There are online resources for Pentax photographers created entirely by enthusiasts that are not quite duplicated by partisans of other marques (example: Bojidar Dimitrov's Pentax K-Mount Page). One of the best is the PDML, or Pentax-Discuss Mailing List, a mailing list moderated by Doug Brewer. The PDML serves a large group of Pentax photographers, many of whom have become friends. (Although I'm sure they have their lapses, the PDML is, among other things, perhaps the most civilized of any of the mailing lists, user groups, or forums that I've experienced since the heroic days of the 1980s and early-'90s CompuServe Photography Forum moderated by Mike Wilmer; in fact, the PDML and "Wilma's" CIS Photo Forum were the inspirations for the atmosphere of friendliness, respect, and collegiality I've tried to foster here at TOP.)
Recently, Pentax photographers in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Israel, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the Philippines, Italy, Hungary, India, and several other countries decided to put together an Annual. Once quite common in photography, Annuals have fallen out of favor in recent years; I have a smattering of old ones in my library*, and find it fun and useful to page through them to see what enthusiasts and hobbyists were up to in years past. The PDML members' work, in the words of media specialist Mark Roberts, who facilitated the project, "encompasses every photographic style under the sun: urban documentary shots, expansive landscapes, portraits, sports, macro, abstract, fashion, travel, wildlife and combinations of many of the above. Some defy categorization. All speak volumes about the talent and imagination of their creators."
The PDML Annual is published through on-line book service Blurb.com. It also includes the famous PDML Quotation List. (Sample: "Calibrating a monitor with software is like measuring a car's speed by licking a finger and sticking it out the window." —Rick Womer.)
All of the group's profits from the sale of the book are to be donated to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Kudos to the PDML'ers for making their idea a reality.
(Thanks to Derby Chang)
*A comprehensive collection would require a bigger house, and considerably worse OCD.
Featured Comment by Oren Grad: "I haven't been following the PDML closely so wasn't aware of the Annual. I wonder how much it was inspired by the original—Pentax itself has for many years run an owners' club in Japan, called Pentax Family, and has issued a photo annual each year. I've got a run of about ten of them on my shelf, though I eventually gave up chasing them because they look similar from year to year. But I just checked to see whether they still do it, and lo and behold."
Featured Comment by Dennis Mook: "As a member of the Leica User's Group (LUG), we have put together an annual for the past three years, also published by Blurb. The annual is a wonderful way for members of any photography or marque-related group to recognize and memorialize its members' enthusiasm and talents."
Featured Comment by Scott Loveless: "I'd like to chime in, in response to Dennis Mook. When I suggested the possibility of a PDML book, it was only after I had been lurking on the LUG for a couple months and saw how smoothly theirs came together. After seeing how the LUG handled theirs I suggested we do something similar, and a couple of folks, with Mark taking the lead, really made it happen. So the LUG's method for collecting the photos was really our working model and I'd like to thank you folks for it."