Wednesday, February 21, 2007

PMA 2007: Pentax 645 Digital and other DA Lenses

There is more exciting information on the Pentax front for PMA 2007. A Norwegian site mentions that Pentax will be exhibiting the 645 Digital camera with a new medium format Pentax-D FA645 55mm f/2.8 lens. The 645 Digital will be 31.6 megapixels using a Kodak CCD. This information is tentative and no release date has been given but this is great news all the way around!

More exciting news revolves around some new DA lenses that will be available late in 2007. The DA* 200mm f/2.8 SDM and DA* 300mm f/4.0 SDM lenses should be available in September 2007. This is great news that Pentax is getting back into the telephoto market. As well, a new DA* 60-250mm f/4.0 SDM lens has been announced and should be available around December 2007. The names of these lenses and their delivery dates have not been finalized and so this information is tentative but encouraging. Update: These lenses are DA* lenses which should mean that they are weather sealed as well.

The last two items of interest are the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited lens and the AF200FG flash. Both of these items, like the 645 Digital, have no market release schedule information. The AF200FG flash might make a good option for some people but I am particularly intrigued by the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited lens. This would put the focal length just over 50mm in 35mm equivalent focal length terms. This sounds like a great option for traveling or whatever one needs a moderate macro for. This will be a great addition. Hopefully, this lens will be introduced late this year but next year may be more likely.

This has certainly been an exciting day in the Pentax world. I hope we get to hear more about these great new products and see them at PMA 2007.

Update: Pentax has released their own press release regarding what will be exhibited at PMA 2007. It confirms what the Norwegian site already said.

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