Did you know that many modern Pentax lenses have been sold under the Samsung brand? We have now eneterd all Samsung and Schneider-Kreuznach K-mount lenses in our Third-party Pentax Lens Database. This database is not only for technical specifications, it is also is open for member lens reviews.
Samsung had a brief stint marketing K-mount DSLR cameras based on Pentax models. The last one was the GX-20 introduced in 2008, and shown in the illustration above. It was based on the Pentax K20D, which, as a part of this cooperation, had a Samsung-manufactured sensor.
Back to the lenses marketed by Samsung: they ended up having a total of eight rebadged Pentax lenses for their Pentax clone DSLRs. Initially the lenses were branded as Schneider-Kreuznach lenses under an agreement with that German lens manufacturer. These lenses would have the Schneider-Kreuznach name engraved around the front lens or at the lens barrel and be called D-Xenon (DA clone) or D-Xenogon (D FA/FA clone). The accessories (lens hood and lens cases), however, all had the Samsung name, and the Pentax-DA lens derivatives would also sport the Samsung name on the name plate on the left side near the lens mount. Somewhat of a branding mess.
Over time the Schneider-Kreuznach name got replaced with Samsung, and in some cases the D-Xenon/D-Xenogon label vanished, too, and was replaced with Samsung.
It has not been possible these many years later to find out with certainty which lenses were introduced initially under the Schneider-Kreuznach name and if they all made the transition to the Samsung name. We are also short on photos of the lenses; if you own any of these please forward photos to one of the administrators for inclusion in the database. Of particular interest are photos that show the engraved name on the front and near the lens mount.
Here is what we've learned after doing a little bit of research:
It has been about a month since the Photokina trade show ended, and over the course of the past several weeks, we posted articles about our findings in a special homepage category dedicated to the event. We didn't, however, post any concluding remarks, so we will now take the opportunity to do so. In addition, for those who will be visiting the PhotoPlus trade show in NYC this weekend, consider this a preview of what you'll be seeing there.
Just before Photokina, Pentax made 8 new product announcements in addition to announcing a new premium lens coating called Pentax HD coating. We summarize them by category below:
Pentax K-Mount DSLRs
The Pentax K-5 II is the successor to the original Pentax K-5, which was launched in October of 2012. Only two things are new in this camera: the autofocus system has been improved, and the LCD should now be easier to see while outdoors.
The Pentax K-5 IIs is an industry first for an APS-C camera: it's essentially the same as the K-5 II, but the anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor has been removed, dramatically increasing resolution while risking the presence of moire in certain situations.
Pentax K-Mount Lenses
This superzoom is a welcome addition to the Pentax K-mount lens lineup, even though it's nothing more than a re-badged Tamron lens.
This weather-sealed professional telephoto lens looks quite impressive, but it's also very expensive.
Pentax Q Mirrorless System
The Q10 is an improved version of the now-discontinued Pentax Q. It features better image quality, faster autofocus, longer battery life, and new in-camera capabilities.
This lens is roughly equivalent to a 83-250mm DSLR lens, and makes the Pentax Q system much more versatile.
With this adapter, you'll be able to mount DSLR lenses on the Pentax Q, allowing you to take extreme macro or extreme telephoto images with ease.
Pentax 645 Medium Format System
Pentax's new medium format macro lens is bound to be extremely sharp. It also features built-in shake reduction, which Pentax wouldn't comment on at Photokina.
These products ended up being the focus at Photokina; nothing else new was announced during the event itself. So, what can we take away from all this?
Did you know that we're currently hosting a giveaway featuring the great Pentax K-30 as a grand prize? By entering, you'll also be eligible to win a Pentax Optio WG-2 or one of six premium forum accounts, but hurry, because the giveaway ends on November 14th! This giveaway celebrates the 2,000,000-post milestone on our forum, which we hit a couple of months ago.
Currently, only 26 contest submissions have been made by other members, meaning that you will have a very high chance of winning if you enter today.
In a nutshell, this is a blog post competition which will be judged by fellow forum readers. You can submit a post describing what piece of equipment has been the most influential on your photography, or a post describing the making of one of your favorite photographs. You can also choose to submit both to double your chances of winning!
|Lens||Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC J|
|Post-Processing||Adobe Lightroom 4|
With the imminent availability of the Pentax Q10, the Pentax Q (launched in July, 2011, see review) has officially been discontinued, and stock at US retailers is starting to thin out. We believe that the $385 black Q prime kit will be the first to go, followed by the zoom and dual-lens kits.
Fortunately, the Q10 only costs $100 more than the old Q, and even this price is well below the original MSRP of the Q (which was an astronomical $799 back in 2011). To learn more about the Pentax Q10, please see our Photokina Q10 preview. The Q10 is expected to start shipping late this week or early next week. If you're interested getting one or upgrading your old Q, it is already available for pre-order.
Today we are very happy to announce the addition of a new section to our web site: the Pentax Sample Photo Search Engine. In a nutshell, this system allows you to search all of the photos found on our forum and in our photo gallery based on their EXIF information. You can initiate a search using the dropdowns at the top of the page. When you first open the page, you will also see a list of the most popular photos and recent searches.
Searches are primarily based on a camera and/or lens selection, but once those results are displayed, you can choose to filter them based on EXIF fields such as:
- Shutter Speed
- Focal Length
- Lens Name (if searching by camera only)
- Camera Name (if searching by lens only)
You can also sort your results based on criteria such as popularity, date uploaded, number of likes, and more. Click on the "thumbs up" icon if you like a photo, or click on the "thumbs down" icon if you think the photo isn't a worthwhile sample! To view the photo where the author original posted, click on the link as highlighted below.
Whenever you make a lens or a camera selection using one of the dropdowns, the other dropdown will automatically be filtered to show only lenses that match your camera selection, or vice-versa. You can reset the contents of the dropdown by clicking on the "reset dropdowns / filters" button, or simply by selecting the "All" option in the dropdown. Note that the dropdowns are searchable, and if you start typing, the contents of the dropdown will be filtered!
With the imminent availability of the Pentax K-5 II, B&H Photo has dropped the price of the original Pentax K-5 to $849 as final stock gets cleared out. While lower prices may be available from independent internet sellers, this is the lowest online offer from an authorized US Pentax retailer (price on Amazon: $899, Adorama: $879).
This price is less than half of the K-5's original launch MSRP of $1749, making the camera a true bargain, while it lasts. According to B&H, this is their las K-5 shipment.
In an effort to be the most complete Pentax resource on the Internet we have now added to our camera database all Pentax Optio compact cameras released in 2008 and later. The cameras are sorted by release date with the most recent ones first.
Our goal is to eventually include all Pentax point and shoots starting with the El-100, El-200 and El-2000, which we believe are the earliest Pentax digital cameras. The El-200 was launched 12 years ago and sported a whopping 2.1 MP sensor. The El-200 looked very much like the then popular Pentax IQ Zoom 35 mm film point and shoot cameras: