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.

Pentax K-1 Silver Now in Stock in the US

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Sep 12, 2017

The wait is over- right on schedule, the Pentax K-1 has hit the shelves in the US and is listed as "in stock" at B&H Photo, with free expedited US shipping available in addition to international delivery.  If you pre-ordered the camera, your order should already be on its way.

The Silver Pentax K-1 features an exclusive finish and comes with a silver battery grip, extra battery, special box, and engraved metal hotshoe cover.

Learn more about the K-1 Limited Silver in the press release, and be sure to check out our in-depth review of the Pentax K-1.

K-1 Silver US Pre-Orders Now Open

By PF Staff in Product Updates on Sep 4, 2017

After a long wait compared to other regions, the silver Pentax K-1 is now available for pre-order in the US!  Units are available in very limited quantity and will ship out in approximately two weeks.

The official US Pentax store operated by Ricoh Imaging is now currently accepting pre-orders.

Learn more about the K-1 Limited Silver in the press release, and be sure to check out our in-depth review of the Pentax K-1.

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