Looking Back at the Pentax Community in 2017

New products, site features, and community events

By PF Staff in Photo Industry News on Jan 12, 2018

2018 is already here, and before we get too far into new developments, let's take a look at the highlights and happenings of 2017 within the Pentax community.

4,000,000 Posts on the Forum

We hit a major milestone toward the end of 2017, when our members submitted the 4-millionth post on the forum.  Stay tuned for an event to celebrate!

Site Features

In 2017, we rolled out more site features and events than Pentax product announcements.  Let's start by taking a look at the exciting additions to PF throughout the year.

Deal Finder with Price Alerts

Our deal finder seeks to find the best Pentax deals currently available in the US (support for other countries with established online retailers is planned in the future).  You can get an e-mail notification when a price drops below a desired level, and you can also check to see if an advertised price is in fact the lowest that we've recently observed.

Check out the Deal Finder

Lens Finder: Pentax & Third-Party Lenses

We've expanded our lens finder to include current third-party lenses.  You can now run searches focusing on very specific criteria across all Pentax-branded lenses as well as over 50 third-party offerings.

Browse the Lens Finder

Pentax User Map

We added a user map, allowing you to add yourself to the map and find nearby members.  You can also see where currently active users are located!

View the User Map

One-Click Mosaic Gallery

Commenting on photos has never been easier- just scroll through the list of large thumbnails, pick the ones you like, submit your comment and repeat.  No extra page loads needed!  Supports discovering older photos that you haven't seen before.

Forum Gallery View

Secure Browsing

In early 2017 we migrated to a new web server, which promises better availability and robustness.  The entire site is now served over secure HTTPS, and we encourage all linked photos to include HTTPS links as well.

Pentaxian Profiles

We added Pentaxian profiles for two very talented photographers in distinct fields.  Check them out by clicking either portrait below below!

Pentaxian Profile: Nguyen Nam

If you are a professional shooter and would like to share your story, please contact us.

Hurricane Releif

2017 was unfortunately a year full of natural disasters, but the community did its part to help out.  We donated $1200 to relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

PentaxForums Donates $1200 to Hurricane Relief

2017 PF T-shirts

Our members designed a number of fantastic designs for our 2017 T-shirt contest, and those designs proved to be some of the most popular to date.  We've also added top designs from 2016 and 2015 to our Teespring store.  Get 20% off everything with the coupon code PF2017PROM.

Browse 2017 PF T-shirts

Solar Eclipse Challenge

Let's look back at the amazing photos that our members submitted during the amazing total solar eclipse!

Browse challenge photos

Best of 2016

Many of our members submitted their single best photo of 2016 into a community-wide contest.  Take a look at the winners, or browse the full gallery in the Post Your Photos forum.

Browse the winners

2017 Giveaways

We gave away a Pentax K-S2, lenses, and a flash in 2017.  Stay tuned for more this year.

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.

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