One of the most keenly-awaited lenses for a while, the new Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 is finally here, and we've been using it for a few days. In this article, we're updating our initial impressions on the basis of our recent shooting with the K-1 II.
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lens newsJun 28, 2018 at 22:00
First announced last October, Ricoh is ready to ship the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW, a weather-sealed fast prime for the company's full-frame DSLRs. It will be available in late July for $1199.
Jun 1, 2018 at 14:01
After noting errors in our K-1 Mark II studio scene, we've re-shot both that camera and its predecessor. DPReview's Reviews Editor, Carey Rose, has the background on what happened.
May 17, 2018 at 14:03
The software development kit allows third-party developers to create mobile and desktop apps that can control the camera remotely via USB cable or Wi-Fi.
Apr 25, 2018 at 13:00
The Pentax K-1 II features a hand-held Pixel Shift mode that creates a 'super resolution' image. Here's how to create a better-looking one in Photoshop using four files.
Apr 9, 2018 at 13:00
The Pentax K-1 II has a new Pixel Shift mode that can be used hand-held. We compared it to traditional tripod-mounted Pixel Shift and standard non-Pixel Shift shots to see how it stacks up.
Mar 4, 2018 at 13:00
We stopped by the Ricoh-Pentax booth at this year's CP+ show in Japan and got a chance to handle the new K-1 Mark II as well as a near-final version of the upcoming Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4. We even got a chance to informally test the K-1 II's crazy high ISO and hand-held Pixel Shift feature - click through to read our impressions.
Feb 28, 2018 at 19:39
Flash manufacturer Phottix has announced it will introduce an Odin ll transmitter for Pentax users in April this year. The company says it has had ‘direct cooperation’ from Pentax engineers to make and program the trigger so it works seamlessly.
camera newsFeb 21, 2018 at 22:00
Ricoh has announced an updated version of its K-1 full-frame DSLR. The Pentax K-1 Mark II gains an additional 'accelerator' processor that enables improved image processing as well as a handheld version of its Pixel Shift Resolution mode.
camera newsFeb 21, 2018 at 22:00
For a limited time this summer, current K-1 owners will be able to send their cameras in for a circuit board replacement, essentially upgrading to a Mark II. They'll even get a Mark II logo swapped in on the front of the camera.
Oct 27, 2017 at 15:00
Ricoh is showing off two upcoming lenses at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York this week. The HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8.
lens newsOct 26, 2017 at 19:39
Ricoh has announced two new Pentax 'Star-series' lenses, designed to be optimized for high megapixel sensors; there's a 50mm F1.4 covering a full 35mm image circle as well as an 11-18mm F2.8 for crop sensor cameras.
Oct 11, 2017 at 18:14
The Nikon D850 isn't the first camera to hit triple digits on DxOMark; in fact, the Pentax 645Z was listed at 101 all the way back in 2015. So why was the full review never published? DxOMark explained earlier today.
Oct 10, 2017 at 16:20
The new 'Devil's Speed Booster Q666 0.50x' from Metabones lets you mount Nikon F and G glass to your Pentax Q, and get a working aperture of up to F0.666 if you're using an F1.2 lens wide open!
Apr 20, 2017 at 14:51
New firmware in combination with an updated version of the IMAGE Transmitter 2 software package brings a number of new tethered control features to the Pentax K-1 and 645Z. Read more
Apr 12, 2017 at 19:15
Ricoh has issued a response to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, denying that the company is considering leaving the consumer camera business. Read more
Led by Pentax, digital medium format has gone from being the preserve of the pro to something a little more attainable. But what features matter most in such a camera and how do the three sub-$10,000 44 x 33mm cameras compare? Read more
lens newsFeb 23, 2017 at 18:06
Ricoh is displaying a prototype version of a new Pentax 50mm F1.4 for K-mount at CP+ 2017, and has also added an 85mm F1.4 and an unspecified telephoto zoom to its roadmap. Read more
Feb 22, 2017 at 20:36
Ricoh has released two posters charting the history of Pentax cameras, both in downloadable high-resolution PDF formats. Read more
Ricoh has taken the wraps off it's newest DSLR, the KP. Resembling a mini Pentax K-1, and inheriting some of the same features, the KP arrives at the same price as the K-3 II, putting it at the top end of Ricoh's APS-C lineup. We got our hands on a pre-production sample recently, and we've prepared a quick product tour. Read more
camera newsJan 25, 2017 at 22:00
Ricoh has announced its new Pentax KP, which is a more compact, modernized version of the K-3 II. It features a new 'high sensitivity' 24MP sensor, a 5-axis 'Shake Reduction II' system, interchangeable grips and a tilting touchscreen display. Read more
Dec 2, 2016 at 15:00
Ricoh has released firmware updates for its K-3 and K-50 DSLRs which add support for the company's K-AF4 lenses. Read more
sample galleryOct 17, 2016 at 09:00
The Pentax 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE is the first Pentax lens to use the new 'Pulse Autofocus Motor'. Although it is a bit darker than the old 55-300, autofocus is much faster and virtually silent. Take a look at our samples to see how sharp this handy new zoom is. Read more
Oct 3, 2016 at 19:45
Pentax has released new firmware for its flagship K1 full-frame DSLR that includes the ability to select electronic shutter during live view shooting. Read more
Sep 27, 2016 at 18:50
'Visual Revolution' is the concept that links Ricoh’s Theta 360 degree camera to its Pentax K-1 DSLR, the company says. And the arrival of competition only serves to grow the markets on which it's focusing. Read more
To say that a full-frame Pentax DSLR is one of the most anticipated cameras of all-time is probably an understatement. With the arrival of the K-1, Pentaxians have finally had their wish granted, with an impressively spec'd camera at a relatively low price. We've been testing extensively to bring you our in-depth review. Read more
camera newsJun 8, 2016 at 22:00
Ricoh has unveiled the Pentax K-70, an advanced entry-level DSLR with a 24MP APS-C sensor, Pixel Shift technology and a body that's designed to stand up to the elements. Read more
lens newsJun 8, 2016 at 22:00
Ricoh Imaging has announced the HD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE lens for Pentax APS-C format cameras. Headline features include weather-resistant construction, a new AF motor and an affordable $400 price tag. Read more
Jun 3, 2016 at 17:26
The Pixel Shift Resolution Shooting modes found in the Pentax K-1 offer a marked increase in image quality compared to the competition, but for a landscape photographer, how does it perform in real world shooting situations? We took the Pentax K-1 to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon to find out. Read more
lens newsMay 12, 2016 at 18:13
Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced that it will replace parts on its Pentax-mount lenses that are known to scratch the new Pentax K-1 full-frame camera. Read more
Pentax shooters have waited a long time to join the full frame club, and with the release of the K-1 DSLR that wait is finally over. But the appeal reaches beyond current Pentaxians thanks to its 36MP sensor, innovative features and a very aggressive price point. Take a look at what makes this camera unique. See video
May 9, 2016 at 12:00
As we continue testing the Pentax K-1 in our studio, it continues to impress us. This time we look at Raw dynamic range, where the K-1 excells – especially with Pixel Shift enabled. See more
May 5, 2016 at 19:23
It's been a long wait for the arrival of our Pentax K-1, but it finally is here. We wasted no time taking Ricoh's new flagship DSLR to our studio to see how the long-awaited full frame 36MP sensor stacks up to the competition. Take a look
Mar 4, 2016 at 18:46
UPDATED: now with larger 2000px samples instead of original VGA size. It may be true that much of the appeal of the Pentax K-1 lies with existing Pentax owners. But are its impressive spec sheet and even more impressive price going to sway owners buying into a new system? At CP+ 2016, we had a chance to use a pre-production K-1 around Yokohama. Find out what we thought. Read more
It's finally here! We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan where we got our hands on the new Pentax K-1. While we were at Ricoh's booth we also got a glimpse into the not-so-humble beginnings of Pentax's flagship full-frame DSLR. Read more
camera newsFeb 23, 2016 at 01:00
It's not just the Ricoh GR II getting the special treatment. To commemorate the company's 80th anniversary, Ricoh has announced it will produce a version of its Pentax K-3 II with a textured, silver finish. Just 500 units will be produced in total, and will be sold online exclusively for $999.95. Read more
The new Pentax K-1 has been long awaited by Pentax users past and present, but the road to its creation has been long, winding and not without some wrong turns. In this article, DPReview editor and old (ish) fart Barnaby Britton turns back the clock and looks at what went wrong with Pentax's original, canceled full-frame DSLR, and how the company came through two buy-outs and several changes of strategy to end up with the K-1. Read more
The long-awaited Pentax K-1 fits some interesting new technology into a solidly constructed, tough-as-nails frame. We had the chance to take an in-depth look at some of the camera's new features and grabbed some hands-on shots while the K-1 paid our office a brief visit. Take a closer look at what makes this Pentax full-frame camera quite impressive. Read more
camera newsFeb 17, 2016 at 22:00
After years of development, not to mention months of teasers, Ricoh has made its Pentax K-1 full-frame DSLR a reality. The first 35mm format Pentax DSLR, the K-1 offers a 36.4MP CMOS sensor, 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, a 'nearly 100%' optical viewfinder and 33-point AF system with 25 cross-type points – all for under $1800. Read more
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