Today, Pentax has officially extended the $300 instant rebate on the K-5 through March 31st, 2012. With a list price of $1499.95, this means that the camera can be acquired for no more than $1199.95 throughout the US.
While this is great news in itself, it also suggests that the K-5 will remain Pentax's top APS-C model for at least two more months. When will something new arrive?
Another Pentax executive interview surfaces: ePhotoZine has recently spoken with Johnathan Martin, the General Manager of Pentax in the UK. You can read the entire conversation here.
As before with John Carlson, no concrete product news was mentioned in the interview, and all questions asking about future roadmaps were dodged. However, when asked about Pentax's future plans are, Martin says:
"2012 is going to be a very exciting year, and [news about a new mirrorless camera] is already out there, although we can't go into details. Also we will be looking to grow strongly in the Digital SLR market."
He then continues to allude to other manufacturers' lineups of 4 DSLRs (from entry-level to professional) but quickly proceeds to state that Pentax's product timeline is "unknown".
A year can't be exciting if all we see is stagnation, so we must assume that something big is on its away soon.
We've just posted our first lighting solution review: in it, we take a look at the Impact One-Floodlight Umbrella Kit and compare it to the Lowel Tota-Light One-Light Kit. Considering its generous pricetag of under $75, we found the Impact solution to do impressively well!
Today at the CES, Imaging Resource interviewed John Carlson, who is the Senior Manager or Sales and Marketing at Pentax USA (officially known as Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation). You can read the entire interview as originally posed here.
In the interview, questions about current Pentax products, the photo industry in general, the influence of Ricoh's acquisition of Pentax, and potential future products were raised.
As usual, almost no concrete facts were revealed via the interview, as employees aren't at libery to share the company's roadmaps and future marketing strategies. However, we were able to extract at least a few interesting facts and ideas from the conversation:
- The Pentax 645 25mm F4 lens is expected to finally become available in March
- The K-r is now out of production, as we announced on our homepage last month
- The Pentax product line will continue under the Pentax name; Pentax is going to place its investments in the APS-C and 645D lineup despite having acknowleged the public desire for a full-frame camera. However, John also says that full-frame isn't something that's "going away".
Firmware version 1.12 for the Pentax K-5 has finally been officially released! As expected, this update only includes stability fixes.
According to the Japanese Pentax site, the following change was made:
- Corrected --- When O-GPS1 is mounted on the K-5 and taking a picture of starry sky with long exposure tracing by ASTROTRACER function, a band of light green noise rarely occur on image depending on photographic condition.
According to other sources, other minor stability issues (such as feezing) have also been addressed via this firmware. The previous firmware version, 1.11, was released nearly 6 months ago.
Download the firmware or read on for installation instructions. As always, this firmware includes all the updates introduced in previous versions.
One of our members (brendanpk) recently posted a photo of the Pentax booth in our CES 2012 discussion thread!
It looks quite similar as the booth at PhotoPlus, though hopefully it won't be as boring over the course of the next two days!
There have been talks of a mysterious camera spotted at the event, and considering that all the current Pentax DSLRs were released in 2010, a new body would be a welcome addition at this point.
Although this as well as a new K-5 firmware is expected at the event, nothing official has been published yet.
We've just posted a quick review of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, a fantastic program that speeds up your photo editing workflow while letting you take advantage of many powerful photo editing features found in Photoshop CS5. We hope our review will give you a solid overview of Lightroom if you are not yet familiar with it!
The International Consumer Electronics show is coming up: it will be held on January 10-13th in Las Vegas, and Pentax will be there!
In the past, Pentax has announced new compact cameras at the show, and with the recent discontinuation of the K-r and upcoming new firmware for the K-5, we remain hopeful that the event will bring exciting news to the Pentax community!