PMA09: Pentax Releases 15mm F4 Limited Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

Pentax announces DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited ultra wide-angle lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras.

Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

This latest model in Pentax’s acclaimed Limited Lens series inherits all the attributes of this renowned product line including high quality image reproduction and high grade aluminum lens barrel finish, while providing users with a unique ultra wide-angle perspective. The lens will ship in April 2009 for $649.95 USD.
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Pentax DA 17-70mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM Lens Announced

GOLDEN, CO. (June 3, 2008)…PENTAX Imaging Company has introduced the smc PENTAX DA 17-70mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM lens designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. This standard lens with extra zoom offers outstanding, well-balanced handling, and covers the most frequently used focal lengths between wide-angle and telephoto making it ideal for a variety of shots including scenery, snapshot and portraiture.

Pentax DA 17-70mm f:4 AL [IF] SDM Lens Announced

Previously shown in February at PMA 2008, this lens features a 4.1X zoom ratio covering wide-angle to moderate-telephoto ranges, and covers a focal-length range from 26mm wide angle to 107mm telephoto in the 35mm format. When mounted on a compatible* DSLR camera body, the PENTAX-original SDM system driven by a built-in supersonic motor, offers exceptionally smooth, quiet autofocus.* This lens is compatible with the K20D, K200D, K100D Super and K10D (with Ver. 1.30 or later firmware installed) and later PENTAX DSLR camera bodies. When mounted on other camera bodies, the focus mode is automatically switched to manual.Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs,** this 17-70mm lens also features PENTAX SP (Super Protect) coating that protects the exposed lens elements and repels dust, water and grease. It also features a Quick-shift Focus System that allows instant switching from auto to manual focus with a turn of the focus ring.

**SDM-only focusing lens may be used with non-SDM PENTAX DSLR bodies in manual focus mode.

Other important features of this lens include:
Exceptional Image Clarity
Incorporating two hybrid aspherical (AL) optical elements, this zoom lens assures exceptional image quality while effectively compensating for various aberrations.

Maximum Aperture of f/4 Over Entire Zoom Range
With a maximum aperture of f/4 over the entire zoom range, the lens allows photographers to use higher shutter speeds to minimize camera shake (especially in telephoto applications) or reduce the depth of field to intentionally throw the background out of focus.Close Minimum Focusing Distance
This lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (0.28 meters) over the entire zoom range, and an Inner-Focus (IF) optical design that eliminates lens extension and retraction during focusing operation.

Digital SLR Optical Design
From lens coating and curvature to the positioning of optical elements, the lens optics are meticulously designed to optimize the lens’s digital imaging characteristics. The image circle is perfectly proportioned to a PENTAX camera’s image-sensor size.

SPECIFICATIONS

Lens mount: PENTAX KAF3 mount
Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
Angle of view: 79° – 23° (with PENTAX D-SLR camera body)
Number of diaphragm blades: 7
Minimum aperture: F/22
Minimum focusing distance: 0.28m (0.92 ft.)
Filter size: 67mm
Maximum magnification: 0.31X
Dimensions (diameter x length): 75mm x 93.5mm (3.0 inch x 3.7 inch)
Weight: 485g (17.1 oz.) without hood; 515g (18.2 oz.) with hoodThis PENTAX lens will ship in July 2008 at US $599.95