you have three fantastic designs to choose from, all designed by our forum members:
2013 T-Shirt Order Form
Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting additional shirt orders. Stay tuned for our 2014 shirt next year!
The time has come for us to select the design to use for the 2013 PentaxForums.com T-shirt!
We launched a design contest a couple of weeks ago, and we now have 99 user-submitted designs which could potentially be used for the shirt. Please help us out by voting for your favorite designs!
The poll will close on or just before April 1st, and at that point, the staff will name one of the top 10 shirts the winner! The shirts will go on sale shortly thereafter, and the author of the design will receive a Pentax 70mm lens. Good luck to all who entered the contest!
Forum member Heie has just posted a giveaway photo contest where you could win his storied copy of the SMC DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lens! Essentially, this is a contest where photo or video submissions must accompany a written portion.
Unable to just sell it off, Heie decided to give it away in this format because of all the history they shared together. In his words, his DA* 16-50 "has come running with me. It has been rock climbing with me. It has shivered under countless showers. It has been entirely submerged under the talcum-like contents of an Afghan sandbag. It has deployed to Afghanistan for an entire twelve months. It has taken part in combat operations in Afghanistan. It has seen and captured the tears of Afghan schoolboys being handed humanitarian aid in the form of backpacks, school supplies, and Beanie Babies. It has honed its aperture to the emotional crumbling of warriors during a memorial for their fallen brethren. It has shot true despite tears making the viewfinder blind to what lay through the other side. It has witnessed the withering light that is the hope of some of Afghanistan's own weathered and tired veterans of wars lasting lifetimes. It has survived the Kepler and Rakiura Tracks of New Zealand, as well as her fiords' waterfalls from being forced to go directly under them."
We expect to see some great submissions for such a prize, and we hope to see yours too!
Click here to the contest page for more details or to submit your entry!
After a week of voting and a couple of months of homepage postings, we're happy to announce the winners our 2-million post Pentax K-30 giveaway. We'd like to congratulate forum members gnarelsek (1st place), Itzik (2nd place), athlantar (3rd place), and socrier, krp, ewig, sugantabanjeri, and northcoastgreg (4th place). Below are their articles, for your enjoyment (click on any thumbnail to read on):