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.

Technical Specifications

Optics
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
Mechanics
Filter Diameter 77 mm
Maximum Diameter 88 mm
Length 195 mm
Weight 1510 g
Special Features tripod collar, AF/MF clutch, power zoom
Accessories
Cap plastic clip-on cap, 77 mm
Fitting Hood(s) bayonet hood: PH-RBC77
Fitting Case(s) soft case: S120-230

Here was the Pentax lens line up circa 1995~2001

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.

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

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One thought on “New big white gun from Pentax, announcement in May 2012

  1. “Here is the lens I would like to see Pentax update and bring to the marketplace”
    So what do you think about the new HD D FA* 70-200mm ED DC AW ?

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