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With the 645 N, Pentax made history in the medium format sector. The first 4.5 x 6 single-lens reflex camera with autofocus has secured its outstanding position among the pros as the ideal outdoor tool. With the 645N II, at the end of 2001 Pentax presented a version which has been optimized in line with the photographers' specific wishes.
At PMA in February 2002 Pentax is showing two new lenses for these two models. These new lenses will enhance even further the already remarkable flexibility of use of the convenient medium format cameras.
Pentax SMC-FA 645 Zoom 55-110 mm/F5.6
Light, compact, fast - the new standard zoom lens offers a wide variety of features for the widest range of subjects. The lens consists of nine elements in nine groups and has two exclusive Pentax innovations. On the one hand it has an extra-low dispersion (ED) element, and on the other hand it has the original Pentax "ghostless coating" for sharp, brilliant and high-contrast pictures even of backlit subjects. The field of view extends from 65 to 35 (corresponding to that of a 35 - 70 mm zoom in 35 mm systems). The new zoom allows close-ups starting at 80 cm at up to 0.16 life-size. The focusing can be changed over to manual.
wide-angle: Pentax SMC-FA 645 Zoom 35-55 mm/F4.5 AL
Creative mid-format photography is unthinkable without the possibility of taking wide-angle pictures. The new ultra wide-angle for the Pentax 645 range covers the traditional wide-angle focal lengths (approx. 20 mm - 35 mm in 35 mm systems) in a single lens and thus saves the photographer the trouble of changing lenses - to say nothing of the weight saving in outdoor work. The lens consists of eleven elements in eight groups with two aspherical elements for maximum image quality. While the hybrid element minimizes distortions right out to the edges, the glass element prevents aberrations over the entire zoom range. Naturally, the new wide-angle zoom has the exclusive Pentax "ghostless coating" to prevent ghosting and to ensure sharp, high-contrast pictures even of backlit subjects.
The close-up range starts at 40 cm over the whole zoom range at up to 0.21 life size at the 55 mm zoom setting. It is possible to change over to manual focusing.