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New Pentax Lenses
In addition to the new camera Pentax launched two new zoom lenses in its premium DA* series that use aspherical and extra low dispersion optical-glass elements along with special lens coatings. The two lenses I used exclusively for this report included the DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) and DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED/AL (IF) both of which feature the new SDM (Supersonic Drive Motor) system that assures smoother autofocusing operation using a built-in motor. When mounted on the Pentax K10D D-SLR camera body, Focus mode is automatically switched to SDM-assisted autofocusing. On other Pentax D-SLR camera bodies, such as the K100D Super, conventional Autofocus mode with the camera-mounted motor is used. The Pentax DA*-series lenses feature tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction to enhance durability in rainy or dusty locations and a Quick-Shift Focus System that lets you quickly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the AF system. The lenses use the SP (Super Protect) coating on their front surface that's designed to repel dust, water, and grease. The DA* lenses are digital only with an image circle perfectly proportioned to match the 23.5x15.7mm CCD used in Pentax D-SLRs.
Color Depth: 8 bit/channel (JPEG), 12 bit/channel (raw)
Lens Mount: Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable Lenses: KAF2, KAF, KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 medium format usable with adapter and some restrictions)
LCD Monitor: 2.5" TFT color
Image Stabilization: Body-based, magnetic, free-floating CCD-shift Shake Reduction
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 sec to 30 seconds with bulb
Continuous FPS: 2.8 fps (5 JPEG, 3 raw)
Coverage: 96 percent
Depth Of Field Preview: Optical diaphragm stop-down (digital preview available via Custom Function)
Built-In Flash: Retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
External Flash: P-TTL (high-speed sync, wireless P-TTL available with Pentax dedicated flash units)
Power Supply: CR-V3 (2x), AA (4x lithium, alkaline, Ni-MH rechargeable)
Body Weight: 20.1 oz without battery or memory card
Price: $519 (body only); $549.95 (with Pentax SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL AF Zoom lens)
For more information, contact Pentax Imaging Company, 600 12th St., Ste. 300, Golden, CO 80401; (800) 877-0155; www.pentaximaging.com.
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