It’s not often that you see high-end cameras come in anything besides black. The old adage: “You can have any color, as long as it’s black…” would be fitting. On the other hand, Pentax has continually released a limited edition of each high-end camera body in silver. The main issue is that the quantity is only around 1000 and they are only officially sold in Japan. Some time last year I had seen a single K-7 Silver on Ebay, but I just couldn’t justify the price premium and having to buy from a 3rd party to get the camera.
Lately, there have been rumors that the K-5 will also be coming out in a silver version. Just a few days ago some pictures were leaked from Pentax Europe’s website. What I find odd so far is that the K-5 has only been available for around 4 months, which seems too early for a special edition camera body to be released. Maybe it means Pentax took a hint that the global market might be interested in a higher level body that isn’t just black.
Assuming the picture is genuine, we see that this silver version is quite a bit different than the K-7 was (google it for pictures). Especially the grip as it has a new shape, which is intriguing.
Overall I like the look of the camera as it feels classy, and of course is different than what is normally expected. Don’t get me wrong, I like having a straight black camera, but this silver version is a tempting option. I’m sure it matches Pentax’s 3 limited FA camera lenses in color as well. I already own a black 31mm, but I have yet to get a 43 and 77, so maybe getting one in silver isn’t a bad idea. 🙂
So the question is to Pentax, will you keep this gem for 1000 people in Japan, or will you release it alongside the black K-5 for everyone to enjoy?