Introducing Pentaxify AI by PentaxForums.com

A revolutionary tool to make any photo look like a Pentax photo

By PF Staff in Site News on Apr 1, 2024

Over the years here at Pentax Forums, we have seen over 80,000 photographers join and participate in the community, with countless others lurking in the shadows.  Although tens of thousands of these users remain active—some since the community started in 2006—there are also plenty who have moved on.

It is well understood that Pentax cameras are hard to beat.  From legendary ergonomics, to compact lenses, backward compatibility, unique rendering, or even the slick Asahi Optical Company logo, it's compelling to be a Pentaxian.

On the other hand, there are those whose photographic journey no longer involves Pentax cameras or lenses, as well as those who simply never got the opportunity to pick up a Pentax.  We have all heard silly arguments such as, "I need faster autofocus", "mirrorless is the future", "they don't carry them at stores", or "my phone is better because it fits in my pocket".

One thing is clear, however: once a Pentaxian, always a Pentaxian.  In fact, every photographer is a Pentaxian at heart, because to be a photographer actually means to be a Pentaxian.

With this as inspiration, today, we are launching a revolutionary, AI-powered online tool called Pentaxify.  Pentaxify will take any photo as input and automatically make it embody the Pentax spirit, quickly fixing any flaws, and adding that special character that's absent from typical photos these days.  Best of all, Pentaxify is completely free, though donations are always welcome.

We have ethically trained a proprietary ensemble of Wasserstein GAN models on a corpus of millions of Pentax photos from across the Internet and private archives, including digital photos and film-era scans.  This ensures that Pentaxify can represent the nuances that have historically been confined within Pentax camera bodies and optical designs. For further customization, the Pentaxify tool optionally allows you to specify a camera body or lens that should be emulated and imbued within the target photo. 

Sample Photos

Let's start with a simple example.  Here we have a photo taken with the formidable Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, a top-of-the-line smartphone with Pentax-line rendering capabilities out of the box.  As good as it is, however, at the end of the day the Samsung simply lacks that Pentax pixie dust.  Thanks to Pentaxify, this photo is made to look as if it were taken with the legendary SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 lens, instantly elevating the image.

Original: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
Pentaxify: SMC Pentax-FA 31mm Limited

Second, we have a photo taken with a Casio Exilim EX-P600 compact digital camera.  The photographer, who was part of our Pentaxify pilot program, mentioned that he had forgotten his Pentax *ist DS at home when taking this photo.

This is a more sophisticated example where Pentaxify not only added the immaculate rendering of the Pentax 6-megapixel APS-C sensor, but also predicted how the photographer would have composed the photo with a Pentax in hand and then used this information to generate the missing details.  Pay close attention to the bottom of the photo.

Original: Casio EX-P600
Pentaxify: Pentax *ist DS

With that, we leave you to explore the tool on your own.  Try Pentaxify today, and be sure to share this on Facebook and Instagram with all your Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, and smartphone-shooting friends!

We hope that this tool will allow you to reflect on the core values of photography, and that, eventually, we will be able to purge today's saturated camera market of overpriced "flagship" models that claim to stand a chance against Pentax rendering.  After all, it's not about the price of the gear, but rather the creative opportunities that cameras surface from within photographers.  Pentaxify will step in and open doors where myriad off-brand equipment simply could not.

If you've gotten this far, please check the date of this article!  Thanks for reading.

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