Our forum navigation system includes many links that make it easy to find new and interesting content, but until now, we had no dedicated page showing you all the latest photos being posted and discussed on the forum.
Today, we're happy to announce that this changes, with the addition of the "Today's Photos" and "Recent Updates" links under the new "Photo Threads" heading in the dropdown menu in the upper-right of each of our forum pages. These links are available to guests and registered users alike.
The "Today's Photos" link will take you to a page showing all photo threads posted within the last 24 hours in our photo sharing and critique forums. They will be sorted by the original upload date, with newer photos coming first.
The "Recent Updates" link displays a bit more. After clicking on the link, you'll be taken to a page with photo threads that have recently been updated (i.e. those that received new comments). The results on this page will be sorted by the time of the latest comment, with newer comments coming first. This link also includes threads from our Lens Sample Photo Archive, Lens Clubs, Weekly Photo Challenge and Mini-Challenge forums.
A key feature of these two pages is that they include thumbnails, making photos easier to browse.
Before we get too far into 2014, we wanted to take a look at the highlights of last year in the Pentax world and on Pentax Forums. There is no question that 2013 was a very exciting year for Pentax users, as lots of exciting cameras and lenses were announced. The new Ricoh Imaging leadership seems to have brought many positive changes and we can't wait to see what the new year might have in store for us. But in the mean time, here are the highlights of 2013!
Noteworthy Products from 2013
A total of 11 lenses (2 Q-mount and 9 K-mount) and 11 cameras (7 compacts and 4 ILC's) were launched by Ricoh Imaging in 2013. 7 of the 9 new K-mount lenses featured the new Pentax HD coating, even though all but one of these lenses were simply new versions of existing lenses like the SMC Limited primes. For a full list of new products, visit our camera and lens databases.
The Pentax K-3 was the much-awaited successor to the K-5 family of cameras, which dates all the way back to 2010. Since its launch in October, the K-3 has received positive reviews all accross the net, and it has been praised as one of the best APS-C cameras of 2013. To learn more, check out our Pentax K-3 review.
Pentax K-50 & K-500
The K-500 represents the return of Pentax to the entry-level DSLR market. This camera is nearly identical to the Pentax K-50, which was also released this year as a successor to the weather-sealed K-30. The K-50 and K-500 have a more traditional external appearance than the K-30, even though all three cameras share the same control layout. Learn more about the K-50 and K-500 in our in-depth reviews.
Pentax took us by surprise when it announced the Q7 back in June. This extremely compact camera was fitted with a 1/1.7" sensor, a noteworthy upgrade over the 1/2.3" sensor found in the earlier Q10 and Q bodies. Check our our in-depth review to see why we liked this camera so much more than its predecessors.
Last but not least, we have the Ricoh GR, a truly-pocketable "pro" compact camera fitted with the same filterless APS-C sensor as the K-5 IIs. Like the K-3, the GR sparked a lot of buzz when it was released, and it continues to impress enthusiasts photographers who use it. The performance that this small and light camera delivers was never before seen in a compact camera, and we're sure you'll agree after reading our review.
Today we'd like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas! It has been an exciting year here at Pentax Forums, as many improvements to our site and additions to our content have taken place over the course of 2013. We're eagerly looking forward to 2014 to see what great announcements Pentax might have in store for us, and we'll be sure to keep the news and reviews flowing!
If you'd like to share what Santa brought you this year, don't miss this thread on the forum: What did you get for Christmas?
Many Pentaxians will be aware that Bruce (Bramela) Stephenson from Newcastle, Australia, has been an active Pentax Forums contributor since 2007- shortly after the site was launched- participating in numerous competitions, games, challenges, and discussion threads. He has also served as a Forum Moderator over the course of the past several years, and he has been a huge help to the Forum in that role.
Today, we are sad to inform the community that Bruce has fallen very ill. He was rushed to hospital earlier this week with inoperable stomach cancer and doesn't have much time left.
He is in remarkably good spirits though and together with his wife Pam, he is drawing great strength from his faith and family. In typical form, he has asked that no fuss be made. More than that, he has specifically requested that his best wishes and thanks be passed on to his Forum friends all over the world. Photography is his passion and the Forum enhanced it mightily for him.
In keeping with his request, private messages to him via the Forum would seem a nice way to wish him well; his wife has already drawn comfort from a couple of early PMs and she can choose when it is best to pass on more to him.
Also in keeping with his request that no fuss be made, arrangements are already in hand to have a nice bunch of flowers delivered to Bruce with a simple, no-names card just wishing him the best on behalf of his Forum mates. Flowers are one of Bruce's passions as a photographer, home gardener and volunteer worker at his regional Botanic Gardens.
In many places it is traditional for us to chip in on such occasions but this is impractical for all sorts of reasons in the circumstances. Instead, it seems a good opportunity for individuals to consider donating something to a cancer charity in their own area. Or, if “Movember” is currently being run in your town, perhaps sponsorship of someone you know, on Bruce's behalf, might be fitting. We're pretty sure Bruce would be greatly cheered by this.
As a sign of our appreciation for Bruce, we will be dedicating Monday, November 11th as a day to honor him in this month's Single in November photo thread. We invite everyone to post a flower photo for Bruce on that day, since flowers are his passion. The photo can be taken on the 11th or before: it's no matter. Click here to post a photo for Bruce to see!
Farewell and thanks for everything, Bruce! You will be missed on behalf of the whole Pentax community.
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.
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:
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.
You can of course enter both giveaways, so have at it! Good luck!
Learn more about the K-50:
In order to better reflect the outdoor nature of Pentax digital cameras and DSLRs, we would like to announce that effective immediately, PentaxForums.com will be adapting a new "umbrella" logo, pictured above. This is in part to celebrate the fact that all current Pentax DSLRs, namely the Pentax K-5 II, K-30, and 645D, are fully weather-sealed and thus ready to shoot anywhere, rain or shine!
Together with the new logo will also be adopding a new slogan, which reads "we've got you covered". This phrase fully embodies the spirit of our forum. Since we launched the site in 2006, our mission has been to provide the ultimate community for Pentax beginners and old-timers alike.
In 2011, in order to offer extra help to beginners, we launched our Pentax Camera Help Central, which includes the Beginner's Corner Q&A and General Technical Troubleshooting sub-forums. Virtually no questions are ever ignored in these two forums, and of the 7,500 threads that have been posted, less than 1.5% are left unanswered. Furthermore, each question gets an average of ten replies.
That same year we also launched dedicated sub-forums for current Pentax camera models, and these sub-forums are now among the busiest sections of the forum, with hundreds of new posts being submitted each day. We currently feature sub-forums for the Pentax K-5/II/IIs, Pentax K-30, Pentax K-r, Pentax Q, and Pentax K-01.
While we think we're already doing a very good job of being accomodating for just about any type of photographer, if there's anything we can change to do an even better job of "having you covered", we welcome any suggestions in our site suggestions forum!
As 2012 comes to a close, let's take a look at the highlights of this year in the Pentax world and on our web site!
We'll start by looking at Pentax's camera systems. While Pentax hasn't delivered the breakthrough products that many enthusiasts have been hoping for (i.e. a full-frame DSLR or new high-end APS-C camera), overall, it has been a great year, and Pentax is doing better than ever. Most notably, the Pentax K-30, launched this June, has proved to be a very successful upper entry level DSLR.
In addition to becoming popular thanks to its intuitive user interface, superb image quality, and weather sealing, the K-30 ended up winning the iF Product Design Award just last week! If you're a beginner that has a budget of around $650-800, we can highly recommend the K-30 as a first DSLR or as an upgrade over older Pentax cameras. The K-30 competes primarily with the Nikon D5100/5200 and the Canon 650D, and we've recently posted an in-depth comparative review of these three cameras in case you're still trying to decide on what to get.
Another noteworthy camera is the mirrorless Pentax K-01, launched in February. Thanks to its K-mount, the K-01 was the first mirrorless camera to natively support DSLR lenses. At first, the K-01 didn't get too much attention among photographers due to it's bold design and $749 price tag, but after being reduced to just $316 in November, it's been selling like crazy! At this price it truly is a steal, considering that its image quality is almost on par with that of the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000 at a fraction of the price.
Finally, Pentax should also be commended for the expansion of the Q system: now that the 15-45mm (~80-250mm eqv.) telephoto zoom and the K-mount adapter have been launched, the Q has become a much more versatile camera, allowing photographers to use it for much more than everyday snapshots. Pentax will be stressing that one should look at the entire system, and not just the Q camera body, when deciding to get a compact mirrorless. On top of that, now that the Q has fallen in price by up to 75% (from a launch price of $799 to approximately $250), it has become a much more attractive option for many Pentax fans outside of Japan.
Your hard-working PentaxForums site owner and administrator was spotted on Christmas Day in the Salt River Canyon in Arizona.
He was on a somewhat dubious mission trying to shed light on the often made claim by our Pentax Q users that the Q + K-mount adapter + K-mount telephoto lens betters an APS-C or even a full-frame DSLR for high-magnification telephotos!
Besides the rig from the dark side we also spotted a Pentax K-5 in the arsenal.
Now we're anxiously awaiting the results! Does the $600 Q outfit buy you more than a $6,000 outfit from the dark side?
Stay tuned for Adam's findings when he reemerges from the Canyon!