Pentax digest #50

Gura Gear released new Kiboko camera backpacks. You can get 10% off your next purchase with coupon code rumors at checkout (Gura Gear is also sold at Amazon).

Pentax/Ricoh Europe summer deals.

Topaz Labs released Gigapixel AI version 6.2 which introduces auto model selection, along with quality improvements to all AI models and fixes to help Gigapixel AI run more smoothly (more info available here).

→ The Create NYC show (formerly PhotoPlus) has been postponed until 2023.

New THETA plug-in “Starry Sky Snap” makes it easy to take pictures of the starry sky.

Ricoh started a collaboration with Spider Plus on the Ricoh 360 platform for businesses.

→ “Pentax Experience Special in Osaka” registration has started (will be held on August 27th and 28th).

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The latest news from Topaz, Skylum, and ON1

Topaz Labs is going to release a new app called Photo AI that will incorporate DeNoise AISharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI into one software package. This new product will replace the current Topaz Labs Image Quality Bundle that is currently on sale ($99 off, get an additional 15% off with promo code IQBUNDLE15). If you purchase the Topaz Labs Image Quality Bundle today, you will get the new Topaz Photo AI app for free when it is released on September 22.

Skylum released Luminar Neo 1.2.0 with the first-ever HDR merge extension, dodge & burn tool, bug fixes, improved stability, and other improvements. The full press release can be found here (you can use code RUMORSNEO for $10 off).

ON1 Software posted a new technology preview video on what’s ahead for the ON Photo RAW product line and what’s coming next.

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New: Ricoh patent application for 21mm f/2.4, 18mm f/2.4, 16mm f/2.4, and 14mm f/2.4 full-frame lenses

Ricoh has a new patent application for multiple full-frame lenses including 21mm f/2.4, 18mm f/2.4, 16mm f/2.4, and 14mm f/2.4:

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The Pentax smc FA 645 300mm f/4 ED (IF) lens is now $1,500 off

The Pentax smc FA 645 300mm f/4 ED (IF) lens is now $1,500 off at B&H Photo.

All other currently discounted Pentax lenses can be found here.

A modified smc PENTAX-DA ★ 300mm f/4ED [IF] SDM lens was installed in the 6U CubeSat Kitsune satellite for high-resolution photos and sent to space

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Ricoh Imaging Europe website to be shut down and replaced on September 5, 2022, all current accounts will not be transferred over

Ricoh Imaging will shut down its EU website at on September 5, 2022, and will replace it with a new, more generic/general website. All current accounts will not be transferred over to the new website. You still have time to download any information from your account (invoices, receipts. etc).

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Ricoh could be the only company in the future to make compact and DSLR cameras

Nikkei published a new article online on the future of compact cameras. The report indicates that many camera manufacturers have already or will soon abandon the compact segment. The one company Nikkei did not mention in their article is Ricoh, which continues to release new GR compact cameras and even gained some market share recently:

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Discounted Pentax lenses for August 2022

The currently discounted Pentax lenses for August 2022 can be found at B&H Photo and at Adorama.

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