Ricoh GR III Firmware v1.30 Released

By PF Staff in Firmware Updates on Oct 10, 2019

Ricoh Imaging today released the third firmware update, v1.30, for the recently-launched GR III. This update is the second feature-enhancing update; it primarily adds cross processing functionality (similar to what is available in Pentax DSLRs) and additional button customization options.  Like all updates, it is cumulative and includes everything added in prior updated firmware versions.

Firmware Release Notes

New features added

  • [Cross Processing] has been added [Image control] of the [Image Process Setting 6] menu in the [Still Image Settings].
  • [Cross Processing] has been added to [Image control] of the [Image Process Setting 6] menu in the [Movie Settings].
  • [Crop] and [Touch AF] can be registered to [ADJ Mode Setting] of the [Customize Control 2] menu in the [Customize Settings].
  • [Touch AF] can be registered to [Fn Button Setting] of the [Customize Control 2] menu in the [Customize Settings].

    Learn more in the supplement to the GR III user manual.

Performance improvements

  • Improved the AF performance of [Macro Mode] in dark places and low contrast.
  • Changes to the [JPEG Recorded Pixels] setting in RAW development will now be remembered across multiple files.
  • When preparing to shoot with the shutter button, changed the point at which the electronic level is hidden by the guide display.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

Click here to download the update from the official Pentax firmware website.

For installation help or to discuss the update, visit our Ricoh GR forum.

Pentax KP Fall Rebate

Save $50 on the Pentax KP

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Oct 6, 2019

After holding streadng for many months, the price of the KP has finally taken a dip!  The camera currently has a $50 rebate in the US for both the black and silver models. The final sale price for both is just $746.95, across the top 3 pentax retailers, as of the writing of this post.

The Pentax KP is a high-performance DSLR with a new, low-noise sensor and a highly customizable user interface.  Learn more in our in-depth Pentax KP review!

Announcing Our October 2019 Photo Contest

Win a GRIII and other prizes in our contest for October

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on Oct 5, 2019

We're exctived to announce our monthly photo contest for October, which features special prizes!

As a part of the PentaxForums "100 years in 100 days" Celebratory Giveaway & Contest Series, the theme for the official PentaxForums photo contest for October, 2019 is open, that is you're free to submit any one of your photos as long as it hasn't been submitted for an earlier contest here at PentaxForums.

As usual your submission must be taken with a Pentax or Ricoh camera (film or digital).

For this celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Pentax (Asahi Optical Co.) we have special grand camera/lens first prizes for the October through December photo contests and there will be no specific themes in any of these three months! Good luck!

  • The winner of first place in the October contest gets to chose between a Ricoh Theta V or GRIII!
  • Second prize is a one year forum account upgrade.
  • Third prize is a box of photo paper form Red River or optionally a one year forum account upgrade.

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-70 On Sale - $495

Lowest body price to date

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Oct 3, 2019

The Pentax K-70 has just dipped by $100 to its lowest US selling price to date— just $495.  This low price is available at B&H and Amazon, though Adorama has also reduced its price by $50 compared to what it cost in September.

The K-70 is the current Pentax upper entry-level body featuring exceptional high-ISO performance, continuous video autofocus, and a host of advanced features.  At this price point, it represents arguably the best value in the current Pentax lineup.  Learn more about it in our in-depth review.

Pentax Forums "100 years in 100 days" Mega Giveaway

Our largest giveaway to date, featuring contests and raffles

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Oct 1, 2019

To celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of Pentax, we are hosting a special giveaway and contest series, starting today, for the next 100 days. The total prize pool will be our largest to date; we'll be offering the latest DSLRs and lenses as well as some of the most popular— and most iconic— vintage gear.  Prizes will be awarded, and rotated, roughly once every month.

Giveaway Timeline

  • Phase 1: October 1 through 31, 2019 [event details]
  • Phase 2: November 1 through 30, 2019
  • Phase 3: December 1, 2019 through January 9, 2020

The first phase of the giveaway is now live!  All cutoffs are at midnight, GMT, the the respective day.

Ways to Enter to Win

To participate, head over to the forum and look for the message at the top of the page for more details.  Create a forum account if you don't already have one.

Each phase will consist of three events: (1) a general raffle, with only one entry available to each user each phase, (2) a grand prize raffle in which you get more entries based on your monthly posting acitivity, and (3) an open-themed photo contest similar to, and in place of, our usual monthly photo contests. Entering the raffles is as simple as making a single post in each raffle thread, once you are eligible.

Prize Overview

The table below summarizes the top prizes that will be available through this giveaway.

Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
Grand Prize Raffle DA* 11-18mm F2.8 lens
D FA* 50mm F1.4 lens
Pentax KP New Pentax APS-C Flagship
General Raffle Takumar 50mm F1.4 lens
M 50mm F1.4 lens
A 50mm F1.7 lens
DA 55-300mm PLM
Theta SC
Pentax Spotmatic
Pentax Super Program
Photo Contest Ricoh GR III
Theta V
Pentax LX
Pentax MZ-S
Pentax K-70

In addition, each event will feature a number of runner-up prizes, such as Pentax Forums T-shirts, account upgrades, and "100 years of Pentax" commemorative accessories.

As always, these giveaways and contests are open to users worldwide, and no purchase is necessary to enter.

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