The Pentax K-1 was, at its release, one of the best values one could get for any full-frame camera, with a feature set that rivaled and in some ways exceeded those of cameras twice its price. Pentax is now officially discontinuing the camera, but a second version is likely in the works.
We were generally big fans of the Pentax K-1 in our review. It came with some new lenses that were optically quite good, and the camera itself produced gorgeous files full of dynamic range and with excellent noise control. It also featured in-body stabilization, pixel-shift technology, lighted controls and lens mount, AstroTracer, was rugged, and had an almost ludicrously good price point for such a feature-rich full-frame camera. The only real downside was its lackluster autofocus performance that made it hard for me to recommend it to the wedding crowd or the like. Nonetheless, it was (and remains) a top-notch option for landscape photographers or anyone else who doesn't need top-shelf autofocus. Today, the official Ricoh Czech Republic Facebook page announced the discontinuation of the camera (though it seems the announcement was accidentally published a bit early); however, Pentax Rumors is reporting that a Mark II version is in the works, which should please the small, but fiercely loyal Pentax crowd. If the company can improve on the original version's autofocus performance while keeping a similar price point, they'll have a real winner that might bring more photographers to the Pentax side of the table.