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Pentax 70-200mm f2.8

It seems that a Pentax full frame camera is finally on the horizon and slated to be released this year according to Pentax Forums. And part of the proof is in the company’s latest releases with their brand new 70-200mm f2.8 and their Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW Lens. Both lenses are K mount and are designed for a full frame camera of some sort–which means that Pentax has indeed been working on creating new zoom options in addition to updating many of their primes to have the company’s branded HD coatings.

More tech specs are after the jump along with images and pricing.

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All images by Simon Chetrit. Used with permission.

Photographer Simon Chetrit has been shooting for many years now, and he’s almost never seen here in Brooklyn without his venerable Pentax 67. Simon has used the camera for many years and bonded with it in some ways. Every photographer has a camera that helped them build their career, and his is the 67. Simon tells us that the camera helped him develop confidence in himself and get over shyness when interacting with strangers on the streets.

Like many other modern film shooters, Simon loves the fact that shooting film forces him to put more effort into the photo before he even presses the shutter.

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The post holiday savings on cameras, lenses, and more continue to add up. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony and Olympus deals are abound, and here are the best.

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All images by Jesse Frohman. Used with permission.

The assignment was to photograph Kurt Cobain and Nirvana for the London Observer. Jesse Frohman had everything ready to go for an 11am shoot on location, when the call came in that he would have to photograph the band in the basement of the Omni Hotel, which wasn’t the agreed-upon location. Moreover, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was hours late for a five-hour shoot, and when he did arrive, he was high. This, however, didn’t hinder Frohman, an accomplished portrait photographer who had worked for Irving Penn, a legend in his own right. The shoot at the Omni Hotel led into Nirvana’s iconic Unplugged in New York concert with MTV. Now, more than 20 years after Cobain’s death, Jesse has compiled that shoot into a book, “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session.”

You can check out more of Jesse’s work on his website. But we talked to Mr. Frohman about the last iconic session nearly 20 years later.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited and condensed.


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Editor’s Note: this review was syndicated from photographer duo Dylan and Sara with permission. All images and text are theirs.

The last week was spent shooting a few thousand frames through the Pentax 645z. This is Pentax’s new somewhat-affordable medium format system. We wanted to take a real world approach to how we would shoot the camera, so this review will be less technical and more about how it performed on the job.  We took it to a full wedding, a weeks worth of portrait sessions and a night shoot.

Medium format digital cameras have been on our mind lately and this did not let us down. This is one of the many current medium format offerings to use the 51mp CMOS sensor produced by Sony. This new CMOS sensor is a huge deal for the way we shoot, mainly because it allows useable high-iso and live view, this wasn’t possible with the previous generation of medium format digitals.

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Editor’s Note: in an earlier version of the article we accidentally called it the Pentax WG-30W. We apologize for this mistake.

Pentax has always made pretty solid tough cameras, and for their latest iteration, they’re taking it a step forward–but for their latest offering they’re going by the Ricoh name.. Their new WG-30W will include WiFi transmission–a first amongst tough cameras. The WG-30W sports a 16MP CMOS sensor. On a personal note, that’s way too much for a point and shoot sensor, but we will need to see how the images actually come out.

As far as the tough specs go, Ricoh claims that the camera can go down to 40 feet, can be dropped from 5 feet, can withstand 220 lbs of pressure, and can survive -10 degree Fahrenheit. The WG-30W also has a double microscope mode and LED lights for macro images.

The camera will come in Carbon Grey and Flame Orange. When the Ricoh WG-30W hits the stores this December, you’ll be able to pick it up for $299.95.