PENTAX announces the K-1 Mark II Full Frame DSLR and HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW Lens

March 09, 2018

PENTAX have updated their flagship model, the K-1 full frame 36MP DSLR  to a new Mark II version. This latest version has major updates to the sensor sensitivity and accelerator unit promising better image quality and shooting performance.

With a top sensitivity of ISO 819200, the K-1 Mark II expands the creative boundaries of high-resolution digital SLR photography.

The advanced Pixel Shift Resolution System II for super-high-resolution images is a unique technology that is able to produce high-quality images beyond the power of total pixels available on the sensor. With the new Motion Correction function enabled, super-high-resolution images can be captured even when shooting handheld.

The camera's 5-axis image stabilization system enables the image sensor to tilt in all directions, opening the door to additional advanced features such as, auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and Astro Tracer (for capturing sharp photos of the night sky). This image stabilization system also enables up to 5 steps of camera shake compensation for any mounted lens.

What could be the most interesting feature for existing K-1 owners is the announcement of a paid upgrade service bringing their current camera all the advanced functions of the new K-1 Mark II. At this stage Australian pricing for this upgrade has not been announced.

Key features of the new PENTAX K-1 Mark II

  • Full Frame design for K-mount lenses
  • ISO range from 100 to 819200
  • SR II Five-axis, five-shutter-step camera shake compensation
  • AA-filter-free design to optimize resolving power with AA filter simulator
  • Motion Correction Shooting
  • Pixel Shift High Resolution Shooting
  • Built in GPS
  • Weather resistant and freeze proof
  • Operation Assist Lights Supporting camera operations in the dark
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • 300,000 release shutter life
  • Available April 2018 

Pentax D FA* 50mm f/1.4 Lens

Along side the new K-1 Mark II, Pentax also announced a new 50mm f/1.4 lens in their D FA* premium line. The HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW lens is bound to be a popular lens for PENTAX full frame photographers and promises excellent build and optical quality along with an all weather design.

Key Features of HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW Lens:

  • Fast f/1.4 aperture
  • Internal silent focusing
  • 0.4m minimum focus distance
  • All weather sealing
  • Available mid 2018

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