Pentax K-S2 camera, 18-50mm f/4-5.6 lens and AF201FG flash still to be announced

Pentax K-S2
I already mentioned that Ricoh/Pentax will announce more products for the CP+ next week. Here is the list:

  • Pentax K-S2 (replacement for the K-S1 model?) with a smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE kit lens
  • HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE (sold separately)

  • New Pentax AF201FG flash with a guide number of 66′ at ISO 100 and tilt capabilities

Update: Pentax will announce a new waterproof Tough WG-5 camera with GPS. Here is the first pictures of the HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm f/4-5.6 DC WR RE lens:

smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE lens
Additional Pentax K-S2 camera images - prototype of this camera was shown during the CES show:

Pentax K-S2 camera Pentax K-S2 camera 2
Pentax K-S2 camera
Pentax K-S2 camera back
Pentax K-S2 camera top
Via Digicame-info

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  • pyktures

    dunno if Pentax forgot what camera ergonomics mean….

    • Немо

      This camera is good in terms of ergonomics

      • pyktures

        have u ever held a Ks1 in your hands?!

        • Cinekpol

          Of course they did not. It’s a barely released body. They’re doing some silly guesswork based on a photographs. It’s an internet man, you expect people commenting like that to have any experience?

        • SJH

          I have. And yes, it’s not that great. But the grip on this K-S2 will be a totally different story.

    • Cynog

      Looks OK to me, but one can’t really tell until one has handled the camera.

      • Bing

        this camera won’t feel as same as K10D or K5 but i think it will still be good.

    • TinusVerdino

      Ergonomics is mainly a good grip and that looks ok. It is also much less plasticky than a Rebel or D5500.

      • pyktures

        have u ever held a Ks1 in your hands…

        • Daedbird

          Can you see with your own eyes that this is not the K-S1 grip? That one looked bad from the start – this one looks like a cross between the Kx and K50, which are fine cameras to hold…

  • SimenO1

    Looks like compactness have high priority in this camera. Optical view finder and compactness is a great combination. Good to see a Fully articulated screen too. I’m curious to see size comparisons.

  • TinusVerdino

    It’s not a K-s1 replacement, but a k-50 replacement. Ricoh is being confusing in their naming.

    • speedPhoenix

      They mentioned in the last interview (photokina), S mean super, something special. And K-S1 is the first project in this line. K-S2 is only the better class. I think this is a new naming system.

  • MdB

    This looks like what the K-S1 ‘should’ have been. Small body, like 100D small, but fully featured (twin dials and pentaprism and decent AF (hopefully)). Looks great to me (and definitely no longer a Pentax shooter).

  • MonkeySpanner

    Twin control dial setup on small body? This is great. This is what the SL1 should have been. I will never understand why Canon and Nikon both think that a small body must always be a cheap control point challenged body.

    • MdB

      Agreed! Also the lens is WR which would hopefully mean it is a weather sealed body as well. Sony pioneered the small ‘SLR’ body with the a55 but they took away many of the advantages with the A77 by making it as big as a traditional SLR and never Brough out an enthusiast a55 (which that body type slowly became more and more bottom rung).

      • MonkeySpanner

        I get a particular mount needing to have different body sizes to make as many people happy as possible. But I think CaNikon has seriously missed an opportunity in continuing their 1990’s thinking that big = all the good options and control points and small = stripped down model. This is why mirrorless is so appealing to many people. I think most could actually care less if there is a mirror or not. It is mostly about size and getting to have a certain size but still having a well spec’d body.

        • MdB

          Couldn’t agree more! I am a mostly mirrorless user, but will look at this very seriously once released.

      • Cinekpol

        I actually bought A77 precisely because of it’s big size…. wanted to grab A55 until I held it in my own hands… too small is much worse than too big, and A77 is feels perfect, especially with vertical grip!

        • MdB

          That’s fine, I had an A77 as well and it was great in lots of ways, the argument isn’t that that body size isn’t any good, its that nobody has been giving us a choice, if you wanted a semi enthusiast twin dial body you had to get a biggish camera, there are lots of A77 sized enthusiast DSLRs but they ‘could’ have made one as well to suit those who prefered the smaller size (especially with SLT’s). Mirrorless have done this well, but they could have had a model that differentiated themselves from everyone else in the ‘DSLR’ space.

  • Rob S

    Lots of high end features on an entry level model – twin wheels, +/-5 EV, WR. Way to go Pentax! Now how about you MARKET these!!!

  • Spy Black

    Who woke up Pentax? Ricoh?…

  • Daedbird

    Where’s the grey and orange version like the ‘reference’ model? It would go great with SMC-F lenses

  • SH*T666

    It´s about the same shape that Finepix S5000´s series cameras. Not bad at all, but that compact zoom would have a much better match with a true mirrorless body.

  • Neopulse

    This looks like the successor to the K-50 in my opinion.

    K-S1: Entry-level
    K-S2: Mid-range

    Nice job Pentax/Ricoh

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