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Old Jan 23, 2008, 5:17 PM   #1
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GOLDEN, CO. (January 23, 2008…PENTAX Imaging Company announced today two new digital SLR camera models including the PENTAX K20D digital SLR camera with 14.6 megapixels and the PENTAX K200D digital SLR with 10.2 megapixels. Both cameras are equipped with advanced features including dust-proof and weather-resistant bodies, an improved PRIME image processor, and PENTAX developed Shake Reduction that works with any of the 24 million PENTAX lenses ever manufactured

PENTAX also announced five new lens models all developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs bringing the complete line of lenses to 22 current models. Each new lens features a Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual and the PENTAX SP coating that protects the exposed lens elements from grease and dust.

All of these latest PENTAX products will be displayed at the PMA 2008 Trade Show from January 31 to February 2 in Las Vegas. The PENTAX K20D (body only) digital SLR model will ship in April 2008 for US $1299.95, while the PENTAX K200D digital SLR will ship in March 2008 for US $799.95 (with new 18-55mm lens). The lens pricing and shipping dates are as follows:
  • smc PENTAX DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM will ship in March 2008 for $1099.95 [/*]
  • smc PENTAX DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM will ship in May 2008 for $1299.95 [/*]
  • smc PENTAX DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED will ship in May 2008 for $399.95 [/*]
  • smc PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited will ship in April 2008 for $599.95 [/*]
  • smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II will ship as a kit lens with PENTAX K200D in March 2008 (value $199.95). [/*]
Excerpted from the Pentax Press Release for K20D, K200D, and 5 new lenses - on Steve's Breaking News:

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Old Jan 23, 2008, 5:42 PM   #2
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I have to say the bombshell is the Samsung sensor. There were a lot of speculation that it would be a FF body. It is interesting how the sensor stacks up against Nikon D300. I doubt if AF is any improvement over those of K10D wtih 11 AF points.

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I waiting for a test of the 55-300mm lens...I'm interested. I'm glad that Pentax has replaced the sensor company from Sony to Samsung.

This Sony component is the only worry I have with my K10D. So far ok, but I have had lots of problems with past Sony products and I tend to avoid Sony.
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