Pentax KP User Manual Available

Operating manual PDF download

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Feb 15, 2017

Ricoh Imaging has recently published the official user manual for the new Pentax KP.  We provide the file below for your convenience:

Click here to download the Pentax KP manual

This manual is particularly interesting considering the many new features that have been added to the KP, such as shutter speed/aperture bracketing and the high-speed electronic shutter.

Learn more about the Pentax KP in the announcement and our hands-on coverage, or order yours today!  The KP will start shipping around February 23rd, 2017.

To discuss the KP further, please stop by the dedicated KP forum.

Pentax KP vs K-3 II: Do we have a new flagship?

A comparison of two advanced APS-C DSLRs

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Jan 26, 2017

Yesterday Ricoh Imaging announced the Pentax KP, an advanced weather-sealed DSLR with an intriguing all-new look and a slim body.  Many Pentaxians have been longing for a replacement to the aging Pentax K-3 II flagship— is the Pentax KP the answer?

In terms of specifications, the new KP has several new features not seen before in a Pentax APS-C DSLR, including class-leading sensitivity up to ISO 819,200, electronic shutter up to 1/24000s in live view, new bracketing options, new focus peaking options, and 5-axis Shake Reduction II.  Many of its other features are derived from the flagship K-1 (PRIME IV processor) or K-3 II (autofocus).

Let's take a look at the KP and K-3 II side-by-side.

Pre-Order Your Pentax KP today for a chance to get it for free!

Pentax K-70 eBook Now Available

Comprehensive guidebook to Pentax's latest DSLR

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Dec 22, 2016

Yvon Bourque has just released his comprehensive guidebook to the Pentax K-70, and it is now available for purchase and instant download through the forum.

Until December 31st, the K-70 eBook will be available at an introductory price of just $10.00 (regular pricing is $14.99).

Order your Pentax K-70 eBook here

Whether you're a new user or a seasoned shooter, Yvon's eBooks will help you master your camera and push its capabilities to the limit!

eBook Samples

PDF eBooks for other Pentax models are also available.  Grab a sample below:

Pentax K-70 eBook Cover

Be sure to visit the forum if you have any questions about your camera or the eBooks themselves, and stop by our in-depth review of the K-70, which contains recommended settings and other tips and tricks!

The majority of each purchase helps support the author, a now-retired Pentax enthusiast who has been shooting with Pentax since the early film era.  Yvon plans to continue helping users with future Pentax models through his literature.

If you purchase two or more eBooks, please contact us and you will be entitled to complimentary 3-month access to the Marketplace section of the forum.

DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 PLM Now Shipping

New pulse motor autofocus technology

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Aug 19, 2016

After making its Japanese debut a few weeks ago, the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE is now shipping in the US!  UK and Australian retailers are still awaiting stock.

This compact collapsible telephoto lens debuts a new type of autofocus technology (within the Pentax lineup) called the pulse motor that promises to deliver very fast everyday focusing and solid performance during video recording.  The new Pentax K-70 requires either a PLM or DC lens for continuous autofocus in video mode.

Order your copy of the 55-300mm at B&H Photo

Learn more about this lens in the official announcement, and stay tuned for our in-depth review along with a review of the lens on the K-70.

Since this lens uses a new KAF4 mount with electronic aperture control, it can only expose properly on the Pentax K-3 II, K-1, K-S1, K-S2, K-70, and newer models. Furthermore, with focus-by-wire, it can only focus on models that support KAF3 lenses, namely the K10D or newer.

Pentax K-70 Now Shipping

Listed as "in stock" in the US

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Jul 26, 2016

The Pentax K-70 started shipping in Japan on July 22nd, and as of the evening of July 25th, plenty of stock has arrived at B&H Photo.  Other major US Pentax retailers currently do not show availability.

Order your Pentax K-70 at B&H Photo | with 18-135mm lens

We've also spotted the K-70 at SRS Microsystems in the UK.

The K-70 is a highly-capable mid-range DSLR which builds on last year's Pentax K-S2 by introducing continuous video autofocus and hybrid live view autofocus for the first time ever in a Pentax DSLR.  It's also the first sub-flagship body to offer 14-bit RAW and a 24-megapixel sensor.

Learn more in the Pentax K-70 announcement, and stay tuned for our first impressions review! 

In the US, the K-70 is priced at $649 for the body only or $899 with the 18-135mm lens.  The camera is available in both black and silver.  Beware of grey market sellers trying to sell the camera for more on eBay and Amazon.

Now that the K-70 is available and the K-50 and K-S1 have been discontinued, the price of the K-S2 has dropped to around $499 to fill the entry-level position in the K-mount lineup.

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