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Black Friday: Pentax DSLR Savings

Deals on the Pentax K-30, K-5 IIs, K-01, and more! · 11-23-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax Deals

Black Friday also brings great deals on Pentax cameras, including mirrorless cameras and all DSLRs!

The Pentax K-30, now also available in a kit with the 18-55mm WR lens (see below), has fallen in price by about $100.  Save on the body or any kit!  There are also savings on the Pentax K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-5 Classic, and K-01 (most notably, the Pentax K-5 IIs is discounted by $250).  Here's an overview of the savings that are available right now.  Note how the Pentax K-5 is available at an all-time low of $749!

Original Price
Black Friday Price
Buy & Learn

Pentax K-30


$749 $649



B&H | Adorama
In-Depth Review

Pentax K-5 IIs


$1299 $1049



In-Depth Review

Pentax K-5 II


$1199 $1029



B&H | Adorama
In-Depth Review

Pentax K-5


$799 $748



In-Depth Review

Pentax K-01


$649 $316



In-Depth Review

Note that if any item you order on Black Friday ends up being back-ordered, the original price will be honored!

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Initial Black Friday Deals Posted!

The first few of many deals to come · 11-23-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax Deals

This first few Black Friday Pentax deals are here, with many more to come in the next few hours!  Here are the current camera savings:

The first lens deal is also live:

Continue monitoring our Black Friday Deals forum for the latest in Pentax deals.  These new low prices are valid through 11/26 and are fully authorized by Pentax.  All cameras come with free shipping, 2% rewards, and the full manufacturer's warranty.

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Pentax K-5 Classic just $748

Get it while supplies last! · 11-22-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax Deals

Adorama has received what will be the very last shipment of the original K-5 model and they let it go at a Black Friday price of just $748!

As we reported earlier the Pentax K-5 is the highest scoring APS-C DSLR ever in DxOMark's tests and even scores higher than Canon full-frame cameras. You can't go wrong with the K-5 especially at this rock bottom price!

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Pentax K-5 II is #1 says DxOMark

Pentax K-5 II scores higher than any Canon DSLR · 11-21-2012 · By PF Staff in Photo Industry News

As our alert user photoman1 has already posted about here,  DxOMark has tested the Pentax K-5 II and they found the K-5 II to be the best APS-C DSLR ever tested, scoring higher than even Sony's 24MP offering and much higher than Canon's 18MP APS-C models. Actually, the K-5 II (and the original K-5) scores higher overall than any Canon DSLR, including Canon's full-frame offerings! That is quite an accomplishment of Pentax to give us this kind of quality and in a lightweight and compact body to boot!

What we also like about the test is that all K-5 II scores except one is very close if not identical to the original K-5 which illustrates that their tests are repeatable and reliable. In one area, "sports" (low light performance) the K-5 II moves ahead of the classic K-5. The DxOMark test can be found here. The technical specifications can be found in our database.

We can't wait to see their test of the K-5 IIs with its added resolution. We wouldn't be surprised if that model would move further ahead in the overall score.

With the current price level of the K-5 II this camera is indeed a very good deal. The image quality is top notch as evidenced by DxOMark, but also the subjective parameters like handling and "looks" it is up there among the best. Add to that that you can use Pentax glass going back decades so if you're on a budget you can find excellent prime lenses for a song. If you can do without the improved low light performance of the K-5 II you can still find the original K-5 new and at a rock bottom price. Adorama, for example, still has them in stock.

Don't forget to check out our in-depth review of the K-5 II!

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Black Friday Special: Unlimited Forum Attachments!

and extende Marketplace access · 11-21-2012 · By PF Staff in PentaxForums News

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!
(Make sure you are logged in before clicking the link)

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.

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Pentax K-30 & 18-55mm WR Kit Launched

A long-awaited lens kit is now available & shipping · 11-21-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

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.

B&H Photo


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.

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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 [1]. 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.

Polaroid Land Camera

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.

[1] The Land List -- Film Index

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Wet on Leaf

11-20-2012 · By PF Staff in Favorite Photos

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.

Equipment Used


This was processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.  Here is the original photo:

Original Leaf Photo

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