Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
6 Days Ago - 3 Likes   #1
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tokyo
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,590
Pentax KP J Limited edition released

I know itís been mentioned elsewhere, but I think it deserves a thread of its own.

The customized versions of the KP shown at CP+ have been formally released.

The main changes are:
- New paint job (body color nd button markings)
- mount made of new carbon material
- wooden grip
- strange plastic cover over the prism (removable)
- bigger eye cup
- metal hot shoe cover
- presets from a well-known landscape photographer include as a default for one of the user modes

Itís actually a higher degree of customization than the usual limited models.

The Pentax page for it is here, explaining the concept.
PENTAX KP J limited / ??????????? / ?? | RICOH IMAGING

Another detailed report with a lot of images is here. You see how it looks without the prism cover.
???????? PENTAX KP J limited ???????????? - ??????????by????????

Itís not clear whether this will be available internationally.

6 Days Ago   #2
New Member




Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Tyumen
Posts: 13
It appears that the cover on the pentaprism box may not allow one to mount certain lenses (55-300 PLM and 150-450 come to mind).
6 Days Ago   #3
Veteran Member
virusn3t's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 667
I hardly can speak in english (spanish is my mother language) japanese is out of my reach.... for those who can understand, those parts can be purchased to "mod" the Pentax KP (for a KP already owned it), or only purchase the kit "camera+mods" trough their store?
6 Days Ago   #4
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Feb 2015
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,195
QuoteOriginally posted by virusn3t Quote
only purchase the kit "camera+mods" trough their store?
Complete camera kit I suppose, the grip is customer but also the KP model name and case paint are custom.
Only in Japanese, it must be really limited then.

6 Days Ago - 4 Likes   #5
Pentaxian
Gray's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cape Town
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 402
Nice, but I'm waiting for the K-3II replacement.
6 Days Ago - 1 Like   #6
Administrator
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 48,437
QuoteOriginally posted by virusn3t Quote
I hardly can speak in english (spanish is my mother language) japanese is out of my reach.... for those who can understand, those parts can be purchased to "mod" the Pentax KP (for a KP already owned it), or only purchase the kit "camera+mods" trough their store?
It's a complete kit. We've summarized everything there is to know about this release here:

Pentax KP J Limited Announced - Pentax Announcements | PentaxForums.com

Adam
PentaxForums.com Webmaster (Site Usage Guide | Site Help | My Photography)



PentaxForums.com server and development costs are user-supported. You can help cover these costs by donating. Or, buy your photo gear from our affiliates, Adorama, B&H Photo, or Topaz Labs, and get FREE Marketplace access - click here to see how! Trusted Pentax retailers:

6 Days Ago - 1 Like   #7
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Bedfordshire, UK
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 134
I see why someone likes this camera for its new grip, but bloody hell: what is that prism plastic cover for? Complete bollocks.
6 Days Ago   #8
Pentaxian




Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Romania
Posts: 11,574
QuoteOriginally posted by Zivelot Quote
I see why someone likes this camera for its new grip, but bloody hell: what is that prism plastic cover for?
Design? To make it look more like the K-30?

6 Days Ago   #9
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
RobA_Oz's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,310
QuoteOriginally posted by Zivelot Quote
I see why someone likes this camera for its new grip, but bloody hell: what is that prism plastic cover for? Complete bollocks.
It does have a precedent in Raymond Loewy's "streamlined" trains, as far as styling goes. The fact that the trains turned out to be noticeably heavier than their more functionally-styled origins didn't seem to get in the way of their general appreciation.

I don't mind the pentagonal styling, but I wish there was more substance to it.
6 Days Ago   #10
Pentaxian




Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Otago, New Zealand
Posts: 417
QuoteOriginally posted by Zivelot Quote
I see why someone likes this camera for its new grip, but bloody hell: what is that prism plastic cover for? Complete bollocks.
I'm sorta the opposite, I can see how they could have managed to get a greater divergence between the flash and the optical axis (longer flash arm sticking up further), which could be useful (not saying that's what they've done, but they 'could' have).

As for the grip, that is exactly what I was hoping they wouldn't do - It looks nice and all, but I personally find the large grip awkward due to the way it tapers sharply in towards the top - for me personally it places all of the grip at the bottom of my hand and not the top where my fingers are stronger (most other cameras which have a flare in the grip, have it at the top against the middle finger, not under the little and ring fingers like this).

From the perspective of owning one of these, having used it a lot since it came out, and really liking it, I genuinely don't understand what this adds to the original design.

Last edited by sqrrl; 6 Days Ago at 02:52 AM. Reason: spelling
6 Days Ago - 1 Like   #11
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: GMT +10
Photos: Albums
Posts: 11,619
Looks fun.

But I hope this K-P body modding effort cost the company very little cash, and didn't distract the talented Pentax/Ricoh engineers from more substantial work.
6 Days Ago   #12
Pentaxian
Larrymc's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 1,451
Pentax "Boy Racer"

This customization reminds me of the Asian penchant for modifications to sporty automobiles and sports motorcycles dubbed "Boy Racer" mostly cosmetics with a touch of engine and suspension modifications. It should sell well in Japan. I want the real race car!

It looks as if the pop up flash will be functional rather than having to remove the cover as was shown earlier. Over all it would be distinctive in a crowd.

Ooops........ I read where the flash cover is not functional it has to be removed. Something else to lose?

Last edited by Larrymc; 6 Days Ago at 05:25 AM. Reason: correction
6 Days Ago   #13
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 203
It looks ugly as sin, but if Ricoh makes a few extra bucks from collectors on this, than that's fine by me. At least it's not as ugly as a certain Lenny Kravitz special edition camera.
6 Days Ago   #14
retired sw engineer
Loyal Site Supporter
reh321's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: South Bend, IN, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 12,674
As I commented in a separate thread, Japan has a reputation of being a land of collectors, of people who purchase a "Silver K-1" to put it in a display of other special cameras. I really doubt if anyone who spends the extra Yen for one of these would be out in the woods photographing Japanese squirrels or anything else that would risk losing one of the pricey parts, nor would s/he ever have any other occasion for mounting anything other than a "Limited" lens on it.
6 Days Ago - 1 Like   #15
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
pres589's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Lawrence, KS
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,339
Seems like a pretty easy way for Ricoh to have done *something* with Pentax this year. I hope that's not what they had in mind for the 100 Years of Asahi or whatever they were calling it.

My fear is that this is it for 2019. I'm usually not pessimistic like this about Pentax but I could really see this being all we see new for the year.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
kp, pdaf, pentax, pentax kp, pentax news, pentax rumors, released, sensor, sensors, sony
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Special edition/costum built KP MMVIII Pentax KP 36 02-20-2018 10:45 AM
KP vs K-70 - to KP or not to KP, that is the question OldChE Pentax DSLR Discussion 19 02-04-2018 09:43 AM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax MZ-3 Special Edition and Normal Silver Edition w/ Accessories frank Sold Items 2 11-22-2012 10:06 AM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMCP-DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited Series (Silver from Limited Edition K5) Stevizzy Sold Items 10 09-02-2012 01:50 PM
Pentax K-5 silver special edition an exclusive limited-edition camera package Adam Homepage & Official Pentax News 26 03-12-2012 08:11 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:08 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top