This Black Friday, there will be endless Pentax deals, so stay tuned to our homepage for everything you need to know about savings on Pentax cameras and lenses in the US!
Here on the site, we're launching our special deal a little early: you can get unlimited forum attachment space, Marketplace access, and much more gallery & album space for the fraction of what it normally takes! This means that you'll be able to upload as many photos as you'd like, and sell as much of your old gear as you want for free, without any listing-based fees.
Click here to get unlimited attachment space & extended marketplace access!
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Once you're on the above page, select the first option and the duration of the upgrade you would like (1 or 2 years). You can then proceed to complete your account upgrade securely using either PayPal or 2Checkout (credit card). Account upgrades will be applied instantly and automatically.
In addition to this, we will be offering 1 year of free Marketplace access (but not unlimited attachment space) to anyone who supports us by shopping at B&H or Adorama during Black Friday. Click here for details! Normally, such upgrades only last for 1 month, so be sure to take advantage of this if you plan on getting some new gear this weekend! If you take advantage of the unlimited attachment space offer, we will extend your account upgrade by an additional year if you shop at our affiliates during the Black Friday weekend.
Pentax USA is finally making the K-30 DSLR available in a kit with the 18-55mm Weather Resistant lens, allowing you to make an affordable start with Pentax's weather-sealed DSLR system! This kit is something that has already been available in Europe for a while, and it should have been made available in the US at launch, given that the main selling point of the K-30 is its weather-sealing and its advanced features at a reasonable price.
The K-30 & 18-55mm WR kit has just arrived at major retailers and is available for $849 with all three body colors (black, blue, and white). This is a $100 savings compared to buying the lens separately.
Both of these retailers offer 2% in rewards, issued 40 days after your purchase as a gift certificate. We expect Amazon to start carrying this kit shortly and offering the same rewards.
The world is a strange place, where something relatively meaningful can be sparked by the oddest of things. For me, this was the purchase from a co-worker of what at the time I thought was a new “mantel” piece camera. A Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 100, which has sparked my explorations into film photography. This eventually led to my purchase of a Pentax P30t and a couple of Vivitar early ‘80s era lenses. Lately I have been even eying some of my other acquired “mantel” piece cameras, like my Kodak Brownie No. 2 box camera.
Before I go any further maybe it would be useful to describe this camera. Though there are copies of manual available, they do not delve into the mechanics. It might not have been because the intended market would not care, or the mentality of the time was more on technique than equipment. The source for information on these cameras is the Land List . According to the section on the 100 series Land Cameras (built from 1963 to 1965); these had a 3-element glass, which gave an aperture of f8.8, and a focal range of 114mm. The electronic ten second shutter resulted in a shutter speed of 1/1200. It is a robust design which is something one should expect from equipment that era. This is a camera where one appreciates the availability of a camera strap.
Obliviously after purchasing my “mantel” piece I began to do research, if only to have juicy information tidbits when showing to friends. Imagine my surprise, if you will, when I found I could still buy film and even batteries (the tendency to standardize had not materialized at this point I would surmise). This camera, built before I was even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes, could still be functional piece of equipment. Frequent film users can probably guess the next part, and will be snickering behind their hands. For they know that there something in film photography which still has not been completely reproduced in digital photography. It is also more challenging, because until the picture develops you really do not know what you might have; a true test of photographic skill. Maybe that is the draw, that sense of mystery.
 The Land List -- Film Index
I was taking a photo class this past spring and we were given a a theme of "Wet" and asked to submit 2 photos on this theme. This is one. It was taken on a Saturday morning after an early morning rain. I saw this leaf on a Kiwi vine right as I stepped out the door. I took just the one shot, trying to get not the entire leaf but a cut-out portion. In this respect the edge of the leaf in the lower left and lower right corners were accidental.
- Pentax K-x (hand held)
- smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL
- Shutter Speed 1/80 second
- Aperture f5.6
- ISO 1600
This was processed in Adobe Lightroom 4. Here is the original photo:
Last year, Black Friday brought us Pentaxians an excellent deal: just over 25% off the Pentax K-5, which dropped from $1349 to just $999 for four days. This year, there are many directions that Pentax can take, so let's take a look at what we can expect to see become more affordable this weekend. But first, there's one great deal that's already out there that will likely not change, and that's the new low pricing on the Pentax K-01 mirrorless APS-C camera. A couple of weeks ago, this camera's price fell by about $300, from $649 to $349, which is less than half of the original launch price. The ultra-slim 40mm kit lens is now also just $100!
Now, for possible Black Friday deals:
This April, Pentax USA launched a unilateral pricing policy (UPP) which made online prices on Pentax lenses ridiculous, to the point where sales at US online retailers virtually came to a standstill (see price comparison table). Even though instant rebates and double instant rebates were launched, online lens prices are still very high (in-store prices remain largely unaffected by the UPP). Thus, on Black Friday, it could be that Pentax will drop the lens prices to a more reasonable level, and if the double instant rebates are in effect, you could save big on lens purchases together with a K-30 or K-5 II/IIs! If any price drops to get announced, we'll be first to let you know, so stay tuned to our homepage around midnight on Thursday/Friday for the latest deals.
You can browse all current Pentax lenses in our Pentax lens database.
K-30 Price Drops
Another possibility could be that Pentax will sharply drop the price of the Pentax K-30, which was launched this July and has become a very popular choice for outdoor photographers and those wanting an affordable DSLR that packs a punch. Launched at $849, the K-30 currently retails for $749, and it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect another $100 to fall off of that price. Time will tell what ends up happening!
We would also like to mention that the price of the K-30 18-135mm lens kit has dropped to just $1039, which means that $529 the lens is yours for under $300!
This here is my favorite photo. Favorite photo because it is my most memorable shot. Most memorable, because it is my one shot that had so much history behind it. And this is the story...
It was a cold winter morning, Woke up early and walked to my parents bedroom to wake them up so they can give me a ride. It was always a habit for me to open their blinds and just to take a peek what golden treasure the windows held behind it every morning, night, rainy day, thunderstorm, etc. I swoop through the blinds and there I see it, a thin blanket of clouds just laying among houses. I ran back out of their room to mine, grabbed my camera and snapped multiples of this. Well 2-3 probably because It was a film camera, Didn't want to waste too much film on it. But man was I ever so excited to finish the roll, just for these shots. At the time, I was enrolled into a traditional photography class so we always developed our own film, and printed our own prints. When I was making a test strip of this, my teacher looked at where my enlarger was and said "Wow, that's a bitchin shot". I felt flattered. I felt that I didn't really deserve that compliment because I mean.. It really wasn't so hard to take that shot, I just had to open the blinds, grab the camera shoot. I believe that I'm just fortunate to have such a great view. Well anyways, I really wanted to make an 8x10 of it, my teacher agreed to help me. I came in early, I stayed after school. I went in during lunch. Just to perfect the picture; It took about lots and lots of test strips, and about 6 full prints to finally achieve the dodges and burns I wanted.
Hello! I am a 17 year old photographer, well on my way to improving my work in the field and studio, and hopefully one day a professional. I have been interested in photography since I was a kid (well, a smaller kid than I am now) and I can feel that I have been improving ever since. My first DSLR was (and still is my only DSLR) a Pentax K-5, and it has completely changed my photography and the business that I am trying to create. I spent major time last year over the summer working at a minimum wage job at a snowcone stand in Texas, just south of Austin. My first semi-decent camera was a Pentax X90, but it was not a DSLR and had nowhere near the image quality of a DSLR. It still taught me many things, I first learned to shoot manual mode at the age of 15, and I generally only use Manual mode now. Pentax brought me into the world of photography from the first time I picked up a camera artistically was in seventh grade, with a Pentax Optio M30. I realized then that photography was very interesting to me and that I knew I finally had something to be passionate about.
Behold: My Pentax K-5 and the first lens I ever purchased for it: The Pentax M 50mm f/1.7
When I first was looking at a DSLR to buy, I saw my friend's Nikon D90 and I had my mind set on that. Completely oblivious to how large the world of photographic equipment was, I started researching on the internet. "Hmm... I have had 2 Pentax cameras and I have liked them both." I said as I was on Amazon. I looked into the Pentax K-7, and at $200 less than the D90 with a great build and I even loved the body much more than the Nikon. I then came across a B&H sale price on the Pentax K-5. I instantly fell in love. Even at sale price, with the lens, it was way over budget on what my little 16 year old mind could fathom. But "Oh well!" I said, for I still wanted to get a job anyway, why not now? So in April of 2011 I started work for a snowcone stand at minimum wage, I worked part time. after 3 months of 9 hour shifts in 101+ degree weather, and then 4 hour shifts for 3 moths after, I finally bought the Pentax K-5 body only. This camera has completely changed my life and the business I hope to have for myself in the future. The quality is fantastic, and I do not regret going for a Canon/Nikon FF one bit. This camera was a huge step for me and I am looking forward to the announcement of it's replacement, FF or not.
Our Pentax K-30 giveaway contest has now ended, and we'll shortly be publishing the submissions so that we can determine who shall be the winner!
Over the course of the next several weeks, you will see two types of submissions appear on our homepage: blog posts about what pieces of equipment have been the most influential on our members, and blog posts about the making of our members' favorite photos. We will try to post one or two submissions per day, and you will be able to rate each submission individually.