Pentax’s New Speedlight in Development

Pentax Speedlight at CES 2013

Even though we are now in April, I am still digging through things I saw while at CES 2013 back in January. One of the interesting things for Pentax shooters was a new speedlight mockup on display in the Pentax booth.

The only official thing I can reveal about it is that Pentax was “showing a reference model of new flashes.” Boring, eh?

Well, you can see in the images below what Pentax might have going on with its new flash unit(s) at some point in the probably reasonably near future. Feel free to speculate away. And, if you spot something that jumps out at you, please let us know in the comments. [Read more...]

Pentax K-30 Now in Loads of New Colors

Pentax K-30 Colors

If the typical black DSLR is a little too boring for you, then the Pentax K-30 may be just the ticket for you.

In addition to boring black, the camera is now available in a ton of new colorful options, including: Crystal Black, Crystal Bordeaux, Crystal Green, Crystal Red, Crystal Silver, Crystal Yellow, Crystal Orange, Silky Blue, Silky Bordeaux, Silky Green, Silky Red, Silky Silver, Silky White, Silky Yellow and Silky Orange.

The new K-30 color options are available for pre-order online at www.pentaxwebstore.com for $799.95 including the smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens.

Pentax K-3 Full Frame Camera Coming This Week?

Pentax K Side

Recent rumors suggest that Pentax’s full frame K-3 DSLR may arrive this week on March 27. This comes after a photographer testing the new K-3 posted his early report on his Google+ profile, comparing the quality to cameras like the Nikon D800 and D4 or the Canon 5D Mark III and 1D X.

According to specs being tossed around, the Pentax K-3 will feature a 24MP full frame sensor and a max sensitivity up to ISO 102,400. The early report noted above says that noise “only starts showing up visibly at around ISO 6400.” [Read more...]

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...]