December "Flowers Up Close" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 15, 2018

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official "Flowers Up Close" photo contest, we're now ready to announce our top 15 finalists!  Click on the link below to view the photos in full size and cast your vote in the poll:

Vote for your favorite photo in the poll

As usual for our monthly photo contests, voting closes in a week, and then we'll announce the winners.

Don't miss our January "Cityscape, Framed within a Frame" photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

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.

"Flowers Up Close" Photo Contest Nominations

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 4, 2018

It's the start of a new month, at that means that the breathtaking collection of last month's official photo contest submissions is now available for your enjoyment.

Check out all of the wonderful photo submitted in December's "Flowers Up Close" photo contests and nominate or comment on your favorites through our new one-click system!

Click Here to Browse the Contest Photo Gallery

If you're up for a challenge, don't miss our January photo contest.

Announcing "Cityscape, Framed Within a Frame" - Our January 2018 Photo Contest

Win prizes in our contest for January 2018

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jan 2, 2018

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for January. The theme for this month is "Cityscape, Framed within a Frame".

January's topic is a citiscape (or just a single building) framed within a frame. Good luck!

First prize is a $50 gift card to B&H Photo, second prize is a one year forum account upgrade, and third prize is a box of photo paper form Red River.

The official contest rules are found here.

Click here to submit a photo for the contest.

Happy New Year 2018

By PF Staff in Site News on Jan 1, 2018

We'd like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2018!  We're looking forward to bringing you lots of exciting content and site features in the new year.

If you'd like to leave your own season's greetings, stop by forum!

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