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Old Feb 22, 2007, 12:52 AM   #1
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Pentax sent a press release detailing their showing at this year's PMA. Below is a list of what they are going to display. Press release text taken from this site: http://www.pentax.co.jp/english/news/2007/200708.html


Three interchangeable lenses for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras
These lenses are being developed as top-of-the-line Star-series lenses, which provide superior performance and technological excellence, including the advanced SDM system that ensures smooth, quiet autofocusing operation using the supersonic motor installed in the lens body.

smc PENTAX-DA* 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
- A uni-focal super-telephoto lens, with an angle of view equivalent to a 306mm lens in the 35mm format
- Market launch tentatively scheduled for September 2007

smc PENTAX-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
- A uni-focal super-telephoto lens, with an angle of view equivalent to a 460mm lens in the 35mm format
- Market launch tentatively scheduled for September 2007

smc PENTAX-DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
- A super-telephoto zoom lens, with an angle-of-view coverage equivalent to a 92mm-to-383mm zoom lens in the 35mm format
- Market launch tentatively scheduled for December 2007


Compact, lightweight interchangeable macro lens for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
- The first macro lens of the high-quality Limited series, offering outstanding image description performance
- An angle of view equivalent to a 53.5mm lens in the 35mm format; ideal for use in normal applications as a standard lens
- Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date


Lens-interchangeable medium-format digital SLR camera
PENTAX 645 Digital
- Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 31.6 total megapixels ( tentative )
- Compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses
- A pair of storage-media slots for the loading of an SD memory card and a CompactFlash card
- Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date


Interchangeable standard lens for exclusive use with PENTAX medium-format digital SLR camera
smc PENTAX-D FA645 55mm F2.8
- A standard lens designed for exclusive use with the PENTAX 645 Digital ( tentative name )
- Advanced optical design with all properties of lens element groups, including curvature and lens coating, optimized for digital photography
- Can be used with existing PENTAX 645-series medium-format SLR film cameras
- Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date ( Will be marketed simultaneously with the PENTAX 645 Digital camera body )


Dedicated auto flash
PENTAX AF200FG
- Compact clip-on-type auto flash unit with a guide number of 20 ( at ISO 100/m )
- Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 8:10 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info - wonder how difficult it is to get tickets to the PMA?

I'm interested in the timeline for release of their new lenses - so I'd have to wait almost a year if I want to check out the 60-250 if I can only get one of these (sigh).
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 8:24 AM   #3
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I saw a visual timeline ofDA, DA*, and 645D lens expectedrelease datesposted somewhere, I will see if I can dig it up...
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 8:32 AM   #4
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It's in japaneese and very small... but you get the idea
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 11:18 AM   #5
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Didn't they say another high end body besides the 645D was going to be released?

that 35mm looks awesome! Iwantoneiwantoneiwantone! :-)
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 11:19 AM   #6
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It's easy to register for PMA. Single day entrance is $49 for Thursday to Saturday for non-members. $29 on Sunday. Too bad I can't afford to go because I am saving up my pennies for those new DA lenses, especially the 200mm f/2.8!!

http://www.pmai.org/pma07/content/as...gistration.asp
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 12:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link! Hmmm - not difficult to arrange to be in Vegas that weekend (had tentatively planned on going up the weekend before, but that can be either put off or moved up to this coming weekend). Got a free place to stay. One day not very expensive. Sure would like to take a look at those new lenses. Now to talk to my other half!
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Oops, the * didn't copy over when I pasted the text. Those three lenses are DA*, not DA.
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Old Feb 22, 2007, 4:05 PM   #9
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Ok, let's all drool. The DA35 looks pretty good for a wildflower lensor a prime"normal" lens. I hope somebody gets to the show to have a close look at it. It's got to be quite a bit sharper then the kit lens. I wonder how it will compare quality wise with the DA40? Now, let the speculation begin. Is it a 49mm filter? Looks like it won't be available untillater, maybejust in time for Christmas. I wonder if it's to early to hint- Bruce
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I saw this on Yahoo the other day:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/2007...pcworld/129277

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Pentax will once again show a prototype medium-format SLR, the 645 Digital, which the company first began talking about in March 2005. This time around, it has slots for SD and Compact Flash memory cards, and a 31.6-megapixel image sensor developed by Eastman Kodak Co. Last year, Pentax showed the same prototype with an 18-megapixel sensor. It has still not announced when or if the camera will go on sale.
SLRs, or single-lens reflex cameras, appeal to professionals because the image in the viewfinder and the one stored by the image sensor, be it a digital one or film, pass through the same lens: a case of what you see is what you get. Such cameras typically have interchangeable lenses, making them more flexible than compact cameras with fixed lenses.
By offering digital camera bodies that accept the same lenses as their older film cameras, manufacturers protect the often substantial investments that their customers have made in lenses and other accessories. That's Pentax's strategy with the 645 Digital, which will use the same interchangeable lenses as the first 645 model introduced in 1984.
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