Pentax’s official video

20 05 2009

This has been posted multiple times on PentaxForums, but here is the link for easy reference.

It is a Pentax USA video so it’s in English 😉 Lots of the features are shown in the walk through and we now hear what specs are true, straight from Pentax.

You can find the video posted here on youtube 🙂 I’ve watched it twice already 😛


Flagship ahoy! B&H has K-7

20 05 2009

They have it for preorder, arriving in July that is. As I write this (10:30am Central) it’s listed at $1299.95USD for the body only.

So consider this your head’s up…these specs are official. Anything you read on here from now on and any link I post will be official Pentax K-7 stuff, unless otherwise clearly stated.

Notice the new AF system in the specs…that is an AF lamp next to the shutter. By goodness…they made it happen. Good job Pentax!!!

There is simply an overload of info going on right now. For now, please visit Mike over at TOP and Mark at Chasing Light for some first impressions.

Before I post this…I want to say: ISO 100-3200 yesssssss!!! It’s “expandable” up to 6400 but has a native 3200! I hope it’s good at those numbers because I will surely use them. And my biggest gripe with the K10D is the loud shutter. The K-7 is silent! Wow, this is great news…these 2 pieces of info are just what I was waiting for 🙂

Congrats Pentax…you have a winner on your hands. Can’t wait to have a K-7 in mine! 😀 😀 It’s a great day to be a Pentaxian!!

The Midas Touch

2 05 2009

Franke & Heidecke (although now technically bankrupt), have introduced their new 80th Anniversary gold-plated Rolleiflex TLR camera at the low, low price of 29,500 Euro. But what do you get for that chunk of change? Naturally, they use real gold (only 14k though?) and leather for this commemorative and limited edition; only 80 pieces will be made.

Just like a good infomercial…there’s more! You will also receive a photo book chronicling the camera’s journey. A lucky owner (of 3) will receive a custom wooden box in which to display them. And to top it off, you get specially-machined lens hoods and adapters. Quite a haul for almost 30,000 Euros, no? 😛

This got me thinking about all the other gold edition cams out there. Some say “Where did I leave my sport jacket with the sleeves rolled up?” such as the Pentax LX in gold and gator skin.

Gold Pentax LX

Others like the woodgrain Hassleblad whisper “I set money on fire just because I like the way it burns.”

Gold Hasselblad

In any case, these pieces are destined to land in a museum or private collections, never to have a roll put through them. Which is a shame…I’d love to have someone remind me that I left my now-short-sleeved jacket in their Testarossa 😉
Visit the site to become a gold edition owner yourself!