Pentax K-5 II Gets $100 Price Drop – Deal Alert

Pentax K-5 II

B&H has the Pentax K-5 II for $1,096.95 now (it was $1,196.95 yesterday). It’s $1069.87 at Amazon.com right now, but it’s out of stock and only available through third-party retailers on Amazon at the moment. I’m not sure if this a permanent or temporary price drop, but you can get it at the deal price and it’s in stock here at B&H Photo.

Pentax MX-1 Hands-On

Pentax MX-1

The Pentax MX-1 is a new, retro-styled point and shoot camera with a 1/1.7″ sensor inside at 12MP resolution. It has a robust body, complete with a brass top that will add some character to individual units as they age.

Geared toward prosumers, the MX-1 offers RAW image capture and a fast, f/1.8-2.5 aperture on the 4x zoom lens. And, the 3″ LCD articulates, which makes high and low viewing easier. [Read more...]

Pentax K-5 II Hands-On Review

Pentax K5 II

I haven’t really used a K-mount camera that much since my old Ricoh KR-5 Super II that I used religiously a couple decades ago as my first SLR camera.  As a result, my exposure to Pentax gear is generally limited to what I see at trade shows.  Stepping aside . . . ain’t it a bit ironic that Ricoh now owns Pentax when it previously used Pentax’s K-mount to make K1000 clones like the KR-5 Super II?

Ricoh KR-5 Super II

With that nostalgia out of the way, I took a closer look at the new Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs at the Pentax booth at PhotoPlus 2012.  At first blush, I love the way the camera feels in the hand, along with a very intuitive control and menu scheme.   [Read more...]