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.
Either color scheme of the Pentax 15mm f4 ED AL HD DA Limited lens is currently on sale for $400 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. This is a small and perhaps adorable in a lens-y kind of way lens, but it is not a proper pancake. So hold the organic maple syrup 😉
The Pentax 50mm f1.8 DA lens is currently going for $90 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself but it is in “temporarily out of stock” state, so the shipping date is uncertain… If you prefer something more deterministic, it goes for $91 with free S&H and it is in-stock as of the time of writing at B&H Photo and Adorama…
… Speaking of Adorama, they have nearly 50 Pentax Lenses on sale…
Pentax time now, with the Pentax HD DA 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens currently on sale for $447 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Offer ends 1/27/16 at 11:59pm ET.
To paraphrase “Ghost Hunters”, it’s not your normal paranormal/macro. But unlike the former, many things happen when you take the lens out and take pictures 😉 Okay, let me start making sense. The Pentax P-D FA 50mm f2.8 Macro is currently on sale for $263 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Not just a normal lens that works with film and digital but a macro too (up to 1:1).
The Pentax 35mm f2.4 lens is bundled with a 3-Year New Leaf Plus warranty for $110 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.
For a limited time (good until 12/12/15 at 11:59pm ET) B&H Photo has a sale on the following three Pentax lenses:
+ Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8 ED (IF) SDM for $750
+ DA 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR for $450
+ Pentax 1.4x HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter AW for K-Mount Lenses for $450
Around round of Pentax Lens Instant savings promotions is under way. As of the time of writing, 38 items (mostly lenses, along with some flashes and a 1.4x converter) are on sale. You can find them all at B&H Photo. You can sort them “A to Z” if you want the “HD” lenses to show up before the non-HD lenses… Speaking of Pentax, the K-3 body only bundle with the 50/1.8 lens and AF-200FG flash continues for $650 at Adorama…
Pentax time! The K-3 body only is bundled with the 50mm f1.8 lens and the AF-200FG flash and $26~ in promotional rewards at Adorama for $650 with free expedited shipping. No coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and proceed. The free items are mentioned below the camera’s name while this promotion is running.
While doing price-checking for the Price Charts, the Pentax K-3 II body only stood out as one of the few cameras having noticeably different prices among reputable dealers, it is currently going for $780 with free shipping and 4% promotional rewards and 32GB SD card at Buydig.com… Next up, it is $801 by Overstock’s eBay Store… It goes for $900 at B&H and Adorama (with many extras).
PS: the price-checking portion of the APS-C dSLRs Price Charts episode is now complete! The charting and posting is next. It should be published before midnight tonight (other things equal).
And now our weekly medium format discount. The Pentax 645Z medium format body only dSLR is down to $7000 with 4% promotional rewards (= around $280) at B&H Photo and Adorama where you can optionally add the 55mm f2.8 MF lens for +$413~. Locate the “Special Offer” area for that (annotated screenshot crop below):
The Pentax 50mm f1.8 DA lens is currently on sale for $95 with free shipping at B&H Photo.
On the other hand, if you are fond of Spills and Drops warranties, you can get it for $100 at Adorama with a 3-year NewLeaf Spills and Drops warranty included automatically.
PS: as far as I can tell, none of the sellers offering it for $95 thru Amazon are authorized Pentax dealers.
The Pentax DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 ED WR lens is currently on sale for $163 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
A new round of Pentax SLR lens instant savings promotions are under way (along with converters and flashes), at B&H Photo with 38 options available.
While there, if you are comfortable with used lenses, look for the “Buy Used from” blue links below the “Add to Cart” (it is only available on some of the lenses). For example, the 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM goes for $440 in new condition versus $330 in Used Condition.
And now to our weekly Medium Format deal. The Pentax 645Z medium format DSLR body only kit can be bundled with the Pentax 645D FA 55mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW Lens and together you pay $7600 at Adorama. You have to manually press the blue “Add to Bundle” to add the lens to the bundle, and then press the green “Add bundle to cart” to add them both to your shopping cart. That’s it, no coupons, no rebates.
The Pentax SMCP-DA 17-70mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM is currently on sale for $350 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
With Pentax, the release of a new flagship camera (at the moment the K-3 II for $900), often means bang for the buck deals can be found with the previous model. And it certainly looks so at the moment, you can get a nice “take pictures with” kit for $650 at Adorama that includes the K-3 body only (first generation), the 50mm f1.8 DA prime lens, and AF-200FG flash and 4% promotional rewards (= $26~). No coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and checkout.