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.
The entire mirrorless Pentax Q system is now available for pre-order in the US at B&H photo, suggesting that a September US launch is highly probable!
The Pentax Q kit will be available in both white and black, and four other lenses will also be made available, including the ~28-80mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens.
The medium-format Pentax 645D has just been named European Professional Camera 2011-2012 by the European Imaging and Sound Associaction (EISA)!
At the award ceremony, the EISA noted: “With the introduction of the PENTAX 645D, the medium-format market has gained a much anticipated and highly competitive member that offers exceptional image-quality and handling. The 645D is a joy to use in the field, and although it is big and somewhat heavy, its ergonomic grip, large viewfinder, fast and accurate autofocus, and well-made controls make it perfectly usable without a tripod. With its 33x44mm, 40-million-pixel, Kodak CCD-sensor it is a landscape photographer’s dream, creating absolutely stunningly sharp and detailed pictures with very attractive colors and a huge dynamic range. As a serious photographer’s tool, the PENTAX 645D is second to none.”
This is the third major award the 645D has won this year (in addition to "Best DSLR Professional" by TIPA and "Grand Prix Camera of the Year" by CJPC).
Stay tuned to our homepage, as in the coming months, we will be bringing you an in-depth review of the 645D and comparing it with a full-frame 35mm DSLR!
Today Pentax posted some unwelcome news on their Japan website: they announced a price (MSRP) increase on dozens of camera accessories effective September 1st, 2011.
The price increase will affect teleconverters, flash accessories, mount adapters, hoods, and caps. Pentax cited factors such as low sales figures for legacy accessories, increasing material costs, and the recent disaster in Japan as justification for the increase. It cannot be denied, however, that accessories have much higher markups than other Pentax products and that these markups are merely being increased to generate additional revenue.
The increase in price ranges from 15% to 75% of the original item price (most are in the upper end of the range, unfortunately).
Below is a brief list of the most popular accessories that will rise in price next month. The full list can be found on the Pentax Japan web site.
- Off-Camera Shoe Adapter F
- Extension Cord F5P
- Eyecup FR
- M42 Mount Adapter K
- 645 Mount Adater K
- 49mm Lens Hoods
- 43mm/31mm Limited lens caps
Back in July, rumors of relocation plans for Pentax USA surfaced on our forums. Now, Pentax has officially confirmed plans of relocating their US corporate headquarters from Golden to Denver, Colorado.
The date of the relocation is October 1, 2011, which coincides with Ricoh's acquisition of the Pentax Imaging business. Could this mean that more attention will be given to the company's US division?
More details can be found in the full press release.
Pentax Japan announced on July 14 that an update has been made available to their Digital Camera Utility. Besides support for GPS information in the EXIF data, this update also fixes some bugs. Here is what Pentax provides these details regarding changes from the previous version:
- Added GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude and photographing direction) on the image data panel
- Image processing engine updated
- Improved noise reduction processing for RAW development
- Improved stability when more than hundred images are saved into one folder
- When an external HDD is disconnected, the parameter setting file is now saved.
In order to commemorate, Pentax has announced a limited-edition version of the 645D with an "elegant, laquer-finished body," gold lettering, and special box. Below is a complete list of features of the limited body:
- The body features a finely-crafted ruby laquer coat
- The grip has a semi-glossy black finish
- Lettering on the mode dial and logo is gold
- A faux leather camera strap with gold lettering
- An exclusive body cap with a glossy finish is supplied
- The top LCD panel has improved illumination
- A special center-spot-matte focusing screen (DS-80) is installed
- It comes in special wood packaging with a laser-engraved logo
- The latest firmware (v1.11) comes pre-installed
The camera will be built-to-order, and will soon become available for pre-order on Pentax's web store. Pentax states that each order will be fulfilled after approximately 4 months. As such, the total number of units produced will likely be lower than previous limited bodies (with 1,000 copies each). Each unit will cost approximately $15,000 (50% more than the normal body).
With this announcement, every high-end Pentax DSLR since 2006 has had either a limited silver or a Grand Prix version. See below for the complete gallery of Pentax limited DSLRs:
In 2008, the Hoya Corporation acquired Pentax, primarily in order to take advantage of ongoing research by Pentax. Today, Ricoh has revealed plans to acquire the entire Pentax Imaging Systems division (that which produces cameras, lenses, and sport optics) for approximately $124 million. Has Hoya learned what it wanted to learn from Pentax?