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:
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:
- K-3 II Silver (Feb 2016)
- K-3 Prestige (Jul 2014)
- K-3 Silver (Nov 2013)
- K-5 Silver Special (Mar 2012)
- K-5 Silver (Mar 2011)
- K-7 Silver (Feb 2010)
- K20D Titanium (Mar 2009)
- K10D Grand Prix (Jun 2007)
- *ist D 50th Anniversary Edition (2004)
Stay tuned for the latest official information about the K-1 Silver!
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
|AA Filter||No, AA Filter Simulator available|
|Yes, Pixel Shift Resolution|
|Shutter Speeds||30s-1/6000s (up to 300s in Astrotracer mode)
|Stabilization||Sensor-shift Shake Reduction|
|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|
1080i: 60/50 fps
|AF During Video||Yes, contrast hybrid AF
|Flash Sync.||1/180 s|
|Viewfinder||Pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.95x magnification|
|LCD||3.0-inch, 921,000 dot
3:2 aspect ratio
Night vision design
|Processing Engine||PRIME M II
|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 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.
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!