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Pentax offers K-30 in a variety of colors and finishes

By dpreview staff on Apr 2, 2013 at 23:12 GMT

Pentax has announced a wide range of new colors options for its K-30 weather-sealed mid-level DSLR. Available in either a shiny 'Crystal' or matte 'Silky' finish, the 16MP DSLR now comes in dramatic tones like orange, yellow and blue. The cameras are available for pre-order at a retail price of $799.95, including the 18-55 kit lens. See below for a complete list of available color options.


Press Release:

PENTAX INTRODUCES THE K-30 DSLR IN A VARIETY OF NEW COLORS AND FINISHES

Nine Bold Colors Available in Glossy and Silky Finishes Add Exciting New Options for this Weather-Sealed, Coldproof and Dustproof DSLR 

Denver, CO (April 2, 2013)PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announced the availability of the K-30 DSLR in nine new, bold colors. Available in a shiny crystal or matte silky finish the 15 new color choices are great for photo enthusiasts looking to add some personal style to their photography.

Recognized as Editors’ Choice from Backpacker Magazine and awarded the coveted Gear of the Year Award from Men’s Journal, the K-30 DSLR is the ideal device for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. The K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body with many advanced features found only in higher end DSLR camera models, such as a weather, dust and cold resistant body, a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, state-of-the-art autofocusing, and full HD video recording capabilities.

“The K-30 already offers great features, such as dust and weather sealing, the 100% field of view viewfinder and dual control dials that are only found in more expensive cameras” said John Carlson, Sr. Marketing Manager, PENTAX. “By adding additional color choices, the K-30 now appeals to an even wider array of customers who are looking for exciting, personalized options in their digital camera.”

The K-30 is available in the following colors: Crystal Black, Crystal Bordeaux, Crystal Green, Crystal Red, Crystal Silver, Crystal Yellow, Crystal Orange, Silky Blue, Silky Bordeaux, Silky Green, Silky Red, Silky Silver, Silky White, Silky Yellow and Silky Orange.

To learn more about the K-30 DSLR and to see images of all the new colors visit: http://www.pentaximaging.com/dslr and select ‘view all models’ in the K-30 section.

Pricing and Availability

The new K-30 color options are available for pre-order online at www.pentaxwebstore.com for $799.95 including the smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR lens.

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (Apr 8, 2013)

If they through in a leopard pattern neck strap I'm all in.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Apr 5, 2013)

To passersby, a colored DSLR says "I'm not a Real Photographer, so you don't have to gawk at me." A good thing... :-)

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (Apr 7, 2013)

A colored 911 is not a sport car? :D

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (Apr 13, 2013)

What has this got to do with car color? You did not find a colored Canon 5D Mk III to compare it with?

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Fradam
By Fradam (4 months ago)

I call BS. A camera has nothing to do with its color.
Canon 5D Mk III is good, but is still an amateur camera compared to some of the old Hasselblad. Which, by the way, also had a colored line.
What matters must be whats inside and on that note Pentax houses deliver, without a doubt, some of the best houses for its price I recon.
I love my blue Pentax K30 and find it cool looking and like that they made a new color instead of the old black and metallic, for a change. Does the color make the camera better? No but it dosnt make it worse either.

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Low Battery
By Low Battery (Apr 5, 2013)

I'm going to get one in silver to be ironic.....

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JideshK
By JideshK (Apr 5, 2013)

Those who are posting here who are upset over the colorful K30, it does come in black as well :) as for the colors, no it doesn't improve your photography, its more about one word that most Canon and Nikon fan boys are not used to - Options :)

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KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Apr 4, 2013)

The K-30 is capable of producing excellent images so offering it in colors other than just black is an added bonus for those who are interested. I wish I have had this choice with my K-5 about 1,5 year ago. I'd definitely have chosen a red or orange... Why not offer some color choice in their flagship? Maybe not so many colors like the K-30, but two or three would be ok. And I rule out the silver color. In the limited edition K-5 I think it cheapens the overall appearance, like those late cheap CRT televisions...

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 4, 2013)

And here's the link to the review:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-30/

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 4, 2013)

Completely weather resistant DSLR camera and lens system with bright pentaprism viewfinder for much less than most mirrorless systems will cost you, where your vision would be limited by the resolution of the EVF? The word "steal" comes to mind. I think this might be the least-worries beginner system for serious quality photography out there.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 4, 2013)

("Bright" inserted for those that don't know the benefit of the pentaprism.)

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (Apr 4, 2013)

Pentax already does what other manufacturers could not. A compact weather sealed DSLR camera body with 100% prism viewfinder in the mid $500 range. Colors merely add interest to an already fantastic product.

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garyknrd
By garyknrd (Apr 4, 2013)

Pentax isn't all bad really. If the colors help the bottom line I say go for it. Pentax AF and QC. As of the K-5 is just horrible. So if it helps get out of a rut. I am all for it. It will never be a contender again. But I am hoping for a sound product. Then I am back in.

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odpisan
By odpisan (Apr 4, 2013)

I am pretty old man - but I'll buy a yellow one for sure! Here in Balkan is stealing of cameras very popular & I am sure that such a camera is unattractive for a thief who knows that a black one is much easier to sell.

But WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW about Penax (MF lenses):
By Pentax is very easy to use manual lenses. Much easier as by others. MF lenses react like AF lenses with a simple trick: leave AF on (!!) by MF-lenses, hold the trigger & turn the focus ring on lenses - the camera automatically takes photo when focus is perfect.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 4, 2013)

Just to add what it's called: "catch-in-focus".

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 4, 2013)

I am coming to Croatia in May with a tour group. Are hotels trustworthy? Where am I most likely to encounter camera theft?

Since it's a K-30, I guess I could shower with it if necessary.

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JimWongyyz
By JimWongyyz (Apr 4, 2013)

Pentax should marketing matching color full leather case, half leather case, similar to those from Kaza.

2 upvotes
JimWongyyz
By JimWongyyz (Apr 4, 2013)

I notice a lot Pentax owners drive Ferrari, Lamborghini, 911 from posting here. :)

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newpictaker
By newpictaker (Apr 3, 2013)

I had a red Pentax k-x. It was a nice camera for the price range. In the end I jumped ship, not because of the colors. Rather it was the entire Pentax system. It just wasn't the system I wanted. It was harder to find a vibrant community for them (other than pentaxforums, a very nice bunch of folks, btw.) The used market was very small. It was just harder to find stuff for it.

Oh, I don't care about the "it fits all lenses ever created" either. Some do, I know. I do not like or care about manual lenses but I respect those that do. It's not the Gospel. It's photography. Just not the system for me.

My camera was red though. Loud too.

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odpisan
By odpisan (Apr 4, 2013)

By Pentax is very easy to use manual lenses. Much easier as by others. MF lenses react like AF lenses with a simple trick: leave AF on (!!) by MF-lenses, hold the trigger & turn the focus ring on lenses - the camera automatically takes photo when focus is perfect.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 3, 2013)

I think the colors are great, and am not sure why it seems to be only the Japanese youth who are interested in being unique or having a little fun with their gear.

What's more is I saw an awesome Q10 display at Adorama the other day, a large carousel with all the variously colored Q10s and they looked awesome. Tiny and colorful, yet capable of seriously good images.

Good job. Now how about an update for the 18-55 AL WR? This lens should at least have a micro motor, IMHO.

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bossa
By bossa (Apr 5, 2013)

"Fun with their gear".. LOL

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Dennis
By Dennis (Apr 3, 2013)

If it weren't for new colors, Pentax would have hardly any press releases.

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 3, 2013)

Well, the original blue that I ordered for $549 before these new ones came out has arrived. The crystal red was already available in USA from one vendor, but blue seemed far enough. I'm more interested in what I'll be shooting with it than its color, but yes, I spent $10.00 more to get blue than black. Why not? The new flagship will probably be black, so I thought I would differentiate between them. The slick exterior feels like it will shed water and perhaps dry more quickly than the K-5's; that's my hope, anyway, since this is going to get wet next week.

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Fradam
By Fradam (4 months ago)

I payed the same price for it being blue. The price wasnt even 10$ more for the same camera.

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (Apr 3, 2013)

Yes, Pink. I am tempted to add a descriptive adjective before the word "pink" but fear that my post would be deemed inappropriate .Only "Crystal" and "Silky"? Automobile manufactures are more creative. Actually, if they wanted to make a pink one and partner with breast cancer awareness that would be admiral.
Green or camouflage would make sense too. Guess I'm not over the whole Ferrari red Hasselblad thing yet.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Apr 3, 2013)

Rossa

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Apr 4, 2013)

How about one in brown. The same colour as Sh... you know what!

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Cane
By Cane (Apr 3, 2013)

I find it funny how the art of photography is a creative art, yet photographers have zero artistic inclinations with regards to their equipment or allow anyone the pleasure of being unique or different. Weird for a group that labels themselves artists. You'd think you could paint your camera, put stickers on it, etc.

And for those that say that wouldn't be professional, it's a k-30, not a Nikon D4. Most people in this price range are taking pictures of family, vacations, etc., not fashion magazine covers or Nation Geographic shots. Why does everything have to be so serious? A black camera doesn't make your pictures better, maybe just your ego. Photography is suppose to be fun, let it be.

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JimWongyyz
By JimWongyyz (Apr 4, 2013)

Why iPhone and iPad users are having all the fun dressing up their phones.
There is very little choice how we can dress up our camera. There are a few companies offer casing for fujil, Sony.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Apr 3, 2013)

I wish they would come up with a camera like these ones-X100s, Coolpix A, DP Merrill...or anything exciting!

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 7, 2013)

K-01, MX-1, Q/Q10?

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Apr 3, 2013)

Doh! Not available in Pink!

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Apr 3, 2013)

Pink Panther has one...

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Apr 4, 2013)

And he's positively PINK!

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PK24X36NOW
By PK24X36NOW (Apr 3, 2013)

Pentax was rumored to be releasing "several new dSLRs" as early as March

http://photorumors.com/2013/03/10/pentax-rumored-to-announce-several-new-dslrs-and-a-new-compact-aps-c-camera/

Guess this is what you've all been waiting for...

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Apr 3, 2013)

Still the compact APS-C to go.
This will be a wild spring.

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Essai
By Essai (Apr 3, 2013)

Im glad I no longer shoot Pentax. What a pathetic company it is now...

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (Apr 3, 2013)

Lol another ignorant post

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Cane
By Cane (Apr 3, 2013)

Did someone from Pentax run off with your wife or something?

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bossa
By bossa (Apr 5, 2013)

I've got two D800E's and a pile of glass and I love my K-5 and K-01.. not to mention the wonderful lenses. Camera companies aren't football teams guys (or wives) so why limit yourself to one (brand)?

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Cane
By Cane (Apr 3, 2013)

This comment section makes me weep for the human race.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Apr 3, 2013)

There are different kinds of tears. Joy, frustration, grief. I gather you weep in pity, though?

Be strong. Pentax is not your Able.

--- Oh, I see elsewhere you think it is good to be able to have fun with cameras. I misunderstood. Sorry.

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Apr 3, 2013)

I still miss that lacquered Sigma SD1...

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Apr 3, 2013)

No camo ? Big, big mistake ! Why no sand-camo and jungle-camo, it would make more sense than a lot of these flashy colors ! Anyway if we go this way, why not trying textile patterns like tweed or tartan ?

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Apr 3, 2013)

Yeah, but whose tartan is honored? There have been wars started for less...

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viking79
By viking79 (Apr 3, 2013)

You could get the silky (matte?) green version and paint tan on it, but they seriously should get Real Tree or something on one of them, I bet it would sell well to hunters.

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Scott Birch
By Scott Birch (Apr 5, 2013)

This tartan war thing is a myth. I would rather go with paisley :D

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xfoto
By xfoto (Apr 3, 2013)

Now if Canon and Nikon would offer sweet colors for lines like 7D, 5D, D800 etc. Pay so much at least give us some custom option like you can with cars

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timo
By timo (Apr 3, 2013)

I'm not a fan of the yellow or orange, but the darker colours look great. Even better in the flesh than in the photos.

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Tivor
By Tivor (Apr 4, 2013)

Agreed. I'm not going to jump ship just because of the colors, but if I had the money to maintain two totally separate DSLR setups, I'm springing for that dark wine-purple body in a heartbeat.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Apr 3, 2013)

This must work because Pentax keeps doing it. Not for me, but if it maximizes profits, why not?

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schaki
By schaki (Apr 3, 2013)

Almost as laughable and pathetic as Leica with all their nonsense white and whatever colours of their M-models.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 3, 2013)

I wonder if the colour difference is due to a difference of ABS plastic vs. polycarbonate.

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Mister J
By Mister J (Apr 3, 2013)

Love the shades (think iPod) but for serious snappers, it has to be black

Reason? Reflections.

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miles green
By miles green (Apr 3, 2013)

I think they only paint them on the outside... ;)

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Tivor
By Tivor (Apr 4, 2013)

If you routinely shoot close-up macro, then yes, reflection could be a detrimental factor. Otherwise, it's a non-issue.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 3, 2013)

When your only update to your product is to offer it in a variety of colors you know that things are not going well.

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anthony mazzeri
By anthony mazzeri (Apr 3, 2013)

I conclude the opposite. This range of colours has been available in Japan since launch last year, so this indicates they have deemed it successful enough they have decided to expand it to the rest of the world now.

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WilliamJ
By WilliamJ (Apr 3, 2013)

Anthony is right, the K-30 and the Pentax Q proposed in tens of different colors sell like hot cakes. It's beyond me, for sure, but I guess that's because we, humans, have different tastes and different needs...

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Cane
By Cane (Apr 3, 2013)

You mean we all shouldn't just want a black camera because camera's used to be black in the old days?

BTW mpgxsvcd, it's not an update, they have sold this way in Japan. They are now offering them elsewhere. One would think that's because they are actually selling. You aren't in the business world it seems, are you? really dumb comment.

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avicenanw
By avicenanw (Apr 4, 2013)

If things not going well with the K30, why produce more with different colors? A quality DSLR at this price point typically attract young entry level enthusiasts that prefer colorful gadgets.

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Scott Birch
By Scott Birch (Apr 5, 2013)

Is a car a failure if offered in more than one colour?

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 3, 2013)

Simple math: Any marketing that enhances revenue flow increases the chance of a K-5 replacement. I have to assume that everyone laughing at the K-30 colors are fanboys for other brands who want Pentax to fail. I had the same impression in discussion of the K-01. Makes no sense to me to diss a brand you want to use.

My opinion is that the K-5's are simply a very hard act to follow. For it's entire run, almost nothing else has been near it for price, performance, IQ, and WR. Ergonomics and interface are great -- they could put the upgrade into the same form factor and it would be fine with me. If Pentax takes it's time to replace the K-5's and get it right, it's fine with me.

As for colors, the "K-3" photo that circulated about a year ago was a K-5 Special Edition (re-shaped grip) in what now seems to be called silky silver. I thought it looked totally boss. If the new flagship looks like that or in black/silver it will fly off the shelves.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (Apr 3, 2013)

How was the grip different on the Special Edition?

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 3, 2013)

The special edition grip had a second curved indentation on the front to accommodate the fingers. I think it also was slightly larger overall, but do not know for sure. Pics are still available on the web, and a guy in Singapore still has a few new ones for sale on ebay, where the picture can be seen.

You can also just google "Pentax K-3". The supposed mock-up of a K-3 is the K-5 Special Edition in what is now called silky silver.

Don't confuse the first Special Edition with the second "Limited Edition," which had the original K-5 grip and was released with the 40mm XS.

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miles green
By miles green (Apr 3, 2013)

The Special Edition K5 was silver, had a beefier and more sculped grip and a crystal scratch-proof screen. That's me holding one with a limited edition 21! :)

edit: oops, drummercam beat me to it!

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 3, 2013)

And speaking of that Special Edition screen glass, Miles, I've been wondering if the K-5II/s -- since they redid the screen with the resin layer -- also had the Special Edition hardened glass. I would have had the IIs by now had I known that to be the case.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 3, 2013)

Huge K-30 fan no matter what color it is. The Info menu makes changing settings fast and easy, and AF is fast and accurate even with older screw-driver lenses.

So even if Pentax only offered that odd D5200 brown color, I'd still love it for it's wonderful ergonomics and absolutely stellar IQ.

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alpha90290
By alpha90290 (Apr 3, 2013)

This is a Pentax Jedi trick. They don't have so many new models of DSLR like other brands so they launch one model in 15 colors :)

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CarlWeber
By CarlWeber (Apr 3, 2013)

I'm thinking of buying a K30, and I really like the blue one. But I'm kind of afraid that the funky colors will hurt the potential second hand value. I think the majority will be happier with an inconspicuous black body.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Apr 3, 2013)

Come on, Pentax, you can do better than just those colours. Old hats now. Why not a chrome one, a fluorescent green one, also a hairy one, and a soft squeegy one, or one with crystal/diamonds, or lots of tiny LED lights flashing up and down and all over.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (Apr 3, 2013)

One vote for the hairy one! :D :D :D

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waxwaine
By waxwaine (Apr 4, 2013)

For that kinky stuff exist the new Hassdelblad(NEX7)

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gpsgps
By gpsgps (Apr 3, 2013)

They would better add a twist/swivel screen.

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maksa
By maksa (Apr 3, 2013)

These colors and finishes was available from June 2012 (http://www.pentaxuser.co.uk/forum/topic/pentax-k-30-custom-colours--available-in-japan--35657). Hong Kong stores offer them with worldwide shipping.

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zinedi
By zinedi (Apr 3, 2013)

And what about playful water gun discretely installed in the lens? Wouldn't it be a fun?

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fahad usman
By fahad usman (Apr 3, 2013)

no shocking pink? digitalrevtv would still have to paint one themselves

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kadardr
By kadardr (Apr 3, 2013)

Fits well with my toy lens collection.

Actually this selection is nothing new in Japan.

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JimWongyyz
By JimWongyyz (Apr 3, 2013)

I think younger people will likes these color bodies.

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coabie
By coabie (Apr 3, 2013)

I think the brighter colors would make it easier to get the attention of babies, autistic children, and even some pets for some great portrait photos. Congrats to Pentax I think its a nice idea.

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Konst13
By Konst13 (Apr 11, 2013)

They should make color lenses as well

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 3, 2013)

If this marketing approach works and helps keep Pentax in the game and on pace for the K-5 successor, I say more power to them. No laughs from me. The K-5's prove that when they put their mind to it, they knock it out of the park. The K-30 is no slouch camera either. If the colors get it noticed by a new group of buyers, that is great as far as I'm concerned.

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JimWongyyz
By JimWongyyz (Apr 3, 2013)

I am a Pentax collector, instead buy one of each model, now I have to buy one of each color, that sucks.

Seriously, I like this color idea. Why camera has to be black or silver. I like the yellow the best, matches by yellow 911.

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (Apr 3, 2013)

For me, it has to be orange to match my Lamborghini :) LOL

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stern
By stern (Apr 3, 2013)

Not to forget the red one matching my Ferrari!

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Apr 3, 2013)

I'm confident that this will make me a much better photographer and increase my sales. In fact, it was just a few short weeks ago when a couple, searching for a wedding photographer, came to me and asked, "Are your cameras black or Silky Bordeaux?" If only I knew then what I know now...

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JimWongyyz
By JimWongyyz (Apr 3, 2013)

Agree, colorful camera will liberate your hidden talent.

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miles green
By miles green (Apr 3, 2013)

@ DotCom Editor: Does a red or blue car make you a better driver than a black car? I don't think so. But fortunately, not all cars are black.

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jon404
By jon404 (Apr 3, 2013)

They should sell the Silky Green one to the military -- totally waterproof, tough as a rock.

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drummercam
By drummercam (Apr 3, 2013)

The silky green would actually look good with some of the old F-series lenses.

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kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (Apr 3, 2013)

I like Pentax products and always have, but it is a real shame you almost never see their DSLRs in the US. Canon and Nikon totally dominate the mass media marketing, and most casual buyers are not adventurous at all.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Apr 3, 2013)

I (in the USA) have an old Pentax film-SLR. It's a shame to see the company be bought and sold, and wither into obscurity.

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kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (Apr 4, 2013)

Agree. My wife's 1970 Spotmatic is still in working condition,. The 55 mm Super-Takumar lens was amazingly sharp. It was single coated, but we never ever had flare problems.

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kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (Apr 4, 2013)

Agree. My wife's 1970 Spotmatic is still in working condition,. The 55 mm Super-Takumar lens was amazingly sharp. It was single coated, but we never ever had flare problems.

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