Collectors, start queuing: Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition announced
posted Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6:00 PM EDT
Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. has today announced its latest limited-edition digital SLR, the Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition.
Available in just 1,500 sets worldwide, this new model takes the standard Pentax K-5 body, but changes the color scheme to predominantly silver with black trim, much like the Pentax K-5 Limited Silver that was announced last year. However, it doesn't include the tweaked handgrip of that model, and likewise appears not to feature the reinforced LCD cover glass of the earlier version.
It does come already-updated to the just-released version 1.13 firmware, however. It also comes bundled with a silver variant of the smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens that was recently announced alongside the Pentax K-01 compact system camera, itself a variation of the existing smc PENTAX DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens.
Pricing for the Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition is set at US$1,600 or thereabouts, and it will only be available from two venues in the US market: Pentax's own web store, and Ace Photo. It will be available in April 2012, and if sales of the company's past limited-edition models are anything to go by, we'd expect you'll have to move quickly if you want one...
For more details, read our Pentax K-5 review!
Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition
|Camera Type||Pro SLR|
|Model Number||North America: K-5|
5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.
(131 x 97 x 73 mm)
|Weight||26.4 oz (748 g)|
|Planned Price||$1,600 (limited edition of 1,500 units)|
|Planned Availability||April 2012|
APS-C (approx. 1.12 in. diagonal)
16.93 megapixels (total)
16.30 megapixels (effective)
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.50|
4928 x 3264 (16.1 megapixels)
3936 x 2624 (10.3 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
1728 x 1152 (2.0 megapixels)
Standard: 3.7 frames per second for 9999 frames
Continuous: 6.5 frames per second for 31 frames
|Image Quality||4 levels|
|Image Preview / Review|
Yes, SLR type; eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.92x mag., 21.7mm eyepoint, -2.5 to +1.5 diopter
99% field of view
3.0 in. diagonal921,000 dots
99% field of view
|Playback Zoom||32.0x max|
3x optical zoom
52mm lens thread
|Lens Mount||PENTAX KAF2 (KAF2, KAF, KA)|
18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
27 - 83mm (35mm equivalent)
|Aperture Range||f/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 - f/38 (tele)|
SAFOX IX+, 11 point (9 cross type focus point in the center), with light wavelength sensor
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
|Focusing Range||Normal: 10" - 4,081" (25 cm - 9,999 cm)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100-12800, expandable 80 to 51200|
|Shutter Speed||30 - 1/8000 second|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture, Shutter, Manual|
|Metering Modes||TTL open-aperture: 77-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments|
|White Balance||Image Sensor - Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent (D, N, W, L), tungsten, flash, CTE, manual (up to 3 settings), Kelvin temperature (up to 3 settings)|
Guide Number: 13
Modes: P-TTL, Red-eye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Rear Curtain Sync. High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Range: Depends on lens
|Flash Exposure Compensation||-2 to +1 EV in 1/2EV increments|
|Scene Modes||Sensitivity Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority|
|Self Timer||Yes, 2 or 12 seconds|
|Movie Format||AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio|
|Recording Medium||SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC|
|File System||FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)|
|File Format||14-bit RAW (.PEF, .DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)|
High definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
|Computer||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|Other||Mini HMDI, DC input, wired remote, 3.5mm external stereo mic jack|
|Battery Type||Lithium-ion rechargeable|
|Battery Form Factor||Proprietary D-LI90; optional D-BG4 Battery Grip|
|Software||Software (CD-ROM) S-SW110|
|Battery / Charger||1 x Proprietary D-LI90 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger|
|Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant||Yes|
|Remote Control||Yes, Optional Wired or IR|
|Notes||New 16.3MP CMOS APS-C sensor with ISOs up to 51200, sensor-shift shake reduction, 1080p HD video at 25fps, 11-point SAFOX IX+ AF system, 100%, 0.92x viewfinder, electronic level with tilt scale, improved in-camera HDR, SDXC compatible with firmware update, weather sealed magnesium allow body on stainless steel chassis.|
Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition
An Exclusive Limited-Edition Camera Package Featuring A Marc Newson-Designed Ultra-Thin Lens
DENVER, CO March 1, 2012… PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 Silver Special Edition. Available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide, the package consists of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera body matched with the new, ultra thin smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens.
The exclusive package combines the PENTAX K-5 — the flagship model of the PENTAX K series of digital SLR cameras — with the smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens — the world’s thinnest unifocal lens*. Marc Newson, one of the world’s most renowned industrial designers, masterly designed this lens. Both the camera body and the lens barrel feature the same elegant silver finish, assuring that this package is a high-performance imaging tool that also boasts maximum visual harmony. Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the package, including a specially designed package, while the camera’s firmware has been updated to the latest version (Ver.1.13).
* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 25, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).
Note: The specifications of the camera body (except for the firmware) and the lens are same as those for the standard K-5 model.
PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here: www.pentaximaging.com/news
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