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Just Posted: Pentax K-30 video preview

By dpreview staff on May 23, 2012 at 22:33 GMT

We've added a hands-on video describing the features of the Pentax K-30 and explaining how it fits in alongside the K-01 and K-5. As it's a pre-production camera, we've not been able to demostrate the autofocus speed but we have included an example of the shutter sound when continuous shooting. Click here to see our Pentax K-30 preview video.

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audiobomber
By audiobomber (May 30, 2012)

I'm shocked that the video never mentions the second wheel on the K-30. Is there a body with a second wheel from any other manufacturer at this price point?

Two control wheels, TAv mode. User modes, S-mode, some useful buttons and switches... the K-30 responsiveness blows the price competition out of the water.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (May 28, 2012)

As good if not better than k-5 and cheaper! What not to like!
And the double duty lithium/AA compartment for battery is awesome! I like the lil futuristic design but not over the top like k01.
After the k01 I had my doubts about pentax, but they are still in the game.

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Take5
By Take5 (May 26, 2012)

If DPR suggested better glass than the 18-55 kit lens for the K7 would this not be even more relevant for the K30. So what would be a "matching" walk-about lens for this camera?

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (May 24, 2012)

...wow...
I like that! :)

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JayBratcher
By JayBratcher (May 24, 2012)

Oops - I was expecting a sample video shot with the camera...

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trainpentaxk7
By trainpentaxk7 (May 24, 2012)

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (May 24, 2012)

Nice review, however, I still like actively reading way more than being passively force-fed a video because I can flip back and forth. Text wins, video loses.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (May 24, 2012)

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/pentax-k-30/

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (May 24, 2012)

Then, read the text... ?

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 24, 2012)

Just checked out Pentax's lens line up and I cannot find a single fast normal prime. The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?

Good cameras, weird ass lens line up.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (May 24, 2012)

why dont you check keh.com they have a good collection of used pentax lenses. Pentax made some of the best small sized fast prime lenses. I own 5 prime lenses for Pentax K-Mount including f1.2 lens.

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (May 24, 2012)

The 50mm f1.4 is still considered a normal lens isn't it?

Infact I remember a few years back when the Pentax 50mm f1.4 was selling new for around $200 at B&H...people were complaining that there was no "cheap" 50mm f1.7. Can't please everyone.

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dcshooter
By dcshooter (May 24, 2012)

The Pentax-FA 50mm 1.4 is generally available for around $300 new in box. Don't think it's still in production, though. A cheap 50mm 1.8 is also about to go into production under the Pentax-DA line at a MSRP of $250. The DA* 40mm 2.8 pancake is quite nice but is definitely a step up in the price bracket.

There are also tons of old k-mount fast primes, both manual and auto focus, and since Pentax is one of the few manufacturers that has committed to legacy compatibility, using them is quite painless.

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (May 24, 2012)

Peiasdf - The 35 f/2.4 give quite similar exposures as the Nikkor 35 f/1.8 when used at the same shutter speed - both around t stop 2.0. If you have found any other company that sells a "cheap 35mm f/1.4", I'd like to know, because such a thing does not exist.

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ET2
By ET2 (May 24, 2012)

Not true .. On K-5 Pentax 35mm F2.4 is T 2.6, and Nikon 35mm F1.8G is T2.0 (on D300) .. these are numbers from dxomark

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D1N0
By D1N0 (May 24, 2012)

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/05/21/Pentax-DA-50mm-F1-8

here you are! Also sigma has a number of fast primes for Pentax.

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chiane
By chiane (May 24, 2012)

With the launch of this camera, they are releasing a cheap 50mm f1.8, so there!

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 24, 2012)

@ Chaitanya S
Five prime lenses with the fastest 70 f/2.4

That 50 f/1.2 looks great however.

@ sir_bazz
I am talking about normal on Pentax bodies which are all APS-C. 75 is a bit too telephoto for indoor but I am sure it make great portrait lens.

@ dcshooter
No idea what 40 f/2.8 is for. Too slow and long for indoor and too short and slow for outdoor.

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gillamoto
By gillamoto (May 24, 2012)

there is 55mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 if you need fast normal lenses. you can get them at b&h or adorama. the new cheap 50mm f1.8 (exclusively designed for aps-c, so it is really normal lens for aps-c) will hit the shelf next month.

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solarider
By solarider (May 24, 2012)

FA-50/1.4 continues as both available and in production.

dcshooter said: "The Pentax-FA 50mm 1.4 is generally available for around $300 new in box. Don't think it's still in production, though."

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Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (May 24, 2012)

Odd that people consider 50mm to be "normal" on APS-C, it wasn't entirely normal on 35mil. To answer the OPs question you have to look to some of the older lenses which are still readily available on the used market. There's the FA 35mm f/2 or if you don't mind manual focus the A 28mm f/2 Any lens can be "fast" if you bump up the ISO a bit, and since the K30 will use the same sensor as the K5, there's virtually no consequence below 1600.

You can check out pictures from any Pentax lens here http://pentaxphotogallery.com/

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (May 25, 2012)

There's the upcoming DA 50 1.8. As far as lenses go, Pentax has still got a long ways to update their digital lineup.

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RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (May 25, 2012)

@ Peiasdf:
You didn't looked enough. So here's what you are looking for, a fast normal prime lenses, two for full frame and others are for cropped sensor:
1) SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.8 = $349.95
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/40755-USA/Pentax_20817_Normal_SMCP_FA_50mm_f_1_4.html/

2) SMC Pentax FA Limited 31mm f/1.8 (not cheap but VERY GOOD!) = $989.95
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/394223-REG/Pentax_20290_smc_Pentax_FA_31mm.html/

3) SMC Pentax DA 50mm f/1.8 = $249.95
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864663-REG/Pentax_smc_DA_50mm_f_1_8.html/

4) SMC Pentax DA* SDM 55mm f/1.4 (Weather Sealed) = $799.95
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/594340-USA/Pentax_21790_Telephoto_55mm_f_1_4_DA_.html/

Cheers! =)

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (May 29, 2012)

"The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?

Good cameras, weird ass lens line up."

How is this weird? Canon seems to do fine without a modern affordable "normal" FOV prime for their APS-C cameras?

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LeopardFace
By LeopardFace (Jun 4, 2012)

Considering the class-leading high ISO capabilities of the K-5/K-30, 2.4 is more than fast enough for indoor shooting. The 35mm 2.4 is an excellent lens for the price, sharp across the frame even wide open.

It also happens to work just fine on full frame cameras, which is a nice bonus.

Nikon and Sony are to be commended for offering fast normal-on-a-crop primes for fairly cheap, but it's not the only strategy out there. Love it or hate it, Pentax has instead adopted the strategy of making small, light lenses that are sharp wide open, as opposed to larger, faster lenses that are softer at their widest apertures.

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jj74e
By jj74e (May 24, 2012)

well done, but rather pointless other than hearing the shutter sound.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (May 24, 2012)

Thanks for this short preview. I find it informative for a teaser. Hope to see a full review soon!

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spqr_ca
By spqr_ca (May 24, 2012)

I have to admit, the K-30 has got me very, very, curious to see what the successor to the K-5 is going to look like. I'm in the crowd that thinks it would take a lot from Pentax to make a K-5 user feel a real desire to upgrade, but given that the K-30 is practically on par with the K-5, I'm beginning to think that they might figure that out...

Also, I like the look of the camera, so put me in the positive crowd. I'd still only buy it in black though.

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LeopardFace
By LeopardFace (Jun 4, 2012)

It might be the best strategy for Pentax to not one-up the K-5 at this point in time. Camera nerds already know that the K-5 is a dynamite value in its niche, and it will remain to be a great value even after the 7D2 rolls around.

The K-30 looks to be the right direction for the company to take. Pentax has no business playing in the entry-level fields for now, so the "advanced amateur" niche is where to strike next. The weather-sealing is an excellent feature from a marketing point of view. It readily distinguishes the K-30 from its competitors, in a way that's easy to express in a simple image: the K-30 soaring in a trail of water.

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Brian Thomas
By Brian Thomas (May 23, 2012)

Thanks, Richard for answering my question about the shutter sound. Interestingly, in your video presentation, your subjective statement that the shutter sound "is about average" is the most valuable piece of information for me.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (May 23, 2012)

Ultimately that's how I'd call it - it's not a sound that makes you think 'that's loud' or 'oh, that's quiet.'

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NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (May 23, 2012)

Is A57, since it doesn't have a mirror, quieter or louder?

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abortabort
By abortabort (May 24, 2012)

Going by the video and my use of the A65 I'd say the A57 with electronic first curtain shutter is considerably quieter. Sort of makes a quiet zip type sound, rather than a click type sound.

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Peter McNeill
By Peter McNeill (May 24, 2012)

Tested a A57 demo at Henry's with my A65, shutter sound is the same least as far as I can tell. Then again they both use the same shutter box assembly so not to surpising. I only wish Sony could put out a SLT with weather sealing at the Pentax K-30 price point. Big kudos to Pentax, a weather sealed camera at a bargain price point. Thats got hurt, eh, Canon/Nikon?

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Ginetto
By Ginetto (May 24, 2012)

Well, about bargain, since you can get a new K5 for less than 800 eu. now, which one you will choose?

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ellerix
By ellerix (May 28, 2012)

@Peter McNeill

I don't think WP will hurt anyone, K200D was mid range WP and doesn't hurt anybody.. except maybe Pentax itself.

Bye,
Luca

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (May 23, 2012)

That was short and sweet.
I like the idea of DPR adding more video content to their site and I bet that shirt is a real lady killer at the nightclubs Richo. :)

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