Pentax in 2018: What the Brand Brings to the Table

Pentax is a Fine Choice

By PF Staff in Gear Guides on Nov 5, 2018

Ricoh’s sole announcement at Photokina 2018 was the development of the GR III, which has created some frustration and disappointment amongst some of our members. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what Pentax actually gives us today and how that leaves us with little excuse for not buying into Pentax and getting out and taking some wonderful images!

After all, were we always to be waiting for the next model, we’d never get anything, because there will always be a next model!

Announcing "Negative Space" - Our November 2018 Photo Contest

Win prizes in our contest for November 2018

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Nov 1, 2018

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for November. The theme for this month is "Negative Space".

This month's topic is "Negative Space". We have a snap tutorial on this compositional concept for those of you who'd want to read up on this concept. The tutorial is found here.

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.

If you haven't done so already we invite you to browse our special gallery of last month's photo contest submissions and nominate your favorites.

PhotoPlus 2018: Pentax Interview and Report

Report from the Pentax/Ricoh booth

By PF Staff in Trade Shows on Oct 27, 2018

The 2018 PhotoPlus show opened with a flurry of activity on October 25, at the usual Javits Convention Center on the east side of Manhattan.  The show will continue through the evening of the 27th.

Many things were similar to prior shows, such as Sony's massive logo at the entrance or the yellow Nikon bags given out to everyone.  As the industry continues to evolve, however, so does the mix of exhibitors at the show. Over the years we have seen darkroom and lab equipment disappear; this time there was only one exhibit for such equipment: a small Bessler booth. Also missing from this year's exhibitors was the assortment of drone manufacturers, which were much more prominent in prior years, and at Photokina.  Best Buy was among the new exhibitors at this year's show, and is a key player in the tough brick-and-mortar retail business.

The show floor was dominated by the Canon, Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic booths.  In addition to the smaller camera brands such as Fuji, Olympus, and Pentax, Sigma and Irix also had a clear presence, complemented by the usual booths for albums, books, and even some legal services.

Best Buy banner near the registration area

Speaking of the Pentax booth, it was about the same size as in prior years.  However, the branding got a makeover, with the booth now being divided into two clear halves.  The Pentax half focused exclusively on the K-mount and 645 systems, while the Ricoh half showcased the GR, Theta, and underlying technology. This layout strengthens the role of branding and makes products more accessible compared to the more chaotic booth we saw in 2017.

 Pentax/Ricoh booth photos - click to enlarge

Ricoh WG-60 Officially Announced

Rugged waterproof compact camera

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Oct 25, 2018

Ricoh Imaging today announced the Ricoh WG-60, a 16-megapixel point-and-shoot outdoor digital camera that boasts a waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, and dustproof construction.  The WG-60 is nearly identical to the Ricoh WG-50, which it replaces. The WG-60 is expected to start shipping in mid-November; its US MSRP is set at $279.95— the same as its predecessor.

New features in the WG-60

  • Native support for Flashair SD cards - Wi-Fi can now be turned on and off via the camera
  • Outdoor view setting - Monitor brightness can be boosted on the fly to improve viewability in strong light

The WG-60's full specifications are available in our camera database.

To learn more about the camera's highlights, check our the overview on Ricoh-Imaging.com.

"Sunset or Moonrise" Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our September, 2018 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Oct 24, 2018

"Southerdown Sunset" by duetto96

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our September, 2018 "Sunset or Moonrise" photo contest! In first place was forum member duetto96 from UK who captured "Southerdown Sunset" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-1 and an HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member EricBrown from USA in second place with "Sky on Fire" and markduq from USA in third place with "Colorado Sunset". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Sky on Fire" by EricBrown "Colorado Sunset" by markduq

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

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