Pentax has just announced the new Optio RZ18, a 16-megapixel compact digital camera featuring an 18x zoom lens, delivering the same field of view as a 25-400mm SLR lens.
This new camera is the successor to the RZ10 and will start shipping in October for US$299.95.
Just when we though that the Limited Silver DA lenses were gone for good, we were notified by B&H that a very small shipment (a handful) of Pentax 40mm Limited Silver lenses has arrived!
The silver version is available for $499. Hurry to secure your copy before they sell out!
The silver version only differs in appareance compared to the regular Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited. View its specifications in our lens database.
Sigma has recently discontinued the popular 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro lens, and announced its successor, the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX OS DG Macro. The new lens retails for $969- significantly more than the old version. It features a new optical and mechanical design, and also incorporates Sigma's "OS" in-lens stabilization technology.
Unfortunately, the availability date of the Pentax version of this new lens is not yet known. We will post updates on our homepage once Sigma releases further details. The 105mm lens has already been listed at Adorama camera as a New Item, although Sigma hasn't officially stated that it will even be produced.
For those looking for a high-end macro lens, Sigma has also recently announced a new 150mm F2.8 macro lens. We've confirmed that the 150mm will be produced in the Pentax mount, but has no official availability date has been announced, either.
Today, Pentax permanently lowered the price on the the 16.3-megapixel K-5 by $100, down to an MSRP of $1499 for the body-only.
Furthermore, an $300 instant rebate (not mail-in) is in effect through November 30th, reducing the final price of the camera to $1199.
Could this suggest that a new Pentax body is on its way?
The new Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO lens has just started shipping in the Pentax mount! This is the successor to the old 500mm F4.5 EX APO (view reviews), and we have posted its specifications in our sigma lens database.
This is the longest autofocus telephoto prime currently available for Pentax. It features screwdrive autofocus and is a full-frame lens, making it compatible not only with all Pentax DSLRs, but also modern film SLRs. The lens is also available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Sigma mounts.
It retails for $4999 and is a special-order item that ships after 7-14 days. Currently, it is only available in the US only from B&H Photo, an authorized Sigma dealer.
The Sigma Pentax K-mount lens lineup currently consists of 37 different lenses for Pentax, making it more diverse than the geniune pentax lens lineup. All current and legacy Sigma lenses can be viewed in our lens database.
We have gotten word from B&H that it is very probable that the Pentax Q will ship before the end of this month.
You can now pre-order the entire Q system, on a first-come, first-served basis. You will not be charged until the camera actually ships.
Once the camera becomes available, we will be bringing you an in-depth review as well as a comparison with micro four-thirds and APS-C bodies.