Season's greetings from everyone here at PentaxForums.com! We hope you get everything you wished for this holiday season!
As you may have seen, one of the highlights of our site is the Photographer's Marketplace- one of the largest Pentax classifieds sections on the internet.
Today, we're expanding the Marketplace by adding a section of photographic service and web site listings. Current Marketplace users are welcome to promote their photographic businesses, services, or web sites in this section! Enjoy!
You can also view the runners-up in our Winners Showcase forum. Congratulations!
Our current December photo contest, "Silver and Gold" will remain open until the end of the month. Check out how to enter if you'd like to participate!
Rumors had it that new Pentax bodies would be announced today. Well, that did not turn out to be the case; however, via a Japanese interview with the head of Pentax's R&D department, Riki Kitazawa, we've gotten some insight into what Pentax is planning for the future.
Two goals seem to be clear from the dialog:
- Pentax is focusing on minimizing the phyisical size of their DSLR cameras
- Pentax is exploring mirrorless as an option for a pro-grade 645 format camera, as well as for an "affordable" full-frame camera
There is no clear indication of what's coming in the near future, but it's inevitable that a successor to both the K-5 (still in production) and the K-r (just discontinued) will be announced in the upcoming months.
We'll let you draw further conclusions yourself. Thanks for forum member v5planet, an English translation of the interview is available in this forum thread: Interview with Mr. Kitazawa.
With Christmas Day just 5 days away, we felt compelled to put together a holiday shopping guide for those of you who have yet to buy gifts!
Unfortunately, Pentax have kept quiet lately, and no new DSLRs or K-mount lenses have been announced this year. This doesn't mean that now's not the time to buy a Pentax, though! Plus, you can always treat yourself to lenses or accessories, which (hopefully) never become obsolete.
If you want a new yet affordable DSLR, you should go for the K-r before stock runs out! Having been discontinued several weeks ago, retailers' supplies are running out, and the camera is no longer available directly from Pentax. However, you can still get the following K-r kits new, while supplies last:
- 18-55mm + 55-300mm K-r kit at B&H ($709)
- 35mm K-r kit at Adorama ($629)
- White K-r body-only at Adorama ($499)
When the successor to the K-r is announced it likely won't be as affordable as the K-r currently is for a while, so get it while it's hot (and around!).
Another choice is the K-5, which still has best-in-class image quality and is the most affordable high-end DSLR of its kind. It can be had for as little as $1089 on Amazon, while most others retailers are selling it for $1199 (the $300 instant rebate is in effect through January). For more information on the K-5, please take a look at our in-depth review.
The price of the O-GPS1 accessory, which adds geotagging support for your K-5, K-r, or 645D,has recently been reduced by $50, from $249 to $199.