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New Recommended Pentax Gear Guide

A hand-picked collection of the best Pentax cameras and lenses · Posted on 01-14-2014 in Photographic Articles

We've just updated our Recommended Gear page with the latest and greated products by Pentax and for Pentax.  All the equipment featured on this page is something we truly enjoyed while putting together our in-depth reviews and homepage reviews over the course of the past year.  We've picked out gear for every skill level, and we're confident you'll be happy with its performance, so don't miss it!

The page features 4 cameras, 6 zoom lenses, 10 prime lenses, and 6 different accessories suitable for all different kinds of kits.

So, whether you're a beginner looking to start to expand your kit, or a seasoned shooter looking to add a lens to your lineup, click here to check out our Pentax gear recommendations.

Of course, different photographers have different needs, so if you have questions about any items listed above or if you'd like personalized advice, don't hesitate to post on the forum!

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Pentax at CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas · Posted on 01-11-2014 in Pentax Events

Ricoh Imaging (Pentax) exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas over the course of the past three days.  The show wrapped up yesterday, so let's take a look at what was shown at the Pentax booth and what new announcements were made.  We'd like to note that since Pentax Ricoh Imaging was re-branded to just Ricoh Imaging late last year, the Pentax logo has since been removed from its corporate identity (and booth branding), but the same great Pentax products were of course still on display.  Note that in our homepage postings, we will continue to refer to Ricoh Imaging as "Pentax".

The sizable Pentax booth was the fifth-largest at the show, behind Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus and the same size as the Fuji and Panasonic booths. 

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Sigma 18-200mm OS HSM "Contemporary" Announced

A new all-in-one superzoom lens for Pentax · Posted on 01-10-2014 in Pentax News

The one and only CES product announcement related to Pentax this year came from Sigma, which announced the new Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM "Contemporary" superzoom lens for all camera mounts, including Pentax.  This lens is designed as an all-in-one solution for everyday use and it is more affordable than the 18-250mm in the current Sigma lineup.  Like other modern lenses, the 18-200mm of course includes silent autofocus.

This new lens replaces the Sigma 18-200mm OS HSM II which was originally launched in mid-2012. Compared to its predecessor, the 18-200mm "Contemporary" sports a redesigned plastic barrel that resembles the other Sigma Global Vision lenses rolled out over the course of 2013.  The barrel design is  more elegant and simpler than before.  The new lens also features rounded aperture blades, weighs less (430g), and focuses closer in macro mode (1:3).  Best of all, it's being launched at a reasonable introductory price of just $399 in the US - a whole $100 less than its predecessor.  This makes it a great upgrade over the standard 18-55mm kit lens as well as a viable alternative to the Pentax 18-135mm for those who do not need weather sealing and who desire the extra reach.

For the full specifications of this new Sigma lens, visit its entry in our lens database.  It is already available for pre-order at US retailers including B&H Photo.

Sigma also announced at 50mm F1,4 "Art" lens at CES, but it will not be produced in the Pentax mount based on what we know so far.

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Save Big on 5 Pentax Cameras

Great deals on the K-500, WG-3, MX-1 and K-3 · Posted on 01-08-2014 in Pentax Deals

The new year is here, but that doesn't mean that all the great holidays deals on Pentax gear are gone.  In fact, there are five excellent deals going on right now that are not to miss!

Special Price

Pentax K-500 Lens Kit

Includes DA L 18-55mm

$449 (B&H)


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Pentax MX-1

Compact 12MP Digital Camera with a classic design

4x Zoom Lens, 3-inch LCD Tilt Screen, 1920X1080 full HD Video, Shake Reduction, RAW support

$249 (Adorama)

Pentax MX-1

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Pentax WG-3

Water proof, shock proof, dust proof, shake reduction, 1920x1080 full HD video

For additional savings, buy together with Photoshop Elements 12 for a total of $242 at B&H

$197 (Adorama)

$199 (B&H)

Pentax WG-3

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Pentax K-3 Body (Black)

Includes free ($211.90 value):

  • Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 lens
  • 32 GB Class 10 Sandisk SD card

Note: click "buy together and save" before adding to cart at Adorama

$1296 (B&H)

$1296 (Adorama)

K-3 black kit

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Pentax K-3 Body + Grip (Silver)

Includes free ($211.90 value):

  • Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 lens
  • 32 GB Class 10 Sandisk SD card

Get yours before it's gone for good!  Only 2000 produced worldwide.

$1596 (B&H)

Pentax K-3 with extras

User | In-Depth

The real steal here in our view is the K-500 which produces images of excellent quality and nevertheless can be had at a bargain price: cheaper than any new competing entry-level camera. This is a kit to recommend to anyone who is contemplating moving up to a DSLR.

The price of the MX-1 is also very attractive, as it is less than half of the launch price of the camera.

Have questions about any of these cameras?  Don't hesitate to post in our DSLR Discussion forum and Compact Camera forum!

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Looking back at Pentax and PF in 2013

The year 2013 in review · Posted on 01-07-2014 in PentaxForums News

Before we get too far into 2014, we wanted to take a look at the highlights of last year in the Pentax world and on Pentax Forums.  There is no question that 2013 was a very exciting year for Pentax users, as lots of exciting cameras and lenses were announced.  The new Ricoh Imaging leadership seems to have brought many positive changes and we can't wait to see what the new year might have in store for us.  But in the mean time, here are the highlights of 2013!

Noteworthy Products from 2013

A total of 11 lenses (2 Q-mount and 9 K-mount) and 11 cameras (7 compacts and 4 ILC's) were launched by Ricoh Imaging in 2013.  7 of the 9 new K-mount lenses featured the new Pentax HD coating, even though all but one of these lenses were simply new versions of existing lenses like the SMC Limited primes.  For a full list of new products, visit our camera and lens databases.

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

The Pentax K-3 was the much-awaited successor to the K-5 family of cameras, which dates all the way back to 2010.  Since its launch in October, the K-3 has received positive reviews all accross the net, and it has been praised as one of the best APS-C cameras of 2013.  To learn more, check out our Pentax K-3 review.

Pentax K-50 & K-500

Pentax K-500

The K-500 represents the return of Pentax to the entry-level DSLR market.  This camera is nearly identical to the Pentax K-50, which was also released this year as a successor to the weather-sealed K-30.  The K-50 and K-500 have a more traditional external appearance than the K-30, even though all three cameras share the same control layout. Learn more about the K-50 and K-500 in our in-depth reviews.

Pentax Q7

Pentax Q7

Pentax took us by surprise when it announced the Q7 back in June.  This extremely compact camera was fitted with a 1/1.7" sensor, a noteworthy upgrade over the 1/2.3" sensor found in the earlier Q10 and Q bodies.  Check our our in-depth review to see why we liked this camera so much more than its predecessors.

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR

Last but not least, we have the Ricoh GR, a truly-pocketable "pro" compact camera fitted with the same filterless APS-C sensor as the K-5 IIs.  Like the K-3, the GR sparked a lot of buzz when it was released, and it continues to impress enthusiasts photographers who use it. The performance that this small and light camera delivers was never before seen in a compact camera, and we're sure you'll agree after reading our review.

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HD Pentax 20-40mm Review Posted

The first Limited zoom from Pentax · Posted on 01-05-2014 in Reviews

Today we are happy to bring you our in-depth review of the new HD Pentax 20-40mm F2.8-4 DC WR Limited, the first zoom to be joining the Pentax Limited lens lineup, as well as the first Limited lens to feature weather sealing and silent DC autofocus. Note that in the Pentax world, the term "Limited" refers to premium quality and a compact design; it does not imply a limited production run.

Like the Limited-series primes, this $999 lens sports an all metal-barrel and an exceptional build quality which you don't come across often in modern autofocus lenses.  This lens has also been treated with the high-end Pentax HD coating.  And even though a short zoom range like 20-40mm is somewhat unusual these days, it actually overlaps with three other Limited lenses: the 21mm F3.2 wide-angle, the 35mm F2.8 macro, and the 40mm F2.8 pancake.  So, one might wonder if this compact zoom is a viable replacement for all three lenses.  Is it a good all-around lens? Read our detailed review to discover the strengths and weaknesses of this unique lens and find out who it's great for!

Click here to read our HD Pentax 20-40mm Review

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January 2014 Photo Contest: "Best of 2013"

Official monthly contest · Posted on 01-03-2014 in Photo Contests

To celebrate the start of the new year, we are having a very special theme for our official photo contest this month.  We want to see your favorite photo from 2013!  The rest is up to you.

Click here to enter in our January photo contest, or visit the contest announcement for the full rules and submission guidelines.  As always, we are offering B&H photo gift cards as well as premium photo paper from Red River Paper to our top three winners.  A free forum account is required to enter, and all submissions must be taken with a Pentax-branded camera or a clone.

Please also don't forget to vote for the winners of last month's photo contest, who will be announced in just under three weeks.

Good luck in this month's photo contest, and once again, Happy New Year to everyone!

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"Negative Space" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our November 2013 contest · Posted on 12-31-2013 in Photo Contests

K McCall: Stairs to Nowhere

We're happy to announce the winners of our November, 2013 photo contest, "Negative Space"! In first place was forum member K McCall, who captured the photo "Stairs to Nowhere" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-200D and a Pentax-DA 12-24mm F4 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member mark lj on second place with "The Boathouse" and yusuf in third place with "Somewhere in Ladakh". Click on any thumbnail for a larger version.

mark lj: The Boathouse yusuf: Somewhere in Ladakh

We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time!  Also, be sure not to miss our January photo contest which will be announced shortly.

Happy New Year!

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