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New Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited lens

A new compact, lightweight telephoto lens for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras.

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New Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited lens
The lens, which was featured in the Pentax lens development roadmap is the second of a new line of lenses designed to be used on Pentax digital SLRs and will be exhibited at Photo Imaging Expo in Tokyo from March 23rd

The specifications of the new lens are:
  • Compact, lightweight telephoto lens designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras
  • 23-degree angle of view ( equivalent in focal length to 107mm in the 35mm format, when mounted on a PENTAX *istD-series digital SLR camera body )
  • Pentax-original KAF lens mount
  • Market launch tentatively scheduled for October 2006
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I wish other companies e.g. Canon & Sigma produced a roadmap of lens development.
I wish Nikon would make an essentially 'pancake' telephoto too! I'm rather partial to pancakes (and those short lens form factors are nice too!).

Of course, you could probably never do this on a film lens at those focal lengths, and most APS-C specific lenses are zooms, which probably explains why no-one else has done this sort of thing before.

Gives me an idea though... my Nikkor 45mm P would be what, 68mm on my D70s? Mildly telephoto. And it would meter, thanks to the 'CPU'.

I second the comment on producing roadmaps btw... I sometimes wonder if other manufacturers (esp Nikon) know themselves which way they're going.

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