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Welcome to PentaxForums! We're delighted you've chosen to join us!

This community has grown tremendously since its launch in 2006. Whilst some of our members shoot with other brands of equipment, the majority are dedicated Pentax enthusiasts. All are here to enjoy friendly and constructive discussion related to Pentax.

As a new member, we politely ask that you show the same consideration and courtesy as you'd expect in return. Please get to know our members - especially those who've been with us for some time - by reading existing discussion threads and involving yourself in some friendly discussions. Take some time to establish yourself as you would in any community before expressing opinions or statements which might be contentious or controversial. Always try to present your views in a friendly, courteous, constructive, balanced and reasonable manner. Most of our members will welcome your views if you present them in this way.

If at any time you feel responses to your posts are inappropriate, please don't get drawn into arguments within the forums. Instead, report the responses to our moderators, who will assist and advise as necessary.

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  • Although debates and discussions are allowed, we would like to maintain a friendly forum and do not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or inflammatory posts. Offensive/vulgar words and phrases are not allowed, even in masked form if the intended word(s) can be discerned. Moderator decisions with respect to the nature of posts are final.
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    Photography related political issues may be discussed in the General Photography forum.
  • Please do not post meaningless threads, or nonsensical (or one-word) replies.
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Posting Images
  • Please always add line breaks between posted photos.
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  • Posting images in someone else's thread in the Post Your Photos or Photo Critique forums is very poor etiquette so please do not do so without the Original Poster's permission.
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  • Large or obstructive signatures will be removed by the site staff.
  • 'Not Safe for Work' avatars are not permitted.
  • Avatars are limited to 80x80 pixels in size.
Private Messages
  • The private messaging (PM) system, once you have made 2 forum posts, allows you to privately contact any user on the forum. Links allowing you to PM members quickly can be found throughout the forum, and you can also send private messages directly through the User CP. You may also choose to be notified of new PM's via e-mail, but please be adivsed that the e-mails are for notification purposes only and cannot be replied to directly. To reply to a PM message sent to you via e-mail, please access the User CP via the link provided in the e-mail. A copy of the private message will be in your PM Inbox on the forum
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We allow all forum members to upload attachments (photos) to their posts or threads, photos to the user photo gallery, and photos to personal albums. Illegal content is not allowed; uploading privileges can be revoked upon abuse.

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Photographer's Marketplace

Our forum features a section where users may buy and sell items, called The Photographer's Marketplace. Regular members must donate to the site in order to sell in this section, but our most active members (Pentaxians) are given access freely. Note that in order to carry out commercial or bulk sales, an monthly access fee must be paid. A separate set of rules applies to this section: READ FIRST: How to list items - marketplace rules - condition key - feedback guide -

Policies for replies: For-Sale section- - Forum Rules ; Wanted section- - Forum Rules

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This forum is for all threads that are unrelated to photography and Pentax. No politics or religion allowed. Rules: - Forum Rules

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Illegal Activity

Should illegal activity be noted on the forum, fair action will be taken against any offenders. This may include a ban or the intervention of authorities.


The owners of the Forum take no responsibility for the misconduct of any user or guest. We are not liable for the content of any post, thread, or photo, although we will try to eliminate any objectionable material on sight. Furthermore, we are not liable for any data loss or other damage caused by the site or routine forum maintenance, including downtime.

The Forum does not take responsibility for any material uploaded to it. Objectionable material is removed immediately, as is copyrighted material once we have been notified of its existence. Each user also is personally responsible for the content he or she posts on the Forum. By posting content on the forum, each user acknowledges that it may be altered, removed, or stored at any time, and that the Forum maintains ownership and full control of all posts submitted to it. is an unofficial site whose views do not represent those of the Pentax Corporation.


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Last edited by Parallax; 09-22-2020 at 06:13 PM. Reason: Added Guidelines for New Members
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