Meyer Optik Görlitz Biotar 58 f/1.5 II lens for Pentax K-mount officially released and available for order


The previously rumored Meyer Optik Görlitz Biotar 58 f/1.5 II lens for Pentax K-mount is now officially released and available for pre-order. All other Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses for Pentax K-mount can be found here. Next are the new Biotar lens technical specifications:

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The latest Pentax rebates



Here are the latest Pentax rebates in the US:

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Pentax digest #51


→ Labor Day deals:


→ Several new backpacks listed on Kickstarter:


Pentax K-3 Mk 3 Jet Black Limited Edition available in Sweden.


Pentax Clubhouse” commemorative photo contest is now open in Japan. The Grand Prix price is ​​200,000 yen (around $1,500).

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Ricoh Japan announced a price increase coming on October 1st


Ricoh Japan announced a new price increase that impacts several compact cameras and accessories (see table above). The price increase will take effect on October 3, 2022. I assume the price will impact other countries as well.

Almost all photo companies announced price increases this year (NikonCanonSony, Sony again, LeicaTTartisanTokina, OM, and Zeiss).

Here is the translated text of the Riicoh notice:

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New release: Ricoh TW-2 underwater housing for THETA X (360° video and stills underwater)



Ricoh released a new TW-2 underwater housing for THETA X cameras where you can record 360° videos and stills underwater (it replaces the previous TW-1 model):

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The latest photo editing software updates


→ Skylum will release 7 new extensions for Luminar Neo. The first Noiseless Ai extension is already available (use code RUMORSNEO for $10 off).


→ Cyme released Peakto version 1.0.5 – see what’s new here (Cyme also makes the popular Avalanche migrating tool).


Best Adobe Lightroom alternatives in 2022.



→ Topaz Labs will release a new app called Photo AI on September 15th. Topaz Photo AI will incorporate DeNoise AISharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI into one software package and will replace the current Topaz Labs Image Quality Bundle (if you buy now the currently on sale Image Quality Bundle, you will get the new Topaz Photo AI app for free when released on September 15th). The first reviews of the new Topaz Photo AI app can be found here.

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HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 ED SDM AW lens review by Ephotozine


Ephotozine published their review of the HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F/1.4 lens:

“The lens delivers the highest quality, unfortunately at the highest price in its group as well. However, the quality cannot be denied, so if that is what is required the answer is clear. It is large and heavy, there is no escaping that, but there is a clear reason for it in the construction detail that has gone into the end product. To be as good as it is, it needs to be a big, heavy lens.

We are always looking for that “pixie dust” in a lens as well, that magical quality that cannot be measured but which we know when we see it. These lenses are the keepers, the ones that don’t get swapped about, and once a Pentax user has the HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm f/1.4 ED SDM AW lens in their hands I very much doubt that they will want to give it up.”

Pros:

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Very even performance
  • Well-controlled CA
  • Virtually zero distortion
  • Gorgeous smooth bokeh
  • Fast, silent and accurate AF
  • All Weather Construction
  • Quality manufacture
  • QuickShift manual focus
  • No flare

Cons:

  • Price tag
  • Heavy

The new HD Pentax-D FA 85mm f/1.4ED SDM AW lens is now available at Adorama, B&H, Amazon DE, and WEX UK.

More HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 ED SDM AW lens review:

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