Pentax K-1 US price rumored to be $1,799 *UPDATED*

The US price of the upcoming Pentax K-1 full frame camera is rumored to be $1,799, which will make it the most affordable 36MP DSLR available on the market today: the Nikon D810 currently sells for $2,796.95 after a $500 rebate, even refurbished D800 cameras are currently listed for $1,899. The K-1 will start shipping in April. The Pentax K-1 price in Europe will be €1,999.

Update – I just received the US prices of the two new Pentax lenses:

  • HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR lens: $1449.95
  • HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens: $499.95
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  • Good Price.

  • Raghbir Jin

    Looks like they’re planning to storm the FF market with a strong low price/high performance showing like they did the MF market with the 645Z.
    …I like it.

    • Vertex

      twice as much… that means 5000 worldwide?

      • Raghbir Jin

        Tempted, but I know I shouldn’t feed the troll.

  • Sun Kyong Kim

    What’s the source? Cant trust any rumors at all especially using USB 2.0 in 2016.

    • It’s my own source. I do not understand your USB 2.0 comment.

      • François Nuq

        The K-3 has a USB 3 port. It seems strange to go back to the USB 2…

        • TinusVerdino

          But they did. It’s in the leaked specsheet and seen on the leaked body image.

        • I see now – I just did not make the connection between my source and USB 2.

      • Sun Kyong Kim

        K-1 have Micro B type USB 2.0 WTH? How come? K-3ii have USB 3.0 port but why new pentax camera have USB 2.0?

        • I got it now, I did not make the connection between my source and USB2.

  • Lev

    Not only most affordable but sexiest!

  • Ron Hendriks
  • gamer

    The difference between $1799 is US and €1,999 in Europe is quite big (25% more expensive). Not happy.

    • nhz

      Not really, I assume the EU price includes VAT which is 20-25% for most countries. You can’t blame Pentax for high EU taxes 😉

      If you take the VAT into account the prices are very close with current exchange rate. In my country with 21% VAT and 1.11 €/$ exchange rate, the ex VAT price is €1652 or $1834.

      It’s a fair EU price – just look at Canon where actual EU prices (not the ‘recommended retail prices’) are sometimes 50-60% higher than in the US, instead of 20-25% as can be expected due to VAT.

      • True. Our Swiss prices are much closer to US prices due to the lower value-added-tax.

    • TinusVerdino

      Just wait for definite prices. Time enough to not be happy then.

  • Berschi

    A 36MPx 5 axis stabilized D820 on steroids for the price of a crop camera (significantly lower than some even).
    If the sensor can come up with similar maximum dynamic range as the D810 sensor it is going to be the best option for studio, landscape, allround, portrait photography on the market.
    And all with a neat real viewfinder.
    Imagine what you can do with a F1.4 lens such as the great DA*55 plus five stops of lower noise working handheld.
    For the average photographer who will not want to drag around a tripod that is the perfect dawn/dusk low ISO picture machine.
    Imagine you can shoot dawn landscapes freehand with lenses stopped down to F5.6 or 8 and still use low ISO settings

    • Vertex

      what are you brabbling.. 5 stops lower noise.. lower noise compared to what?

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Are the pentax primes any good?
    DXO rates them horribly

    • Glorfindelrb

      Dxo rates a lens/body combo and had only crop sensors to test with. Lens test with the K1 will be way better.

      • 24×36

        Yes, many still cling to the APS-C marketing campaign myth that APS-C sensors are less demanding on lenses than FF sensors, when the reverse is true.

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        Oh, I thought they had a machine they popped the lens on and ran a battery of tests, like this sigma thing

        That does explain why canon has really high sharpness scores.

  • longzoom

    Real VF, big and shiny, old-Pentax style. 5ax stabilization with Tokina 24-70,affordable and sharp – hope it will be adopted! A lot of new options for 50% of Sony’s price-tag. Especially with best 36 MP sensor in terms of widest DR today – what not to love? Pentax is famous with its widest highlights – shadows ratio. If they keep it all up to expectations – they will be successful.

  • WillWeaverRVA

    I want to believe!

  • HD10

    The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 for the Canon and Nikon has VC while the Sony and Pentax mount version do not have VC … . yet the Tamron K-mount rebranded Pentax 15-30mm f/2.8 is priced at $1,450 while the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 with the Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A-mount is priced at $1,200 in BH Photo.

    Hmmmm ….

  • Spy Black

    This will be a great deal for Pentax users, especially those with old FF lenses. Pentax will need to build a stock of modern AF primes, or at least convince/work with third-party lens makers to release their versions with K-mounts.

    • Vertex

      yeah no chance in hell…..

      • Spy Black

        Considering they already have Tamron zooms converted, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that train of thought.

  • Vertex

    last try to stay alive and grab some market share.
    but a cheap body does not make a good system.
    samsung NX1 anyone??

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      NX1 wasn’t cheap.
      And market share means nothing.

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