Monday, December 28, 2009

The Pentax K-x e-book is actually completed and ready to download.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

The Pentax K-x e-book is actually completed and ready to download. Click on the Pay Now Button at the right top of this blogsite. I believe this is the most complete e-book I published so far. It's full of color pictures and illustrations. Once you get the download, you can also print the book for your own use, in high resolution.

Thank you for your patience,

Yvon Bourque

The Pentax K-x e-book is finally completed. Release Monday night 12/28/2009 @8:00 P.M. California time.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

The Pentax K-x e-book is finally completed. Release is scheduled for Monday night 12/28/2009 @8:00 P.M. California time. I am proud of this e-book as it was more difficult to write that my other e-books. Why? The camera packs a lot of features that are screen and menu oriented. The camera is also geared to entry-level photographers and photographers moving up from point & shoot cameras. I have more pictures and illustrations in this book than any of my previous books. I have purposely written the book in a non-technical way to help anyone joining this great hobby seamlessly.

Thank you for your patience,

Yvon Bourque

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dear Santa, I've been good all year and I want a Pentax K-x for Christmas, pretty please?

Dear readers and Pentaxian friends,

Thank you for visiting this site for the last two and one half years. I appreciate all of your comments and suggestions. Our free downloadable Autofocus Charts have been downloaded nearly 5000 times. You can tell your Nikon or Canon friends that the charts also work for all brands of DSLRs, as long as it has the capability of adjusting the front and rear focus. You can download the charts here:

For the past two and a half year, I have funded my blogsite by writing books about the great Pentax DSLR cameras. I now publish the books as downloadable e-books (PDF files). You can print the books on your own printers or just read the e-books on your computer screens. This has allowed a cheaper price and immediate delivery after the PayPal payments. Pentax current available cameras are the K-7 and the K-x. The K-7 e-book has been available for a while right on this blog, toward the top right corner of the main page. The K-x will be available in the next few days. We also have e-books for the K20D, K10D and the K100D ,if Santa gives you a slightly used DSLR.

***If you email me at with "Pentax K-x book" as subject, I will email you the minute the book becomes available.***

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

This has been a good year for Pentax and they got to be one of Santa's preferred supplier with the K-x. The K-7 is also on the Christmas list of many people, but that's only for the people that have been extra good all year.

The K-x, with its excellent 12MP CMOS sensor, great Image Quality and a price at around $600.00 is the best deal for the people wanting to upgrade from Point & Shoot cameras. It can still be an Auto-everything camera like a Point & Shoot, but the IQ is so much better and the Video capability of the K-x makes it an even better deal. It's a DSLR that is so helpful for entry-level photographer, as you can gradually learn how to control the camera settings and eventually use it to its full potential by adjusting the controls (Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO) yourself.

Don't believe in Santa? Well, believe in your spouse and let them read this blog.

There are still some good gadgets that can be very helpful for your photographic endeavors. There's still time to purchase them and have them shipped overnight. Here's a list of my preferred gadgets.

* Delkin Fat Gecko Camera mount

I purchased this little gadget myself and it is fantastic. I will be posting photos and videos that we produced using the Fat Gecko, shortly.

* Litepanels MicroPro

A handy accessory that I've found more and more uses for lately, especially when it comes to shooting video with a DSLR, are the Litepanels lighting fixtures. Using a grid-like pattern of soft LED (light emitting diode) lights, Litepanels attach to the top of your camera via a cold shoe mount and are powered by either regular AA or Lithium Ion AA cells. There are two versions, the smaller Litepanels Micro which uses five batteries, or the larger MicroPro that takes six batteries.

* New Portrait Professional 9

This software package will make your portraits shots editing so much easier. I purchase this software and my close-up portraits of people can be turned into glamorous shots in minutes.

There are so many more interesting gadgets, but listed above are the gadgets I purchased for myself and like.

Best Regards and Merry Christmas.

Yvon Bourque

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pentax announces new 100mm F/2.8 Macro WR lens.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.


GOLDEN, COLORADO (December 9, 2009)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the smc PENTAX D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR lens designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. Combining a high-quality exterior finish with PENTAX-original weather-resistant construction, this new macro lens is especially useful for the demands of outdoor photography.

This PENTAX macro lens features a high-grade, aluminum barrel with the high-quality, exclusive exterior design and finish unique to the PENTAX D FA series lenses. Further, the entire mechanism of the focus ring has been reviewed and upgraded to assure flawless manual-focus operation. For improved performance, the PENTAX D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR is the first PENTAX interchangeable macro lens featuring a completely rounded diaphragm blade to create a natural, beautiful bokeh at wide apertures, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources.

PENTAX WR lenses feature simplified weather-resistant construction to repel water and moisture. Combined with a PENTAX weather-resistant K-7, K20D, K200D or K10D digital SLR camera body, the lens performs well in damp, inclement outdoor conditions including rain, mist, water spray and splashes.

The lens also features the PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) surface coating to repel dust, water and grease and to minimize fingerprints.

Other significant features of this latest WR lens include:

* Mounted on a PENTAX digital SLR camera body, this lens offers a focal length equivalent to 153mm in the 35mm format for high-quality, true-to-life images, while minimizing flare and ghost images. The maximum life-size magnification allows photographers to capture dramatic close-up images with great ease.

* A working distance of just over five inches (13 cm) facilitates close-up photography of subjects including flora, insects, and wildlife.

* The PENTAX-developed Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system.

* An image circle to accommodate 35mm film-format camera image size.

* Compatibility with the macro adapter included in the PENTAX AF160FC dedicated Auto Macro Ring Flash.

smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR

Focal Length: 100mm (Equivalent to 153mm in 35mm format)

Aperture: F2.8

Minimum Aperture: F32

Lens Construction: 9 elements in 8 groups

Angle of View: 16° (wiith PENTAX Digital SLR body)
24.5° (with 35mm Film SLR body)

Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.303m (0.99 ft.)

Maximum Magnification: 1.00x

Filter Diameter: 49mm

Diaphragm Control: Fully Automatic

Number of Diaphragm Blades: 8

Lens Aperture Ring: None

Tripod Adapter: None

Lens Hood: PH-RBE49

Lens Case: S80-120

Front Cap: O-LC49

Maximum Diameter & Minimum Length: 65mm x 80.5mm (2.6 inch x 3.2 inch)

Weight: 340g (12 oz.)

Furnished accessory: Hood, Case, and Lens Cap

Simplified Weather-Resistant

Rounded Diaphragm Blade

Quick-Shift Focus System

SP (Super Protect) Coating