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February 17, 2016 18:15 ET

Ricoh Imaging Announces New Pentax K-1 Full-Frame DSLR and Two Zoom Lenses, Now Available for Preorder at Adorama

Featuring a 36.4MP, AA Filterless Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, the Rugged Pentax K-1 Boasts High Image Quality at Competitive Price; HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8ED SDM WR and HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105MM F3.5-5.6ED DC WR Also Now Available; Adorama Takes a First Look

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 17, 2016) - Adorama, one of the world's largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, will begin taking preorders placed for the brand new Pentax K-1 full-frame DSLR and two new full-frame zoom lenses, just announced today from Ricoh Imaging. Housing a 36.4MP filterless full-frame CMOS sensor with an ISO range up to 204,800, the weather-proof K-1 is packed with advanced features and boasts high image quality. In addition to the K-1, Pentax also released two new full-frame zoom lenses -- an ultra-wide angle zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8, and a mid-range zoom lens with variable f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture.

Adorama Exclusive: expert Daniel Norton explores the Pentax K-1 at the Adorama Live Theatre

Inside the Pentax K-1 on the Adorama Learning Center
In an article on the Adorama Learning Center, Mason Resnick says of the new K-1 DSLR, "Somewhat bigger and heavier than Pentax's top APS DSLR, the full-frame K-1 is built around a high-resolution 36.4MP sensor, putting it in direct competition with the Nikon D810 INKD810AD and Sony A7R ISOA7RC. When it comes to Canons, it falls between the 5DS and 5D Mark III. With an ISO range of 100-204,800 and a mechanical shutter that ranges from 30-1/8000 seconds, the camera offers EV compensation to +/0- 5EV."

Pentax K-1 Key Features:

  • 36.4MP, AA Filterless Full-Frame CMOS sensor
  • Compatible with Pentax K, KAF1, KAF3, KAF and KA-mount lenses
  • New Prime IV image processing engine
  • ISO range 100-204,800
  • H.264 Full HD Video
  • 33-point AF (25 cross-type)
  • SRII Five-Axis Shake reduction
  • Pixel-Shift Resolution
  • 4.4fps burst rate
  • Selectable anti-aliasing filter effect
  • Pentaprism optical viewfinder
  • 3.2-inch Cross-tilt LCD monitor
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, Astro-Tracer built in
  • Weather-Sealed

Like other Pentax DSLRs, the K-1 features built-in sensor-shift shake reduction (SRII) that works on five axes. Similarly, the camera uses Pixel Shift resolution to effectively improve image quality, which uses micro-movements and computational imaging technology to increase subject sharpness.

The Pentax K-1's TTL metering system uses an 86k-pixel RGB sensor with multi-segment, center-weighted and spot metering. The focusing system is a TTL phase detection type, with 33 focus points, 25 of which are cross-type points in the center. The 3.2-inch, 1,037k dot resolution LCD monitor can flip out diagonally as well as horizontally and vertically. Indications include focus peaking, which is useful for manual focusing, face detection, and compositional aides.

The Pentax K-1 also includes wireless connectivity. Geotagging is available via GPS so photographers can record latitude, longitude, altitude, time and direction. The camera has dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots, and users can select them to be filled simultaneously (JPEG and RAW recording), copying images from one card to the other, or sequentially.

Built on a metal chassis with magnesium alloy shell, the Pentax K-1 is fully weather-sealed against dust and rain via 87 special sealing parts. it can be operated at 14-104 degrees F. At 32.6 ounces it is a substantial camera.

Further expanding the Pentax ecosystem for the K-1, Ricoh has also just announced two new pro-level zoom lenses.

HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8ED SDM WR
The Pentax 15-30mm f/2.8 lens offers a consistent f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. It features a SDM Supersonic Direct-Drive Motor for quiet and quick autofocus. Constructed of ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements for high resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness, this lens boasts HD multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghosting, plus eight seals to protect against water.

Key features:

  • Focal length: 15-30mm (23-46mm on an APS-C sensor camera)
  • Aperture f/2.8-22
  • 18 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum focus 0.9 feet
  • 9 rounded aperture blades

HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR
Also just announced is Pentax's new mid-range zoom lens, primarily designed and priced for hobbyists and photo enthusiasts. Its variable f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture allows for a smaller and lighter design. This weather-resistant lens is constructed with elements designed to reduce color aberrations, as well as ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements for high-resolution, clear images. An SDM (Supersonic Direct-Drive) Motor lets the lens focus quickly and quietly.

Key features:

  • Aperture f/3.5-5.6 - f/22-32
  • 15 elements in 11 groups
  • Minimum focus distance 1.6 feet
  • Filter: 62mm
  • 9 rounded aperture blades

Pricing and Availability
The Pentax K-1 IPXK1 will be available this spring for $1,799.95 and can be pre-ordered now from Adorama. Orders will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until orders ship.

The Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR lens PX1530 will be available from Adorama for $1,449.95. The Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens PX28105 will be available from Adorama for $499.95.

For press inquiries, please contact Ricoh Imaging public relations department directly by visiting the Ricoh press page.

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