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Pentax announces four additional Q mount lenses

By dpreview staff on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:00 GMT

Pentax has announced four additional lenses for its new Q mount. As well as the kit 47mm equivalent F1.9 '01 Standard Prime' lens that will come with the camera, the company has also announced the '02 Standard Zoom' that will offer 28-83mm equivalent focal lengths. Alongside these will be three more affordable, fun lenses. The 03 Fisheye, 04 Toy Lens Wide and 05 Toy Lens Telephoto are designed to make accessible the creativity that interchangeable lenses can bring. The latter three lenses are all manual focus and fixed aperture to keep costs down.

PENTAX ADDS FOUR LENSES TO Q SYSTEM:


Zoom, Fish-Eye, Toy Telephoto Among Selection

GOLDEN, CO. (June 23, 2011)…In addition to the standard lens announced today, PENTAX Imaging Company has announced four accessory Q-mount lenses designed for exclusive use with the PENTAX Q – the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system camera (ILC).* Each new lens is highly compact and lightweight with an optimized image circle to match the size of the Q’s CMOS image sensor. This new Q-mount lens series offers PENTAX Q users a comprehensive lens selection. 

PENTAX 02 Standard Zoom
With a focal length equivalent to a 27.5-83.0mm zoom lens in the 35mm format, this standard zoom lens is ideal for wide angle to medium telephoto range. With four extra-low-dispersion and low-refractive aspherical optical elements, the lens offers exceptional image rendition while effectively reducing chromatic aberration to a minimum over the entire zoom range. The Standard Zoom features a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) at all focal lengths for close-up photography. Featuring a high-grade finish, this lens incorporates the special optical glass elements and PENTAX exclusive lens coating technology for beautifully defined, high quality images that are sharp and high contrast even to the edges. The AF motor installed in the lens assures smooth, quiet focusing operation. The lens shutter mechanism allows the PENTAX Q’s built-in auto flash to be synchronized to the camera’s top shutter speed of 1/2000 second (or 1/250 second when using an accessory flash unit). This lens is also equipped with a built-in ND (neutral density) filter for open aperture shooting at bright locations or when using slower shutter speeds. The lens price $299.95 USD.

Three additional lenses also are announced. Each offers outstanding value at an affordable price so users may produce a variety of distinctive, dramatic images. Each features manual focus operation, fixed aperture and lightweight lens mount minus a lens shutter unit to reduce size and weight.

PENTAX 03 Fish-Eye
This ultra wide angle lens offers an extra wide 160 degree angle of view allowing photographers to create a fish eye visual effect. The distinctive ultra wide angle characteristics produce unique, eye-catching images with an exaggerated, distorted perspective and a pan-focus effect that captures every element in the image field in sharp focus. The lens price is $129.95.

PENTAX 04 Toy Lens Wide and PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto
With optics designed specifically to retain various lens aberrations, these lenses produce subdued, nostalgic images like photos taken with a traditional toy camera. The Toy Lens Wide is a unifocal wide angle field of view with a focal length equivalent to 35mm in the 35mm format. The PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto is a unifocal medium telephoto lens with a focal length equivalent to 100mm in the 35mm format. The PENTAX 04 Toy Lens Wide price is $79.95 and the PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto is $79.95.

Additional accessories for the PENTAX Q system lenses will include the following (prices and availability to be announced):

PENTAX-100 PL Filter
Attached to the PENTAX 01 Standard Prime or PENTAX02 Standard Zoom, the 40.5mm polarizing filter minimizes reflections on the water or glass surface, which are difficult to remove during digital processing, to assure crisp, high contrast images.

MH-RA 40.5mm
A metallic, dome-shaped lens hood for exclusive use with the PENTAX 01 Standard Prime lens.

PH-SBA 40.5mm Lens
A plastic, square-shaped lens hood for exclusive use with the PENTAX 02 Standard Zoom lens.
Initially, the PENTAX Q system will ship in Japan. Anticipated shipping time to the United States is early Fall 2011.

Each of these lenses may be pre-ordered now on www.pentaxwebstore.com The PENTAX 01 Standard Prime kit lens will not be sold separately. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news 

* The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 15, 2011 (based on PENTAX research).

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Total comments: 40
spoorthy
By spoorthy (Jun 27, 2011)

Imgagine this thing with a k mount converter and a da* 300 f4. that would be an 1680mm lens on full frame ;) If only you could hold the camera properly... :)

1 upvote
OM mani padme hum
By OM mani padme hum (Jun 27, 2011)

Very cool idea IMHO. Most of my pix are used on the web or viewed on-screen so ultimate IQ isn't important to me most of the time. Apart from the price and lack of any inbuilt viewfinder I cannot see any reason to quibble. Manual controls rather than dials is appealing. Hopefully the price will drop, and Pentax will release a prime wide angle equivalent to 24mm or less, and a longer zoom.

Provided someone offers lens mount adapters lots will be able to be done with legacy glass. With a crop factor of ~5.5, 50mm is equal to 275mm, and 135mm is ~740mm(!) with both easily transportable.

Assuming no major problems arise and that the price comes down this will definitely appeal to some people. Those who don't like it don't have to buy it...

3 upvotes
vegwolff
By vegwolff (Jun 25, 2011)

Deary me, I don't understand why people are getting so upset about this new camera system. If you don't like it, don't buy it and go elsewhere. An aweful lot of speculation with no substance due to there being no production as yet. Sheesh, so much horror happening in the world these days, and people complain about a camera they're probably never going to use. I used to have a number of SLR's in the days of proper cameras, along with a rangefinder or two. I also had the Pentax 110 SLR, until they stopped making 110 film. Small, grainy film that couldn't be enlarged terribly well, but it did what it was supposed to do in the field it was designed for.

0 upvotes
Csaba Farkas
By Csaba Farkas (Jun 24, 2011)

Great concept but small, small, small sensor. I might as well use my iPhone, as, I'm sure, many will instead.
Toy lenses in the age of fabulous digital post-production apps? What for?
What's the f-value of the standard zoom? Not 3.5-5.6 I hope.
1/2000 flash sync rocks though!
Pentax, give it a work over in APS-C and then we can talk.

0 upvotes
kevin_r
By kevin_r (Jun 24, 2011)

They really should have opted for at least a 1/1.6 sensor for this camera. Big mistake making it so small.

1 upvote
waxwaine
By waxwaine (Jun 24, 2011)

Funny how silly people criticise it, even without having used it or tested the camera. I proudly own a fantastic Pentax K-r and I´m sure this little thing will surprise everybody.
Nevermind the sensor size. If Q can take good quality photos, this is the most important issue.

2 upvotes
ZDP-189
By ZDP-189 (Jun 24, 2011)

+1 Too many on-spec pundits. That goes for many of the blogs, too.

0 upvotes
Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (Jun 25, 2011)

-1 Well, that's really a BIG "if". Should have been "only if"... And if Q can take good quality photos, imagine how much better quality photos that 1/1.7 can produce...

0 upvotes
Max Pometun
By Max Pometun (Jun 28, 2011)

"Nevermind the sensor size"
Well, unless Pentax learned to bend the laws of physics, sensor size will matter. More sensor area = more light to capture = less noise. So, I don't think the criticism comes from silly people...

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Jun 23, 2011)

I'm like many others and don't get it. On the one hand the camera must be aimed a more enthusiast type user, given the advanced specs and interchangeable lenses, but then it's shoots itself in the foot with the appalling 1/2.3" format. Why is this even considered in a serious camera in 2011? Even if this had of been a 1/1.6" sensor it would have made more sense. But saddle that with the high price and the fact you can get m4/3 camera and lens for less money what's the point? I think the upcoming Olympus Pen mini and pancake lens will be vastly better proposition if you want small but high quality.

0 upvotes
ezradja
By ezradja (Jun 23, 2011)

fact: all of those are toy lenses ...

2 upvotes
fransams
By fransams (Jun 23, 2011)

Can someone pinch my arm? This must be a nightmare.

1 upvote
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 23, 2011)

Without doubt, this is THE smallest ILC. Not from Samsung, not from Sony, not from Panasonic or Olympus, but from Pentax. Perhaps that has a substantial marketing value, paving the way for other Pentax family cameras?

1 upvote
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jun 23, 2011)

What is the advantage of all this crap over the standard point-and-shoot 12x zoom (like Panasonic Z**)?

1 upvote
stickynugget
By stickynugget (Jun 23, 2011)

That one can usually design a better prime or limited range zoom lens than a multi-purpose mega-zoom.

0 upvotes
stickynugget
By stickynugget (Jun 23, 2011)

Also, cheap lenses for small sensors means they can produce cheap fun things like super wide fish eyes, etc. that are not a possibility with a fixed lens (adapters suck) or a full size sensor (lenses would be big, heavy, and expensive)

This could be a very fun cheap camera.

0 upvotes
dmanthree
By dmanthree (Jun 23, 2011)

I don't get this system, either. Yes, you can change lenses, but you're limited to a dinky 1/2.3" sensor and all the issues that come with it. I've got reservations about handling, as well. The thing is SO small...

0 upvotes
lifelibertyproperty
By lifelibertyproperty (Jun 23, 2011)

when are Nikon or Canon coming out with their 4/3rd? I'm tired of all these lame brands.

1 upvote
JonathanJK
By JonathanJK (Jun 23, 2011)

They probably are, but they are bigger companies with much invested in the current product line. They also can't move as fast as these smaller companies.

0 upvotes
deleted_081301
By deleted_081301 (Jun 23, 2011)

digital holga/lomo/diana
if only the price was holga/lomo/diana too

0 upvotes
Sumicron69
By Sumicron69 (Jun 23, 2011)

Was this by chance designed by the same guy who brought us the Sigma SD1

0 upvotes
Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (Jun 23, 2011)

Actually, I really don't get it.
What is the point of this camera system?
I just don't see the point of it. Any of it!

1 upvote
oysso
By oysso (Jun 23, 2011)

not everybody wants to lug around with many heavy lenses when taking photos.... Rather many light ones..... :p
You will not get the same quality in the photos out of them compared to full sized SLR-s but will be much more carriable

0 upvotes
roblarosa
By roblarosa (Jun 23, 2011)

Those who don't want to lug around with many heavy lenses AND want a camera this small don't want swappable lenses anyway! Why not just get something like the Canon S95 that has a small size and retractable zoom lens and a bigger sensor? I agree with Roger - with the Sony NEX, Oly and Panny m43 for those who don't want to lug big lenses and cameras like the S95 and XZ1 for pocketable cams, why would anyone bother with this? Especially at that price point!

0 upvotes
Raphael Mabo
By Raphael Mabo (Jun 23, 2011)

I believe this will attract lovers of Lomo, taken lomography into the digital world.

1 upvote
JensR
By JensR (Jun 23, 2011)

I'd rather put a toy lens onto a Nex or 4/3 for less money with the option to get SLR-like quality with the same camera when I want.

0 upvotes
Waldman Jordaan
By Waldman Jordaan (Jun 23, 2011)

I like the afordability offered with these additional lenses - most companies ask more, not less, for their speciality lenses. Nicely done Pentax.

3 upvotes
kadarpik
By kadarpik (Jun 23, 2011)

so far we have seen excellent results from pentax small glass (Limited pancake), AF motor, Flash sync to 1/2000, ND filter, not bad lens at all. Leaf shutter has it's advantages as well. Of course DOF is large but you can PP your images today.

1 upvote
JensR
By JensR (Jun 23, 2011)

> Of course DOF is large but you can PP your images today.

DOF is DOF, any artificial blurring looks terrible. YMMV

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jj74e
By jj74e (Jun 23, 2011)

particularly, possibly, teen hipsters who've been shooting with film and stuff. I just saw the image of the Pentax Q camera with the pop up flash- definitely looks goofy enough to not be serious, but quirky and attractive enough to be liked by at least one group of people.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Jun 23, 2011)

Where are teens with $800 to blow on a P&S camera with average run of the day IQ? Sorry but shooting film for the sake of shooting film and this tard of a product are completely different!

0 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Jun 23, 2011)

Hm....seeing that three lenses at launch are cheap, fun effect ones (which to me makes sense, because I never understood why I would want to buy like a $700 lens JUST for fisheye when I can simply do a digital effect), I can kind of see where Pentax might be going with this.

Small sensor, cheap effect lenses- this could be for point and shoot upgraders who like the feel of a bigger body and changing lenses but might not want to invest in a more serious system.

But at best, this will be an even smaller niche group than what mirrorless already is. I hate to be a sensor size dependent observer, but there's just no point in investing in a system with good quality lenses if you're not getting any sensor benefit for the extra bulk and size.

1 upvote
makofoto
By makofoto (Jun 23, 2011)

"JUST for fisheye when I can simply do a digital effect"

How do you increase you angle of view using a digital effect? Using a Pano Stitching program and then applying post distortion. No way you can capture fast action that way

0 upvotes
LensLineup
By LensLineup (Jun 23, 2011)

how very very odd!

3 upvotes
garethwebber
By garethwebber (Jun 23, 2011)

Think the size of the standard zoom makes it unpocketable, in which case have an slr.

Think they are aiming to be a cheap leica.

3 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Jun 23, 2011)

When they would have put in a full frame sensor, I would have Leicad it.

0 upvotes
Teski
By Teski (Jun 23, 2011)

You know rennie12, I remember this new system called micro 4/3 that came out a few years ago that people laughed at, said it was stupid and would never sell, etc. Guess what? It's been very successful and lives on. Sony came out with their own and people ripped it for having it's own mount system and an odd body. Guess what? It sells really well too.

Fact is that this Pentax is different, it's interesting, and we don't know how it'll perform until we see images in the wild. No one thought an APS-C sensor could possibly do that well years ago and look what the K-5 is doing in terms of noise and dynamic range!

3 upvotes
rennie12
By rennie12 (Jun 23, 2011)

Goofiest idea I ever heard - a small lens interchangeable lens camera. Combines the worst of both worlds. Pentax has simply become bizarre. . .

2 upvotes
policeman0077
By policeman0077 (Jun 23, 2011)

cool

what about the size of standard zoom?

0 upvotes
policeman0077
By policeman0077 (Jun 23, 2011)

I would like to see the canparison picture between m43 standard zoom and this one.

1 upvote
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