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.

Ricoh WG-50 Announced

New waterproof compact camera

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on May 25, 2017

Ricoh Imaging has officially announced the Ricoh WG-50, a new 16-megapixel entry-level waterproof compact camera complete with Wi-Fi and the latest imaging features.  This camera succeeds the Ricoh WG-40w (launched in Japan only) and the WG-30w in international markets.  It is designed to be a tough "go anywhere" camera for outdoor activities and underwater adventures.

Highlights of the WG-50 include:

  • Waterproof to 14m, crushproof to 1.6m, coldproof to -10 degrees C
    (up from 12m on the WG-30w)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for remote control and image transfer via Image Sync
  • Underwater shooting mode
  • Digital microscope mode
  • 5x optical zoom (28-140mm F3.5-5.5 equivalent lens)
  • 2 colors: orange or black

New features include:

  • Upgraded underwater shooting mode with flash bracketing and optimized white balance
  • "Report Mode" with low-resolution scaled images for quick use
  • Vibrant and Slide Film image tones added (inspired by DSLR presents)

Because only these minor tweaks set the WG-50w apart from its predecessors, you can get a good sense for it by in-depth review of the Ricoh WG-30w.  

Full specifications of the WG-50 are available in our camera database.

The WG-50 is launching at $279.95 in the US and is expected to start shipping on June 23, 2017.

About the WG Camera Series

The Pentax / Ricoh WG line is designed for active outdoor use, and dates back over a decade to early Pentax WP waterproof models.  More information can be found in our camera database.

Ricoh Imaging has previously offered a higher-end waterproof model: the Ricoh WG-5.  While the WG-50 now has the same waterproofing rating as the WG-5, the WG-50 lacks features such as GPS, mechanical shake reduction, and the wide F2.0 lens found on the WG-5.  The latter is now discontinued, however, and we do not know if the line will be continued or if Ricoh Imaging only plans to maintain a single WG compact.

The other current member of the WG camera line is the Ricoh WG-M2, a 4K-enabled action camera which we reviewed several months ago.

Pentax KP Bundle Deal

KP with 50mm lens, camera bag, and accessories

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on May 13, 2017

Adorama is offering an awesome Pentax KP bundle deal at US $1096 that includes a host of accessories.

You get a black Pentax KP with the well respected smc Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 lens as well as a nice holster-type camera bag, a USB card reader, a cleaning kit, a 16 GB SD card, and the extensive Corel Digital Creative software suite, 2nd edition. The bundle represents more than a $250 savings.

B&H photo is offering a similar deal with the free 50mm lens:

Read about and discuss the bundle in this thread on PentaxForums.

Best of 2016 Contest Winners

Announcing the Winners of our Special Contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on May 12, 2017

"Magik Maïdo" by bruno.cirou

Voting has ended for our special photo contest "Best of 2016". The winner of the #1 spot gets to pick a price amongst a Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 lens, DA 50mm F1.8 lens, or Bolt VS-510P flash shipped free of charge. The result of the contest was as follows:

In first place was forum member bruno.cirou from France who captured "Magik Maïdo" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-1 and a Samyang 24mm F1.4 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Ex Finn. from USA in second place with "Rocket launch" and timautin from France in third place with "Bee eaters". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Rocket launch" by Ex Finn "Bee eaters" by timautin

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our monthly photo contests. Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

Get the Pentax K-3 II with a Free Battery Grip!

Save US$189

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on May 9, 2017

For a limited time B&H Photo offers the Pentax K-3 II with the matching Pentax D-BG5 battery grip at no additional cost.  Valued at $189, the free item makes the effective cost of the body just $610— the lowest we've seen to date.

Ricoh's own Pentax web store currently sells the K-3 II for $999 and that price doesn't even include the grip.

Details on if and when this deal will expire are not currently known.

Learn more about this camera in our Pentax K-3 II review.

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