When was the last time a new digital single-lens reflex camera was introduced? In April of 2021, it was the Pentax K-3 Mark III, according to our calculations. And if you don’t count Pentax, you have to go all the way back to approximately February 2020, to the heady days before the lockdown, when the Nikon D6 and the Canon EOS 850D/Rebel T8i were just beginning to emerge from their hiding places.

We are also seeing once-popular EF-mount and F-mount lenses from manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron quietly being discontinued, with only mirrorless variations remaining as a result of the dominance that mirrorless cameras have over the market for cameras with interchangeable lenses.

But despite the fact that this trend appears to be unstoppable, Pentax is still dedicated to the tried-and-true DSLR design, and the company is getting ready to unveil a whole new model, the KF, at the end of November. It is unfortunate that we do not currently have any information on the KF’s specs, since it appears that just photographs of the vehicle have been released.

According to rumors, a replacement for the K-70 is on the way. This would make it an upper entry-level model, with a sensor resolution in the area of 24 megapixels, 5-axis image stabilization, a vast ISO sensitivity range, and maybe some degree of weather sealing for good measure.

What we do know, however, is that the KF will be offered in three different body color variants, and this information comes to us courtesy of the Japanese website Digicame-info. You will have the option of selecting the plastic in either a white or blue colorway, in addition to the standard black coloring.

The K-S1, K-S2, K-50, and K-x could all be bought in white, which was beneficial if you wanted to stay under a polar bear’s radar when taking pictures of arctic animals. Pentax already has a history with white and blue DSLRs.

In addition, the K-S1, K-30, and K-r were all offered in blue as well, which was probably done to appeal to customers that had a thing for Smurfs or Avatar. If any of the unusual colors strike your fancy, you’ll want to make your purchase as soon as possible since, according to the description, the white and blue selections are only available in a total of 700 pieces each.

But if we’re being really honest, we are a little bit disappointed. Pentax has come a long way since its heyday, but it still offers three color choices, which is two more than the vast majority of other camera manufacturers supply. If we go back in time to 2009, we find that you could order your K-x in one of one hundred various color variants.

Then, as if all of that wasn’t sufficient, when the K-50 was released in 2013, it was available in a staggering 120 different body color combinations. During that time period, Canon’s entry-level DSLRs were only available in black or silver, while Nikon went so far as to produce red varieties of cameras like the D3200 and D5300. However, none came close to matching the retina-searing rainbow explosion that blasted out of the manufacturing doors of Pentax around ten years ago.

The fact that the KF exists at all is reason enough for us to be thankful, regardless of whether or not its design is particularly innovative in comparison to Pentax’s previous DSLR offerings. Even the best electronic viewfinders found in mirrorless cameras are unable to quite replicate the immediacy of using an analog DSLR in terms of being able to see directly through the lens while composing shots. This is something that can definitely be said to be an advantage of using an analog DSLR. Vive la DSLR!

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features


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