New Pentax rebates now online

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B&H published a new set of Pentax lens rebates that offer up to $600 off on selected lenses/combos:

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Does the Pentax K-1 also have the white dots issue during long exposures?

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Does the Pentax K-1 DSLR camera also has a thermal problem/white dots/bright spots during long exposures? A reader sent me the above picture – it appears that Ricoh overlooked the white dot issue during longer exposures (this is a form of noise that shows up on most long exposure taken with Long Exposure noise off). The problem seems to occur the worst on long exposures at ISO 1600 and up to 20 seconds exposure or longer. Nikon had the same issue with the D810 and had an official service advisory. Both the Nikon D810 and the Pentax K-1 cameras use reportedly the same 36MP sensor made by Sony.

This issue has a huge effect on astro photography, night time lapse work or stacking photography. More info can be found here.

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Deal of the day: Pentax AF200FG flash is now 50% off

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For a limited time the Pentax AF200FG flash is $69 off with free shipping (new price: $69.95, original price: $139). The main specs are:

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Firmware update v1.10 for Pentax K-70 released

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Ricoh released another firmware update v1.10 for the Pentax K-70 DSLR camera. Here is the changelog:

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Metz released firmware update that will make their Mecablitz flashes compatible with the Pentax K-1 camera

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Metz released new firmware updates that will make their Mecablitz 44 AF-1, 48 AF-1, 50 AF-1, 58 AF-1 und 58 AF-2 flashes compatible with the Pentax K-1 DSLR camera. Here is the translated press release:

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New advisory: some Sigma lenses could also scratch the Pentax K-70 camera

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Today Sigma issued a new advisory that some of their lenses for Pentax K mount could leave a “small scratch” when attached to the new Pentax K-70 camera. Similar issue was also reported with the K-1 camera. Here is the full press text with the list of lenses:

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