What would it look like if you tripped and with a Pentax Spotmatic F camera in hand, and it somehow smashed neatly into its most basic components? Artist Todd McLellan gives us an idea by taking one apart, neatly arranging it on a table, and photographing it in a style similar to Carl Kleiner’s IKEA baking book shots.
A new limited edition Pentax K-r has emerged to steal the award for “ugliest looking DSLR” from the Korejanai robot edition one we shared last year. The camera is designed for fan’s of the Japanese singer Bonnie Pink and will cost $1,100 when they’re available in March 2011. Luckily, mankind will only be cursed with 100 of these cameras.
Apparently this is what Pentax considers “legendary collaboration”: a Korejanai robot edition (Korejanairobomoderu) of the K-r DSLR. It doesn’t boast any spec upgrades from the stock version, but instead sports a wacky primary color paint job and a robot head attached to the hotshoe. You’ll also get a matching special edition 35mm ƒ/2.4 prime lens to complete the
horrifying awesome look. If only these were working DSLR cameras that also transformed into robot action figures.
Only 100 will be sold at a price of ¥99,800 (~$1,190), and pre-orders start at midnight on December 24, 2010.
Legendary collaboration again! (via Engadget)
DXOMark.com just published their review of the Pentax K-5 sensor, finding that it was superior to every other APS-C sensor they’ve tested:
No need for suspense: this new 16.3 MP sensor is simply the best APS-C we have tested so far, sometimes able to compete even with very high-end full-frame cameras.
The overall score of the K5 puts it in the lead with 82 points — more than 9 points better than the D90 or the Alpha 55, and 16 points ahead of the Canon 7D or 60D. The K5 is literally the best APS-C performer for each segment, even in low ISO.
(via The Online Photographer)
At Photokina 2010 Pentax had a toy capsule vending machine that spit out mini Pentax DSLR cameras in exchange for coins. The colorful cameras are made to attach to standard hot shoes, giving your camera a little buddy while shooting.
If only the toy capsule machines at the grocery store dispensed these things!
Image credits: Photograph by Ron Hendriks and used with permission
Pentax has announced its new K-5 DSLR camera as Photokina is getting underway in Cologne, Germany. The new 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor camera has nice but pretty standard specs and features: 11 autofocus points, an HDR mode, 7fps burst shooting, a 3-inch LCD screen, an ISO range of 100 to 12800 (expandable to 80 to 51200 via custom functions), 100% viewfinder coverage, 1080p video recording at 25fps, and a magnesium alloy body. The K-5 will be available starting in mid-October at around £1200 (~$1875) with a kit lens.
Earlier today Lens Tip published a leaked photograph of an upcoming Pentax K-5. The article is no longer available, suggesting that they were forced to take it down.
Yesterday someone over on PentaxForums posted a list of specs. If the specs are the real thing, then the K-5 will be a 16.2 megapixel DSLR with HD video recording, a magnesium alloy body, ISO expandable to 25,600, 18 autofocus points, 8 fps continuous shooting, and a price of $1700 for the body only.
One iffy thing about this leak is that the body looks pretty much identical to the Pentax K-7. Do you think it’s a fake?
(via Photography Bay)
Pentax is trying all sorts of ways to differentiate its cameras from the 800-pound gorillas in the camera market, and apparently thinks customization is the best way to go. After allowing customizer the colors on traditionally boring-looking DSLRs with their K-x, they’ve just announced two new compact cameras that allow users to choose their own style.
Pentax has just launched a new color-happy DSLR to replace the K-x: the Pentax K-r. If you remember, the K-x was offered in a bajillion different body colors — up to 100 in Japan. The company looks like it’s aiming for the same eye-candy loving market with this new camera, unveiling it in red and white in addition to the standard black DSLR body.
The camera packs the same 12.4 megapixel sensor as the K-x, and still records the same 720p video. So what’s improved? For one, maximum ISO has been kicked up to 25600 from 12800. Burst mode has also grown to 6fps from 4.7fps. Finally, the LCD has been upped to 3 inches from 2.7.
The camera ships in October for a price of $800 if you just purchase the body, or $1000 if you’d like a kit lens too.
P.S. The company also announced a new 35mm f/2.4 prime lens today for APS-C DSLRs. It’ll arrive the same time as the K-r for about $220.
Japanese website sankeibiz.jp is listing September 9th as the date Hoya will be announcing new DSLRs, presumably under its Pentax brand name. Here’s what the line looks like when translated by Google:
Word is that the DSLRs will be the Pentax K-r and Pentax K5. We’re also expecting Pentax to announce a new EVIL camera that is unlike anything currently on the market. If they don’t announce this camera on September 9th, it seems likely that it’ll come shortly before or during Photokina at the end of this month.
(via 1001 Noisy Cameras)