D FA★ 50mm F1.4 Now Shipping + First Samples

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".

D FA 50mm F1.4 @ F4 - by Wheatfield

Learn more about the D FA* 50mm F1.4 in the press release, and stay tuned for our in-depth review!

Pentax K-1 Upgrade Service Now Available: Guide

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.

Region Service Provider Cost Link Method
US Precision Camera $550 USD
+ tax
Request service Web Form
Canada Sun Camera $690 CAD Request service Paper Form
New Zealand
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

FAQ's follow.

How has your experience with the service been?  Share on the forum!

D FA★ 50mm F1.4 Production Delayed

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.

Pentax K-1 II In Stock in the US

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.

Order your K-1 II today and get a 1-year account upgrade on the forum!

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.

Stay tuned for our in-depth review of the K-1 II!  Until then, learn more in the official announcement, or check out our K-1 review.

Pentax K-1 II Starting to Ship

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.

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