Here is a officially leaked new lens from Pentax.
No real information on this yet, my best guess is that it’s a re-tweak of the 600mm f:5.6 of the late 1994-2004 era. Possibly a DA* lens, and maybe $8K+
I did like the 50mm f:1.8 as that’s is a nice niche prime, and they need to replace the FA 50mm f:1.4 ($250 CAD) that was replaced with the $900 CAD smc PENTAX DA* 55mm F1.4 . I feel the new 50mm has to be priced at $150 to compete with Nikon’s and Canon’s 50mm f:1.8 lenses.
Here is the lens I would like to see Pentax update and bring to the marketplace.
|Optical Formula||16 elements in 13 groups|
|Aperture Range||f/2.8 ~ f/32|
|Number of Aperture Blades||9|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||1.4 m|
|Maximum Magnification||0.19 X|
|Special Features||extra-low dispersion element(s), internal focusing|
|Filter Diameter||77 mm|
|Maximum Diameter||88 mm|
|Special Features||tripod collar, AF/MF clutch, power zoom|
|Cap||plastic clip-on cap, 77 mm|
|Fitting Hood(s)||bayonet hood: PH-RBC77|
|Fitting Case(s)||soft case: S120-230|
Note I do have the outstanding smc Pentax-M* 300mm f:4 that was an ED lens,and I own some great manual focus Pentax primes.