Pentax 645Z MF DSLR Body Only for $5497

A rare medium format DSLR discount! The Pentax 645Z body only medium format DSLR camera is now down to $5497 at authorized dealers including B&H Photo and Adorama and various thru Amazon.

B&H and Adorama offer 4% promotional rewards, which is about $220 to be used in future purchases at B&H or Adorama. Amazon does not have promotional rewards, but if you are a Prime member and pay with either one of the official Amazon credit cards, you get 5% back as a statement credit.

Pentax K-P Silver Body with 40mm f2.8 XS Pancake for $1177

Pancakes are being served at Cafe Pentaxian! Pentax has a new K-P bundle, it’s the silver K-P body only bundled with the 40mm f2.8 XS pancake lens, together going for the very specific price of $1176.90 with free shipping. This is marked as a “Coming Soon” item at B&H Photo.

The little pancake lens itself, the Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 XS is a special order with a 7-14 business days estimate for $227 with 4% promotional rewards.

If you don’t want to buy them together as a kit, the silver K-P body only goes for $949 on its own.

Pentax K-3 II Body for $846, or with Flash, Grip for $899

Pentax now has a 35mm full frame DSLR, but it goes for twice as much as their APS-C DSLRs. Which brings us to the Pentax K-3 II Body Only currently on sale for $846 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon itself (limit three per customer).

On the other hand, if you also want the official D-BG5 Battery Grip and the AF-200FG flash, you can get them all together for $899 with free shipping by Adorama and by Adorama thru Amazon (Prime-like shipping speed for Prime members even though it ships directly from Adorama).

Pentax K-1 Body for $1791 [limit 3]

A silver lining of Amazon’s Price Bots is that sometimes they can price-match 3rd-party sellers without “grown up” supervision. One such case we have now, the new condition Pentax K-1 body only is going for $1791~ with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon itself with a limit of up to three units per customer. This appears to be a price-bot price-match of the 6ave price. Shhhhh! Don’t tell the Amazon “grown ups” 🙂

Pentax K-1 Body with D-BG6 Battery Grip for $1784

The Pentax K-1 Body only is bundled with the Pentax D-BG6 battery grip, together going for $1784 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. The K-1 was one only a few cameras to actually go up in price after it came out at $1800. But right now it’s slightly below its original price (and that’s before you factor in the value of the battery grip included for FREE for a limited time).

Used Pentax K-1 for $1639 + S&H

If you are comfortable with used camera gear, the Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR is available in “Used – Excellent Plus” condition for $1639 plus shipping at Adorama. The new condition price is $1800 at authorized dealers. Adorama offers a 30-day no-questions asked return policy on Used items, and a 90-day warranty covered by Adorama (not Pentax).

If you prefer a lower price for a higher risk purchase, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition (with various imperfections) for $1571 at Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) by AWD itself. Note however that AWD only offers a 30-day return policy. They do not offer any warranty.

In-Stock Now: Pentax KP DSLR – also lens bundles discounted

Now that Pentax has a 35mm full frame DSLR (or have I imagined it?), they have to also manage a parallel product line with their more populous APS-C line. [[ insert more camera-babble talk here ]] Which brings us to their new Pentax KP APS-C DSLR that was announced in late January 2017 [see Cameras and Lenses of 2017 tracker]. The DSLR kits are now in-stock, and on top of that, the kits that include lenses are discounted from the original price. The body only though remains at $1100.


At Adorama, you can get the same bundles by starting at the KP body only page and expand the yellow “Special Offer” section. You will see the lenses and the option to “Add to Bundle”. Screenshot of the relevant parts below:

Pre-order new Pentax KP APS-C DSLR

Pentax is back with a new DSLR, making it the second new DSLR of 2017, it is the new 24mp APS-C Pentax KP, available in silver or black color schemes, with a pre-order price of $1100. Also coming along is a $230 battery grip. Pre-orders are accepted as follows:

+ silver KP at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself

+ black KP at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon itself

+ KP release estimate is late February 2017

+ battery grip D-BG7 at Adorama and B&H Photo

+ additional accessories including grip kit and camera straps coming soon (not available for pre-order yet)

Pentax K-3 II Body and D-BG5 Battery Grip and AF-200FG Flash for $899

While the Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8ED SDM WR Lens for $1032 lightning deal oscilates between 100% Claimed and not, this K-mount bundle is available on a conventional basis, Adorama has a Pentax K-3 II Body Only Bundle with the D-BG5 Battery Grip and the AF-200FG shoe-mount flash, all together for $899 with free expedited shipping.

Pentax K-1 body + Various Extras for $1847

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.

(ENDED) Amazon France: Pentax K-3 with 35mm f2.4 for 669 Euro

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).

Pentax K-1 Body + $100 Gift Certificate + 32GB Extreme + Bags + Corel Software + More for $1950

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.

$100 Gift Card with Pentax K-1, $50 Gift Card with Ricoh Theta S 360

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).

Used Pentax K-5 Body for $290 w/180-day warranty

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 🙂

In-Stock Party: Pentax K-1 Body Only for $1800, Nikon D500 Body Only for $2000

We just updated the Stock Status Tracker and we have good news for people who like good in-stock news. The Pentax K-1 body only is now in-stock in full force, three different retailers have it ready to ship at its starting price of $1800: Amazon itself and B&H Photo and Adorama.

Good news for Nikon D500 Body Only hunters, it is in-stock and ready to ship for $2000 by Amazon itself. Limit three per customer.

Pentax 645D Body Only for $4000 [or $3150 on eBay or $2650 Used]

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.

In-stock Now: Pentax K-1 Body for $1800, Nikon D500 Body for $2000

Good news for people who like in-stock news! We just updated the Stock Status Tracker and as of the time of writing, the Nikon D500 body only is back in-stock for $2000 at Amazon by Amazon itself.

Meanwhile the Pentax K-1 body only for $1800 is out of stock now at B&H, but fear not, it is in-stock at Adorama and Focus Camera and Focus Camera via Amazon. Amazon’s own estimate is June 25.

Pre-order new Pentax K-70 DSLR

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…

Pentax K-3 Body and BG-5 Battery Grip and AF-200FG Flash for $749

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.

In-Stock Now: Canon 1D X II CFAST Kit [also Pentax K-1 for $2000]

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

Pentax K-50 with 18-55 and 50-200 and AF-200FG Flash and 4% Rewards for $470

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.

(ENDED) Pentax K-30 with 18-55 for $329

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.

Pentax K-50 body only and AF-200FG Flash for $295

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.

Pentax K50 w/18-55 for $255 [B&M YMMV: two-lens kit w/flash for $360]

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:


In-stock Nao: Pentax HD D FA* 70-200mm f2.8 ED DC AW for $1800

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.

Pre-order new Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR for $1800 [updated with Battery Grip]

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.

Pentax K-3 II body only for $780

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… 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).

Pentax 645Z body only + $280 rewards for $7000

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):


Pentax 645Z MF + 55mm f2.8 Lens (645D) for $7600

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.