A New Limited-Edition Pentax K-5 with a Truly Thin (0.36") 40mm Lens


Pentax has a loyal following going back decades, and even today DSLRs wearing the Pentax nameplate are recognized as being among the finest in the world of compact DSLRs. Pentax’s current flagship camera is the K-5, a solid performer that boasts a rugged body (stainless-steel chassis with magnesium-alloy body panels), fully-sealed weatherproofing, an APS-C format, 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the ability to capture up to seven frames per second at a choice of ISO sensitivities ranging from 80 to 51,200.

To add a bit of spark to the line, Pentax has introduced the Pentax K-5 Special Edition, a silver-finished camera that comes bundled with a truly travel friendly, slim profile smc PENTAX-DA 40mm f/2.8 XS lens which, according to Pentax, is the world’s thinnest (0.36” / 9.2mm) interchangeable lens. (If you’re familiar with Pentax’s current compact 40mm lenses, the new lens is almost half the depth of the already compact Pentax SMC-DA 40mm f/2.8 LTD and SMCP-DA 40mm f/2.8 LTD.)

The new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm f/2.8 XS, which was designed by Marc Newson, takes in the equivalent field of view of a 61mm lens on a full-frame 35mm DSLR, yet extends from the lens mount just a smidgen more than a body cap. This thin lens is comprised of five elements in four groups, the new "skinny forty" focuses down to 16”, which is impressively close for optics in this class; it features 27mm filter threads when conditions call for filters or shades.

Other standard features found on both the standard and new limited edition Pentax K-5 include a 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD, 100% image viewing through a notably bright pentaprism, a 77-segment metering system, an 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system, native support for both Pentax PEF and Adobe DNG (14-bit) RAW files, in-camera HDR capture and 1080p HD video at 25 frames per second with stereo sound.

Pentax also offers an extensive lineup of lenses to go along with its new limited edition camera kits including fast, fixed primes, a wide range of zooms, ultra wides, long telephotos and a choice of macro lenses. In addition to all of Pentax’s current lens offerings, you can also mount almost every Pentax lens ever made (directly or via adapters) on a Pentax DSLR, and because image stabilization is an in-camera function among Pentax DSLRs, all Pentax lenses become image stabilized the moment you mount them on any Pentax DSLR.

Do be advised that Pentax is manufacturing only 1,500 Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition kits for worldwide distribution, so if you want one it’s advisable to sign up soon. We expect delivery of our allotment of these limited edition DSLR kits sometime around March 28, 2012.

Pentax K-5 Silver Special Edition
Camera Type Interchangeable Lens DSLR
Sensor Size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7mm)
Sensor Type CMOS (with primary color filter and integrated shake/dust reduction)
Total Pixels 16.9MP
Effective Pixels 16.3MP
Recorded Resolutions 16MP (4928 x 3264), 10MP (3936 x 2624), 6MP (3072 x 2048), 2MP (1728 x 1152)
Movie Recording 1080/25p; 720/30p, 25p; 480/30p, 25p
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2 (K-Mount)
Focus System SAFOX IX+ TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system
Focus Modes AF single, AF continuous, Manual
Focus Point Adjustment Auto 11 point, Auto 5 point, User-Selectable, Center and AF Assist
Metering System TTL open aperture 77 segment metering (center weighted, spot)
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 100-12800 (expandable to ISO 80-51200)
Shutter Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb
Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps
Viewfinder Type Optical pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment -2.5m to 1.5m
LCD Monitor 3.0" TFT, 921,000-dot (wide-angle viewable and Live View compatible)
Built-In Flash Retractable P-TTL Flash (13m [ISO 100] guide number, 28mm wide angle coverage, -2 to 1 EV compensation)
External Flash Hot shoe (P-TTL), X-Sync socket, wireless connections
Flash Sync Speed 1/180 second
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation;  Built-in electronic level function
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE; 3 Manual and Kelvin temperature presets available
Capture Modes Green, Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER (5 presets), Movie
Custom Image Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass—including gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales).
Digital Filters Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye
Drive Modes Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), MLU (standard, remote), HDR Capture (+3, 0, -3 with 5 blend settings and pixel alignment), Multi-Exposure (2-9 shots), Interval (999 shots, 1 sec to 24 hrs, time delay available) Continuous FPS - Continuous Hi: 7.0 FPS (22 JPG, 8 RAW) - Continuous Lo: 2.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 12 RAW)
Self-Timer Yes: 12 sec, 2 sec
Playback Modes One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram, bright/dark indication, copyright info), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data), Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory) Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF, Movie Edit, Extract JPG from Movie Magnification: Up to 32X, scrollable, quick magnification, Digital filters (playback): Toy Camera, Monochrome (filter, toning), Retro, Color, High Contrast, Soft, Extract Color, Starburst, Sketch, Watercolor, Fisheye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Posterization, Base Parameter Adj, Custom
Language Support English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Japanese
Custom Functions 27 functions available
File Formats Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Movie: AVI (Motion JPG)
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Connectivity USB 2.0, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone
Video Output HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Power Supply D-LI90 rechargeable lithium-ion battery back or optional D-BG4 battery grip
Recordable Images per Charge Approx. 980 (740 with 50% flash)
Playback Time per Charge Approx. 440 minutes
Movie Recording Time Approx. 25 minutes
Operating Temperature 14–104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Dimensions 5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9” (13.2 x 9.7 x 7.4 cm)
Weight 1.6 lb (725.7 g)
PENTAX-DA 40mm f/2.8 XS
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2
Focal Length 40mm (equivalent 61mm)
Angle of View 39°
Minimum Focus 1.3’ (40 cm)
Max Magnification 0.13x
Diaphragm Control Fully automatic
Lens Coatings SP (Super Protect) coating
Lens Construction 5 elements in 4 groups
Aperture Range f/2.8 - f/22
Filter Diameter 27mm
Dimensions 2.5 x 0.36” (62.9 x 9.2mm)
Weight 1.8 oz (51 g)