D FA* 70-200mm Lens: $1696

Historical low price

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jul 22, 2016

As of today, the D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 full-frame zoom is available with a $100 instant rebate exclusively at B&H Photo.  This drops the final price to just $1696— a historical low for the lens.

Click here to order the D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8

Along with the D FA 15-30mm F2.8 and D FA 24-70mm F2.8, the D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 is part of the "holy trinity" of full-frame zooms launched specifically for the Pentax K-1.  The 70-200mm is designated as a "star" lens, denoting the highest level of optical performance that Pentax offers.

We are currently in the process of reviewing this lens.  Our preliminary testing has shown that it shines in terms of sharpness, an area in which it easily pulls ahead of its film-era predecessor, especially in the corner.  To learn more about this lens and read user reviews, visit our lens database.

Pentax K-3 II Deal & Prime Day Specials

Get the K-3 II at virtually the lowest price of the year

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jul 12, 2016

Throughout July 12th, Amazon.com and global Amazon sites are hosting the annual "Prime Day" mega sale.  This event was originally launched last year in celebration of Amazon's 20th anniversary.

Browse all of the US Prime Day deals in "Cameras & Photo", or check out the handful of Pentax-related deals we've spotted so far:

If you take a look around, there are also plenty of deals on household items, books, and other electronics.  Note that these deals are only for Prime members (or users on the 30-day free trial).

Amazon.com also has fantastic deal on the Pentax K-3 II, available to everyone:

Get the Pentax K-3 II for $729.00

Learn more about the Pentax K-3 II in our in-depth review.

Pentax eBook Independence Day Sale

4th of July Special

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jul 4, 2016

As a 4th of July special, we're running a sale on Yvon Bourque's Pentax eBooks this week!

Get the Pentax K-1 eBook for just $15.99, or the K-3, K-5, K-50, or K-S2 eBooks for $10.99— 20% off the regular price.  After you complete checkout, you'll get instant download access through the forum.

Order your Pentax eBook here

Whether you're a new user or a seasoned shooter, Yvon's eBooks will help you master your camera and push its capabilities to the limit!  This sale will end on Friday, July 8th.

eBook Samples

All downloads are in the PDF format.  Grab a sample below:

Pentax K-1 eBook Cover

Be sure to visit the forum if you have any questions about your camera or the eBooks themselves, and stop by our in-depth camera reviews, which contain recommended settings and other tips and tricks!

The majority of each purchase helps support the author, a now-retired Pentax enthusiast who has been shooting with Pentax since the early film era.  Yvon plans to continue helping users with future Pentax models through his literature.

If you purchase two or more eBooks, please contact us and you will be entitled to complimentary 3-month access to the Marketplace section of the forum.

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8: $399

4th of July 2016 Special across US retailers

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jul 4, 2016

Sigma USA has just launched a special 4th of July instant rebate on the 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC lens, including the Pentax K-mount version.  After rebate, the lens is just $399— plus select retailers will give you a 4% reward on top of this!  The low price is available at all authorized Sigma dealers.

Order your Sigma 17-50mm:

To learn more about this high-performance lens, check out our comparative review, in which we square the Sigma 17-50mm off against the Tamron 17-50mm and Pentax DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lenses.  See also what fellow Pentax users think about it.

Pentax K-1 In Stock at B&H Photo

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jun 21, 2016

Ever since it made its debut at the end of April, the Pentax K-1 full-frame has been in high demand and short supply.  The camera has enjoyed popularity on the forum; our members have already shared thousands of photos taken with a plethora of lenses, old and new.

Today makes the first time that the K-1 has been listed as "In stock" at B&H Photo, the largest Pentax retailer in the US.  All outstanding pre-orders should have shipped today.

Order your Pentax K-1 Now

B&H offers free expedited (1-3 day) shipping within the contiguous US in addition to international shipping and optional up-front customs clearance.  By ordering through the link in this post you will also be entitled to a 1-year forum account upgrade.

Other major retailers that we've been following still show the camera as back-ordered, though user reports do suggest limited availability at smaller stores.  Third-party grey market sellers on Amazon have even been taking advantage of this by offering the K-1 at a premium.

We've recently published our in-depth review of the Pentax K-1 and can safely say that it's among the most compelling Pentax cameras released to date, second only to the 645Z in terms of image quality, and more versatile when it comes to features.

If you are awaiting deliver of the K-1, be sure to stop by the review for usage tips and recommended settings, which can be found alongside our detailed analysis of the camera's performance.

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