Pentax K20D Firmware Update

Pentax has issued a firmware update for the K20D.  According to DP Review, the firmware  “addresses the problem characterized on the DPReview forums in which ‘hot’ pixels could appear when the 2-second self times was used.”  The official party line is that new firmware “[m]inimize[s] the noise when taking picture with 2 seconds self-timer mode.”  It is available here for download.

Pentax K20D Review at The Online Photographer

The Online Photographer has posted Part 4 (on low light AF) of its report on the Pentax K20D.

It wasn’t “so fast I didn’t notice.” But I’d describe it as “fast.” More important, it was positive. By that I mean that when I pressed the button halfway, the mechanism almost always made one direct move to focus, and stayed there.

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Pentax Rebates: Save Up To $375

GOLDEN, CO (May 22, 2008) PENTAX Imaging Company announced the PENTAX Gear Up Rebate today designed for new and existing Pentaxians to save big on a complete DSLR system. From now through July 26, 2008, the rebate offers savings on individual products or on a complete PENTAX K20D or K200D system including a body, lenses, flash and battery grip. For example, Pentaxians may save $375.00* on a system including a PENTAX K20D body, a smc PENTAX DA*16-50mm lens, a smc PENTAX DA*50-135mm lens, a BG 2 Grip and an AF-540 FGZ Flash.

*Accessories included in this rebate must be purchased at the same time as a K20D or K200D body on the same receipt to receive full rebate.

The product models in the rebate savings include:

$100 K20D Camera Body

$100 K200D Camera Body

$100 smc PENTAX DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL Lens

$100 smc PENTAX DA*50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Lens

$100 smc PENTAX DA*16-50mm F2.8 ED AL(IF) SDM

$50 AF-360FGZ Flash

$50 AF-540FGZ Flash

$25 BG 2 Battery Grip

$25 BG 3 Battery Grip

For complete details, visit: http://www.pentaxslr.com/buy/rebates

Pentax K20D Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG has published a review of the new 14.6 megapixel Pentax K20D.

Pentax have made some notable improvements with the K20D in terms of it’s responsiveness and ease-of-use, in particular offering much quicker file write times that really speed up using the camera. If you have a collection of Pentax lenses, you’ll love the new AF Adjustment custom function, which allows you to precisely calibrate each one to the K20D, and the Dust Alert feature shows you exactly where the dust is on the sensor. Studio photographers can now seriously consider the K20D because of the welcome addition of an X-sync socket, and the camera still offers dust and water-resistance and effective anti-shake and dust-removal systems.

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