Today we are happy to be bringing you our in-depth review of the Pentax K-50, the latest weather-sealed DSLR from Pentax. Targeted at the upper entry-level market, the K-50 has a host of innovative and unique features (within its class), such as a 100%-coverage viewfinder, and it uses the same tried-and-tested sensor that was found in the Pentax K-30.
Even though the K-50 lags behind the competition in areas such as video recording and autofocus speed, it holds its ground very well when it comes to image quality and features. Furthermore, we find the K-50 to be an exceptional value, if not the best value that we've seen to date in a Pentax DSLR. This is because it was launched at a price of just $779 with a weather-sealed kit lens, which is $170 cheaper than what a comparable K-30 kit cost a year ago. It is also $20 cheaper than its closest current competitior, the Nikon D5200. The K-50 body-only kit is available for just $699. All K-50 kits are currently in stock at major retailers in the US.
Apart from its lower price and cheaper kit lens options, however, the K-50 is hardly any different from the previous-generation K-30. Even though it's an excellent camera, might you be better off by opting for a K-30? Read the full review to find out, and to see exactly what's new in the K-50.
The 18-270mm offers the widest zoom range of any Pentax lens currently available. Unlike the 18-55mm kit lens, it also features a built-in silent AF motor. For an in-depth evaluation of this handy walkaround lens, check out our Pentax 18-270mm review.
The Pentax K-500, originally announced in June, has finally hit the shelves in the US!
This new entry-level camera is very similar to the Pentax K-50, which you can read more about in our hands-on preview or hands-on video. We will be posting our in-depth review of the K-50 in the coming days, and we will follow up with a review of the K-500, so stay tuned!
The K-500 is priced at $599 with a 18-55mm kit lens, which makes it about $150 cheaper than the K-50. Compared to the K-50, the lower-end K-500 lacks weather sealing, an electronic level, and autofocus points in the viewfinder, but the camera retains all of the K-50's other innovative features, making it a compelling choice in the entry-level DSLR market.
A new month brings new deals and savings, and while many US Pentax rebates were not renewed for August, there are still some pretty attractive offers out there as far as Pentax products are concerned.
First let's take a look at two exciting lens deals that were just posted:
DA 50mm F1.8
|FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
DA 35mm F2.4
Instant rebates on the Pentax K-5 II, K-5 IIs, and WG-3 were not renewed, and they have returned to full price for the time-being.
If you spot any Pentax deals that we've missed, please share them in our Pentax Price Watch section!
We're happy to announce the winners of our June, 2013 "Planes, Trains and Cars" photo contest! In first place was forum member Jim Radcliffe, who captured the photo "French Quarter Streetcar" in New Orleans (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-5 IIs and a Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lens.
|utak: Fly Me to the Moon||Dr Orloff: Steam|
We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time! Also, be sure not to miss our August photo contest which is soon to be announced.
On July 23rd Pentax Japan announced a cosmetic customization service for owners of the Ricoh GR, Pentax K-50, and Pentax Q7 cameras in Japan. Customizations will be performed in limited quantity and are already available; if you are interested in getting a customization, it is enough to mail your camera to the Japanese service center, or drop it off personally. All customizations carry a small fee (the equivalent of approximately $20-$120 USD per modification).
If you own a GR, Pentax will be able to replace your camera's top plate, add one of three fine wood grips, change the color of the shutter release button to red or silver, or change the finish around the front of the lens. In addition to these costmetic changes, the weight of the shutter button can also be adjusted.
Pentax Q7 and K-50
A total of ten grip customizations are available for both the mirrorless Q7 and the K-50 DSLR.
Available customizations depend on your camera's body color.
Note that grip replacements are also currently being offered for the older Q10, K-r, K-x, and K-m cameras. Available colors vary by camera, and more details are available on Pentax.jp (in Japanese only).
We recently reviewed the Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A enthisiast compacts (Ricoh GR vs. Nikon Coolpix A Review). Both have a fixed focal length lens and an APS-C sized sensor.
If you're looking for a compact enthusiast camera and want one with a built-in viewfinder, the Ricoh and Nikon mentioned above won't cut it, but the Fujifilm X100S may be the answer for you.
We are therefore happy to announce our in-depth review of the Fujifim X100s, a camera which - on the outside - looks exactly like its predecessor the X100 maintaining the retro style. Has the internals been upgraded and the quirks that marred the X100 been removed? Read our review of the X100s to find out!
You still have about 10 days to submit entries for our July photo contest! The theme is "The Sky", which is rather broad and allows for many interpretations!
As always, you may submit one photo and it must be shot with a Pentax camera.
Again this month we feature cool prizes from B&H Photo and Red River Paper for the three submissions which get the most votes!