Pentax Imaging Co., Golden, Colo., announced the K-5 digital SLR will be available soon in Limited Edition Silver. Available
in the U.S. in limited quantities this special-edition model of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera will feature an exclusive design with an original exterior color scheme and a uniquely shaped grip. Priced at $1699.95 (body kit), the K-5 Limited Edition Silver will be available in April 2011.
Along with the silver K-5, PENTAX announced three popular PENTAX DA Limited Edition Silver lens models designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras also which will ship in the near future. Each limited edition lens will feature a high-quality, silver finish applied to the high precision machine shaped lens barrel, hood and cap.
The three prime lenses that will be available in silver include smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Silver, smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Silver, and smc PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Silver
The special edition, silver finish K-5 will match existing PENTAX FA-Limited series lenses and the new DA Limited Silver series lenses. The camera’s mode dial, control buttons and levers all feature the silver color. To improve handling, this special-edition model comes with a new, thicker grip than standard K-5 model. Shock-resistant, scratchproof reinforced glass has been used to protect the LCD monitor on the camera’s back panel and the status panel on the top panel.
The K-5 DSLR features 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7 FPS to capture fast action shots, a high-sensitivity 80-12800 ISO range, expandable to 51200, with improved noise performance overall, and widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS with sound via built-in microphone or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
Pentax also announced two new WG-series adventure cameras. The Pentax Optio WG-1 includes 14 megapixel sensor, waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof, ruggedized design to withstand falls up to 5 feet, new crushproof construction to withstand weight force up to 220 pounds (100kgf kilogram-force), enhanced Digital Microscope mode offering five macro LEDs for excellent macro lighting plus a detachable macro stand for steadier capture. They also feature fast face detection technology, smile capture, and blink detection for portraits including a handy new self-portrait assist mode. The WG-1 is available with or without GPS, which tracks and records positional data recording with images for geo-tagging applications. The camera is compatible with the waterproof Remote Control WP, as well as other Pentax infrared remotes.
Designed with the look of mountaineering equipment, the new Optios includes a woven web fabric strap in complementary color accents complete with a carabiner to attach the camera to a backpack and other outdoor gear.
Priced at $349.95, Optio WG-1 will be available in a choice of Black or Purple, while the Optio WG-1 GPS will be priced at $399.95 and available in Black or Yellow Green. Both cameras will ship in April 2011.
Pentax also announced the addition of a second lens for the 645D Medium Format digital camera. As the second model of the 645D lens series, the $4,999.95 smc Pentax D FA 645 25mm F4 AL [IF] SDM AW is designed as an ultra-wide-angle lens featuring PENTAX-original optics optimized for high-quality digital photography to assure exceptional image- performance as well as dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction for active outdoor photographers.
Offering a focal length of approximately 19.5mm in the 35mm format (or approximately 15.5mm when mounted on a PENTAX 645-format film SLR camera body), this lens provides the widest perspective of all PENTAX 645 lenses. Creating visual effects unique to ultra-wide-angle lenses — such as exaggerated perspective and enhanced depth of field — this lens may be used for a wide range of subjects including spectacular landscapes and indoor shooting in confined spaces, the company said.