DA★ 11-18mm and D FA★ 50mm on the Horizon

Two pro-series K-mount lenses

By PF Staff in Pentax Rumors on Oct 26, 2017

Both the APS-C and full frame Pentax K-mount lens lines are about to be bolstered with the imminent launch of two new pro-series lenses: the DA★ 11-18mm F2.8 and the D FA★ 50mm F1.4, as revealed by leaks from the Japanese store Nokishita Camera.

While we currently know little about these lenses, they will both receive the ★ (star) designation, which denotes Pentax's top-of-the-line lenses. You can therefore expect features such as All Weather sealing, HD coating, reliable silent autofocus, and precise full-time manual focus override.

We previously saw a prototype of the 50mm at the CP+ show earlier this year.  While the 11-18mm wasn't mentioned back then, a mysterious wide-angle zoom had previously been roadmapped.  The 50mm is the first prime lens to join the digital-era full-frame lens lineup, and we very have high expectations for its image quality.

We expect these lenses to be on display at the PhotoPlus show in New York, which will take place this weekend.  We will provide coverage directly from the show and publish more details as they become available.  Until then, please feel free to chime in on the rumor discussion on the forum:

Discuss the Pentax 11-18mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 on the forum

Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Coming Soon!

Special edition of the Pentax full frame DSLR

By PF Staff in Pentax Rumors on Aug 23, 2017

Nokishita Camera in Japan has recently shared that a special limited silver edition of the Pentax K-1 DSLR may be on its way in the coming weeks.  Here's what we know so far; bear in mind this information is not official:

  • Limited production of 2,000 units worldwide
  • Includes special silver version of D-BG6 battery grip
  • Silver color matching FA limited lenses
  • Japanese MSRP of 297,000 JPY (approx. $2700 USD)
  • To be released on September 14th
  • Reservations start on August 24th

2017 has been a very quiet to date in terms of Pentax DSLR news— beside the KP launch in January and the D FA* 50mm F1.4 teaser in February, we haven't seen any new products in recent months.  It looks like things may change in the Fall!

While it's certainly hard to come across each limited edition Pentax model after the initial sale, historically we have seen at least one special version of every flagship Pentax K-mount DSLR launched to date.  Here's a quick overview:

Stay tuned for the latest official information about the K-1 Silver!

Pentax K-70 Specifications Leaked

New entry-level APS-C model

By PF Staff in Pentax Rumors on Jun 6, 2016

Tentative specifications for the upcoming Pentax K-70 have been leaked over on Digicame Info.  We present them below, translated from Japanese.

Based on the specifications, the Pentax K-70 appears to be a modernized version of the entry-level Pentax K-50, with the sensor for the Pentax K-3 and many newer features from the K-S2, such as the articulating LCD and built-in Wi-Fi.  The K-70 will also have the customizable control panel that we saw on the Pentax K-1.

The K-70 may have a hybrid live view/video focusing system with PDAF points on the sensor.  If it does, it will be first Pentax to offer this technology.

Pentax K-70 Key Specifications

Sensor Resolution 24 MP
Sensor Size APS-C
AA Filter No, AA Filter Simulator available

Super Resolution

Yes, Pixel Shift Resolution
ISO Range
Image Capture
Shutter Speeds 30s-1/6000s (up to 300s in Astrotracer mode)
Stabilization Sensor-shift Shake Reduction
Light Meter 77-segment
Max Frame Rate (buffer) H: 6.0 fps (40 JPG, 10 RAW)
AF System and Modes * SAFOX X: 11-point phase detect (9 cross-type)
   w/ AF.S, AF.C

* Live View: contrast hybrid AF (new)
* AF assist LED
AF Sensitivity -3 to 18 EV
Focus Peaking Yes
Movie Mode
Video Mode

1080i: 60/50 fps
1080p: 30/25/24 fps
720p: 60/50 fps
Interval movie: 4K

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV)

Clips up to 4GB / 25 minutes

AF During Video Yes, contrast hybrid AF
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Sync. 1/180 s
Hot Shoe Yes
Viewfinder Pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.95x magnification
LCD 3.0-inch, 921,000 dot
3:2 aspect ratio
Vari-angle design
Night vision design
Processing Engine PRIME M II
Weather Sealed Yes
Battery D-LI109 rechargeable
Media Slot(s) 1 SDXC / SDHC / SD
Tethering Support Wireless tethering
w/ Image Sync
Dimensions (WxHxD) 125.5 x 93.0 x 74.0 mm
688g with battery and SD card

As always, these are just rumored specifications and our speculations.  This are always subject to change and we won't know more until the camera is officially announced.  What unique characteristics do you think the K-70 will have?  What features would you like to see?  Post in the comments or  follow more buzz on the forum.

New Pentax K-70 Rumored

New DSLR body on the horizon

By PF Staff in Pentax Rumors on May 20, 2016

Rumors have it that Ricoh Imaging has recently registered the name "Pentax K-70" with the Korean RRA— an organization that regulates telecommunications that is essentially the Korean equivalent of the FCC.  See the original source over at Digicame Info, translated from Japanese.

This means that it's highly likely that the K-70 will be the next Pentax DSLR model.  Given the RRA registration, we suspect that this model will feature in-camera Wi-Fi.

Further details about the K-70 are currently unknown.  Since the Pentax K-50 is now out of production, though, we suspect that this might be its replacement.  Another possibility is that the K-70 would be positioned between the mid-range Pentax K-S2 and APS-C flagship Pentax K-3 II.

What features do you think the K-70 will have?  What features would you like to see?  Post in the comments or  follow more buzz on the forum.

Pentax K-1 Will Feature a 36.4-megapixel Sensor

Key specifications leaked

By PF Rumors in Pentax Rumors on Feb 12, 2016

Japanese news site digicame-info posted today the following rumored specifications for the upcoming Pentax full frame DSLR:

  • Resolution: 36.4 megapixels
  • Sensor size: 35.9 x 24.0 mm
  • Continuous shooting: 6.5 frames / sec.
  • ISO range: 100-204,800
  • GPS built-in
  • Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Size: 136.5 x 110 x 85.5 mm
  • Weight: 925 g

The site claims that the camera will be released "very soon" and that rumors indicate that the official product name will indeed be "Pentax K-1".

Furthermore, the effective pixel count, framerate, and ISO range suggests that the sensor in the K-1 differs from the 36-megapixel sensors found in existing full-frame bodies such as the Nikon D800 series.  This would be consistent with Pentax's historical commitment to delivering highly-competitive still image quality.  We expect to be impressed by the K-1 once we can put it through its paces!

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