June "Abstract (through pp)" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jul 15, 2020

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official "Abstract (through post-processing)" 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 July "Sunset" photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

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.

Announcing Our July 2020 Photo Contest

Win a gift card and other prizes in our monthly photo contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jul 1, 2020

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for July. The theme for this month is "Sunset".

The topic this month is "Sunset". Your image may include the setting sun, but doesn't have to. You can also provide an image showing the colorful sky or landscape right after the sun has set.

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.

May Month's "Flowers" Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our May, 2020 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Jun 25, 2020

"Balsam Root and Lupin" by BobKG

Our May, 2020 "Flowers" photo contest has ended and we're happy to announce and congratulate these winners:

In first place was forum member BobKG from USA who captured "Balsam Root and Lupin" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-3 and an Rokinon 16mm F2 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member Madaboutpix from Germany in second place with "Half-spent dandelion clock" and neme-q from Belgium in third place with "Campanula". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Half-spent dandelion clock" by Madaboutpix "Campanula" by neme-q

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our June photo contest, "Abstract (through post-processing)". Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

Pentax K-1 II Firmware v1.05 Released

Optimizes support for the new D FA* 85mm lens

By PF Staff in Firmware Updates on Jun 21, 2020

Ricoh Imaging has just released a new firmware update for the Pentax K-1 Mark II.  This update optimizes support for the new DA* 85mm F1.4 lens, which is due to start shipping in early July.

In addition, the update includes the usual minor stability fixes and as always, the contents of all previously-released updates.

Download the K-1 Mark II firmware from the official Pentax firmware site.

Learn more about the Pentax K-1 II in our in-depth review.

Official Release Notes - K-1 II Firmware v1.05

  • Optimized performance when attaching new lens HD PENTAX-D FA*85mmF1.4ED SDM AW.
  • Improved stability for general performance

*When this update is done, the contents of version 1.04 will be also updated.

A similar update was released for the K-1 and K-3 today.

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