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Pentax Announces Full-Frame K-1 DSLR and a Pair of Zoom Lenses; More Info at B&H

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Photography News: Pentax Introduces Its First Full-Frame DSLR, Featuring a 36.4MP CMOS Sensor, 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction, and a Cross-Tilt LCD Monitor, in Addition to a Pair of Versatile Full-Frame-Compatible Zooms

NEW YORK, NY --(Marketwired - February 17, 2016) - B&H Photo would like to share the announcement of the Pentax K-1 DSLR, featuring a full-frame 36.4MP CMOS sensor and the newly-designed PRIME IV image processor (the first to offer 14-bit output), DNG file recording, and low noise levels, along with a top sensitivity of ISO 204800. The sensor's design omits the conventional anti-aliasing filter to provide increased sharpness and resolution, while a unique AA Filter Simulation function can be used to reduce moiré when necessary. The sensor and processor combination also avails a top continuous shooting rate of 4.5 fps, as well as Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps, using either full-frame or APS-C crop modes.

Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera Highlight Features


  • 36.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME IV Image Processor
  • 3.2" Cross-Tilt LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p30 Video Recording
  • SAFOX 12 33-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 204800; 4.5 fps Shooting
  • 5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction
  • Super Resolution & AstroTracer Modes
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & GPS; Dual SD Card Slots
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body

In-camera sensor-shift type Shake Reduction compensates for up to five stops of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting with any lens in use. This image stabilization system works across five axes for effective control of a variety of movements, and the sensor-shift design also enables the use of Pixel Shift Resolution, for creating 42MP files, and Composition Assist, for fine-tuning framing when working atop a tripod. Also helping to achieve a high degree of image sharpness, a SAFOX 12 autofocus system utilizes a 33-point array, which includes 25 cross-type points for quick, accurate focusing in a variety of lighting conditions down to -3 EV.

Complementing the imaging assets, the K-1's body design is characterized by a tough stainless-steel chassis and magnesium-alloy shell, as well as 87-point weather- and dust-sealing to guard against moisture, inclement conditions, and freezing temperatures. Two SD card slots permit flexible file handling, LED-illuminated body points facilitate intuitive handling in low lighting, and a unique 3.2" Cross-Tilt LCD monitor can be used for clear viewing from a wide range of working angles. Additionally, a built-in GPS module can be used for geo-tagging image files, and also enables use of the AstroTracer function, which utilizes the Shake Reduction system to minimize the appearance of star trails during long exposures of the nighttime sky. Built-in Wi-Fi is also provided for wireless sharing and remote camera control from smartphones and tablets.

Pentax has also introduced the dedicated D-BG6 Battery Grip, which holds an additional D-LI90P battery, to effectively double shooting times, and provides a more comfortable means for shooting in the vertical orientation. The grip incorporates a range of control dials and buttons for intuitive settings control, and also matches the weather-sealed design of the K-1 body itself.

In addition to the K-1 DSLR, a pair of lenses has also been announced: the HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens and the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens. The 15-30mm is a fast wide-angle zoom featuring a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for consistent low-light performance throughout the zoom range. Extra-low dispersion glass controls chromatic aberrations, and an HD multicoating has been applied to limit flare and ghosting. The lens also incorporates eight weather seals to guard against moisture. Spanning a wide-angle to short telephoto range, the 28-105mm lens also includes extra-low dispersion glass and an HD multicoating in its weather-sealed design, and both lenses also feature a Supersonic Direct-Drive Motor for fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance that benefits stills and video recording applications.

The Pentanx HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR offers full-frame shooters an excellent f/2.8 constant aperture to allow for exceptional control over depth of field and the ability to work in low-light conditions.

Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR Lens


  • K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ED Glass Elements
  • Super Protect & HD Multi-Layer Coatings
  • Supersonic Direct-Drive AF Motor
  • Quick-Shift Focus System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11"
  • Dust- and Weather-Resistant Design
  • 9-Blade Rounded Diaphragm
  • Integrated Lens Hood

The Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR will be a perfect pairing for many shooters thanks to its wide-angle to medium telephoto range.

Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens


  • K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.6 to f/22-32
  • ED Glass Elements
  • Super Protect & HD Multi-Layer Coatings
  • Supersonic Direct-Drive AF Motor
  • Quick-Shift Focus System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.64'
  • Dust- and Weather-Resistant Design
  • 9-Blade Rounded Diaphragm

Read more about the Pentax K-1 DSLR camera at B&H Photo Explora blog http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/news/unveiled-pentax-makes-its-first-foray-full-frame-cameras-k-1-dslr

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