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Pentax will unveil new zoom lenses at Photokina

Pentax will unveil new zoom lenses at Photokina - Pentax will be exhibiting three new interchangeable digital SLR camera lenses, as well and a new medium-format camera, at this year's Photokina in Cologne.

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Pentax will unveil new zoom lenses at Photokina
Press Release:
Still in pre-production, Photokina will represent the first opportunity for anyone outside of Pentax's engineering team to view these exciting new products.

Also on demonstration at the show will be the recently launched K10D - Pentax's flagship digital SLR camera, featuring 10 megapixels, Pentax's proprietary shake reduction system and a host of other innovative features. These in turn will be supported by Pentax's current digital compact line-up, which includes marketing leading cameras such as the Optio A20, Optio W20 and Optio T20.

Photokina is one of the world's largest photo and imaging merchandise fairs and runs from 26th September to 1st October in Cologne, Germany. It provides the perfect platform for Pentax to showcase its flagship models to Europe's photographic industry.

Three interchangeable lenses designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras
  • Wide-angle zoom lens; model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA* 16-50mm F2.8ED AL[IF]
  • Telephoto zoom lens; model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA* 50-135mm F2.8ED [IF]
  • Super-telephoto zoom lens; Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA* 60-250mm F4ED [IF]

Other product information:
These products are designed for use with PENTAX K- and *istD series of digital SLR cameras. They are being developed as premium, high-end 'star' (*) lenses, which will deliver exceptional performance and optimal image quality. They will feature the PENTAX KAF2 mount, which incorporates additional electrical contacts to drive a built-in supersonic motor used in auto focusing. All three lenses will be available in March 2007.

Lens-interchangeable medium-format SLR camera
Model name (tentative): PENTAX 645 Digital

Product information:
  • 18 effective megapixels
  • PENTAX 645AF mount
  • Compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645-series lenses

Other information:

This product will be continuously upgraded by incorporating newly developed image sensors, with its final effective megapixels expected to reach 30-megapixels.

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mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2006 10:33AM
These look like three very handy lenses - if I were a Pentax user, I would be very excited!

Mattw

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mattmatic 10 598
21 Sep 2006 10:43AM
And from what I've read these are weather sealed to match the K10D sealed body.
I'm excited Smile
Matt
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
21 Sep 2006 10:50AM
Yes they are Matt. Smile
mattmatic 10 598
21 Sep 2006 11:48AM
Thanks Gary!
Even more excited! (Only perhaps to be calmed when I see the price! LOL!)
Matt
pentaxpete 9 517 1 England
21 Sep 2006 3:17PM
I still like my ME Supers!
starman1 11 61 United States
21 Sep 2006 3:29PM
And I still have fun with my K1000!
kenp 8 96 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2006 7:27PM
It all boils down to money!,,you've got it or you havent!..lol
TimJ 10 482 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2006 7:48PM
Pentax and Tokina worked together, so those not using a Pentax have the Tokina 16-50 f/2.8 and 50-135 f/2.8 to look forward too. I'm starting to wonder if these will appear at Photokina as well now.

Shame Tokina aren't planning a 60-250 though!
theorderingone 10 2.4k United Kingdom
22 Sep 2006 12:02AM
If the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye zoom is anywhere as much fun to use as the Pentax one I played with...

I may have to start saving.

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