Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs officially announced

Pentax K-5 II DSLR camera is now officially announced. The price is $1199 for body only, $1399 for 18-55mm kit and $1599 for 18-135mm kit. The specs at a glance:

  • 16.3 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 11 Point SAFOX X Autofocus System
  • 3.0" Air-Gap-Free LCD w/ 921k Dots
  • 1080p HD Video w/ External Mic Jack
  • High Sensitivity 80-51200 ISO Range
  • Body-based Shake Reduction (SR) System
  • Fully Weather Sealed and Coldproof
  • 7 FPS and 1/8000 Maximum Shutter Speed
  • HDMI Output for Stills, Video and Sound

Pentax K-5 IIs (without the anti-aliasing filter) will start shipping in October for $1,299.95 (body only).
Press release:


Versatile cameras feature newly developed AF sensor for stellar performance in low-light conditions, as well as high quality CMOS sensor, LCD monitor

Denver, CO (September 10, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX)  today announced the introduction of its PENTAX K-5 II and K-5 IIs flagship digital SLR cameras, designed to advance the company’s well-received K-5 camera, which launched in October 2010. These new dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant cameras include a newly developed SAFOX X AF sensor that delivers the broadest autofocusing EV range (-3 EV to +18 EV) in its class. In addition, the PENTAX K-5 IIs is offered without an anti-aliasing filter, making it the perfect solution for photographers who practice commercial and studio photography where camera settings, lens selection, lighting, and other shooting conditions are controlled.

The new PENTAX K-5 II / K-5 IIs offer a compact, solid body that delivers high quality image reproduction, especially when working in low light conditions. The camera’s new, highly sensitive AF sensor enables photographers to work with a luminous flux based on F2.8 levels in addition to F5.6, which increases the AF accuracy when using fast lenses. The AF sensor also includes an upgraded AF algorithm as well as the Select-Area Expansion feature, which automatically tracks the subject when it deviates from a pre-assigned selection point, by assessing data from neighboring sensors.

“The new K-5 II and K-5 IIs deliver an extensive range of photographic possibilities for the resolution-conscious photographer in all of us. As a successor to our popular K-5 camera, these new models offer upgraded features designed to produce superb image quality, including the new AF sensor which is especially useful for photographers working in low light conditions,” said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX.

Major features include:

High resolution CMOS sensor for true-to-life images with minimal noise
With its large sensor measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, the K-5 II’s latest-generation CMOS image sensor ensures high-speed image data readout. By coupling the sensor with the PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 II delivers super high resolution, rich gradation digital images free of digital noise over a wide sensitivity range – from ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in the standard setting, or from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 when expanded via a custom function.

High quality LCD monitor with outstanding visibility outdoors
The K-5 II includes a 3.0 inch, wide-view, air-gap-free LCD display with approximately 921,000 dots for excellent visibility when outdoors. Situated between the front glass panel (which is coated with an anti-glare film) and the LCD screen is a unique resin layer that alleviates the reflection and dispersion of light to effectively prevent ghost images and maintain image brightness. The LCD cover is also made of tempered glass to keep it free of scratches and abrasions.

Anti-aliasing filter-free feature of the K-5 IIs
The K-5 IIs is offered without an anti-aliasing filter, which is commonly found in many DSLRs to smooth computer generated imagery by decreasing high frequencies and distortion, but adversely reduces detail resolution. Without this filter, the K-5 IIs creates deeply rich, detailed imagery at supreme resolution levels.

Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction
The K-5 II’s exterior casing is made of sturdy and lightweight magnesium alloy, while its chassis is made of highly rigid stainless steel. With 77 special seals in its body, the camera offers a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation at temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). It also features a dependable shutter unit for a top shutter speed of 1/8000 per second, and the ability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism
The camera features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which compensates for the adverse effects of camera shake by approximately three shutter steps for blur-free images. The SR mechanism works with a variety of PENTAX interchangeable lenses – even those designed for film-format cameras. Thanks to its flexible design, which shifts the image sensor unit in all directions within the image place, the K-5 II offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, such as auto level compensation and image composition fine-adjustment functions.

Bright, clear optical viewfinder with a nearly 100-percent field of view
The K-5 II features a glass pentaprism finder with a 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) for an exceptional view of the entire image field and improved accuracy while photographing. The camera is also equipped with the Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to facilitate manual-focus operation.

High-speed, continuous shooting to capture up to seven images in one second
The K-5 II’s high-speed continuous shooting mode allows photographers to record as many as 30 images (in the JPEG format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. This is ideal when shooting fast-moving subjects such as athletes and wildlife – all with ease and precision.

Innovative image processing functions
A custom image function allows users to easily select the desired finishing touch for a particular image to help express their creativity. This function provides a choice of nine distinctive custom image modes, such as Bleach Bypass, which creates a solemn visual effect used in motion pictures, and Cross Process, which produces eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colors. The K-5 II also offers 18 built-in digital filters, including sketch and posterization, to add distinctive visual effects to images without the need for software-aided computer re-touching.

Additional features of the PENTAX K-5 II / K-5 IIs include:

• Electronic Level function, with a vertical level scale
• Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA,D FA and FA Limited series lenses)
• CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white balance to emphasize the dominant colors of a specific scene
• DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism, to effectively shake dust off the CMOS image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
• PENTAX-original Hyper Control system, to swiftly and accurately respond to the photographer’s creative intentions
• Dynamic range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) highlight area and blackout (underexposed) shadow area
• RAW data retrieve function to save the original RAW data of a just-recorded JPEG format image
• RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
• A choice of three grid patterns while in Live View mode, including “Golden Section”
• Long battery life, for recording of approximately 980 images with a full recharge

Pricing and Availability
The new PENTAX K-5 II will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in October 2012 with a suggested retail price of $1,199.95 for body only, $1,349.95 for the K-5 II kit including the DA 18-55mm WR zoom lens and $1,549.95 for the K-5 II kit including the DA 18-135mm WR zoom lens. The K-5 IIs will also be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in October with a suggested retail price of $1,299.95 for body only.

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  • Alex

    Wow nice!

    • EmiSpielrein

      Great philosophy of this brand: improve the improvable in a product already excellent and successful, but without distorting it, maintaining the excellent level of ergonomics:

      – Safox X, -3 EV to 18 EV !
      – Upgraded AF algorithm.
      – Traking AF.
      – Air gap free lcd display covered with tempered glass (as K5 silver I tipe).

      – Anti aliasing filter free, for K5 IIs !

      Very well, we want cameras to photograph, not to be envied friends; we want cameras that do a few things, and that enable them in the best way possible with excellent functional ergonomics.

      And this brand has always had continuity and compatibility as its strengths.

      I think that, on K5 IIs, some lens which outperforming the already excellent K5 sensor will give exceptional results.

  • aurele

    The bashing and trolling fest is officially opened 😉

    happy to see new product but some choices bug me a little bit, like the high price …

    • Samuel

      $100 more than an nex7 for a pro slr is not a high price. If the price is to high for you they have the k-30 which is very cheap and very good

      • it is not PRO SLR because it is crop sensor and lack pro system
        also future is rather unsure.

        but i am not trolling, well not much at least anyway. i actually wish that pentax and other do good because nikon and canon are constantly falling down in quality because nothing can shake their position.
        and that is bad for all of us.

        • E

          Pro can be defined by many things…clients, job types, years of experience, talent, etc etc.

          Its the right camera for the right job. Just because incan shoot medium format doesnt mean i think 35 or 1.5 crop is worse….sometimes a great croppe sensor is what the doctor ordered….gives me a little bit more reach. I would take this came over my d800 for a sporting event or something where i need quicker shooting….i may take my xpro 1 to an event where i have to be inconspicuous… fuji gw690ii for some portraits or large prints….the right cam for the right job…

          • AAron

            it is not right tool for right job, because it does nothing what fullframe camera can do better.
            Reach? Even with teleconverter FX is better, because you will be stuck with same glass anyway.
            D800 is not comparison to Pentax, that would be D7000 or D300s in this case. Both much better cameras.

          • Emi S.

            I am completely in resonance with your thoughts: there are not right cam for every need, there is no right cam for everything and everyone, of course there’re more versatile cam and therefore more suitable, but for what this always depends on our needs that are different for each of us.

            Response to AAron:

            maybe you have not compared well some cam we’re talking about: before I buy the K-5 I have been available for some time and I’ve used the D7000 with different lens, mine and borrowed from a friend, prime lens and zoom: very good cam, but certainly not at the level of the K-5 for many reasons: quiet shutter-release, absence of stabilizer with prime lens , no Hyper exposure, buffer slower, much more slower in quiet position, much less user friendly, vision and magnification of the pictures taken much more slow, uncomfortable and limited.

            In addition compatibility with lens “alternative and / or old” is really complete: they work without any need of additional chips in Manual, HyperManual, Aperture Priority, exposure meter Spot and they confirm the focus with the Led in the viewfinder.

            Then the feeling of solidity that gives hold it is really different and better (the body is entirely made of metal unlike the D7000 which is only partially).

            It’sure to buy Pentax is always a challenge and certainly a lot less easy than buy Canon or Nikon, so if those who do this already has several lens (as owners) of both brands (CaNikon) this simply means that they are interested in the best product in the market in that respective branch of the market.

            I would hope that more and more in future all us will speak of things we know thoroughly, without making snap judgments on something that you don’t know (if not marginally or heard).

  • FooFighter

    Woo! Go Pentax Go!!!!

    • Gooby Pls!

      Go where? Further behind Canon/Nikon/Sony?

      Is 2012 and no ff cam?

      Gooby pls!

  • FooFighter

    Where is that Harold Ellis troll….Oh wait, there he is…..

    • i am proud that i play so important role in your life so you not only remember my name but even eagerly awaiting me.
      sorry to say to you that i dont even remember if we ever had any discussion in the past.

  • tch

    Well the joke is on us Pentax shooters hoping for a FF announcement. Instead we get this, 2 years to come up with minor tweaks to the AF system (but still same old 11 point system with it’s huge points), I would laugh if it wasn’t so depressing.

  • ano102

    is it the same sansor than the previous version, or an enhanced sansor ?

    • tch

      Same sensor, same processing engine (Prime II). So no H264, no focus peaking, no 1080/60p or 1080/24p.

  • c.d.embrey

    The REAL camera look just like the PhotoShopped pix that were shown the other day 😉

    If Nikon doesn’t release a D7100 or D4 soon, I’ll take a look at the K5IIs.

    • So you’re saying that you’re a potential buyer of Nikon’s D4-series and if they don’t release an update you’re going to get a Pentax?

      • Khuzul

        Agreed, that’s hilarious

      • hexx

        I guess it’s just a typo and was meant to be D400

        • c.d.embrey

          You are right hexx, it was a typo.

          It should have read “D7100 or D400.” Only an InterNetExpert or a Troll, would read it as anything but a typo.

  • Toonie

    Now this is why they only do apsc cameras, they’re damn good at it >.<

  • Geoff

    I’d switch from nikon if:

    1)More lenses were available
    2) I knew they had a full frame camera coming.

    Because I really, REALLY like in-body IS

    • simon

      Given that Pentax have also announced a 7000 $ lens which you won’t be able to use on a FF body, my guess is there will be no FF anytime soon.

      • Emi S.

        It’ s not necessary to worry about this, things may change their name (or initials) very quickly.
        DA lenses: 35 macro, 70 2.4, 200 2.8, 300 4 are declared Aps-c but cover FF perfectly, the 12-24 between 18 and 24 covers the FF (very probably is the same also for 35 2.4 and 50 1.8).
        At the right time they could be renamed or declared compatible.

  • Pentax has been making decent bodies as of late but their lenses are very poor in quality. I can think of one lens that is barely interesting and that’s the 31mm f/1.8… but when other manufacturers have f/1.4 lenses in 24, 28, 30 and 35 focal lengths… what’s the big deal?

    I remember the time I used the 77 1.8 “Limited” lens and it was fringing up a storm wide open. Even the 85 1.2 doesn’t fringe up the same at f/1.2… so what’s the big deal?

    I’m guessing this is the why Pentax isn’t worried about releasing a K5-IIs without the AA filter… doubt there are Pentax lenses that can out-resolve that sensor. I have a 50D with no AA filter (because of an IR modification) and things can get very ugly with sharp lenses. Manufacturers have realised that people are now more likely to buy a camera without AA filters and they’ll even pay more money for it (e.g. D800E) and I’m sure they’re having a chuckle. I mean, don’t these camera-users even question why AA filters were invented in the first place? Must be thinking it’s just to blur things up for fun… *sigh*… we’re still in the dark ages of photography… as I usually say.

    • Alex

      BS as usual. There are many excellent Pentax lenses, and I have few of them. OK, they’re not very fast (e.g. the 70mm is “only” f/2.4) however they’re stabilized, and sharp from wide open.

      • Sorry for having to play this particular card but take a look at what I’ve used and I want you to come back and say what you said again…


        • ?

          You only tried 3 lenses. I can easily say I have no idea because I only tried two. One was really bad but incredibly cheap (18-55wr) and the other was fantastic (100mm macro wr). But hey you tried one more than me so you must now everything about their lenses right?

    • steve

      Utter rubbish, you know it.
      The Pentax Limited lenses are pretty much unrivalled
      as 10 minutes research will prove.

      Photorumors is such a troll breeding ground.

      • Emi S.

        +1 Alex and +1 Steve.

        I use 35fa, 40da, 50 1,4fa, 77fa*, 85a*, 200 2,8a*, 200macro fa* , 300m* and all outperforming the excellent performance of the sensor of my K5 (and they do it already with big apertures – it is obvious we must have copies ok! It makes no sense to speak badly if someone has a bad copy. And this is a common problem: a friend of mine which uses another big brand had to try 4 copies of 35mm 1.8 to get one ok! And this is just one of many stories concerning the quality control).

        Think about what results our best lenses will arrive on the K5 IIs!
        My eyes sparkle just thinking!

        • You both either haven’t used any other manufacturers lenses or have no clue about what image quality is. Take a look at what I’ve used for instance.

          • Emi S.

            Pride is a poor counselor. Over the years, I have used and use at least twice of the equipment you have listed, but I prefer to maintain a certain understatement.
            It’s always important to see if the speaker says things smart, not if he or her has the largest playground, the longest lens or the more expensive camera.

          • Dafaq

            Dumb. LOL. The Power of Negativity. LOL. You make me laugh…

  • help me understand

    i’m not a troll…. just a Canon shooter, thinking of switching things up a little bit and hoping for a compact FF camera(excited by the sony rx1, besides the price, intrigued by the D600, etc.)
    Can someone please help me to understand why people buy this camera or the previous Pentax K5 over other DSLR’s on the market?
    What is the advantage to the Pentax system over Nikon and Canon?
    I know the 7D and D7000 are both getting a little old(D7000 not nearly as old as the 7D,) but the specs on this don’t really seem much better than either of those 2+ year old cameras?
    Can somebody please explain the allure of the Pentax name and their cameras?
    Please, i’m really not trolling…….

    • For me, I’d only find a Pentax more appealing when comparing APS-C to APS-C… primarily because of the in body shake reduction. But then Sony also has their own version of it and Sony’s currently making some of the best sensors. Plus they even have in body stabilisation with full frame sensors.

      Sony has better lenses and Pentax claims better weather sealing. In all honesty, these are just rubber seals… they will give in one day. People who will dip their cameras in water and show off are suffering from some sort of a complex because their cameras don’t take very good photos. Besides, cameras a lot better in terms of seals than they used to before:

      I’d like to see any Pentax, Olympus or Nikon go through the same.

      In all honesty, if you want in-body IS, go for a Sony. If you just want something different to your Canon FFs, get a Nikon FF.

      • BP2012

        Kai is crazy guy and those “tests” are really extreme but good to know.
        I think that Pentax have very good direction about weather sealing if an entry level DSLR like K-30 is capable of doing this:
        I would like to see weather resistant super wide angle lens, wider than 18(27)mm.

      • NoggintheNog

        Since when did Sony have better lenses than Pentax? Have I missed something?

        • Alex

          Since when did those anti-Pentax trolls made any sense? 😉
          Well, I’m sure Sony has some very good lenses but so does Pentax (and pretty much every camera maker)

          • And what you said above makes sense? 😀 If other manufacturers have good lenses in addition to better bodies, then wouldn’t they be plain better than Pentax?

            Unless of course you’re saying that Pentax stuff is better than say the 5D series or the D700, D800, D3, D3X, D4, a850/a900, a99, 1D/1Ds/1D X series?

            You sure do make a lot of sense…

        • I must have missed the press releases of the current Pentax 24/2, 24 1.8, 85 1.4, 135 1.8 and the AF 500/8. I’m not a zoom person but even Sony lenses like 70-400 are excellent.

          Pentax has a bunch of little primes that look cute but they’re slow and in poor quality… especially considering that other manufacturers can make faster lenses with equal or better IQ. If you argue that Pentax lenses are cheaper then who said this is a hobo fight?

          Do yourselves a favour folks… times have changed… go spend some quality time with some of the good lenses from manufacturers like Canon, Nikon and even Samyang. You have no idea about what you’re missing out.

          • vV

            It seems to be clear that Pentax killed your all family 😉
            I can understand your hate for them.

          • Alex

            Everything I say make sense :p In this case, I can easily admit the merits of other manufacturers, because I’m no fanboy. Even more, I wouldn’t go trolling other manufacturer’s forums like you do.

            The K-5 is one of the best APS-C cameras (except for its AF, which is just OK – but what a coincidence, that’s what was changed with the K-5 II…); I don’t care how good a D4 is, since I wouldn’t buy one. Of course, if I were looking at a D4-like camera, I wouldn’t care about APS-C ones. Yes, there are people who are drooling at some pro camera/lenses, then go and buy some cheap Rebel with a kit lens…

            And stop lying about the Limiteds, nobody believes you anyway.

          • So you mean to say that the 31 1.8 is actually faster than what’s written on the box? Like a f/1.4 or something? Or else how exactly is it comparable or better than other stuff?

            Seriously… get your hands on some real lenses. If Pentax had any good lenses, I’d buy them too… I’m not like you 😀

    • Cynog

      Can’t speak for anyone else, of course, but I choose Pentax because they make cameras that suit me: great IQ, and smallish bodies. I also love their lenses. I have a Nikon system as well (D3 and quite a few expensive lenses) and while they are superb, I regard them as tools to get a job done. Pentax, on the other hand, I look upon as something to love. That may be strange, and illogical but it’s how I feel about the brand. I shall probably buy the K-5 IIs and I’m very tempted by the cute new Q10.

    • Rob

      Pentax’s prime lenses (particularly the da limited line) are pretty good and light weight, the build quality is amazing (the lens barrel made of aluminium). If you want a compact and lightweight high quality dslr gear, you should consider Pentax stuff.

  • help me understand

    i’m not a troll…. just a Canon shooter, thinking of switching things up a little bit and hoping for a compact FF camera(excited by the sony rx1, besides the price, intrigued by the D600, etc.)
    Can someone please help me to understand why people buy this camera or the previous Pentax K5 over other DSLR’s on the market?
    What is the advantage to the Pentax system over Nikon and Canon?
    I know the 7D and D7000 are both getting a little old(D7000 not nearly as old as the 7D,) but the specs on this don’t really seem much better than either of those 2+ year old cameras?
    Can somebody please explain the allure of the Pentax name and their cameras?

    • BP2012

      -In body image stabilization
      stabilize old manual lenses and new lenses are cheaper

      -Compatibility with lenses produced in last 35+ years (without adapter)
      if you are not afraid of manual focusing this is great – my best pictures are made with very cheap M and A lens (as example M 35mm f/2.8, A 35-105mm f/3.5). You could buy almost any of those lenses for small amount of money on ebay, second hand market,…
      Here is the knowledge base for almost every K-mount and compatible lenses:

      -Excellent dynamic range and low light capabilities
      K5 is really great about that (14bit raw) but also entry level DSLR has great low light, low noise, great dynamic range capabilities

      -Very compact DSLR bodies
      Smallest DSLR bodies for their class

    • Emi S.

      Abstract: I use different brands without any preconceptions.

      Advantages Pentax K5 (in addition to those already highlighted):

      -excellent Sony sensor (the same of Nikon D7000) on Which Pentax engineers have worked even better than Nikon (see DxOMark sensor test on their site) and this is truly remarkable, given the different sizes of the two brands.

      Sensor stabilized, that working with all lenses (even those with screw mount) is a must with use with prime lens (only in Canon have realized it and they are producing stabilized wide-angle, in truth just a little too expensive).

      -No doubt that K5 is the quieter reflex camera on the market, not only among semipro, but also (and this is really a big drawback of pro cameras of big brands) also among those Superpro.

      -Excellent functional design, fluid ergonomics, a better practicality for reviewing and enlarge the images taken.

      -Pentax is the only camera with HyperManual, system much more practical, fast and flexible than using auto exposure with memory lock: HyperManual provides the right exposure (and customizable to your choice, choosing aperture, shutter or programmed) by pressing a button, but not step away from Manual, thus always maintaining a total control on exposure.

      -Five position User, customizable to your choice and quickly retrievable.

      -Continuity: also very old lens, k and Screw mount, work without any need of additional chips in Manual, HyperManual, Aperture Priority, exposure meter Spot and they confirm the focus with the LED in the viewfinder.

  • Dafaq

    I have a soft spot for pentax and I’m still waiting for a weather sealed ultra wide angle lens from them…………..However……..The warranty and repair service of pentax bugs me…. per experience its not really as reliable as canon and nikon. :(.

    • BP2012

      +1 for a weather sealed ultra wide angle lens

      • No landscape photographer worth his salt is going to use an APS-C camera and much less a Pentax… if there is such a mythical good landscape shooting Pentax user their camera choice had nothing to do with how good they are.

        • ?

          This is such utter garbage. There a tons of professional landscape photographers that use Apsc. You seriously think that full frame is necessary for all landscape work? A D7000 and a high quality lens could do wonders.

          • Dafaq

            Indeed D7000 is a great camera + a nikkor UWA it sometimes kills my 5DmkII…. at least on the IR Side… and banding issues of 5D lol. As a landscape photographer, D7000 exceeded my expectations and again a real plus for IR photography if you are using screw-in IR filters. For a budget landscape shooter D7000 is a great camera as well as the Pentax k5. The only downside of Pentax is the lack of weather sealed lens at least for me. C’mon Pentax… please… weather sealed UWA is all I need and I would never be scared again with sea salt water.. 😀

        • vV

          It seems to be clear that Pentax killed your all family.. 😉 obviously i can understand your deep hate for them!

          • peR

            Also I add my condolences to yours, certainly we must understand him, he may have had a very difficult childhood.

        • Dafaq

          Seriously? LOL!!! Dont make this kind of comments if you really don’t know what you are talking about.

  • vekkio

    A great PHOTOGRAPHIC (not video, gps, android, and others market’s masturbation..) tool improved. Great IQ, weather-sealed, nice built, compact and discreet, HONEST price, lens selection that far exceeds what a person is usually willing to spend for, honestly i don’t see the reason why not buy this product.. maybe only if you want absolutely ultimate quality in zoom lens or if you need a product of a class above. Now waiting for a FF body..

  • What’s a Pentax?

    In Body Image Stabilization Is No Good For Video! Lens Optical Stabilization Is Better!

    Pentax has nothing to offer except poor quality products and outdated lens designs.

    Gotta Love Those Plastic Mount Lenses. SDM (Sudden Death Motors) and other defects.

    Pentax = Garbage

    • vV

      1- you are interested in video? buy a videocam..
      2- Sonnar lens design is from 1924.. Outdated?
      3- plastic mount lens is for the cheap line products, other brands do the same.

      • Troy

        Ahhahahahahahaha! Face facts bro!

    • Gooby pls

      You forgot the terrible resale value due to no one wanting to use Pentax.

    • Aurèle

      You should see a psychologist or a psychiatrist : you are still bugging on the Pentax brand after all this time !

      Move along, life awaits you !

      for the rest vV answered you very well.

  • Troy


    Pentax is for people who didn’t research before buying a DSLR and missed the Canon/Nikon and even Sony superiority and are too ashamed of their choice to change (might loose face).

    No doubt I’ll be called a troll and this post will be replied to by desperate Pentax users trying to defend their poor choice. But deep down they know I’m right!

    • vV

      I’m not a Pentax owner (I own Canon, Olympus, Mamiya, Yashica but not Pentax) and differently from you I will not laught at you answering you back.
      I respect your opinion but i disagree, i think is the opposite of what you are saying: it’s easier to buy canikon than pentax. Going in a store you’ll see a Pentax? mmmm.. Searching for digital used gear you’ll see a Pentax? mmmm…. Pentax in those years is a conscious choice and also more: people check 3 times before buy a product that doesn’t listen so often and is so much discredited by people like you. c’mon BRO, buy your new canikon and let the people choose…….

  • Not a troll

    I’m not trolling. I have a serious question.

    Why does Pentax suck so much?

    • vV

      because when people is under dictature likes it.. and the people itself try to break diversity making the works done for their leaders.. i tell you in my opinion what is weakest point of pentax:
      1- not great financial conditions
      2- resell a pentax is harder than resell a canikon
      3- zoom lenses aren’t the best
      4- the assistence net is not developed like canikon’s one
      for the rest Pentax DSLR product are really competitive.

  • george

    All this hype over a 16 megapixel camera, please, it is just refreshed yesterdays news. Just like the canon 5d3. I have sold cell phone images since the content was good. But to make 2 or 3 meter images, big pixel cameras are needed (i stitch files to make these sizes from my 5d2)

    If you print big, then you need more pixels. If the end use is small print or web only, last years cameras are already overkill. This just looks like last years camera repackaged with a new price tag.

    I was just hoping for a full frame to use my vintage Pentax lenses !!!

  • WalKal

    As a K-5 user I’m sorry to say that this was NOT what I was expecting from Pentax this time……No upgrade of camera this time…..So, I guess my next purchase from Pentax would be the 16-85 WR lens whenever that will be available…..I am a little bit disappointed actually….

    • Could they have one more announcement during Photokina? There were supposed to be 9 new press releases/products.

      • Alex

        I doubt it. Photokina is just one show, they can’t launch everything at once.
        Besides, they did better than 2 years ago – so why the disappointment?

  • peR

    Also I add my condolences to yours, certainly we must understand him, he may have had a very difficult childhood.

  • peR

    I repeat, this my previous post should be deleted (of course also with that notification message) ’cause it is done outside of the context (here the previous message has no meaning).


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