I always find it interesting to read about the things cameras survive that the manufacturers could never have foreseen. X. Fire and ice, car crashes, months under the ocean, rocket engines, and even babies.
The resurgence in film’s popularity in the last few years has been a wonderful thing. Large format photography is only just starting to see the the kind of reawakening that 35mm experienced, but it is definitely making a comeback.
For those that are already shooting 4×5, your life might be about to get a little easier (although it may not once you realise the cost). The newly announced Pentax Film Duplicator 4×5 lets you digitise your film from 35mm up to 4×5 negatives using a simple DSLR.
No matter what brand of camera you prefer, there’s a good chance a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens is available for the mount. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of glass out there and almost every company manufacturers some variation of it.
To put four of these variations to the test, Camera Store TV created a video review showing and explaining how the 24–70mm lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax stack up to one another. [Read more…]
Ricoh’s Pentax K1 camera has proven to be a respectable full-frame camera that puts the Pentax name back on the map. One of its main features is its magnesium alloy body, which Ricoh claims is thoroughly weather-sealed.
Astrophotography is becoming more accessible than ever. Not only have manufacturers made cameras specifically designed with celestial photography in mind, they’ve also started work on built-in star tracking that will use sensor-shift technology to account for the movement of celestial bodies in the sky during a long exposure.
The K-3 II has the same magnesium alloy casing, metal chassis as the K3, and a sensor featuring 24.35 effective megapixels.
As far as focus is concerned the camera has a 27-point AF system and it can shoot up to approximately 8.3 frames per second.
One of the raved additions to the camera is an improved 4.5EV stop shake reduction system. Ricoh claims that it will be the sharpest APC to date and also included a selectable anti-aliasing filter, which can be turned on or off to either garner the highest resolution and sharpness possible or provide enhanced protection against moiré.
Pentax is taking a serious step forward with its latest announcement that it’s developing a full frame K-mount DSLR.
Not much is known about the camera, but according to DPReview it will be compatible with DA lenses using a crop function and Pentax shooters will be able to get their hands on it by the end of 2015.
Sports and wildlife shooter won’t have to wait that long to get new gear with two telephoto zoom lenses being released in March.
Typically, DSLR cameras aren’t really ever about fashion over form. Almost every high-end model out there comes in a bulky black, various buttons surrounding an LCD screen, and an interface that just assumes you know exactly what you’re doing. And then there’s the Pentax K-S1, a mid-range DSLR camera that’s set to come in colors as vibrant as the entirety of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Yesterday, I posted an article about Instagram, and it talked about the new generation of photographers growing up today with smartphones. If it wasn’t for smartphones, many of those people probably wouldn’t have ever gotten into photography, and the minimal touch screen interfaces they’ve been accustomed to are all that they probably know when it comes to using a camera. For older generations, that’s the equivalent of using a disposable or a compact point-and-shoot. With Pentax’s new K-S1, Ricoh attempts to build a bridge that fills that learning gap and draws younger photographers closer to the DSLR world.