Available at Pentax retailers worldwide
By PF Staff in Product Updates on Aug 6, 2018
The new D FA★ 50mm F1.4 lens marks the beginning of an era of ultra-high-performance Pentax primes. It started shipping in late July, and is now available at Pentax dealers worldwide. Order yours below:
A handful of forum members have already started putting this lens through its paces. If you're interested in seeing how this monster lens performs alongside the old FA 50mm F1.4, check out Wheatfield's thread "Comparing the FA 50/1.4 and D FA* 50/1.4".
- DFA 50/1.4 first walk
- D-FA* 50mm f1.4 - something unexpected........
- Portrait test with DFA 50 1.4, at 1.4
- What the Duck! D-FA* 50/1.4
- HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW Lens Club
- F16 vs. f1.4 DFA* 50
Learn more about the D FA* 50mm F1.4 in the press release, and stay tuned for our in-depth review!
Information and FAQs on K-1 to K-1 Mark II Conversions
By PF Staff in Product Updates on May 29, 2018
Shortly after the release of the Pentax K-1 II, Ricoh Imaging announced that Pentax K-1 owners could upgrade their K-1's with all the features of the K-1 II. This upgrade service is now available wordwide: the official date range to submit requests is May 21st through September 30th, 2018.
In this post, we provide information on how to obtain the service and answer many common questions previously asked by the community.
The table below summarizes the service in major regions. Click on the link to get started with the service request for your K-1.
|US||Precision Camera||$550 USD
|Request service||Web Form|
|Canada||Sun Camera||$690 CAD||Request service||Paper Form|
|CR Kennedy||$700 AUD||Request service||Paper Form|
|UK||Johnston's Photopia||£450||Request service||Paper Form|
|EU||Varies, see list||€500||Visit local Ricoh site||Paper Form|
|Japan||Ricoh Service Center||¥54000||Request service||Web Form|
How has your experience with the service been? Share on the forum!
Lens to be launched in summer instead of spring
By PF Staff in Product Updates on Apr 13, 2018
Ricoh Imaging has announced that due to strict quality control standards, the new Pentax D FA★ 50mm F1.4 lens will be delayed until summer: a few months later than the previously-planned spring release. Summer should also bring the new DA★ 11-18mm F2.8 premium ultra-wide zoom for APS-C cameras.
The D FA★ 50mm F1.4 is a Pentax-original design and promises to be an ultra-high performance full-frame lens built with the latest in optical technology. It will be a perfect pairing for the Pentax K-1 II, which is now shipping (and was in fact available a couple of weeks earlier than expected in some regions).
We tested a fully-functional copy of the 50mm lens at CP+ 2018 and are looking forward to reviewing it once it's ready for prime time.
While a 2-3 month delay in the availability of the 50mm isn't much of an issue in itself, Pentax needs to regain momentum after a fairly slow release cycle in 2017. The community is looking forward to an updated version of the Pentax K-3 II, a new medium format offering, and more lenses from the current roadmap.
Get yours today!
By PF Staff in Product Updates on Apr 10, 2018
The Pentax K-1 II full frame hit the shelves at B&H Photo on April 10th, and is now listed as in stock, with all pre-orders having been shipped as of April 11th. Other retailers are also showing the camera to be in stock.
Users have reported taking delivery at local US stores late last week. Our European users were even more fortunate, taking delivery at the start of the month.
First stock has arrived in Europe
By PF Staff in Product Updates on Mar 30, 2018
The Pentax K-1 II has arrived early in Europe, with forum users from the UK, France, and the Netherlands having picked up their cameras at local stores. SRS Microsystems currently shows the K-1 II in stock at a price of £1799, and offers shipping to the EU and UK for those interested.
In the US, B&H Photo quotes an arrival date of April 11th, though we suspect this date to be pushed forward in light of the European deliveries.
The official Ricoh Imaging site still shows the Japanese delivery date as April 20th.
We expect to post our in-depth review of the K-1 II in April. Until then, learn more about what's new in the K-1 II full frame in the official announcement.