A Few Days with a Pentax KP Pre-production Camera

How does the KP fare in actual use?

By Albert Siegel in Hands-On Tests on Feb 22, 2017


The new Pentax KP is just hitting the market, but Ricoh was kind enough to provide me with a pre-production unit a few days ago.  Building upon my initial impressions from last week (link), I want to talk about my time using the camera for casual shooting.

The interface of the camera is very well-thought-out and the options are extensive.  I dare to say this camera offers far more than I expected considering it's not a "pro" model.  Personally, with the exception of maximum shutter speed in viewfinder mode and lack of a top LCD, I feel this camera offers so much more than what a top-end professional DSLR did less than a decade ago.  I guess some might say a that's a long time, but if you're like me, you tend to keep your gear as long as it can get the job done. Heck, I still use my original K-5 as my main body.

 I'm thrilled with the multiple customizable buttons, dials and quick menu.  This is by far the most customizable camera I've used.  And while it may seem intimidating at first, once you have everything set to your preferences, it truly becomes a personal camera.

A look at the Pentax KP from Ricoh's HQ

Pentax's new sleek yet powerful DSLR

By Albert Siegel in Hands-On Tests on Feb 16, 2017


The new Pentax KP won't hit the market for a couple of weeks, but Ricoh was kind enough to invite me to their headquarters in Tokyo for a quick hands-on with a pre-production unit.  I'll be provided a test unit sometime in the next week to give the camera a nice go (and I'll also report on it from CP+), but for now I'll share my first impressions without going into the technical details.

Hands-on with the Pentax KP

A stylish, high-performance mid-range DSLR

By PF Staff in Hands-On Tests on Feb 9, 2017

Ricoh Imaging's official announcement of the new Pentax KP left us and the community with a number of questions.  Who is this camera for?  Where does it fit in?  What's new and special about it?  How does it compare to the existing Pentax models?

Fortunately, a production version of the KP was on display at WPPI 2017. After handling the KP hands-on and having a Q&A session with Ricoh, we learned a lot about the camera and would like to share its "real" highlights!

The KP's key design aspects include customizability, compactness, and image quality.

HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 Review Posted

The workhorse of the Pentax full frame lineup

By bdery in Hands-On Tests on Dec 12, 2016

Continuing our series of tests of the three fast-aperture, professional lenses for Pentax full frame, we are proud to present our review of the HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.

24-70mmThis lens is the true workhorse of the Pentax full frame lens lineup.  It delivers versatility through weather sealing, a fast aperture rating, and a zoom range covering some of the most common focal lengths in everyday shooting.  Alongside the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 and D FA 15-30mm, the 24-70mm is a likely choice for photographers looking for the convenience of a zoom and a high level of performance. Read our review to find out how this new lens fared in our tests!

Read our Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 In-Depth Review

Lomography Daguerreotype 64mm F2.9 Unboxing

An all-metal modern take on a historical lens

By PF Staff in Hands-On Tests on Nov 17, 2016

Recently, a very special lens has made its debut in the Pentax K-mount: the Lomography Daguerreotype 64mm F2.9 Art, a modern respin of one of the first camera lenses ever made back in the year 1839.

Those who supported this project via the Kickstarter campaign earlier this year have now started receiving their copies of the lens.  Others can pre-order the lens directly from Lomography; the estimated delivery date is currently projected for January.  While initial backers could secure the lens for $400, its retail price has been set at $499 for the brass version.  The black finish costs an extra $100.

This lens sports a heavy brass barrel, and it's clear that a lot of attention has been paid to detail through engraving and fine machining of features.  In terms of operation, everything is manual.  In fact, there is no aperture ring.  Instead, insertable plates determine the aperture size and shape.

See below for our unboxing video, and stay tuned for an in-depth review of this unique lens!

Do you own this lens?  Share your thoughts in a user review!

We have also uploaded proudct photos and specifications to the third-party lens database.

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