Sunday, August 12, 2007

K100D Super and DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 Arrived

On Thursday the Pentax K100D Super body and DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 SDM lens arrived. As expected, the K100D Super is basically an upgraded K100D. The additions are support for SDM lenses and a new Dust Removal system in the same vein as the K10D. While I wish the buffer were larger and the buffer clearing would be a little faster, the K100D Super continues to be a great camera. I love its size and it just does a great job. When I am traveling and space is tight, I have been taking the K100D and DA 40mm f/2.8. I will now replace the K100D with the K100D Super and this continues to be a great combination.

My initial impression of the DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 SDM lens is that it has a great feel and fantastic build quality. While I have not had any chance to do any image quality evaluation, I am planning on getting some shots very soon. I will also do some size comparisons with some other well known Pentax lenses and a Canon lens or two. As far as the DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 SDM lens, I have been told that they have started shipping. Other sources have confirmed that they have already started arriving. I should have my first delivery very soon and I will likewise report on this lens.

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