Eric Hendrickson Time Off Until 2018

Hold off on new repair orders for a bit, please.

By K David in Photo Industry News on Oct 22, 2017

A PSA from Pentax Forums: Eric Hendrickson, well-known Pentax repairman in the US, is pausing new orders for a few months. He is not retiring, just clearing out backlog.

A bit more than two years ago, Pentax Forums traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to interview Eric Hendrickson about camera repair. Eric is the most-well-known Pentax repairman working today. He formerly ran the Honeywell Pentax repair shop outside of Chicago, and repairs a lot of cameras and lenses for Pentax Forums members at reasonable prices.  In addition to CLAing and fixing legacy bodies, Eric can also service many modern lenses, such as FA Limiteds.

Topaz Releases Free Topaz Studio

All-in-one post-processing solution

By PF Staff in Photo Industry News on May 26, 2017

Topaz Labs has just released a new all-in-one photo editing program designed to give photographers quick and easy access to a host of powerful editing tools.  This software, which can be run either stanadlone or alongside other populer post-processing programs, can be an affordable alternative to subscription-based options such as Adobe CC.

Topaz studio itself is free, and it comes with 10 free adjustments.  A "pro adjustment pack" with 14 additional adjustments (which are based on Topaz's acclaimed post-processing plugins) is available for purchase for $99 until June 30th with the coupon code STUDIO.  This reflects a large promotional discount over the full price of $270 for these adjustments.  Of course, they can also be purchased a la carte at the Topaz Store

Topaz Studio comes with lifetime free updates, so new and updated adjustments won't cost you extra once you have the pro pack.  All paid products come with a 30-day trial and 30-day money back guarantee.

Free adjustments:

Paid adjustments:

  • Basic Adjustment
  • Blurs
  • Brightness Contrast
  • Color Overlay
  • Dual Tone
  • Film Grain
  • Image Layer
  • Posterize
  • Tone Curves
  • Vignette

  •  Abstraction
  • Color Theme
  • Focal Blur
  • Radiance
  • Smudge
  • Black and White
  • DeHaze
  • HSL Color Tuning
  • Reduce Noise
  • Bloom
  • Edge Exposure
  • Precision Contrast
  • Sharpen
  • Texture

We plan to review Topaz Studio in the coming months to see just how it stacks up against Photoshop and Lightroom!  To learn more about other Topaz software, check out our in-depth reviews.

The 7 Biggest Pentax Stories of 2016

A look back at the year that was

By deadwolfbones in Photo Industry News on Feb 13, 2017

While it was a tumultuous year for the world at large, 2016 was a banner year for Ricoh Imaging and the Pentax brand. New cameras, new lenses, and a renewed focus on enthusiast photographers made last year a great time to be a Pentaxian, whether you just hopped on the hype train or you’ve been riding it for years.

Join us as we count down the biggest stories of the year that was.

What Are We Supposed to Make of the Pentax KP?

Old-school looks, new-school guts, and uncertain status

By deadwolfbones in Photo Industry News on Jan 30, 2017

Another winter, another CP+ trade show in Yokohama, and another new Pentax DSLR is nearly upon us. Over the past few years, Ricoh has made a habit of releasing new cameras at its big home event, and this year the star of the show is the all-new Pentax KP.

The first thing that hits you is the look: a little bit Nikon Df, a little bit Q, a little bit K-1, and a little bit ME Super. But in the end, it's all Pentax. The unique looks will be divisive—they've already earned their share of raves and retching on the forum—but they're not really the only thing that's interesting about this upper-midrange body.

Mirror, Mirror: The 645 Digital System at a Crossroads

The Fujifilm GFX 50S casts the aging 645Z in a new light

By deadwolfbones in Photo Industry News on Jan 20, 2017

In many ways, 2016 was a landmark year for Pentax and Ricoh. The company released its first full-frame digital SLR, a fantastic mid-range APS-C body, and a worthy addition to its increasingly popular Theta 360-degree camera lineup.

The first two achievements in particular helped bring Pentax up to par with its competition. The lack of a full-frame DSLR had for years been seen as a sign of Pentax's un-serious attitude to growing market share and attracting professional users, so releasing the formidable K-1 was a huge step forward. And the K-70, while still underwhelming in some ways, introduced a number of new, long-awaited technologies to the Pentax faithful: most notably, on-sensor PDAF for continuous video autofocus.

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