HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited Now in Stock (US)

Premium ultra-wide lens for full frame

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Nov 24, 2021

The new HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 was announced in mid-October as the first digital-era Limited lens for full-frame.  Early pre-orders have been shipping out over the course of the past two weeks, but as of today the lens is finally fully in stock in the US: B&H photo has both the silver and black version as of the time of this post, while Adorama has the black version.  It is unclear whether the Ricoh web store also has this lens on hand.

HD D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited (Black)

HD D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited (Silver) 

This lens is currently priced at approximately $1399 USD, and some users have already been lucky enough to receive and test their copies (user reviews can be found here). Stay tuned for our in-depth review of the lens.

Exclusive: Want a chance to win your own copy?  Be sure to enter our 21mm Limited giveaway, which runs until December 22nd.  Up to 35 raffle entries can be claimed per forum user.

Ricoh GR IIIx Available for US Pre-order

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Oct 9, 2021

The Ricoh GR IIIx "pro" compact digital camera—the recently-announced variant of the GR III with a normal lens rather than a wide-angle lens—is finally available for pre-order in the US as of this week.  Pre-orders in other regions started shortly after the original announcement.

US pre-orders are currently open on the following websites at approximately $999 USD:

Early supply of the GR IIIx will unfortunately be limited due to delivery issues, so placing a pre-order early is the best way to get early access to the camera.

The GR IIIx shares the majority of its specifications and functionality (except those related to the lens) with the original GR III. Visit our GR III in-depth review to learn more about this camera.

HD Pentax DA* 16-50mm: Available for Pre-order

New pro-grade standard zoom lens for APS-C

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Jul 23, 2021

Just over a week after its official announcement, the new HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 PLM lens is now available for pre-order in the US.  This professional-grade everyday zoom lens promises to be one of the most popular offerings in the Pentax K-mount APS-C lineup, especially when paired with the new Pentax K-3 III flagship DSLR.  Please stay tuned for our in-depth review!

You can support the forum and receive a 1-year forum account upgrade by pre-ordering this lens at one of our partner stores (see full details). 

Pre orders from the official US Pentax web store are not open as of the time of this post.

Pentax K-3 III: Available for US Pre-order

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Apr 6, 2021

The wait is finally over: as promised, the Pentax K-3 III is now available for pre-order in the US.  The camera is expected to start shipping before the end of April.  Currently, the two major retailers—B&H Photo and Adorama—have listed the camera.  We will post about other retailers, such as the Pentax web store or Amazon, once their listings go live.

Premium Kit (Black)


Premium Kit (Silver)


Body Only (Black)


Body Only (Silver)


By ordering at our partner retailers, you can help support the forum.  If you follow these steps,  by pre-ordering a K-3 III you'll be entitled to not one but two years of site supporter status on the forum!

Check our our Pentax camera comparison tool to see how the K-3 III stacks up against other Pentax DSLR models, or learn more about it in the official announcement.

Stay tuned for our in-depth review of the K-3 III together with a dedicated forum section for discussing the camera.

Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 III

A preview of the upcoming flagship APS-C camera

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Dec 25, 2020

The Pentax K-3 III has without a doubt been our community's most-discussed camera of 2020, and with a planned launch in February 2021, it is finally just around the corner.  We already know most of the camera's specifications, which include a new 26-megapixel sensor, 101-point autofocus, 4K video, UHS-II support, Pentax's largest digital viewfinder, and other firsts for the brand.

However, specs don't tell the whole story. Check out our hands-on preview of the camera from Ricoh's showroom in Tokyo, courtesy of photojournalist and forum member Albert Siegel:

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