This Stunning Burgundy Pentax K1000 Has a Story Behind It

The Vintage series involves us scouring eBay in search of lusty, rare, and unique photography gear.

I don’t know how a true Pentax fan could resist this gorgeous Pentax K1000 camera. The Pentax K1000 was the standard for educational institutions for many years. Lots of photographers learned on them. And they’re all over eBay pretty cheaply. But it’s rare to find a precious gem like this Burgundy Pentax K1000. And best of all, it’s still at an affordable price. It begs the question as to why Pentax hasn’t made custom, cool colors for the Pentax K-1 Mk II. Years ago, the company used to produce its cameras in so many different colors. It helped make them really cool. Limited editions always get lots of praise and often get bought up quickly. Of course, this isn’t really a limited edition per se. Instead, it was restored and reskinned.

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3 Pentax Lenses All Newcomers to the Platform Should Add to Their Collection

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Pentax may not get as much attention as Canon, Nikon, and Sony these days, but those loyal to the brand have some excellent Pentax lenses to choose from.

The K series of Pentax cameras are solid performers, and they are liked by many in the landscape and portrait sides of photography. Their excellent build quality and feature-packed bodies are complimented well with some quite excellent Pentax lenses.
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Ricoh Adds New Lenses to the K and Q Mount Cameras


Today, Ricoh is announcing new lenses for their Pentax line of cameras (you know, because Ricoh owns Pentax now.) Customers that have bought into the K mount system will be able to enjoy the new 20-40mm f2.8-4 ED Limited WR DC lens. On their APS-C cameras, it will render a 30-62mm field of view–which is an interesting choice for many. When it launches, you’ll need to shell out $999.95 for the unit.

Q camera owners (yes they exist, and there are actually a number of them) are also getting a treat today in the form of the 08 wide zoom lens. The lens offers a super wide zoom range of 17.5-27.5mm with a Dual Aspherical design to minimize distortion. When it launches in December, you’ll be able to purchase one for $499.95.

More photos and tech specs are after the jump.

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Review: Pentax Q7 SR

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I received word of the Pentax Q7 from Chris Gampat about a month and a half ago. It was the next review unit coming in, and since my time was mostly free, I said I would take the review. The loaner agreement disappeared into the ether of cyberspace, and a package arrived at my door some number of days later. When I opened it, I thought, “Something must be wrong.” What sat on the counter in front of me looked like a scaled-down version of what the camera should have been. Granted, I hadn’t researched the camera beforehand as I like each new review to be a fresh experience. As you can see, I received the black and yellow version, so attributing toylike qualities to it is, I think, warranted. As I came to terms with the camera’s size, I raised my paws and sighed. The Q7, like a newborn kitten, sits comfortably in the palm of my hand. This is not your father’s Pentax, and that, my friends, is a good thing.

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The Zenit Helios 40-2 85mm F1.5 Lens is Now Available in Nikon F-Mount

KMZ Zenit Helios 40-2 85mm F1.5 Lens

Back in the good old days during the cold war and thereafter, Zenit was one of the leading Soviet brands of SLR equipment. The manufacturer, KMZ, got under the radar when the Soviet Union collapsed, but their lenses had a renaissance when mirrorless cameras became popular a while back. Recently, the old factory has been reopened and production was continued, and now one of the first “new old” Zenit products is available. It’s the Helios 40-2 85mm F1.5 lens, which was previously a sought-after product on eBay. While the lens was exclusively made in M42 screw mount back in the old days, it now comes in Nikon F-mount, meaning that it can be used on all Nikon film SLRs and DSLRs.

Versions with Canon and Pentax mount have been available for a little while and sell for US-$ 549 at, so we expect the Nikon mount version to retail at the same price. The lens is all manual, but it’s a bang-for-your-buck alternative to the more expensive Nikon lenses.

Via Nikon Rumors

Using my Dad’s Old Manual K-Mount Lenses on Micro Four Thirds

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FLTR: Panasonic G1 + Lumix 20/1.7, Tokina 135/2.8, Revuenon 50/1.8 + K->MFT adapter

When my dad gave me his old Pentax ME SLR last year, it came with three lenses: a Cosinon 28mm f2, a Revuenon 50mm f1.4, and a Tokina 135mm f2.8. The body was in pretty bad shape, though. Not only did it have lots of dents and scratches and parts of the leatherette missing, it also had massive light leaks and would scratch the negatives I ran through it. So I decided to buy an adapter to use the K-mount lenses on my Micro Four Thirds camera — one of the best purchases I ever made.


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