Pentax K-5 silver special edition with a Marc Newson designed DA 40mm f/2.8 XS ultra-thin lens announced

As previously reported, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation announced the Pentax K-5 silver special edition camera kit with a Marc Newson designed DA 40mm f/2.8 XS ultra-thin lens (the same lens from the K-01 kit). The kit will be available in April 2012 for $1599.95.

Press release:

DENVER, CO March 1, 2012… PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 Silver Special Edition. Available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide, the package consists of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera body matched with the new, ultra thin smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens.

The exclusive package combines the PENTAX K-5 — the flagship model of the PENTAX K series of digital SLR cameras — with the smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens — the world’s thinnest unifocal lens*. Marc Newson, one of the world’s most renowned industrial designers, masterly designed this lens. Both the camera body and the lens barrel feature the same elegant silver finish, assuring that this package is a high-performance imaging tool that also boasts maximum visual harmony. Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the package, including a specially designed package, while the camera’s firmware has been updated to the latest version (Ver.1.13).

* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 25, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).
Note: The specifications of the camera body (except for the firmware) and the lens are same as those for the standard K-5 model.

The K-5 Silver Special Edition package will be available in April 2012 for $1599.95 USD and will be available exclusively through the PENTAX Web Store ( and Ace Photo ( More information is available at the following link: and product images are available at: PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found

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  • twitch

    Nice face, shame about the nose.

  • Sam

    Without a proper lens on the front of this, I’d imagine it’d be pretty awkward to hold.

    • Agreed

      I own the 21mm DA Limited and on my K-7 is it indeed awkward – this new 40mm XS would be even more so as there is literally nothing to hold onto.

      • Mike1

        Hold it like a rangefinder.

      • RBellavance

        I too own a K-7 and DA21, and I don’t find it awkward at all. I basically rest the camera in the palm of my left hand instead of holding onto the lens barrel.

  • Which means this XS lens is no special lens designed for a mirrorless camera.. it’s just a regular SLR lens.

    Where are those gullible Pentaxian now?

    • twitch

      K-mount mirror-less only lenses actually will be released soon, Pentax put up a teaser pic of the lens with a rear element that protrudes way into the mirror box, but no specifics on FL or aperture.

    • mervis

      Buying or liking a certain brand isn’t like adopting a religion. I’ve probably owned a version of every camera brand you can name in the course of my life.

      This whole-brand identity thing is annoying. I blame no-photographic-talent internet dorks.

    • AlexS

      Was there any gullible Pentaxian on this site?
      We already knew the 40mm XS will work on a DSLR. We knew its design (as in: appearance) matches the one of the K-01 and in that sense it’s designed for it, but that’s about it.
      The special designed lens (as in: protruding inside the mount) is a prototype, specs unknown, which was displayed at CP+.

  • mervis

    Not a brand-basher (I hate that sh!t), but this seems dumb. What does special mean exactly?

    In Canada you can buy a K-5 $995.00. Does this mean the Newsom lens is suddenly worth $600.00?

    • Look ma,K-01 mark II

      Price is special.

    • Ben Y

      You get a chunkier grip I believe. Which at least is better than other brands where special edition literally just means a different finish.

    • That $995 is steeply discounted street price and not typical of reputable dealers. The limited # of special edition kits can only be bought at MSRP – on the Pentax Web Store (and B&H) , Black K-5 body only is $1199. Pentax has done these special editions before, and they usually sell out quickly.

      • mervis

        Steeply discounted or not, the store offering the deal is certainly ‘reputable’
        in the sense that it’s a large, well-established brick&mortar operation with a generous return policy, reasonably knowledgeable sales staff and a wide selection of accessories.

  • Ben y

    Hm maybe not.

    “Note: The specifications of the camera body (except for the firmware) and the lens are same as those for the standard K-5 model.”

  • r2

    Will the K-5 be the last great pentax dslr?. I really hope not, but haven’t seen anything from them lately to indicate they still want to compete in pro or semipro market. 🙁

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