Pentax Holiday Gear Guide 2012

Recommended equipment, great deals, and gift ideas!

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Dec 18, 2012
Pentax Holiday Gear Guide 2012

Today, we're happy to be bringing your our 2012 Pentax holiday gear and gift guide!  In the US, standard shipping cutoffs for delivery by Christmas are coming up on Wednesday, so we apologize for the delay in the posting this.  We hope that late ends up being better than never, though!

Read on for some great gift ideas for yourself as well as your friends and family!

Please note that the prices below are subject to change based on the latest pricing and availability.  For certain items, discounted prices can only be viewed in cart.

Without further ado, here's what we recommend you take a look at during your year-end shopping.  If you happen to live in an area which has Pentax retailers locally, we encourage you to stop by and give the cameras below a spin:

Cameras and Combos

Holiday Price

Pentax K-5


+ Tamron 17-50 F2.8






Best-in-class in terms of image quality, the original Pentax K-5 is still available from Adorama at an incredible low price. Combine it with the reasonably-priced Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 zoom for a hard to beat combo.

Make sure to fill in the manufacturer's mail-in rebate form for the Tamron (expires Dec. 31, 2012).

Read our in-depth reviews:

Pentax K-5 Review

Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Review

Pentax K-30




Another great combination at a truly great price from Adorama, the Pentax K-30 with the Pentax 18-135 mm "walk-around" zoom, a good kit for beginners and for travelers who want to travel light. Camera as well as lens are sealed against dust and rain.

Read our in-depth reviews:

Pentax K-30 Review

Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR

 Pentax K-01


The K-01 has dropped in price worldwide, and it can be yours for just $316!  In February, the K-01 was launched at more than double the price.

Read our in-depth review:

Pentax K-30 Review

Pentax K-5 IIs


+ 35mm Macro






OK, so you want the K-5 IIs for it's enhanced image quality? It deserves one of the best lenses available, we recommend the DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro.

Read our in-depths reviews:

Pentax K-5 IIs Review

Pentax 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Review

Pentax Q

Pentax Q

+ DSLR Lens




Looking for a compact camera but would like better image quality and the ability to switch lenses? The original Pentax Q is still available at an incredibly low price from ShopNBC! This low price even includes the 5-15mm (28-82mm eqv.) zoom and a 3-year warranty!

Can you believe that this kit launched at an MSRP of $999 just over a year ago?

Furnish the Q with a K-mount adapter and you can use your K-mount lenses. Pentax's own adapter is hard to find but we have found an inexpensive third party adapter at that still can control the aperture.

Read our in-dpeth review:

Pentax Q Review


Already have a great camera but need lenses? Here are our top picks:

Holiday Price

Sigma 70 - 300mm

Sigma 70-300




The Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro is an autofocus telezoom at a much more reasonable price than the Pentax DA 55-300mm. The lens even has a macro function that goes down to 1:2 (half life size).

Read what our users think:

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG User Reviews

Pentax 35mm F2.4


An inexpensive way to get into the fascinating world of prime lenses is this Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL. On digital, it corresponds to the 50mm lens that came with your Dad's Pentax Spotmatic or K1000, in other words it is a so-called "normal" lens.

Read our in-depth review of this lens.

Pentax 40mm F2.8 XS


This is the ultra-compact 40mm lens that was introduced with the K-01. Also this prime lens is available below $200.

Read our shoot-out and review here.

Pentax 50mm F1.8


The Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 is a fast, short telephoto lens. We would have liked to see also this lens below $200, but that was not to be.

Read our review and comparison with other 50mm lenses.

Pentax 15mm F4 Ltd.


The Pentax-DA 15mm F4 Limited wide angle lens has a lot of followers and may very well become one of the legendary Pentax lenses. It is not cheap but it is a little gem to handle.

Read our review here.

Sigma 50-500mm


The Sigma "Bigma" is another favorite among our users. It is not cheap but the price is nevertheless very reasonable for a 500mm lens. The price is after a special manufacturers rebate which expires soon.

Read what our users think about the Bigma here.


Top Accessories

Holiday Price

+2yr Warranty


A Two-Year Extended Warranty for the K5, K5-II, K5-IIs, KR, K-30, K-01 Digital SLR Cameras from Pentax includes one complete check-up to be provided anytime during the warranty period. The inspection covers all camera functions to ensure each meets factory specifications.  Add this warranty to your cart when you buy your camera and you'll get a total of three years of warranty coverage!

Lens Case


Our users speak favorably of this Pearstone Onyx 60 Lens Case. It is designed to carry a typical SLR lens and is made from weather-resistant 600 denier ballistic nylon, with protective interior padding. The case uses self-healing, weather-resistant zippers. It has a double-zippered lid with an inside mesh accessory pocket. The case can be carried by a double touch belt loop and has two webbed eyelet loops for an optional shoulder strap.



An SD card with speeds up to 95MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds. This is faster than required for today's Pentax DSLRs but might come in handy for future models.

Small Gift Ideas

Holiday Price


A must-have for all DSLR owners: Giottos large Rocket air blower for removing that dust from the sensor which the cameras dust removal system may have left behind.



We have very good experience using SD cards from Transcend in our Pentax DSLRs. While faster cards are available we haven't seen any speed adavantage in practice over these Transcend cards with the current crop of cameras (K-01, K-30, K-5, Q).   Best value anywhere!


Sensor cleaning kit for those rare cases where dust spots resist the rocket blower.

A- and M-lenses


Try the PentaxForums Marketplace for second hand A and M-series 50mm prime lenses. This is an inexpensive way of getting into the joy of using prime lenses and the image quality of these old lenses leaves little to be desired.

For True Pentaxians

If you or a family member is lucky enough to own 3 Pentax Limited pancake lenses, such as the 15, 21, 35, 40m, or 70mm, this is the perfect case to gift!  Check out the Pentax Limited Lens Case:

Pentax Limited Lens Case

That's it for now- if you have any further holiday gift ideas, please share them in the comments section!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

If you need buying advice, don't hesitate to ask in one of our Pentax camera forums, and make sure you check the price watch forum for the latest deals that our members spot.

There are lots of other deals on Sigma lenses, so don't miss out (note that the actual prices may be lower than what's shown below)!

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