Price Reduction & Instant Rebate on Pentax K-5

September 2, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras | 4 Comments | |
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Pentax USA has just announced a price reduction on the Pentax K-5 semi-professional digital SLR camera. The MSRP of the K-5 has dropped $100 to $1499.95 (body only) and to $1,649.95 (for the K-5 lens kit with DA 18-55 WR lens). In addition to this (permanent) price reduction, from now until 30th November, a $300 instant rebate is in effect on any qualifying purchase of either kit configuration.

Review: Read our in-depth review of the Pentax K-5

Pentax Press Release

PENTAX Announces Price Reduction and Temporary Instant Rebate on K-5 Digital SLR:

Combined Savings Total $400 USD

GOLDEN, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—PENTAX Imaging Company has announced a price reduction on the PENTAX K-5 Digital SLR. Effective today, the price of the K-5 has dropped $100.00 USD to $1499.95 USD (body only) and to $1,649.95 USD (for the K-5 lens kit w DA 18-55 WR lens). In addition, from now until November 30, 2011, a $300.00 instant rebate is in effect on any qualifying purchase of either kit configuration. The combined savings brings the K-5 to $1199.95* (body only) and $1,349.95* (for K-5 lens kit w DA 18-55 WR lens).

* While the price reduction is permanent, the instant rebate is valid only for a limited time for purchases made on either K-5 camera configuration from now until November 30, 2011.

PENTAX INSTANT REBATE PROGRAMS offer several consumer advantages, including no need to submit or track claims or wait several weeks for a rebate check. More information about the program, the products and where to buy is available at:

First announced in September 2010, the K-5 features:

A high resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with integrated AD conversion circuitry.
High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance.
Speedy 7 FPS captures fast action shots.
Highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor.
Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS, with sound via built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack.
Large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution.
Fully weather sealed and coldproof design.
Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis.
Highly accurate 77 segment metering system.
Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification.
PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system.
A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed.
HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound).
Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files.
Improved in-camera HDR image capture.
A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters.
Customizable RAW/Fx button.
Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display.
PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative 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 headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of Hoya Corporation.

On July 1, 2011, Hoya announced an agreement to transfer the PENTAX Imaging Systems business to RICOH Corporation. The effective date of the sale is set for October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here:

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#1 Siu Hay

With the launch of so many faster, lighter and cheaper cameras from Sony, I just can't see how any camera from Pentax (or even Canon) could compete. Two months ago, the Pentax Q was an exciting news, unfortunately their asking price was steep and by the time they are out, the competition will be too fierce.

Time is running out for Canon...

5:07 pm - Friday, September 2, 2011

#2 JT

Siu Hay-

Have you seen PhotographyBlog's review of the K-5? It's a winner. Sony's products have always been overpriced and riddled with quirks, because they adopt such new technologies. If you HAVE to have the newest thing, go for Sony. Otherwise, I think Pentax/Canon/Nikon are all superb, but I'm a Pentaxian (For DSLRS only)

10:58 pm - Friday, September 2, 2011

#3 Siu Hay


Some Sony's products may have been overprised, but definitely not with their new NEX-7 and a77. Speaking of a77, it's a much newer and more advanced camera than the K-5, but it costs $100 less at $1400. Which camera here is overprised?

6:04 am - Saturday, September 3, 2011

#4 WP

Siu Hay

I am a Pentax owner and I agree that their prices are much too high. Also, like you I was amazed by the a77, a65 and NEX-7 anouncements. However, you should check out the photo samples of a pre-production 77 on imaging-resource and compare them to the K-5. The noise levels, to my eyes at least, are not too impressive. Also it seems the photos are soft /lower in contrast. My guess is they went too far with the pixel count for current APS-C technology. The 77 performance sounds great and it looks to be a great camera overall, but I doubt that it will be enough to tempt that many existing users of Canon , Pentax and Nikon to switch to Sony. Still, very impressive and Canon especially needs to wake up!

5:45 am - Sunday, September 4, 2011