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:

Pentax Vision Product Announcement Video

Ricoh Imaging reveals more details about the new Pentax flagship APS-C

By Indopunk in Product Updates on Aug 17, 2020

On July 22, 2020, Ricoh Imaging premiered another Youtube video showing off its yet unnamed Pentax flagship APS-C DSLR as well as highlighting silver-colored versions of several Star-series lenses and the recently announced 21mm Limited prime lens.  The upcoming successor to the Pentax K-3 II was previously introduced back in May with limited information.

Hosted by RIcoh’s Hiraku Kawauchi, world renowned photographer and Pentax KP/K-1 user Keita Sasaki was given the opportunity to ask RIcoh’s Head of Product Planning, Shigeru Wakashiro, questions about the much-anticipated products in a talk show setting.  There were many highlights in the video interview including, which we discuss below.

Also, don't miss the forum discussion about the upcoming DSLR.

Pentax D FA* 85mm F1.4 Now Shipping

In stock at US retailers

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Jul 3, 2020

The HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 SDM AW ultra high-performance portrait lens has finally been officially announced and is now in stock at a launch price of $1896.95.

By ordering from our partner retailers you'll also support the forum, which entitles you to a free one-year forum account upgrade.

Given the precedent for image quality set by the D FA* 50mm F1.4, our expectations for this new 85mm are very high.  It seems that Pentax is stopping at nothing to deliver optical perfection—amid an ever more competitive camera market.  Please stay tuned for our in-depth review of the lens.  If you end up getting one, you may also post a review in the lens database.

Learn more about this lens in the CP+ product update video shared by the Pentax development team just a few weeks ago.

Pentax D FA* 85mm F1.4 Available for Pre-order

Latest ultra high-performance prime lens

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Jun 3, 2020

After a pre-announcement back in March and many years of teasers, the HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 SDM AW ultra high-performance portrait lens has finally been officially announced and is available for pre-order.  The lens is expected to ship in the US in early July at a launch price of approximatey $1899.

By pre-ordering you'll be able to reserve one of the first units to become available, and you'll also support the forum, which entitles you to a free one-year forum account upgrade.

Given the precedent for image quality set by the D FA* 50mm F1.4, our expectations for this new 85mm are very high.  It seems that Pentax is stopping at nothing to deliver optical perfection—amid an ever more competitive camera market.  We look forward to bringing you our in-depth review shortly after the lens starts shipping.

Learn more about this lens in the CP+ product update video shared by the Pentax development team just a few weeks ago.

Ricoh Theta Z1 Now Shipping

Available worldwide after initial delay

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Sep 7, 2019

The Ricoh Theta Z1— a breakthrough 360-degree camera featuring dual 1" sensors— is now in stock at ready to ship at B&H Photo.  This marks the start of this camera's worldwide availability, which has been delayed for several months since its original announcement this February.  Only a small number of units had otherwise been available to date.

This camera promises to take spherical photography to the professional level.  We look forward to conducting an in-depth review in the near future; until then, you can learn more in the official announcement.

Or, if you're ready to jump in to the exciting world of spherical photography, order your Z1 today!

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