Earlier we had been advised that the $300 instant rebate on the Pentax K-5 (lowering its price to $989) expires for good on March 31st; now, we've learned that the price of the Pentax K-5 will be changed to a fixed $1099.
In addition, Pentax's pricing scheme at authorized US retailers will change as of 4/1/2012.
In the past, you may have noticed that for many Pentax products, you had to click on "add to cart" links in order to view the actual (lower) price. As of next month, this will be going away, and Pentax will be adapting what is called a Unilateral Pricing Policy. Already in use by other manufacturers such as Nikon and Sony, this will place restrictions on how much retailers can lower prices on items, and essentially means that prices on many Pentax lenses will go up in a few days. It also means that we'll see much smaller variations in price between listings at major retailers.
Therefore, if you live in the US and are in the market for new Pentax gear, now is the time to get it, especially if the retailers you're looking to buy from are advertising reduced prices. As a reminder, if you order from B&H Photo or Adorama Camera, you will be eligible for free access to our Pentax classifieds and your forum account will be upgraded with added photo space.
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Forum member Mr_Canuck combines humor with advice on how to improve your photography in three easy steps, and also hints at what isn't going to work for you.
We're sure that you will enjoy reading The Perfect Zebra Photo in 3 Easy Steps.
We've gotten word that the $300 US instant rebate on the Pentax K-5, which reduces the price of the camera from $1299 to $999 at authorized retailers, is set to expire on March 31st and will not be renewed by Pentax.
While you never know what new things Pentax's marketing division may have in store for us in the coming months, chances are the the price of the K-5 will remain higher until it's eventually discontinued and replaced by the successor rumored to be launched this fall.
If you decide to purchase your K-5 before this rebate ends, you'll be able to get free Marketplace access on our forum.
To learn more about this camera, see our Pentax K-5 review.
This weekend we made several improvements to our Pentax Marketplace, which is our Pentax & photographic equipment classifieds section. Over the past five years, our Marketplace has seen over 20,000 transactions and it has helped give lots of great Pentax equipment a new home! We are also proud to say that the Marketplace delivers a very safe online buying experience, and since its inception, only a handful of negative feedback ratings have been recorded.
The Marketplace itself consists of four sections:
- Photographic Items for Sale (the main section)
- Wanted Items
- Pentax Price Watch
- Archives (where completed/withdrawn sales are listed)
While the Marketplace specializes in Pentax equipment, you are welcome to sell equipment by other manufacturers as well.
The first new feature is an item location filter. Once logged in, you can now limit the threads to see to those that ship to your country (or ship from your country), as you see fit.
Secondly, the secure HTTPS protocol is now fully supported by all pages on PentaxForums.com, including the Marketplace. We are proud to be one of the few discussion forums to offer this protocol. Note that when using HTTPS, any insecure user-submitted media (i.e. images) will not load.
Voting for our February "Birds" photo contest has just ended, and we are happy to announce the winners! This time around we saw over 200 submissions, and it was a very difficult task to pick out just three winners. Therefore, we invite you to browse all of the contest submissions, as they are quite breathtaking!
Per the poll results, in first place was forum member enoeske with his headshot of a Bald Eagle:
His photo is now being featured in our Premier Gallery, where you may also leave a comment. This month's winner will receive a $50 B&H Photo gift card, and the runner-up a pack of premium photo paper!
We are pleased to release a comprehensive review and comparison of three popular wide-angle zoom lenses in Pentax K-mount: The smc Pentax-DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL[IF], the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG, and the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II.
Wide angle zooms are very popular for landscape photography due to the flexibility of being able to change the focal length without swapping lenses.
Of the bunch reviewed here, the Tamron is the widest, starting at 10mm focal length which gives an angle of view of a whopping 108 degrees diagonally, about 9 degrees wider than the two other lenses. The Sigma is the most expensive, which is explained by the Sigma's being a full-frame lens (it covers the 24x36mm format).
Pentax announced today a "new" 645-format 25mm F4 lens, to be known as the SMC Pentax-DA 645 25mm F4 AL [IF] SDM AW. The "new" designation is in quotes because this lens seems to be very similar (if not identical) to its D-FA series predecessor, except that the lens hood has been stretched and the badging has been changed. Its price will also be $4,995.
The new 25mm lens is no longer compatible with film-era Pentax 645 cameras, and we believe that this is because the lens hood has been stretched. Does this foreshadow that Pentax has decided not to produce a "full frame" digital 645 body in the future?
Re-releasing a lens that's so similar to the original version is an interesting move by Pentax, and we can only hypothesize that the reason they are doing so is to reduce the presence of chromatic aberrations/flare on digital. More more details about this problem, take a look at Hark Lee's review of the D-FA 25mm F4.
Based on a new leaked image, it looks like the successor to the Pentax K-r will be called the "K-z". While this remains a rumor, it seems quite credible at this point, and we expect to learn more about this upcoming camera in the coming days.
Pentax is already being criticized for this name choice, as "KZ" is a known abbreviation for the German word for "concentration camp". Let's hope that the name ends up changing, or that we've misinterpreted the blurred image!