Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pre-PMA 2008 New Lenses: The DA 18-55mm II, The DA 35mm Macro, The DA 55-300mm Zoom, The DA* 200, and the DA* 300

This is a breakdown of the published features and specifications of each of the following lenses announced by Pentax in January, 2008:

  1. SMC PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II - $199.95, March 2008
  2. SMC PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited - $599.95, April 2008
  3. SMC PENTAX DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED - $399.95, May 2008
  4. SMC PENTAX DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED(IF) SDM - $1099.95, March 2008
  5. SMC PENTAX DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM - $1299.95, May 2008

1. SMC PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II


KEY FEATURES
  • Ideal zoom focal range for a wide range of shooting applications
  • Improved resolution to match with high resolution sensors
  • PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
  • Aspherical elements compensate for spherical aberration
  • Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Focal length equivalent to 27mm to 82.5mm in the 35mm format
SPECIFICATIONS

LENS MOUNT:
PENTAX KAF2
FOCAL LENGTH:
18-55mm (equiv 27.5-84mm)
APERTURE:
f/3.5-5.6
MIN APERTURE:
f/22-38
LENS CONSTRUCTION:
11 elements in 8 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW:
76-29° (w/ Pentax DSLR)
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE:
0.82’ (0.25m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION:
0.34x
FILTER DIAMETER:
52mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL:
Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES:
6
LENS APERTURE RING:
n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER:
n/a
HOOD:
PH-RBA 52mm
OBJECTIVE CAP:
O-LC52
CASE:
S80-120
MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH:
2.7 x 2.7” (68.0 x 67.5mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):
7.8 oz (220g)
NOTES:
Quick-shift Focus, Filter Window, SP (Super Protect) Coating

2. SMC PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited


KEY FEATURES
  • Compact lens with one-to-one magnification in a normal focal length
  • High-grade aluminum construction of the lens barrel, hood, and cap
  • Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual focus
  • PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
  • Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Focal length equivalent to 52.5mm in the 35mm format
SPECIFICATIONS

LENS MOUNT:
PENTAX KAF2
FOCAL LENGTH:
35mm (equiv 53.5mm)
APERTURE:
f/2.8
MIN APERTURE:
f/22
LENS CONSTRUCTION:
9 elements in 8 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW:
44° (w/ Pentax DSLR)
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE:
0.456’ (0.139m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION:
1.00x
FILTER DIAMETER:
49mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL:
Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES:
9
LENS APERTURE RING:
n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER:
n/a
HOOD:
Built-in, pullout type
OBJECTIVE CAP:
Dedicated slip-on type
CASE:
48100 Z100
MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH:
2.5 x 1.8” (63.0 x 46.5mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):
7.6 oz (215g)
NOTES:
Quick-shift Focus, SP (Super Protect) Coating



3. SMC PENTAX DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED


KEY FEATURES
  • Extreme telephoto range zoom lens
  • PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
  • ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration
  • Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Focal length equivalent to 82.5mm to 450mm in the 35mm format
SPECIFICATIONS

LENS MOUNT:
PENTAX KAF2
FOCAL LENGTH:
55-300mm (equiv 84.5-460mm)
APERTURE:
f/4-5.8
MIN APERTURE:
f/22-32
LENS CONSTRUCTION:
12 elements in 8 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW:
29.0-5.4° (w/ Pentax DSLR)
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE:
4.6’ (1.4m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION:
0.28x
FILTER DIAMETER:
58mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL:
Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES:
6
LENS APERTURE RING:
n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER:
n/a
HOOD:
PH-RBG 58mm
OBJECTIVE CAP:
O-LC58
CASE:
S80-160
MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH:
2.8 x 4.4” (71.0 x 111.5mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):
15.5 oz (440g)
NOTES:
Quick-shift Focus, Filter Window, SP (Super Protect) Coating

4. SMC PENTAX DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM


KEY FEATURES
  • High performance telephoto lens
  • SDM system creates smoother, quieter auto focus
  • Weather resistant and dust resistant body
  • Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual focus
  • PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
  • ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration
  • Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Focal length equivalent to 300mm in the 35mm format
SPECIFICATIONS

LENS MOUNT:
PENTAX KAF2
FOCAL LENGTH:
200mm (equiv 307mm)
APERTURE:
f/2.8
MIN APERTURE:
f/22
LENS CONSTRUCTION:
9 elements in 8 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW:
8.1° (w/ Pentax DSLR)
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE:
3.9’ (1.2m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION:
0.20x
FILTER DIAMETER:
77mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL:
Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES:
9
LENS APERTURE RING:
n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER:
n/a
HOOD:
PH-RBK 77mm
OBJECTIVE CAP:
O-LC77
CASE:
S120-160
MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH:
3.3 x 5.3” (83 x 134mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):
29.1 oz (825g)
NOTES:
Supersonic Motor, Quick-shift Focus, SP (Super Protect) Coating, Filter Window

5. SMC PENTAX DA* 300mm f/4 ED(IF) SDM


KEY FEATURES
  • High performance telephoto lens
  • SDM system creates smoother, quieter auto focus
  • Weather resistant and dust resistant body
  • Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual focus
  • PENTAX SP coating protects the exposed lens elements
  • ED elements compensate for chromatic aberration
  • Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Focal length equivalent to 450mm in the 35mm format

SPECIFICATIONS

LENS MOUNT:
PENTAX KAF2
FOCAL LENGTH:
300mm (equiv 460mm)
APERTURE:
f/4
MIN APERTURE:
f/32
LENS CONSTRUCTION:
8 elements in 6 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW:
5.4° (w/ Pentax DSLR)
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE:
4.6’ (1.4m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION:
0.24x
FILTER DIAMETER:
77mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL:
Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES:
9
LENS APERTURE RING:
n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER:
Included, demountable w/ coin
HOOD:
PH-RBK 77mm
OBJECTIVE CAP:
O-LC77
CASE:
S120-210
MAX DIAMETER X MIN LENGTH:
3.3 x 7.2” (83 x 184mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD):
37.7 oz (1070g)
NOTES:
Supersonic Motor, Quick-shift Focus, SP (Super Protect) Coating, Filter Window, Detachable Tripod Mount

1 comment:

bradj said...

These prices are actually really attractive. I could see adding the 200mm 2.8 to my kit some time down the road. That has the look of a solid, professional piece. Keep it up, Pentax!

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