Development Announcement of Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW Lens

RICOH IMAGING has announced the development of the second new generation of HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mmF1.4 SDM AW lens. This is a new-generation high-performance Star-series lens which is known for the perfect image quality. This lens is scheduled to be released in late 2020.

Pentax say the lens series has the following credentials:

  • Best possible image quality with uniform sharpness from the centre to the edges of the image.
  • Large aperture with particularly expressive images.
  • High build quality, durable materials for longevity and easy handling

“After the release of the PENTAX-D FA* 50mm, it quickly became one of the most popular lenses for use with the PENTAX 35mm system. Since then, many PENTAX photographers have requested additional lenses to extend the range of prime lenses. Based on this, it is with great pleasure that we announce the development of another high-performance lens in this series. With the HD PENTAX-D FA* 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW, we continue to pursue particularly high image quality without compromise.”, comment Pentax.

Pentax say that the lens should be available from late 2020, and no pricing has been announced as yet.

Pentax-D FA* 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW lens key features:

  • By incorporating three Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical elements, it effectively compensates chromatic aberrations and produces brilliant, high-contrast images even from open aperture.
  • Adopts one aspherical lens and achieves high delineation performance with good correction of spherical aberration, coma and field curvature.
  • High speed and smooth operation with newly developed SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) equipped with high torque ring-type ultrasonic motor.
  • Developing as an AW (All Weather model) this lens features a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant structure to prevent the intrusion of water and dust into the lens interior.

Capture One Pro 20 Adds Support for Fujifilm X-T4, X100V, Nikon D780, D3500 and More

Capture One has released an update (Capture One version 20.0.3) that adds support for seven new camera bodies from Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon and Olympus as well as six new lenses from Sony, Nikon and Pentax.

The Capture One 20 update also brings new performance enahncements and fixes some reported bugs. Continue reading “Capture One Pro 20 Adds Support for Fujifilm X-T4, X100V, Nikon D780, D3500 and More”

Ricoh GR III Firmware Ver 1.31 & Pentax K-1 Firmware Ver.1.0.4

Ricoh released firmware update version 1.31 for the GR III camera (now in stock at AdoramaB&H and Amazon) and new firmware update version 1.04 for the Pentax K-1 II DSLR camera.

Here are the list of changes with download links: Continue reading “Ricoh GR III Firmware Ver 1.31 & Pentax K-1 Firmware Ver.1.0.4”

Ricoh WG-70 Ultra-Rugged Compact Camera

Ricoh has announced the Ricog WG-70 ultra rugged compact camera.  It is a 16 Megapixel 1/2.3” backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400. In addition to stills, the camera captures 1080p (Full HD) video.

The new Ricoh WG-70 is waterproof to a depth of 46 feet, shockproof from heights up to five feet, crushproof against weighs up to 100 kilograms of force and freeze-proof at temperatures down to -10C.

The US price for Ricoh WG-70 is $276.95, now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video/Adorama. Continue reading “Ricoh WG-70 Ultra-Rugged Compact Camera”

Pentax K-mount APS-c DSLR camera Development Announcement

Ricoh has announced that are making a new flagship Pentax K-Mount APS-C DSLR camera. This camera will be reference exhibit at “PENTAX Meeting 100th Anniversary Special” in September.

The official announcement of the flagship Pentax K-mount APS-c DSLR camera is expected in 2020. No additional information was provided. Here is the full press release: Continue reading “Pentax K-mount APS-c DSLR camera Development Announcement”

Pentax K-3 III Rumored to Feature 26MP Sensor

The next Pentax K-3 III DSLR camera is rumored to use Sony’s 26MP APS-C Sensor. This is the one that Fuji uses the customized version on Sony 26MP X-Trans Sensor on their Fuji X-T3 and Fuji X-T30 cameras.

The second version Pentax K-3 Mark II is already discontinued and latest rumors indicates that the company will unveil the Pentax K-3 III DSLR camera in 2020. Continue reading “Pentax K-3 III Rumored to Feature 26MP Sensor”

What’s New in Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.3 (May 2019)

Adobe released Lightroom Classic version 8.3 (May 2019) updates with new Texture Control, Defringe, Batch editing and Flat-Field Correction. What’s new in Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.3 (May 2019) version with  new cameras as well as the new lenses.

The May releases to the Adobe Photography lineup include a number of significant updates that help you become a better photographer, easily collaborate, and take your editing to the next level. Download the latest Lightroom updates today in the iOS App Store, the Google Play Store, and using the Creative Cloud desktop app.

Check out the list below for the list of supported cameras and lenses. Continue reading “What’s New in Adobe Lightroom Classic 8.3 (May 2019)”

First Ricoh GR III Camera Reviews with Sample Images

First Ricoh GR III camera reviews now available on several sites. Ricoh GR III is a new compact camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C  image sensor and 28mm fixed focal length lens.

A gallery of sample JPEG and RAW images with the Ricoh GR III can be found at PhotographyBlog website.

The Ricoh GR III currently selling for $899.  Check availability at (Amazon / B&H Photo Video / Adorama) . Also check out the comparison between the Ricoh GR III vs Ricoh GR II cameras.  Continue reading “First Ricoh GR III Camera Reviews with Sample Images”