Pre-PMA 2007: Pentax has issued a press release detailing other future digital SLR products it intends to exhibit at PMA. This includes three new DA* (Star) digital-only lenses a 35 mm F2.8 Macro Limited lens and the long announced, long awaited 645 Digital medium-format camera (and a new lens). In addition we will also see the new AF 200FG 'clip-on type' flash unit.

Press Release:

PENTAX to Exhibit Upcoming Digital SLR Camera Products
at PMA 2007 in the US and Photo Imaging Expo 2007 in Japan

PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the exhibition of its soon-to-be-released digital SLR camera products, all currently under development, at two major trade shows in the U.S.A. and Japan. PMA 2007 is America's largest annual photographic merchandise trade show, to be held from March 8 to 11, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Photo Imaging Expo 2007 is one of Asia's largest annual photo and imaging merchandise trade fairs, and will be held from March 22 to 25 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo.

Overview of Upcoming Products

Three interchangeable lenses for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras

These lenses are being developed as top-of-the-line Star-series lenses, which provide superior performance and technological excellence, including the advanced SDM system that ensures smooth, quiet autofocusing operation using the supersonic motor installed in the lens body.

  • smc PENTAX-DA 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
    A uni-focal super-telephoto lens, with an angle of view equivalent to a 306mm lens in the 35mm format Market launch tentatively scheduled for September 2007.

  • smc PENTAX-DA 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
    A uni-focal super-telephoto lens, with an angle of view equivalent to a 460mm lens in the 35mm format Market launch tentatively scheduled for September 2007.

  • smc PENTAX-DA 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
    A super-telephoto zoom lens, with an angle-of-view coverage equivalent to a 92mm-to-383mm zoom lens in the 35mm format Market launch tentatively scheduled for December 2007.

Compact, lightweight interchangeable macro lens for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras

  • smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
    The first macro lens of the high-quality Limited series, offering outstanding image description performance. An angle of view equivalent to a 53.5mm lens in the 35mm format; ideal for use in normal applications as a standard lens Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date.

Lens-interchangeable medium-format digital SLR camera

  • PENTAX 645 Digital
    Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 31.6 total megapixels (tentative). Compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses. A pair of storage-media slots for the loading of an SD memory card and a CompactFlash card. Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date.

Interchangeable standard lens for exclusive use with PENTAX medium-format digital SLR camera

  • smc PENTAX-D FA645 55mm F2.8
    A standard lens designed for exclusive use with the PENTAX 645 Digital (tentative name). Advanced optical design with all properties of lens element groups, including curvature and lens coating, optimized for digital photography. Can be used with existing PENTAX 645-series medium-format SLR film cameras. Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date ( Will be marketed simultaneously with the PENTAX 645 Digital camera body).

Dedicated auto flash

  • PENTAX AF200FG
    Compact clip-on-type auto flash unit with a guide number of 20 ( at ISO 100/m ). Market launch schedule to be announced at a later date.

Notes : Model names, designs, specifications and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notices. Prices of these products will be announced at a later date.