The Pentax K-1 was a long-time coming type of a unicorn-camera, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that even with its release, it defied conventions. Its price went up +$150 after its initial release at $1800, but it’s starting to come down again, you can get it for $1847 with free shipping and a handful of free accessories (Corel Software Bundle, 32GB card, tripod, case, card wallet, cleaning kit) at Adorama.
The Pentax K-3 II body only goes for $850 on its own at the moment at authorized dealers, but if you want a power-user bundle, you can get the official Pentax D-BG5 battery grip and the Pentax AF-200FG flash for an extra $50. So $899 gets you all three of these at Adorama… This is part of a new 48 hour sale…
Prime time for Pentax fans. The new condition 50mm f1.8 DA lens is on sale for $99 with free shipping ta Amazon by Amazon itself. You can buy as many as you want (technically the limit is 30, but I doubt any non-reseller would need more than 30).
Cette daily deal du jour est expireaux…
While putzing around the internets I landed in the Amazon France Gold Box where one of their current deals of the day is the Pentax K-3 with 35mm f2.4 offered for 669 Euro. Offer ends by 6pm Eastern on Wednesday (or earlier if sold out). Prices include TVA (I’m assuming that’s VAT).
Open up your K-Wallet, it’s a Pentax Lens Sale at Adorama, featuring a total of 25 lenses, with prices ranging from $340 to $1150. This includes two f2.8 zooms, the 15-30mm for $1250, and the 24-70mm for $1150. Nine of the 25 lenses are Limited. Nine of them are Zooms. Three of them are Macros. Sale continues until the end of the year (2016) or earlier if sold out. It’s a K-Lens Party 🙂
The $1800 launch price is not coming back any time soon for the Pentax K-1, but you can get effectively close with this Adorama K-1 bundle for $1950 with free shipping. For this, you get the Pentax K-1 body only kit, a $100 Adorama gift certificate, a 32GB Sandisk ExTrEmE SDHC card, the Corel software bundle (AfterShot PRO 2, Paintshop PRO X9, VideoStudio 9, etc), the Lowepro Format 160 camera bag, an Adorama slinger bag, tears of a unicorn, a 66-inch Takama tripod, and a cleaning kit.
Optionally, when you expand the yellow “Special Offer” section, you can get combined purchase discounts when you purchase this with select Pentax DSLRs lenses, or you can add the Pentax D-BG6 battery grip for +$117, or add Elements 15 for +$39.
For more offers, check the latest Adorama Specials.
As of late 12/1/16 recheck, this promotion is over…
UPDATE: this offer continues until Wednesday at 11:59pm ET… Pentax is getting some Cyber Monday action! A total of 29 Pentax lenses are on sale at B&H Photo. Some of them also earn promotional rewards. It features a mix of zooms and primes (including pancakes and maple syrup) and Limiteds, and one f2.8 PRO zoom, the 50-135mm for $850…
For more action, check the latest B&H Cyber Monday specials…
The Pentax K-1 came out at $1800 but it climbed to $1950 [see 35mm full frame price charts]. However, Adorama is sweetening the price increase a bit by including a $100 Adorama gift certificate with purchase at $1950… Meanwhile on the Ricoh front, the Ricoh Theta S 360 gets a $50 Adorama gift certificate going for its default price of $350 (along with $14~ promotional rewards and free overnight shipping).
As of a 11/20/16 AM re-check, this eBay listing ended…
While surfing around the eBay Deals, this surfaced, in USED good condition, you can get the Pentax 50mm f2 SMC A K-Mount lens for $15 with free shipping, sold by Roberts Camera (99.5%, Indianapolis)… You can also try to officially negotiate a lower price using eBay’s “Best Offer” feature.
As of 11/20/16 recheck, this is back to “temporarily out of stock” (TOOS) but you can order it if you want to lock up the $80 price with free shipping, “it” being the new condition Pentax 50mm f1.8 DA lens at Amazon by Amazon itself for $80. That’s a pretty good price for a digital-era normal prime lens.
The B&H sale ended but hope is not lost, the sale “moved” to Amazon by Amazon itself offering it for $80 with free shipping. It is “temporarily out of stock” but you can lock up the price by buying it. Limit up to 30 per customer, so if you are planning to give Pentax DSLR kits as Holiday gifts, stock up 🙂
This 6-hour lightning deal expired…
You can see the K-Light! All it takes is $70 with free shipping and B&H Photo will send you the Pentax AF200FG Flash. This is a limited time offer, expiration date unknown.
Both the black and silver color schemes of the Pentax K-70 Body Only DSLR kit are now in-stock and ready to ship to your K-hands for $647 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.
It’s K-time at B&H Photo, a total of 25 Pentax Lenses and Flashes are participating in a Limited Time Sale. Lenses include primes and zooms, such as the 70-200 f2.8 ED DC AW D FA* for $1700. Seven of the lenses are “Limited Edition”. Two flashes and a converter are also participating, along with pancake, macros, zooms, and more. Prices range from $110 (50/1.8 DA) to $2000 (150-450 f4.5-5.6 DC AW D FA LALALALALA).
Also participating is the f2.8 zoom trio, in addition to the aforementioned 70-200, they have the 16-50mm f2.8 for $830 and the 50-135 f2.8 for $860. Find them all at the Limited Time Sale.
This is a limited time sale, but I do know the expiration date.
While checking for more Amazon Warehouse Deals specials, we found one that is not eligible for the coupon, but it is open to everyone to buy, you don’t have to be a Prime member, it is the Pentax K-5 body only available in “E-” condition by Adorama through Warehouse Deals for $290 with free shipping. It comes with a 180-day Adorama warranty. This ships from Adorama, it is not Prime eligible. “E-” in this case is not what it means for students, it is “E” for Excellent condition 🙂
A comment by S.W. Anderson in the Hasselblad MF Mirrorless post got me price-checking medium format cameras, and it looks like the first generation Pentax 645D body only is currently going for $4000 in new condition at Amazon by Amazon actual. This is no longer available from B&H and Adorama. Amazon’s shipping estimate is 1-4 months, so keep that in mind if you need it to arrive quickly.
Or if you are a more adventurous shopper, there are a couple of eBay listings on it:
+ New Condition for $3150 with Best Offer Enabled (this is a private eBay listing for extra protection; ships from Los Angeles)
+ Used Condition for $2650 [CORRECTED!] (ships from Delaware; listing says used in-studio only with 3269 actuations)
+ the eBay listings above are from individuals, not retailers
In comparison, the latest model, the Pentax 645Z, goes for $7000 in new condition at B&H Photo (with 4% rewards = $280~) and Adorama (with 4% rewards = $280~). There’s also a 645Z Comprehensive Starter Kit that goes for $16,000 and includes three lenses (55/2.8, 90/2.8, 28-45/4.5, extra accessories and the protective case you see in the pictures.
The Pentax AF540FGZ II Flash is currently on sale as a limited time offer for $419 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Note that their website won’t be accepting online orders between Friday 8:15pm ET and Monday 9:45pm ET, so plan accordingly [corrected dates/times!]
Weight lifter’s lens action now, the Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 DC AW is a limited time offer for $2205 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
It’s a new DSLR! Pentax has officially revealed their new K-70 DSLR, available in black or silver color schemes, as either a K70 body only kit for $650 or as a K70 with 18-135mm for $900. Pre-orders are available at Adorama and B&H Photo. Amidst a sea of DSLRs, one distinguishing feature is a selectable Anti-Aliasing filter, along with the usual weather-resistant features, sensor-shift image stabilization and such. Interestingly there is no “with 18-55” kit… This has been added to the Cameras and Lenses of 2016 page…
Maybe Samsung could have stayed with the K-mount instead of going off on a TouchWiz adventure, but that’s another story for another navel-gazing time. Which brings us to the K-mount, where the Pentax K-3 body only is bundled with the Pentax BG-5 Battery Grip and the Pentax AF200FG Flash, all together for $749 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
If you have absolutely no interest in battery grips, you can get the K-3 body only with the Flash and $30 promotional rewards for $739 at Adorama.
K-Macro action now, B&H Photo is offering the Pentax FA 100mm f2.8 WR Macro Lens for $380 with free expedited shipping until 6/10/16.
Just updated the Stock Status Tracking page. If you are looking for the Canon 1D X Mark II body only CFAST KIT (with CFAST card and card reader), it is now in-stock and ready to ship at its starting price of $6000 at Amazon by Amazon itself… On the Pentax K-1 front, one 3rd-party seller is offering it with a limited available premium, for $2000 instead of $1800, Portable Guy on Amazon…
If you like red DSLR colors and want to a “getting started with” K-mount DSLR kit, B&H Photo is offering the Pentax K-50 Two Lens Kit (18-55 and 50-200) and the AF-200FG Flash and 4% promotional rewards for $470 with free shipping in the Red color scheme. The white color scheme goes for $500 and still gets the free flash and 4% rewards, while the black color scheme goes for $500 and gets the flash but no 4% promotional rewards.
And now a $5 gadget post! The Pentax Optio Floating Strap Wrist Strap is on sale for $3.50 with free shipping by 3rd-party seller Speedy (ships from California) thru Amazon. This ships from the seller, not Prime-eligible. Amazon’s own price is $5 but it’s an add-on item… If neither of those options work out for you, you can get it for $5.50 with free shipping at OneCall.com…
K-zoom-zoom now, the Pentax DA 55-300mm f4-5.8 ED WR is on sale for $326~ with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Offer ends 5/31/16 or earlier if there is a breakthrough in Pentax proselytization.
Prime time for Pentax fans continues at B&H Photo, this time they have the Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f1.8 Limited lens on sale for $735 with free expedited shipping. The offer is good until 5/31/16 or earlier if sold out.
With the Pentax K-1 becoming a reality, there are more temptations among K-shooters to add more lenses or upgrade existing ones, which brings us to the Pentax FA 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 HD D DC AW on sale for a limited time only for $2389 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
This K-party is over. As of 5/16/16 recheck the price skyrocketed to $489…
Not to be confused with groups that want to tax pens, PenTax has a number of DSLRs floating in the market right now, which means more discounts as the times goes by.
And if you happen to like red in your DSLRs, bubbling around in the eBay Trending 100 is the new condition Pentax K-30 with 18-55 DA AL is on sale for $329 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer by the BuyDig eBay store (authorized dealers). It is only available in red.
The Pentax K-50 is starting to make its farewell tour. Already most of the kits are gone from Adorama, but if you don’t need the 18-55 kit lens and you can use the AF-200FG flash, Adorama is offering the white Pentax K-50 body only along with the Pentax AF-200FG flash and $12~ in promotional rewards (to be used in future purchases) for $295 with free expedited shipping.
On the other hand if you need a starting kit and love red DSLR colors, the two lens kit with the 18-55 and 50-200 lenses and 4% promotional rewards and a free 16GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC card is going for $470 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
Speaking of Pentax, their K-1 35mm full frame DSLR Unicorn is getting close to general release. If you are interested you can check the recently returned Stock Status Tracker or the In-Stock Alert posts here.
We have a limited time sale on the Pentax FA 100mm f2.8 WR Macro lens, going for $400 [was $370] with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. The offer ends on 5/31/16
5/10/16 at 11:59pm ET!
Microcenter resisted the temptation during the previous bubble years to expand exponentially and it looks like that decision proved wise, as other bigger chain stores collapsed, while Microcenter is alive and kicking, kicking for your shopping love 😉
Which brings us to their latest promotion there, the Pentax K50 DSLR. The K50 with 18-55mm in the black color scheme is on sale for $250 plus $5 flat shipping… They also have a K50 two-lens kit (18-55, 55-200) along with the AF-200FG kit for $360 but this one is only available in-store. Store availability varies by store, so that’s a big YMMV…
TIP: their website defaults you to a local store. If you are interested in the K50 w/18-55 kit, change your store to the “Micro Center Web Store” at the top of the page. Annotated screenshot crop below:
The last of the three in-stock alerts from B&H Photo is for the world of K-full-frame, the new Pentax HD FA 28-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR is now in-stock for its starting price of $500 at B&H Photo.
PS: it is Spring Arrival season, so I suspect there will be many and more in-stock alerts in May of this year. It is May, which means already 1/3rd of 2016 is OVER! Time flies!
Pentax time! The K-3 body only is bundled with Pentax AF-200FG flash and $28~ in promotional rewards, all together for $695 with free shipping at Adorama.
With the Pentax Full Frame Unicorn on the horizon, there are more reasons for K-photographers to get new full frame Pentax lenses. Which brings us to another in-stock alert, the Pentax HD D FA* 70-200mm f2.8 ED DC AW lens is currently in-stock and ready to ship to your K-mount for $1800 with free expedited shipping from B&H Photo.
In a galaxy nearby, the white Pentax K-50 body only is bundled with the Pentax AF-200FG external flash and $12~ in promotional rewards, all together for $295 with free shipping at Adorama. Only this body-only color currently gets the free flash.
K-mount action now, with 23 Pentax lenses participating in a limited time sale at B&H Photo. Prices start at $104~ (35/2.4 DA L) and end at $1650, and include a mix of primes (two macros) and zooms. Some of them even have orange “mark downs”. One of the 23 is a Rokinon lens, the rest of them are Pentax-Pentax. This sale ends 3/15/16.
A total of 31 options of Pentax (D)SLR lenses along with one teleconverter and one Flash are part of a limited time Pentax (D)DSLR Lens Sale at B&H Photo. A variety of lenses participate, from tiny pancakes to back-breaking zooms. Three of them are macro lenses. Free shipping. No coupons needed. Offer ends 3/10/16 or earlier if sold out.
Many thought the day would never come, but it’s here! The Pentax K-1 35mm Full Frame DSLR is now a real product, with a 36mp non-AA CMOS sensor, sensor-shift stabilization, weather sealed, dual SD slots, and more. You can now pre-order it as a body only kit for $1800 at Adorama and B&H Photo (early April 2016 release estimate) and Amazon by Amazon itself (late April 2016 estimate).
Also new is the Pentax D-BG6 Battery Grip available for pre-order for $230 plus shipping at B&H Photo. No release estimate yet. I haven’t found it at other retailers. It holds one D-LI90P Battery.
This has been added to the new New Cameras & Lenses of 2016 tracking page.
It’s Pentax Full Frame time! Hide your wallets K-fans. Pentax has revealed two new 35mm full frame FA lenses that may have some K-fans singing FA FA FA FA FA 🙂 The two new FA lenses are available for pre-order as follows:
These have been added to the new New Cameras & Lenses of 2016 tracking page.