Pentax KP $987 with Free Battery Grip

Huge savings in the US

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jun 12, 2017

The US Pentax retailer Adorama currently shows the Pentax KP selling for $987 ($122 off regular price) along with a free Pentax D-BG7 battery grip— a $229 value.  This pushes the final effective discount well below 30% off compared to what the KP was selling for early last week.

While we do not know if and when this deal will expire, other retailers currently show the KP at full price long with a free grip, so it likely won't last at the reduce price.

The KP is Pentax's latest APS-C DSLR, featuring an all-new sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 819,200.  Learn more in the official announcement, and stay tuned for our in-depth review.  For the latest KP buzz, visit the Pentax KP forum.

Pentax KP and K-1 10% Off Sale

Save over $100 on either camera for a limited time

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jun 4, 2017

From June 4th until June 9th, save on the latest Pentax DSLRs as B&H Photo hosts its OPTIC photo conference in New York.  Best of all, these deals are available online and to anyone, so if you've been considering one of these bodies, it's time to lock in the year's lowest prices!

Camera Sale Price MSRP 2017 Average Net Savings

Pentax K-1
Pentax K-1

$1707 $1949 $1820 $103

Pentax KP
Pentax KP

$987 $1099 $1089 $102

Pentax KP
(Silver)
Pentax KP

$987 $1099 $1097 $112

In addition, there are some nice bundle deals to be had.  The K-1 discount is reflected in the 28-105mm lens kit and 15-30mm lens kit.

The Pentax K-1 is the current full-frame flagship, which you can read more about in our in-depth review.  The Pentax KP is the latest APS-C body, sporting a premium compact design and the highest ISO of any Pentax DSLR at 819,200.  Review coming soon.

Finally, check out the year's lowest prices on dozens of Pentax lenses!

These deals are currently exclusive to B&H Photo and will expire at the end of the week.

Big June Pentax Lens Sale

Year's lowest prices on dozens of lenses in the US

By PF Staff in Deals and Savings on Jun 2, 2017

After a long dearth of sales, it's time for some hefty summer discounts on Pentax lenses in the US.  Over a dozen lenses for both full-frame (D FA) and APS-C (DA) are currently on sale with the lowest prices of the year, primarily at B&H Photo.  Other retailers will likely follow suit; follow the link below for up-to-date price listings and trends. 

Details on the deals can be found in the table below:

Pentax lenses with the lowest US price of the year

All % savings are relative to the average selling price from the past 6 months, rather than list price.  The most lucrative deals are highlighted in yellow.

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Lens Name
Sale Price % Savings
Pentax_12-24_5.jpg DA 12-24mm F4 $627.25
B&H Photo
10%
($68)
SMC_Pentax-DA_14mm_F28.jpg DA 14mm F2.8 $582.25
B&H Photo
9%
($54)
DA 15mm F4 Ltd. (Silver) $439.00
Amazon
9%
($41)
DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR $337.00
Amazon
6%
($21)
HD DA 21mm F3.2 Ltd. DA 21mm F3.2 Ltd. $421.95
B&H Photo
15%
($72)
HD DA 21mm F3.2 Ltd. (Silver) DA 21mm F3.2 Ltd. (Silver) $421.95
B&H Photo
12%
($59)
HDPentax-DFA-24-70_ax.jpg D FA 24-70mm F2.8 WR $1096.95
B&H Photo
10%
($117)
smc_Pentax-FA_31mm_F1_8.jpg FA 31mm F1.8 Ltd. $996.95
B&H Photo
8%
($88)
HD DA 35mm F2.8 Ltd. Macro DA 35mm F2.8 Ltd. Macro $421.95
B&H Photo
14%
($71)
HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro DA 35mm F2.8 Ltd. Macro (Silver) $421.95
B&H Photo
10%
($46)
HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited DA 40mm F2.8 Ltd. $321.95
B&H Photo
10%
($36)
HD DA 40mm F2.8 Ltd. (Silver) DA 40mm F2.8 Ltd. (Silver) $321.95
B&H Photo
9%
($32)
smc_Pentax-DA_40_2_8_XS.jpg DA 40mm F2.8 XS $164.49
Amazon
6%
($10)
FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd. FA 43mm F1.9 Ltd. $496.95
B&H Photo
14%
($80)
smc_Pentax-FA_50mm_F1_4_100514_11j_webcss11.jpg FA 50mm F1.4 $271.95
B&H Photo
19%
($63)
smc_Pentax-DA_50_1_8_x600.jpg DA 50mm F1.8 $105.25
B&H Photo
8%
($10)
SMC_Pentax-DFA_50mm_F28_Macro.jpg D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro $312.25
B&H Photo
10%
($34)
SMC_Pentax-DA_star_55mm_F14_SDM.jpg DA* 55mm F1.4 $582.25
B&H Photo
8%
($49)
HD_Pentax-D_FA_70-200_2_8_ED_DC_AW_star.jpg D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 $1596.95
B&H Photo

8%
($142)
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited DA 70mm F2.4 Ltd. (Silver) $421.95
B&H Photo
11%
($53)
Pentax_77_Limited_4.jpg FA 77mm F1.8 Ltd. $796.95
B&H Photo
8%
($68)
HD_Pentax-D_FA_150-450_4_5-5_6_ED_DC_AW.jpg D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 AW $1996.95
B&H Photo
9%
($191)
SMC_Pentax-DA-star_300mm_F4SDM.jpg DA* 300mm F4 $987.25
B&H Photo
8%
($85)
pentaxDA560mmF56.jpg DA 560mm F5.6 AW $4497.26
B&H Photo
8%
($403)

Third-party lenses with the lowest US prices of the year

Lens Name
Sale Price % Savings
Tamron AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR LD Aspherical IF SP Di II Tamron AF 17-50mm F2.8 $299.00
B&H Photo
11%
($35)
10821481.jpg Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 "C" $399.00
B&H Photo
20%
($98)

Several other lenses are on sale at attractive prices. For full details, please visit our deal finder tool!

"Flowing Water" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our April, 2017 contest

By PF Staff in Photo Contests on May 30, 2017

"Island Hopping in the Tidal Stream" by Brumtaffy

Voting has ended for our April, 2017 "Flowing Water" photo contest with the following result:

In first place was forum member Brumtaffy from UK who captured "Island Hopping in the Tidal Stream" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K-1 and an smc Pentax-FA 28-90mm F3.5-5.6 lens.

Our runners-up were forum member railbum from USA in second place with "Glade Creek Grist Mill" and Glenn5995 from USA in third place with "Kanarra Creek Falls". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Glade Creek Grist Mill" by railbum "Kanarra Creek Falls" by Glenn5995

We'd like to congratulate the winners and also thank everyone who participated or voted! Also, be sure not to miss our current photo contest. Read all about it in the monthly contest forum.

Topaz Releases Free Topaz Studio

All-in-one post-processing solution

By PF Staff in Photo Industry News on May 26, 2017

Topaz Labs has just released a new all-in-one photo editing program designed to give photographers quick and easy access to a host of powerful editing tools.  This software, which can be run either stanadlone or alongside other populer post-processing programs, can be an affordable alternative to subscription-based options such as Adobe CC.

Topaz studio itself is free, and it comes with 10 free adjustments.  A "pro adjustment pack" with 14 additional adjustments (which are based on Topaz's acclaimed post-processing plugins) is available for purchase for $99 until June 30th with the coupon code STUDIO.  This reflects a large promotional discount over the full price of $270 for these adjustments.  Of course, they can also be purchased a la carte at the Topaz Store

Topaz Studio comes with lifetime free updates, so new and updated adjustments won't cost you extra once you have the pro pack.  All paid products come with a 30-day trial and 30-day money back guarantee.

Free adjustments:

Paid adjustments:

  • Basic Adjustment
  • Blurs
  • Brightness Contrast
  • Color Overlay
  • Dual Tone
  • Film Grain
  • Image Layer
  • Posterize
  • Tone Curves
  • Vignette




  •  Abstraction
  • Color Theme
  • Focal Blur
  • Radiance
  • Smudge
  • Black and White
  • DeHaze
  • HSL Color Tuning
  • Reduce Noise
  • Bloom
  • Edge Exposure
  • Precision Contrast
  • Sharpen
  • Texture

We plan to review Topaz Studio in the coming months to see just how it stacks up against Photoshop and Lightroom!  To learn more about other Topaz software, check out our in-depth reviews.

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