Pentax has announced its first DA Fish-Eye ED IF lens. The optic has a focal length of 10-17mm and aperture of F3.5-4.5. The lens is designed exclusively for use with the Pentax *ist D series and will capture fish-eye imagery with a 180 degree angle of view. The image circle of the lens will match the image recording area (23.5mm x 15.7mm) of the *ist D series to ensure precise optical performance ideally suited to the camera's digital imaging characteristics. The lens will ship in January 2006 for around $579.95.

Press Release:

PENTAX ANNOUNCES FIRST PENTAX DA FISH-EYE LENS

Golden, CO. (November 30, 2005)...PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the smc PENTAX DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED [IF] lens. Designed exclusively for use with the PENTAX line of digital SLRs, this interchangeable lens offers fish-eye (180° diagonal angle of view at a focal length of 10mm) to super wide-angle performance in a single unit.

Mounted on the PENTAX *ist D series of digital SLRs, the new PENTAX lens will capture fish-eye imagery with a 180 degree angle of view and a focal length of 10mm as well as super wide-angle performance that allows photographer to make use of dramatic angles-of-view resulting from slight changes in focal length. This super wide-angle capability also will capture images with an expanded perspective including creative deformation of subjects and sharp pan focus that extends throughout the entire frame.

The image circle of this new lens will match the image recording area (23.5mm x 15.7mm) of the *ist D series to ensure precise optical performance ideally suited to the camera's digital imaging characteristics. The smc PENTAX DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED [IF] lens design also features lightweight, compact dimensions compared with 35mm format, SLR interchangeable lenses with equivalent specifications.

The new lens will ship in January 2006 with an anticipated price of $579.95 US.

Specification smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED(IF)

Lens mount: PENTAX KAF mount
Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view: 180° - 100° (wiith *ist D series)
Diaphragm control: Fully Automatic
Number of aperture blades: 6
Minimum aperture: F22-32
Metering system: TTL open-aperture metering
Minimum focusing distance: 0.14m (0.46 ft.)
Filter size: Without Filter (not available to attach)
Maximum magnification: 0.39X
Dimensions: (diameter x length) 68mm x 71.5mm (2.7 inch x 2.8 inch)
Weight: 320g (11.3 oz.)