Ahead of the 2017 Camera & Photo Imaging Show (CP+) set to start February 23rd, some eagle-eyed Pentax fans snagged a “hidden” page on Ricoh’s website showcasing a new reference product that will be unveiled at the show. The site (translated from Japanese) notes a new lens currently in development with a tentative designation: DFA 50mm F1.4.
Happy Tuesday everyone! You made it through Monday and there are now only 3 days left in this work week. There was a ton of killer announcements today from Sigma for CP+, but the purpose of this post is to remind you of some of the killer deals you can get on gear available right now. Have a look!
Today’s Feature Savings
- Canon Rebel T6 (Save $100) – Get it on Amazon
- Refurb Nikon D5300 (Save $184) – Get it on Amazon
- Canon EOS M3 Bundle (Save 35%) – Get it on Amazon
- Pentax K-70 (Save 25%) – Get it on Amazon
- Rokinon 12mm F/2 (Save 20%) – Get it on Amazon
- Rokinon 21mm F/1.4 (Save 20%) – Get it on Amazon
If you’ve even decided to click on this article then you’re probably aware of some of the frustrations some of your fellow photographers feel. Let’s preface this: four or five years ago you may have purchased a Fujifilm X Pro 1. Last year it was updated, giving it a sufficient four year life span. Now you want to upgrade, and you’re finding they’re still going for at a ridiculously low price brand new and only a few hundred used. But the newer cameras like the Fujifilm X Pro 2 costs around $1,699. Fujifilm isn’t exclusive to this: so too is Sony and the Micro Four Thirds coalition.
Now if you look at some of the film camera bodies, you’ll start to realize just how well they hold their value–especially if the system is still current.
In this month’s issue of CAPA, a Japanese publication covering mirrorless cameras and techniques, eagle-eyed readers were tipped off to reports of a new Pentax Mirrorless Camera – the Pentax M-E. Unfortunately, outside of a name drop, there isn’t much info on the camera.
So far here’s what we’ve been able to gather.
Time for our first real cheap photo post of the new year! Let me first say that we had a great year in 2016 as far as keeping you all updated on the latest deals and savings, and we hop to continue that trend in 2017, starting today with some great deals on lenses, tripods and hard drives!
- Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (Our Review) $179 – Get It Here
- Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer $85 – Get It Here
- Lexar 128GB SDXC UHS-II Cards $49 – Get It Here
- Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head $49.99 – Get It Here
- WD 4TB Black My Passport Drive $118 – Get It Here
The Pentax K-1 is a camera that is great in many ways. It offers features that Canon, Nikon and Sony just don’t in a full frame DSLR while also keeping the price point fairly modest. Pentax’s strategy for years was always to take professional grade features and bring them down to the consumer and enthusiast. For the most part, the Pentax K-1 does that. With cool things like Astrotracer, WiFi, Composition adjustment, and arguably the weirdest LCD screen in the industry, the K-1 is a camera that will suit the needs of most professional photographers when paired with the right lenses.
Sure, Pentax may not have the more extended dedicated flash and lens support that Canon, Nikon and Sony do (especially in TTL monolights)–but that doesn’t mean that it still can’t be a very capable camera in the hands of an experienced photographer.
For years, Pentax has made very well-built DSLRs. With the K-1 out, we asked for permission from Pentax to be able to do the same durability tests that we’ve done with their previous cameras–running it under a faucet. Pentax gave us the go ahead, but also said to be sure that certain ports and enclosures were all sealed.
So did it continue to work? Check out our video after the jump.
If you were to choose one walkabout zoom lens for the Pentax K-1, it would most likely need to be the Pentax 28-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR. This lens has a very versatile zoom range and despite its variable aperture, is still highly capable of doing quite a bit for any photographer who holds it in their hands. Designed as a general use lens for many photographers, this lens can prove great in the hands of portrait photographers, landscape photographers, and so many more that choose to buy into Pentax’s full frame camera system. Then combine the fact that you’ve got weather sealing designed into the lens, plus the great sensor at the heart of the Pentax K-1, and this lens could be the only single zoom lens you’ll need if you’re the type to stick to all prime lenses.