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Pentax Holiday Gear Guide 2012

Recommended equipment, great deals, and gift ideas! · Posted on 12-18-2012 in Pentax Deals

Today, we're happy to be bringing your our 2012 Pentax holiday gear and gift guide!  In the US, standard shipping cutoffs for delivery by Christmas are coming up on Wednesday, so we apologize for the delay in the posting this.  We hope that late ends up being better than never, though!

Read on for some great gift ideas for yourself as well as your friends and family!

Please note that the prices below are subject to change based on the latest pricing and availability.  For certain items, discounted prices can only be viewed in cart.

Without further ado, here's what we recommend you take a look at during your year-end shopping.  If you happen to live in an area which has Pentax retailers locally, we encourage you to stop by and give the cameras below a spin:

Cameras and Combos

Holiday Price

Pentax K-5


+ Tamron 17-50 F2.8






Best-in-class in terms of image quality, the original Pentax K-5 is still available from Adorama at an incredible low price. Combine it with the reasonably-priced Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 zoom for a hard to beat combo.

Make sure to fill in the manufacturer's mail-in rebate form for the Tamron (expires Dec. 31, 2012).

Read our in-depth reviews:

Pentax K-5 Review

Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Review

Pentax K-30




Another great combination at a truly great price from Adorama, the Pentax K-30 with the Pentax 18-135 mm "walk-around" zoom, a good kit for beginners and for travelers who want to travel light. Camera as well as lens are sealed against dust and rain.

Read our in-depth reviews:

Pentax K-30 Review

Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR

 Pentax K-01


The K-01 has dropped in price worldwide, and it can be yours for just $316!  In February, the K-01 was launched at more than double the price.

Read our in-depth review:

Pentax K-30 Review

Pentax K-5 IIs


+ 35mm Macro






OK, so you want the K-5 IIs for it's enhanced image quality? It deserves one of the best lenses available, we recommend the DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro.

Read our in-depths reviews:

Pentax K-5 IIs Review

Pentax 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Review

Pentax Q

Pentax Q

+ DSLR Lens




Looking for a compact camera but would like better image quality and the ability to switch lenses? The original Pentax Q is still available at an incredibly low price from ShopNBC! This low price even includes the 5-15mm (28-82mm eqv.) zoom and a 3-year warranty!

Can you believe that this kit launched at an MSRP of $999 just over a year ago?

Furnish the Q with a K-mount adapter and you can use your K-mount lenses. Pentax's own adapter is hard to find but we have found an inexpensive third party adapter at that still can control the aperture.

Read our in-dpeth review:

Pentax Q Review


Already have a great camera but need lenses? Here are our top picks:

Holiday Price

Sigma 70 - 300mm

Sigma 70-300




The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro is an autofocus telezoom at a much more reasonable price than the Pentax DA 55-300mm. The lens even has a macro function that goes down to 1:2 (half life size).

Read what our users think:

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG User Reviews

Pentax 35mm F2.4


An inexpensive way to get into the fascinating world of prime lenses is this Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL. On digital, it corresponds to the 50mm lens that came with your Dad's Pentax Spotmatic or K1000, in other words it is a so-called "normal" lens.

Read our in-depth review of this lens.

Pentax 40mm F2.8 XS


This is the ultra-compact 40mm lens that was introduced with the K-01. Also this prime lens is available below $200.

Read our shoot-out and review here.

Pentax 50mm F1.8


The Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 is a fast, short telephoto lens. We would have liked to see also this lens below $200, but that was not to be.

Read our review and comparison with other 50mm lenses.

Pentax 15mm F4 Ltd.


The Pentax-DA 15mm F4 Limited wide angle lens has a lot of followers and may very well become one of the legendary Pentax lenses. It is not cheap but it is a little gem to handle.

Read our review here.

Sigma 50-500mm


The Sigma "Bigma" is another favorite among our users. It is not cheap but the price is nevertheless very reasonable for a 500mm lens. The price is after a special manufacturers rebate which expires soon.

Read what our users think about the Bigma here.


Top Accessories

Holiday Price

+2yr Warranty


A Two-Year Extended Warranty for the K5, K5-II, K5-IIs, KR, K-30, K-01 Digital SLR Cameras from Pentax includes one complete check-up to be provided anytime during the warranty period. The inspection covers all camera functions to ensure each meets factory specifications.  Add this warranty to your cart when you buy your camera and you'll get a total of three years of warranty coverage!

Lens Case


Our users speak favorably of this Pearstone Onyx 60 Lens Case. It is designed to carry a typical SLR lens and is made from weather-resistant 600 denier ballistic nylon, with protective interior padding. The case uses self-healing, weather-resistant zippers. It has a double-zippered lid with an inside mesh accessory pocket. The case can be carried by a double touch belt loop and has two webbed eyelet loops for an optional shoulder strap.



An SD card with speeds up to 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds. This is faster than required for today's Pentax DSLRs but might come in handy for future models.

Small Gift Ideas

Holiday Price


A must-have for all DSLR owners: Giottos large Rocket air blower for removing that dust from the sensor which the cameras dust removal system may have left behind.



We have very good experience using SD cards from Transcend in our Pentax DSLRs. While faster cards are available we haven't seen any speed adavantage in practice over these Transcend cards with the current crop of cameras (K-01, K-30, K-5, Q).   Best value anywhere!


Sensor cleaning kit for those rare cases where dust spots resist the rocket blower.

A- and M-lenses


Try the PentaxForums Marketplace for second hand A and M-series 50mm prime lenses. This is an inexpensive way of getting into the joy of using prime lenses and the image quality of these old lenses leaves little to be desired.

For True Pentaxians

If you or a family member is lucky enough to own 3 Pentax Limited pancake lenses, such as the 15, 21, 35, 40m, or 70mm, this is the perfect case to gift!  Check out the Pentax Limited Lens Case:

Pentax Limited Lens Case

That's it for now- if you have any further holiday gift ideas, please share them in the comments section!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Pentax DA 18-270mm: Now Shipping

Pentax's latest superzoom lens · Posted on 12-17-2012 in Pentax News

Pentax's latest superzoom lens, the DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3, has just hit the shelves- right on schedule!  This lens, offering a 75 degree field-of-view at 18mm and 15x zoom, is the best choice for those who just want to stick to a single lens.  Sure, it's not going to deliver the image quality of premium zooms, but for many users, it'll get the job done just fine.

This lens is launching at an MSRP of $799, and it is based on the Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 lens, which has been available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony for quite a while.  If you want to find out how the Pentax lens will perform, search for a few reviews of the Tamron!  From what we gathered at Photokina, the Pentax 18-270mm is optically and mechanically identical to the Tamron, except that it lacks in-lens stabilization as it is not needed on Pentax DSLRs (due to the presence in-camera Shake Reduction).

To learn more about this lens, visit its entry in our lens database.  Does this price make sense for a lens that's targeted at consumers?  We are looking forward to your comments and practical experiences with this lens, and we will be posting an in-depth review after the holiday season.

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Affordable Full-Frames: They're Here!

But where is Pentax at? An editorial · Posted on 12-17-2012 in Photographic Articles

Some crazy deals on full-frame camera have been announced this week, and when we say crazy, we aren't kidding!  As much as we hate to promote cameras from the competition to our community, these deals are so good that we can honestly recommend these cameras for any enthusiast that has been waiting for months, if not years, to get a full-frame.  Some of these cameras are now priced lower than Canon and Pentax APS-C DSLRs were last Christmas!  First we examine the deals, and then, more importantly, we offer some commentary about what all of this means for the camera industry.

Let's take a look at the deals:

First is the Nikon D600, which is Nikon's entry-level 24-megapixel full-frame, launched in October and targeted mostly at enthusiasts.  There's an $800 instant savings on a kit which includes a nice lens.


For just $1996, you get all of the following:

Do the math, and that works out to about $1300 for the camera itself.  That's about what the Pentax K-5 cost a year ago!  On top of that, B&H will throw in free 2-day rush shipping and a $40 gift reward gift card.  This deal is also available at Adorama, who offer $80 back in rewards and an extended warranty, but no free tripod.

Next up is the 21-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II, an older body, but now more affordable than ever: it's just $1599 and you also get some extra freebies.  The nice thing about Canon cameras is that Pentax lenses can be adapted without the need for a "correctional" element (a cheap teleconverter which ruins image quality), whereas you may as well give up before even trying to adapt K-mount lenses onto a Nikon.

Canon 5D Mark IIThe freebies that come with the 5D include:

  • Extra battery
  • 16Gb CF card
  • Third-party battery grip

And you also get free 2-day shipping and 2% back in rewards at B&H. But what about the Canon 6D?  Well, it's not as cheap as it should be, nor as good as it should be, so let's move on!

Last but not least is the Nikon D800, the 36-megapixel full-frame that we recently compared to the Pentax 645D.  It's got a $200 instant savings for a final price of $2796, and like the other cameras, it includes free two-day shipping.  For a camera that nearly matches the image quality of the $8800 645D, it certainly is a steal!


This kit includes the following:

  • An extra battery
  • A Lowerpro bag
  • A remote trigger
  • A 32Gb CF card
  • $56 back in rewards

Deals on cameras high-end cameras such as the D800 certainly don't happen every day!

As tempting as these low prices might be, what does all this really mean, though?  What's the bigger picture?

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Save 30% on Topaz Detail or Suite

Only today and tomorrow! · Posted on 12-17-2012 in Pentax Deals

For the past week, Topaz Labs has been offering a 30% discount on their Detail plugin, which instantly integrates itself with just about any photo editing software out there (including Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture) to extract more detail from your photos to create a more clear and more vivid final product.  An example of what you can expect is show above!

The 30% off deal has just been extended using this exclusive coupon code: getdetail

The code can be used in the Topaz Store.  Once there, add Detail (or the Topaz Bundle, or an update to the bundle) to your cart, then type the code in at checkout.

In general, Topaz plugins are very effective.  Our favorite one is DeNoise, which practically eliminated the noise from in this ISO 6400 shot with minimal loss of detail:

multirotor before

After Topaz DeNoise:

multirotor after

Our full review of Topaz DeNoise as well as other producs can be found in the software section of our in-depth reviews.  Remember, even after this deal expires, you can always save 15% on any Topaz plugin by using the coupon code pentaxuser!

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My inspiration comes from three things: My late Dad, an Ensign E29 box camera, and a book by Mitchell and Beazley entitled "The Camera Book". First let me tell you that my Dad was no photographer and did not even know how to load a film he just liked the Ensign E29 and before leaving the army back in the 50's he swapped two tins of Corned beef hash from the ration store for the camera. My Dad used to buy the film and get others to load the camera and to take the shots for him as he just never thought that he could do it so never tried. I just wish that I could show you some pictures from this camera but after my Dad passed away last June and my Mother passing away this January my so called brothers and sisters took everything and said nothing.

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Having finally ventured into the realm of printing, my most influential accessory is definitely one that I actually haven’t had much of a chance to use yet but one that I know I will be using all the time.  Small prints are fine, but being a landscape photographer I love printing LARGE.  As great as the Pentax K-5 is, it is not entirely geared toward larger prints.  Of course anything looks good from far enough away, but up close many landscape prints that look good on a computer don’t look too great printed.  Enter my tripod head setup:

  • Sunwayforo DYH-66i
  • Sunwayfoto Indexing Rotator DDP-64M
  • Sunwayforo Universal L Bracket DPL-03
  • Vanguard ABH-120k Ballhead

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Adobe Lightroom 4

The biggest influence on my photography · Posted on 12-16-2012 in Influential Photo Gear

I really struggled with this one. I have a lot of gear: cameras, lenses, bags, filters, etc. I use it all pretty regularly, and it has all been influential on my photography in some way. However, when it comes down to it, I think the thing that has been most influential is Adobe Lightroom 4. I'm sure many will agree, just as I am sure that many will think I'm crazy.

What is Lightroom?

Lightroom 4 is the latest version of Adobe's workflow application for photographers. Developed as a way to provide for logical, effective, and efficient workflow for ingesting and processing a lot of images. I really fell in love with Lightroom in version 3, but quickly made the upgrade to 4 after I saw what the new version was capable of.

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There are two thing you need to know about me.  First is that I love adventure.  Being primarily a landscape/nature photographer and living in Kansas City leaves me itching to get away sometimes.  So, with nowhere in mind I hopped on the highway for about an hour, took a random exit and kept driving until I was lucky enough to come across this field as the sun was setting.

Second is that I am a sucker for unique process techniques. I love pictures that are unique or different than what you would expect. This led me to the processing technique that I used.

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