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!
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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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
|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!
We are pleased to announce our in-depth review of the new flash unit from Pentax, the AF360 FGZ II. Since the next model up, the Pentax AF540 FGZ II is of the same physical construction and operates in the exact same way as the AF360 FGZ II our findings (except for range) are also be valid for the larger model.
With this new flash unit Pentax has corrected a couple of the issues or limitations of the previous model, the AF360 FGZ: Gone is the flimsy battery door of the predecessor, and the flash head now not only tilts, but also swivels.
Pentax added some new features, hereunder weather sealing, multi-flash and movie light, but the new unit also lost some capabilities in the shuffle. Read our review for the details and for our evaluation of the performance of this new flash.
Read on here for the review.
Today we'd like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas! It has been an exciting year here at Pentax Forums, as many improvements to our site and additions to our content have taken place over the course of 2013. We're eagerly looking forward to 2014 to see what great announcements Pentax might have in store for us, and we'll be sure to keep the news and reviews flowing!
If you'd like to share what Santa brought you this year, don't miss this thread on the forum: What did you get for Christmas?
We've had our copy of the new HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR for a bit now with our in-depth review in the works. Unfortunately, the publication of the review had to be postponed until after the New Year. Already bursting at the seams at 15 total pages and over 100 embedded photos of in-depth analysis and comparisons, we promise the wait will be worth it. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you a very brief run-down of our first impressions as well as the sample photos already taken with the new HD 55-300 coupled with a K-3. Let us also take a moment to compare the new "HD" lens to its predecessor, the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED.
What Didn't Change
- General Image Quality
The size is exactly the same as that of the old lens, which is a good thing! The 55-300mm is quite the compact zoom for what it can do, and we happy that it's part of the Pentax lens line-up. What we aren't so happy with, is the screw-driven autofocus. We'll touch on it more in-depth in the review and how it compares to the premium DA* 60-250's much quieter SDM, but suffice it to say, there is no difference in AF between the SMC and HD variants. Some may have been worried the addition of weather sealing would have slowed it down. Nope - not at all. And lastly, the bokeh has stayed the same, and in the review we will compare not only the SMC vs HD bokeh (just prove this), but also the HD vs DA* 60-250's bokeh to see what the difference is between the two.
Continue on after the break to see what changed, a quick comparison of the DA* 60-250 F4, and also a gallery of sample photos already taken with the HD 55-300 WR on a Pentax K-3.