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.
The Pentax K-3 II body only is now going for $900 at B&H Photo and at Overstock.com (all apologies if the mere mention of that name start auto-playing the Overstock jingle in your head – after all, it’s just two months to Christmas 2015).
This limited time offer expired…
Costco’s camera & photo offers, just like many other products they carry, vary depending on whether they can get good volume discounts. One such good volume discount they have now, restricted to Costco members only, is this Pentax K-S2 two lens kit (18-50, 50-200, case, 32GB SD) for $450, with a limit of three bundles per customer.
With memberships going for $55, depending on whether you need this particular kit right now or not, it may be worth to sign up for a 1-year membership just for the discount of this particular offer.
Some offers can be purchased by non-members with a 5% surcharge. However, other offers are marked as Members Only and can only purchased by actual members. This is a members-only offer.
For general Costco action, there’s the Costco Insider website.
Pentax fans, it is your turn to make your wallet cry constant-aperture tears. Pentax has now revealed the new Pentax-D HD FA 24-70mm f2.8ED SDM WR lens and it is available for pre-order for $1300 at B&H Photo where you can find detailed specs of said lens. Release estimate is late October 2015.
The lens has been added to the New Lenses of 2015 tracking page (if you page up on that page, you will also see the new cameras of 2015).
With the Pentax K-3 II being the latest model at $850, there is room for discounting on the previous model, the K-3 (first generation, first of its name).
You can get the Pentax K-3 body only, along with the 50mm f1.8 lens, and the Pentax AF-200FG Shoe Mount Flash along with $26 rewards (4%) for $650 at Adorama. Just add to cart and proceed to checkout, no coupons/rebates. The offer is good while you see it mentioned on the product page (annotated screenshot crop of that right below:)
If you need a Pentax DSLR body but have no use for the standard 18-55 kit lens, you can get the K50 body only in various colors for $295 to $300 with free shipping, with some of the colors even coming with some freebies. Here’s the current situation:
We haven’t forgotten the “$5 Gadget” posts! The bright yellow Pentax Floating Wrist Strap is currently on sale for $5 with free shipping (even if you buy only one) at B&H Photo… Speaking of floating, but without unconditional free shipping, you can get the Intova Camera Floatation Strap for $4 (free shipping with $49+ order).
Save $1200 when Buy Pentax 645Z _and_ One Lens From Choice of 15 [two options are FREE after combo discount]
If you are interested in getting the Pentax 645Z medium format digital camera, Adorama has an “optical encouragement” for you. If you purchase the Pentax 645Z body only kit TOGETHER with ONE LENS from a list of 15 eligible 645 lenses, you will save $1200 on the total purchase amount. No coupon, no rebate, just add one of the lenses to the bundle and add the bundle to the shopping. You can only add ONE lens to this promotion – you cannot turn it into a money-maker fatwallet-style 🙂
There are two lenses in the lot that go for $1200 (or less), essentially making the lenses FREE (55/2.8, 200/4). The discount cannot be bigger than the price of the lens, so the $1100 lens is only a $1100 discount. The next lowest price lens of the lot is the 45mm f2.8 (645) which goes for $1300, so with the combined purchase discount, you are essentially getting it for $100.
This is a screenshot crop of the right side of the Adorama shopping cart after you add the 645Z and the 55/2.8 lens. You still have to press the green Add Bundle to Cart to proceed with the order…
The Pentax 55-300mm f4-5.8 DA HD ED WR lens is currently on sale for $320 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo.
More B&H action, this is a round-up of the current Lens Instant Savings promotions running:
+ Canon SLR Lenses and flashes (21 lenses, 2 flashes)
+ Nikon SLR Lenses (8 lenses)
+ Sony SLR and Mirrorless Lenses (many options)
+ Pentax SLR Lenses (36 options)
+ Sigma SLR Lenses (186 options) – use coupon code PSWBH15 at checkout for more discounting for the Sigmas
B&H Photo currently has a sale on 36 DSLR Lenses. This is a straight up sale, no mail-in rebates. Free expedited shipping.
PS: B&H just launched a barrage of Photoshop World specials. I will start “digesting” them after lunch and post various individual posts throughout the day. If you can’t wait, some of them have been added to their Featured Deals page…
Pentax makes a rare appearance in the featured eBay Deals. The seller is BuyDig (of House Beach Camera) offering in new condition, in either the olive or blue color schemes a Pentax K-50 bundle that consists of the K50, 18-55 WR and 50-200 WR lenses, an external Pentax flash and a 4GB Eyefi SD card. Limit five per buyer.
The eBay Bucks offer ended:
TIP: if you are a member of eBay Bucks and you received the 4X Extra Bucks offer and you manually OPTED IN to the offer, and you buy this before 3am ET on Thursday 8/6/15, you can earn $32 in eBay Bucks rewards on this purchase (8% of $400).
An old school SLR photography bundle with a camera, a 50mm prime and a flash! Adorama is offering this Pentax K-3 bundle that consists of the K-3 body only kit, the 50mm f1.8 DA lens, and the AF-200FG flash for $750 with free shipping. Add bundle to cart. No rebates/coupons. Offer ends by 8/15/15 or earlier if sold out. Annotated screenshot below:
If you want to take the jump into 645 digital, B&H Photo has further discounted the Pentax 645D body only, now going for $4000 with free expedited shipping. This has a 40mp CCD sensor and supports both PEF and DNG.
Zoom-zoom on the Pentax front as well, the black Pentax XG-1 (52x optical) is currently on sale for $150 with free shipping at Adorama.
If you are comfortable with imported cameras without Pentax USA warranty, there’s rare Pentax DSLR action at the eBay Deals, eBay seller “Photo4Less” (99.8%) is offering the new condition Pentax K-3 II body only for $900 with free shipping and a limit of five per buyer. The price at authorized dealers such as Adorama and B&H Photo is $1000.
The black Pentax K-50 body only with a bonus Pentax AF-200FG flash and some more extras is going for $350 with free shipping. At B&H Photo you also get a 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC, while at Adorama you get a 32GB Monster SDHC card but also 4% promotional rewards (= $7). Both places automatically include the AF-200FG flash.
If you also need lenses, there are many other options as well. You may need a spreadsheet or a dry-erase board to sort out all the different options!
PS: we are keeping track of the interesting/unusual new cameras and lenses of 2015 in this spartan tracking post at the main blog.
K-temptations at B&H Photo, where this Pentax K-3 bundle is offered for $950 with free shipping as part of their WPPI specials. It includes the K-3 body only kit, the 50mm f1.8 prime lens, and the BG-5 battery grip.
But if you want the latest model, the 645Z, Adorama has created a special 645Z bundle for WPPI that goes for $8500, the standard price of the body only. Adorama is including the following extras: 55mm f2.8 lens, 3 year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty for the Camera, and a similar warranty for the Lens, and a ProOptic filter kit.