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penolta Jan 23, 2008 4:56 PM

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:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/pe...lenses_pr.html




Monza76 Jan 23, 2008 6:07 PM

The K20D is very impressive but the K200D is absolutely awesome since it brings a very professional camera at a very good price. Maybe next year...

TDN Jan 23, 2008 6:38 PM

With the X-sync socket, and if the sensor is really as good as they say it is, then Pentax finally has something to compete even with the highest APS-C models from the big 2, for professional photographers :cool:

The K200D looks ok, but could use a serious price drop to be an alternative to the K10D if you ask me...

Tom

Wingman Jan 23, 2008 7:07 PM

Will the K20D have a full frame sensor or one with the usual 1.5 lens conversion factor?

Illuminati Jan 23, 2008 7:10 PM

jelpee wrote:
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Will the K20D have a full frame sensor or one with the usual 1.5 lens conversion factor?
It's an APS-C sensor, so it will have the 1.5x crop factor.

- Jason

ishino Jan 23, 2008 7:17 PM

i don't know... i expected more with all the rumors flying around. would have liked to have seen more auto focus points and faster/predictive auto focus. i rarely shoot above iso 800 now so i'm not so sure i'll use iso 6400. i don't know i'm just not sold on it... yet.


TDN Jan 23, 2008 7:40 PM

ishino wrote:
Quote:

i don't know... i expected more with all the rumors flying around. would have liked to have seen more auto focus points and faster/predictive auto focus. i rarely shoot above iso 800 now so i'm not so sure i'll use iso 6400. i don't know i'm just not sold on it... yet.

Well, according to Chris over at pentaxforums, who handled a preproduction model, the AF system is the same, but there is one nice feature:

you can save 20 "lens-profiles" to fine tune focus, to correct back and frontfocusing issues. This way all your lenses become perfectly focused!
(= VERY good news for users of fast lenses, with the thin dof they have. Just calibrate your lens on a steady object and it'll always focus correctly from there on!)

bilybianca Jan 24, 2008 1:31 AM

I don't really understand the dissappointment that goes around, esp on dpreview. There's a lot of talk about fps and live view and lack of breakthrough technology. The most stupid complaint, IMO is the one about the LCD screen not being big enough.

To me this looks and sounds like the real K10D, and not the beta version. If the reviews don't totally write down picture quality and noise, I'll get one as soon as I simply can.

The specs signal to me that I'll have a usable ISO800, if it's as good as my DS at 1600 I'll be happy, I consider 3200 as an emergency option and 6400 for when those aliens knock on my door at night and ask me to take them to my leader.

They kept the pentaprism. Yeah! In spite of more megapixels it seems as it can handle higher ISO without noise. Yeah! It's not bigger than the K10D, and doesn't weigh more. Yeah! It won't cost over 2000USD. Yeah!

How often did you burst 5 fps with your analog camera with a 3200 ISO film to get A2 printed copies? And got an instant preview copy? With a camera that forgave your having a hangover?

Kjell

TDN Jan 24, 2008 4:17 AM

bilybianca wrote:
Quote:

I don't really understand the dissappointment that goes around, esp on dpreview. There's a lot of talk about fps and live view and lack of breakthrough technology. The most stupid complaint, IMO is the one about the LCD screen not being big enough.

To me this looks and sounds like the real K10D, and not the beta version. If the reviews don't totally write down picture quality and noise, I'll get one as soon as I simply can.

The specs signal to me that I'll have a usable ISO800, if it's as good as my DS at 1600 I'll be happy, I consider 3200 as an emergency option and 6400 for when those aliens knock on my door at night and ask me to take them to my leader.

They kept the pentaprism. Yeah! In spite of more megapixels it seems as it can handle higher ISO without noise. Yeah! It's not bigger than the K10D, and doesn't weigh more. Yeah! It won't cost over 2000USD. Yeah!

How often did you burst 5 fps with your analog camera with a 3200 ISO film to get A2 printed copies? And got an instant preview copy? With a camera that forgave your having a hangover?

Kjell
Indeed. Right on, Kjell :)

I'll be getting one as soon as I can come up with the cash. With my *ist DL as a backup, I'll have a reliable combo to use at concerts, and a high-grade tool for portraits.

DigitalAddict Jan 24, 2008 10:13 AM

bilybianca wrote:
Quote:

I don't really understand the dissappointment that goes around, esp on dpreview. There's a lot of talk about fps and live view and lack of breakthrough technology. The most stupid complaint, IMO is the one about the LCD screen not being big enough.

To me this looks and sounds like the real K10D, and not the beta version. If the reviews don't totally write down picture quality and noise, I'll get one as soon as I simply can.

The specs signal to me that I'll have a usable ISO800, if it's as good as my DS at 1600 I'll be happy, I consider 3200 as an emergency option and 6400 for when those aliens knock on my door at night and ask me to take them to my leader.

They kept the pentaprism. Yeah! In spite of more megapixels it seems as it can handle higher ISO without noise. Yeah! It's not bigger than the K10D, and doesn't weigh more. Yeah! It won't cost over 2000USD. Yeah!

How often did you burst 5 fps with your analog camera with a 3200 ISO film to get A2 printed copies? And got an instant preview copy? With a camera that forgave your having a hangover?

Kjell
Good points.

One thing about fps: 3 fps is not enough for fast action such as soccer especially when the AF is slow. I tried that with my poor K100D and you don't want to know what came out of my mouth:-) 99% of the time I don't need it but when I do I really miss it.

I tried a couple of times soccer indoors with fast moving 5 years olds running like there was no tomorrow. Bumped the ISO to 800 and 1600, used DA 70mm F2.4 when possible (DA 50-200mm a lot of times) and all I got was a bunch of unusable shots. More fps with a 70-200mm F2.8 would have been much better, I guess.




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