Pentax digest #60

Topaz Labs released Photo AI version 1.1.9 with improved masking and crop tools, an updated blur detection model, and bug fixes (more info available here).
Adobe released Photoshop version 24.1.1.
ON1 will soon release a new Photo RAW 2023.1 release – see the latest sneak peeks.


→ The latest Kickstarter/Indiegogo updates:

Other crowdfunded projects that are still available for purchase:


The 2022 Worst Camera of the Year Award goes to… the Pentax KF DSLR camera.


Ricoh to reconstruct the San-ai Dream Center in Ginza, Tokyo

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Adobe Camera RAW 15.1 now supports six Ricoh GR III and IIIx camera matching profiles (Standard, Vivid, Positive Film, Monotone, Soft Monotone, and Hard Monotone)


Adobe recently updated Adobe Camera Raw with camera-matching profiles for the Ricoh GR III and Ricoh GR IIIx RAW DNG files. The latest Adobe Camera RAW 15.1 now supports six Ricoh GR camera matching profiles that include Standard, Vivid, Positive Film, Monotone, Soft Monotone, and Hard Monotone. Additional information:

Adobe also recently released Photoshop version 24.1.1. The latest Adobe CC subscription plan rates can be found here. The different Adobe Creative Cloud options are described here. Additional information on Photoshop and Lightroom is available on this page.

Here is the full press release from Rioch that was published today (I already reported that back in December 2022):

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Hands-on review: the rugged and competent Pentax KF


Explora published their Pentax KF DSLR camera hands-on review:

“I had fun shooting the Pentax KF. It produced good images in the rain and in the cold and in low light. It felt good in the hand and was easy to use. It even sparked a twinge of nostalgia for my first days as a serious photographer. While it may not be a camera I’d pick up often, I’m sure there are others who would be perfectly happy with the KF. Legacy Pentax users, for example, or those with a large collection of K-mount glass who don’t need newer, more advanced features should find the Pentax KF a good fit for their needs.”

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Top 10 PentaxRumors posts for January 2023

  
  
 
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The Pentax lenses instant savings in the US are ending today (up to $400 off)


The Pentax lenses instant savings in the US are ending today (up to $400 off, expires 01/31/2023 11:59 pm):


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Five Pentax compact 35mm film cameras Ricoh should bring back


Ricoh recently announced that Pentax is starting a new “Film Project”. Here are five Pentax compact 35mm film cameras Ricoh should bring back based on a video from Matt Loves Cameras:


Pentax Espio Mini / UC-1


Ricoh MF-1


Ricoh R1 / R1s


Ricoh GR1V


Ricoh Auto Half

Read the full article at Fstoppers.

Breaking news: Pentax is starting a new “Film Project” that could include the release of a new film camera


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Pentax digest #59



→ There is a new Kickstarter for SPINN CP camera strap 2023 edition that already achieved its goal of $13,624 goal with 35 more days to go. The 2023 version comes with two different base plates and different strap colors. The company behind the strap (SPINN.DESIGN) has already completed several very successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past. Some of their products are also available for sale directly on their website.


→ BCN Ranking: interchangeable lens sales share by manufacturer in 2022 (Ricoh at 2.9%).


Monster Adapter LA-KE1 Pentax K to Sony E lens adapter review at PentaxForums.


→ The worst camera of 2022: vote here.


→ The Ricoh GR IIIx is the second best-selling camera at Yodobashi Camera in Japan.


Pentax Club House Grad ND experience meeting on February 4th.


→ The design of the Ricoh GR III Diary Edition case and strap.

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