Pentax Forums Giveaway: Win a Pentax D FA★ 50mm F1.4 Lens

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Apr 18, 2021

Our 2021 Pentax Lens Tournament is now over, and the community has voted the D FA* 50mm F1.4 as the new best Pentax lens of all time! As promised, we have now kicked off our giveaway in which you can win this high-performance lens through a raffle.

Each day from April 16th through May 16th 2021, you can claim one raffle entry, for a maximum of 31 per member.  Entries can be claimed in the thread below, where you will also find full giveaway terms and instructions:

Click here to enter our raffle for the D FA* 50mm F1.4

The D FA* 50mm is part of Pentax's new series of ultra-high performance full-frame primes. Learn more about it in our in-depth review.

March "Portrait" Contest Finalists Announced

Vote for the overall winner!

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Apr 16, 2021

After the end of the nomination phase of last month's official Portrait 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 April Panorama photo contest, which closes to submissions at the end of the month.

Pentax K-3 III: Available for US Pre-order

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Apr 6, 2021

The wait is finally over: as promised, the Pentax K-3 III is now available for pre-order in the US.  The camera is expected to start shipping before the end of April.  Currently, the two major retailers—B&H Photo and Adorama—have listed the camera.  We will post about other retailers, such as the Pentax web store or Amazon, once their listings go live.

Premium Kit (Black)

$2296

Premium Kit (Silver)

$2296

Body Only (Black)

$1996

Body Only (Silver)

$1996

By ordering at our partner retailers, you can help support the forum.  If you follow these steps,  by pre-ordering a K-3 III you'll be entitled to not one but two years of site supporter status on the forum!

Check our our Pentax camera comparison tool to see how the K-3 III stacks up against other Pentax DSLR models, or learn more about it in the official announcement.

Stay tuned for our in-depth review of the K-3 III together with a dedicated forum section for discussing the camera.

Announcing Our April 2021 Photo Contest

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

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Apr 2, 2021

We're herewith announcing our monthly photo contest for April. The theme for this month is Panorama.

This month we're looking for panoramic images of landscapes, cityscapes or seascapes at least four times wider than high, i.e. 4:1 aspect ratio or better. 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.

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.

Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR Officially Announced

The K-3 Mark III APS-C flagship comes with several new and advanced features

By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Mar 31, 2021

Ricoh has on March 30, 2021 announced the Pentax K-3 Mark III APS-C digital SLR camera. This new APS-C Pentax flagship boasts a slew of new and advanced features not seen before in a Pentax DSLR, or in DSLRs of other brands for that matter. In the US, the camera can be preordered starting on April 6 and the list price at launch is US $1999.95.  European pricing is similar, at  €1999/£1899. The camera shoud begin shipping towards the end of April. 

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Two limited-edition kits, one black, one silver, will become available in addition the camera-only package. These kits are priced at US $2299.95, and will include a grip, a dedicated leather strap and a spare battery.

There's a lot that's new, so here's a cheat-sheet to some of the features:

  • 25 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with High Data Readout
  • PENTAX SR (Shake Reduction System): 5.5 Stops on 5 Axis [ Dedicated SR Button: Auto, Panning, Off ]
  • ISO: 100 to 1,600,000
  • SAFOX 13: 101 Auto Focus Points with 25 Cross Type and improved AF-C subject tracking
  • Flash X Sync Speed 1/200 sec
  • Viewfinder Magnification 1.05x with improved Diopter Adjustment (-4.0m to +1.0m)
  • Accelerator Unit II with increased Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Touchscreen LCD with af, af + select, af + select + shoot
  • 12 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Dual SD Card Slots with (Slot 1 with UHS-2 Compatibility)
  • 800-Shot Battery Life (According to CIPA Standards)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Ricoh have provided a nice description of the key features, and the spec sheet can be found in our forum and discussed here.  We have also updated our camera database and camera comparison page with the full K-3 III specifications.  Stay tuned for US pre-order links!

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