Pentax Announces Silver K-5 DSLR and Lenses

Pentax has announced a limited edition of its K-5 DSLR, along with three prime lenses: (1)  the DA 12mm f/3.2 AL; (2) the DA 40mm f/2.8 and (3) the DA 70mm f/2.4.

The limited edition Pentax K-5 has a silver body and a revised grip.  It will cost $1700 for the body only and should be available in April.

Pentax has not provided info on the availability or pricing for the limited edition lenses (also silver in color) other than that they are TBA.

Firmware Friday: Pentax K-5 & PocketWizards

Camera   Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Pentax K-5 new firmware version – Increases continuous shooting in RAW format and other bug fixes [coming mid-November]

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 version 5.200 for Canon “offers optimized compatibility with the PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom and the AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Paul C. Buff flashes.” [PocketWizard Website]

Pentax K-5 Announced

The Pentax K-5 is a 16.3MP DSLR geared toward the enthusiast photographer and looks to compete directly with the Canon 7D and Nikon D300s.  The K-5 features 7 fps still image frame rate, ISO 80-51200 (w/ expansion) and 1080p HD video capture at 25 fps.

The Pentax K-5 should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $1599.95 for body only and $1749.95 with an 18-55mm kit lens.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Pentax K-5 Key Features

  • 16.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • 7 fps frame rate
  • ISO 80-12800 (expandable to ISO equivalent 51200)
  • 1080p video at 25 fps
  • Built-in Sensor-based Image Stabilization
  • 3-inch 921k dot res LCD
  • 0.92x Magnification VF w/ 100% Coverage
  • External Audio Mini Plug
  • 11-point AF System
  • In-Camera HDR
  • Magnesium Alloy Body (same as K-7)
  • HDMI Out
  • SDXC Memory Card Compatibility

Alongside the new K-5, Pentax has also announced a new 18-135mm lens, which should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $529.95.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Pentax K-5 Photo and Rumored Specs

Along with above image that’s rumored to be a leaked shot of the new Pentax K-5 uncovered up by Lens Tip, additional rumors have surfaced about the Pentax K-5’s specifications. A poster over in the Pentax forums provides detailed specifications passed along from a retailer.

Pentax K-5 Rumored Specs

  • 16.2MP CMOS Sensor
  • 18-point AF
  • ISO 50-25600
  • 1920 x 1080 25p, 30p
  • External mic output
  • Magnesium body
  • Weather sealing
  • $1699 retail price

The Pentax K-5 is rumored to be announced on September 22.  Full spec list is below. [Read more...]