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Pentax announces 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM and HD 560mm F5.6 ED AW

By dpreview staff on Sep 10, 2012 at 22:00 GMT

Photokina 2012: Pentax Ricoh has announced the Pentax DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM superzoom and a the HD Pentax DA 560mm F5.6 ED super-telephoto prime. The 18-270mm offers a 15x superzoom covering a 27.5-414mm equivalent range and is based around the company's SDM 'supersonic AF' motor. Meanwhile the 560mm F5.6 becomes the first Pentax lens to be given its 'HD' coating which, the company says, denotes high performance. The 859mm equivalent super-telephoto lens is environmentally sealed, to match the performance of the company's higher-end DSLRs. The lenses will cost around $800 and $7,000 respectively.

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Press Release:

PENTAX Announces Two New K-Mount Lenses

DENVER, CO (September 10, 2012) PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX), today announces two new lenses designed specifically for use with all K-mount camera bodies.

The new smc PENTAX DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM high magnification interchangeable zoom lens offers a 15X zoom ratio to cover focal lengths from wide angle to super telephoto, while its built-in supersonic AF driving mechanism achieves both smooth, quiet autofocusing operation in a compact, lightweight design. The lens offers an extraordinary wide angle-to-long-telephoto zoom coverage making it extremely versatile and handy, allowing the user to effortlessly capture a wide variety of subjects, ranging from landscapes and snapshots to sports events, without the need to change lenses.

The new HD PENTAX DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW interchangeable super-telephoto lens, featuring PENTAX’s exclusive HD Coating – a newly developed high grade multi-layer lens coating – and telescope-type optics, delivers clear, well-defined images of distant subjects.

“The introduction of these two new K-mount lenses expands the lineup of a vast array of PENTAX lenses already available for our family of DSLR cameras,” explains John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX.  “With 25 million lenses produced since 1975, our commitment to the K-Mount line of lenses has been strong and unwavering. Every new lens that is introduced offers photographers more ways to expand their creative vision.”

smc PENTAX DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM Features

Versatile zoom with an extra wide range
When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount interchangeable-lens digital camera body, this zoom lens offers a 15X zoom ratio, the longest range in the PENTAX lineup, covering focal lengths from 27.5mm wide angle to 414mm super telephoto (equivalent 35mm range). Ideal for travel photography, this focal range enables photographers to capture a wide variety of scenes and subjects without needing to change lenses. Its newly designed optics serve as the key to achieving such wide zoom coverage in a compact, lightweight body, for optimal versatility and maneuverability.

Supersonic AF motor (SDM)
Thanks to the incorporation of the PENTAX-original SDM autofocus system driven by a built-in supersonic motor, this zoom lens offers exceptionally smooth and quiet autofocus operation. When mounted on an SDM-compatible PENTAX K-mount digital camera body,* the focus mode is automatically switched to SDM-assisted autofocusing to ensure dependable, flawless AF operation.

* This lens is compatible with the PENTAX K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30, K-01, K-5, K-r, K-7, K-x, K-m, K20D, K200D, K100D Super and K10D camera bodies (with Ver. 1.30 or later firmware installed). When mounted on other camera bodies, the focus mode is automatically switched to manual.

Exceptional image description
Incorporating two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements in its optics, this zoom lens delivers bright, high resolution images, even on the edges, while effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.

Other features

  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.6 ft. (0.49m) over the entire zoom range
  • Rounded diaphragm delivers precise control while producing a smooth, beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus rendition), minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources

HD PENTAX DA 560mm F5.6 ED Features

Outstanding image rendition of distant subjects
When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount digital camera body, this super-telephoto lens offers a focal length of approximately 859mm (equivalent 35mm format). Since its unique telescope-type optics require fewer optical elements than conventional lens optics, it assures sharp, well-defined images, particularly with distant subjects.

New, high grade HD Coating
This lens is treated with the HD Coating,** a high grade multi-layer lens coating recently developed by PENTAX. Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this new coating provides higher light transmittance with reduced reflection, to deliver sharp, clear images free of flare and ghosting, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight.

** HD stands for High Definition, and signifies the lens’s capacity to reproduce images that excel in transparency, definition, resolution and rendition.

Dustproof, weather-resistant construction
As a new model of the AW (All Weather) series, this lens features a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction with 29 special seals to effectively prevent the intrusion of dust and water into the lens interior. By coupling this lens with a dustproof, weather-resistant PENTAX interchangeable lens digital camera body such as the PENTAX K-5 II or PENTAX K-30, the user is assured a durable, reliable imaging system that performs superbly in demanding outdoor settings such as rain or mist, or in locations prone to water splashes or spray.

Easy control of circular polarizing filter
This lens comes with a built-in, removable filter holder in the barrel. By mounting the C-PL (circular polarizing) filter (40.5mm in diameter; included as an exclusive accessory) to the holder, the user can easily obtain the desired polarizing effect simply by rotating the filter using its control ring.

New exterior design signifying HD series
The lens exterior has been painted an elegant white to minimize heat haze generated inside the lens barrel due to long exposure to the sun. Featured in the middle of the lens barrel, a red anodized ring serves as a distinct, radiant symbol of the new HD PENTAX lens series. Strap lugs are made from machined aluminum to enhance its exclusive appearance.

Other features

  • Smooth autofocus operation using an AF driving motor (DC motor) installed in the lens barrel***
  • Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system
  • SP (Super Protect) coating applied to the front surface of the lens to effectively repel water and grease and easily wipe off dust and stain
  • Rounded diaphragm blades deliver precise control while producing a smooth, beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus rendition), minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources

*** This lens is compatible with the PENTAX K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30, K-01, K-5, K-r, K-7, K-x, K-m, K20D, K200D, K100D Super and K10D camera bodies (with Ver. 1.30 or later firmware installed). When mounted on other camera bodies, the focus mode is automatically switched to manual.

Pricing and Availability
The new smc PENTAX DA 18-270mm F3.5-5.6 ED SDM zoom lens will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in November 2012 with a suggested retail price of $799.95. The new HD PENTAX DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in December 2012 with a suggested retail price of $6,999.95.

For details on the complete line-up of PENTAX lenses, visit: http://pentaximaging.com/camera-lenses/about.

Additional information including product specifications is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news and product images are available here: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html.

♦ Designs and specifications are subjects to change without notice.

Pentax DA 18-270mm F3.5-5.6 ED SDM and DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW specifications

 Pentax smc DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDMPentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW
Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lensPrime lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length18–270 mm560 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountPentax KAFPentax KAF3
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F6.3F5.6
Minimum apertureF22.0 - F45.0F45.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Optics
Elements166
Groups135
Focus
Minimum focus0.49 m (19.29)5.60 m (220.47)
Maximum magnification0.26×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualUnknown
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleYes
Physical
Weight453 g (1.00 lb)3040 g (6.70 lb)
Diameter76 mm (2.98)130 mm (5.12)
Length89 mm (3.5)522 mm (20.55)
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread62 mm112 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarNo
Other
Notesdustproof, weather-resistant construction with 29 seals
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I own it
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I want it
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I had it
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I own it
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Comments

Total comments: 56
Max Pometun
By Max Pometun (Sep 14, 2012)

Telescope-type optics, F5.6 and $7,000 ?.. What in the world are they smoking?!! I was truly hoping there would be a viable alternative to pretty much the only long telephoto currently available for PK mount - Sigma EX 500/4.5 - but once again, I am disappointed by Pentax.

I feel like jumping the ship and buying a Nikon,.. again!..

1 upvote
GPW
By GPW (Sep 11, 2012)

Sigma and Tamron doesn't have the IQ or quality of the others. I shoot Nikon and I have tried both of these brands and they don't come close to the IQ of my Nikon lens. This is the reason for the cheaper pricing of Sigma and Tamron

2 upvotes
marsbar
By marsbar (Sep 12, 2012)

Um, this is a Pentax lens announcement...

3 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (Sep 11, 2012)

The 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 is too slow on both ends. Also, I found it's nothing but a pain in the neck (literally) carrying superzoom, -- in 99.99% cases you need either short or long end, but not both at the same time. And of course, in addition to being dim, image quality of superzooms is always mediocre. What's the point?

2 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 11, 2012)

This is for the masses, not you or many of photogs here.

2 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 11, 2012)

I guess I must be missing something here.

Why would I want to get this new Pentax 18-270mm zoom lens for $800, when I can get the proven Tamron 18-270mm for around $550?

BTW, the Tamron comes with image stabilization (depending on the mount). Seems like the Pentax does not.

But there must be something particularly special about the Pentax 15x range superzoom over the Tamron, so I am hoping someone will shed a ray of light on that.

2 upvotes
mbpm
By mbpm (Sep 11, 2012)

I believe Pentax is pricing the 560mm F5.6 as a 859mm F5.6 equivalent given most Pentax cameras are ASP-C. Hence the $7,000 price tag for the 859mm equivalent of a 1.5x cropped sensor.

Just to make a poor comparison:
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens cost about $13,899.00

The (CRAZY good) Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO If HSM Digital Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens ranges form $7K to $8K depending on the camera mount.

And Nikon just announced development of 800mm F5.6 VR super-telephoto lens, no price was given.

If the Pros are going to buy this lens, Pentax is assuming they will "see" it as a 859mm prime lens.
But all the explanation aside, I still think it's expensive.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Sep 11, 2012)

You can't be serious, comparing 560mm/5.6 cropped and 800mm/5.6L full frame lenses, the latter is a lot bigger and takes a lot more materials and efforts to produce and collects a lot more light -- a ratio of at least 1:4 in price is reasonable to expect.

2 upvotes
mbpm
By mbpm (Sep 12, 2012)

Hold your horses there forpetessake. I am just giving an explanation for what Pentax is probably assuming what the price range should be, I never said I was in favor of the high $$ of the Pentax or that this explanation fully answers the price tag. Hence, the "poor comparison."
I only said that the Pentax PRICE for the 560 mm/5.6 lens is akin to that of a 800mm. Which is EXPENSIVE for a 560mm.
I am not comparing anything BUT the price range, that's all.
Again I am only giving an assumption on PRICE, if you were to correct me, please do so in a more illustrated way. Like comparing it to another lens closer to $7K (like the sigma, which I have mentioned above). Don't just go off tangent stating that the 800mm/5.6L is more expensive because it requires more "materials and effort." Because I already know that.
Take a breather.

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0 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 11, 2012)

Cant imagine who in right mind would buy super-telephoto lens for this camera system for this price..

6 upvotes
tinetz
By tinetz (Sep 11, 2012)

Hm, I would guess someybody who want's highest IQ in the supertelerange with a compact, environmentally sealed and still affordable system, which gives the users some reassurance in the APS-C sensor league.
With the update of the K-5 to the K-5IIs Pentax kept the virtues of the best APS-C sensor and evolved the AF-System, one of the things they may have been behind to competition.
With that you can get a Supertele with 2.41 deg (=849mm FF) FOV, undoubtedly high DR, without AA-filter even higher sharpness, light and environmentally sealed for the sum of 8.200$.
And especially for Supertele APS-C makes indeed sense, especially outdoors. Try to reach that on FF, beside the price you end with at least the double weight.
For the price of a Nikon 400/4 you get this lens and a fitting camera, would even make sense to buy it as a second system :)

1 upvote
forpetessake
By forpetessake (Sep 11, 2012)

Exactly, if one wanted a good quality telephoto in that range they would have got a FF camera and 500mm F/4 for that money.

4 upvotes
alexeyga
By alexeyga (Sep 11, 2012)

Poor-poor Pentax users, a great travel zoom that no self-respecting Pentaxian will be able to go travel with because it has no WR... OMG!!!!

2 upvotes
Cane
By Cane (Sep 11, 2012)

Alexeyga, your entire posting history on DPR consists of trolling Pentax stories with snide negative brain farts. Did a Pentax employee run off with your wife or something? Why all the anger?

3 upvotes
alexeyga
By alexeyga (Sep 11, 2012)

Dude, where do you see anything negative? I just feel sorry for the Pentax community. These fellas are worshiping the WR as if it's totally impossible to shoot outside without having this magical feature. Yet Pentax is releasing a brand new lens that should appeal to a lot of users due to its rather flexible zoom range, but without the biggest Pentax selling point! To boot, the lens in question is nothing but a re-badged Tamron lens, but for 250$ more.

C'mon Pentax users, don't you feel being shafted? About time to wake up...

2 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Sep 11, 2012)

Don't feed the trolls Cane- he won't get what you're saying no matter how you put it.

1 upvote
minturnino
By minturnino (Sep 11, 2012)

Finally!!!!! Great Pentax!!! While Tamron do not update the lens to Pentax Camera..... Pentax solve the gap!
I hope that the cost is fair and not excessive in relation to the competition!

0 upvotes
Tom Lusk
By Tom Lusk (Sep 11, 2012)

Hmmm... The Tamron is available for other mounts (on eBay) for $500.00. If Pentax can rebadge other companys' designs and get a 60% premium for the same lens, more power to them!

3 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Sep 11, 2012)

+ 60% price - Vibration compensation

2 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 11, 2012)

Dont be naive, it is Tamron lens.

1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Sep 11, 2012)

Don't over-think, it's a Pentax :D

0 upvotes
garyknrd
By garyknrd (Sep 11, 2012)

LOL, I am glad I bought a Sigma 500mm f-4.5 two years ago for Pentax mount. I have been looking at the Pentax board and they were saying 2500-4500 dollars.... I bought a used Canon 500mm f-4 L IS for 5,600 dollars, two years old and used a dozen times. Get the vaseline and Bend over Pentxians.

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Sep 11, 2012)

When I see these post as to stabilization I have a wry smile at the misconception. IBIS actually works better at longer focal lengths than it does at the shorter ones. I shoot a E-5 with a bigma and get about 4 stops at 500mm (EFL 1000mm) I would say up to 5 but that would be pushing it. With IBIS, when the IBIS is upgrade ALL your lenses are upgraded and you don't have to worry if you have ver 1 or 2 IS in your lens. A point Olympus made with the new 5 axis IBIS where the sensor can also rotate to compensate for yaw and is very effective at all focal lengths its also very good for moving video .

As to the the white lenses being so 90' s , CANON ? As to the price this will come down. These lenses are also made in small batches. What is nice to see is that the smaller systems like Sony and Pentax are coming to the party with long lenses and not making it an exclusive C&N party any more. I saw the same response when Sony brought out their OH so 90s white 500mm. f/4 lens.

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5 upvotes
MisoL
By MisoL (Sep 11, 2012)

3080mm with AF when mounted on Pentax Q10:-) One will have to build this lens in concrete wall hold this focal length steady. No tripod would do it.

1 upvote
Guidenet
By Guidenet (Sep 11, 2012)

Ok, I know it doesn't have VR/IS and I know IBIS really doesn't accomodate that long of a focal length. I also know f/5.6 is a bit slow for $7000. But, even given that, I welcome Pentax entering into the longer focal length range for birders and wildlife shooters. Hopefully this is not going to be the only one. I also hope it's a stunning performer. That might be what compensates for the slow speed and lack of IS.

There is just enough wrong with this lens to stimulate my curiosity. It only has 6 elements in 5 groups. Its lack of usable IS, the slow speed for the price and the kind of strange mid focal length of 560mm. That's a lot of kinda weird stuff to me. What's Pentax doing? Is there something new and cool that it works with coming out. Maybe a full frame or a 645 adaptor or something? There has to be something. There's just too many strange metrics otherwise. What do you think?

0 upvotes
dmytty
By dmytty (Sep 11, 2012)

"That's a lot of kinda weird stuff to me."

I think you're being generous. Sometimes products don't make sense.

This is beer taste at champagne prices. IMO Pentax, having made the roadmap promise, realized they were going to cut their losses on this one. They stopped development and put out 'something' that likely only serves as a weak 'me too' product. At f/4 they made have had an argument, but at this lens length (and with that massive body) you need very fast lenses, fast shutter speeds and low iso's to get anything approaching 'pro' quality...and $7k is definitely 'pro' budget.

The 'HD' moniker is about as 'me too' as it gets. Are we to conclude that this coating is made for lens having as much resolving power as a 1920 x 1080 video camera?

Spectacular fail...especially as Nikon will be announcing the D600 just days after the K5II. For $200 more, Nikon has the better body. And for $2000 more, Nikon has an great useable telephoto lens that Pentax can't compete with. Pity.

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mgrum
By mgrum (Sep 11, 2012)

I highly doubt that lens is secretly covering a 645 image circle!

There's nothing weird about the specs, Canon's 400 f/5.6 has only six elements too, you don't need to do huge numbers of corrections with telephoto designs.

The only think that's remarkable here is the price, and that's down to economics. They obviously don't plan to sell many of these lenses, as anyone who needs 600mm wouldn't have bought a Pentax in the first place. This is just there so they can say they have long glass in the portfolio and maybe attract a few buyers to the system.

1 upvote
Ian Stuart Forsyth
By Ian Stuart Forsyth (Sep 11, 2012)

Just what I needed a 560 5.6 with no IS and yes I know Pentax has sr but above 300mm its crap and cannot compete with the others in image stabilisation and by the way wasn’t the Titanic white also?

4 upvotes
dmytty
By dmytty (Sep 11, 2012)

Can someone explain why you would spend $7000 on a 560mm f/5.6 when you can get a Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 for $9000? And that Nikkor lens would actually let you buy a full frame to go along with it.

I'm a Pentax K30 owner with about $2500 in lenses to go along with that. That's been a good investment and offers a great value. However, if I really needed a long telephoto, I'd find the extra couple thousand to buy the Nikkon, or just rent a setup.

Am I missing something here? I actually suspect that Pentax might never actually deliver a single lens of this type...this is just their way of 'living down' a promised product from their roadmap which they know is not competitive at all. In other words, this is their 'we'll put a price so high that nobody will ever try buy this vaporware'.

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tinetz
By tinetz (Sep 11, 2012)

Hm, let's assume you want some reach with your camerasystem including a supertele lens - which actually is the normal case.

If you choose the Nikon 400/2.8 and a FF (35mm) camera f.e. D800E, you pay more than 12.000 for a (V)FOV of 5.15 deg (=400mm on 35mm-format) vs. Pentax 560/5.6 and f.e. the latest announcement K5IIs you pay 8.000 (list price, probably less in some month) and get a (V)FOV of 2.41 deg (=859mm on 35mm-format).

You have 36 Mp vs. 16 Mp, both without AA-filter and have
to crop the 36 Mp by 2 to get a similar FOV, so ending with at least 3-4000$ more and some Mp less.
Now, why would you want to go FF if you are working in telephotography?

1 upvote
brujo74
By brujo74 (Sep 16, 2012)

You don't make sense: Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 on a full frame gets you (guess what?) 400mm! If you want long reach you should put it on an DX body, not FX. So, using 560mm on a K- body lets you go way further than 400mm on FX sensor. But I might be wrong ;)

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 11, 2012)

That "DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM" is just a rebadged "Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD Aspherical IF Macro"

Same design, same weight, same size and same filter size.

3 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Sep 11, 2012)

But NOT same price. :)

0 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Sep 11, 2012)

Its been a long time since Pentax offered a good tele-photo lens.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Sep 11, 2012)

Two exciting lenses from Pentax, one likely as a rental only for most people. Now if Pentax would stop increasing their lens prices so dramatically I'd be more likely to stay with Pentax. When you buy into a system, and weeks later have two of the most interesting lenses virtually doubled in price, it doesn't inspire much good will. I didn't buy a Pentax body to use third party lenses, but Pentax is leaving me with no choice (well other than selling all my Pentax gear).

Come on Pentax, surely there has to be some other solution than soaking your loyal users.

2 upvotes
KnightPhoto2
By KnightPhoto2 (Sep 11, 2012)

Is the 560mm a full frame lens? ;-)

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Sep 11, 2012)

A lot of Pentax lenses are actually full frame even though they are claimed to be DA lenses. I am almost 100% certain that this is a FF compatible lens.

1 upvote
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Sep 11, 2012)

Most likely no, doesnt seem big enough.

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Nathaniel George Weir
By Nathaniel George Weir (Sep 11, 2012)

It looks like one of those cheepo $300 800-1600mm telephoto lenses from bower haha!

1 upvote
SanMat
By SanMat (Sep 10, 2012)

Re: white - not good for sneaking up on wildlife, but you can always put a camoflauge lens coat on it (if they will make one for Pentax). Canon shooters don't seem to have big issues with the white/grey on their big lenses. Can't believe the $6999.00 price tag can remain a reality - would have to have some pretty wicked optics. It's early - they always come in on the high side. For a Pentax shooter, why would you pay 7K for this new lens when you can get something like the the Sigma f/4.5 for @ 5K (or less)? Is the extra 60mm of reach worth it? Don't know.

2 upvotes
photosen
By photosen (Sep 10, 2012)

I think a Canon lens designer took a wrong turn!

1 upvote
Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Sep 11, 2012)

If this performs like a Canon super telephoto, Pentax should lock the door before he finds his way out.

2 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Sep 10, 2012)

oh god...

1 upvote
sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (Sep 10, 2012)

White lenses are so friggen 1990's.

3 upvotes
CopCarSS
By CopCarSS (Sep 10, 2012)

Dear Pentax,

Please contact Sigma and ask them about how their original pricing on the SD-1 worked out for them. Thanks.

Sincererly,

A Pentaxian That Can't Afford Anything New From Pentax Anymore

12 upvotes
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Sep 10, 2012)

On the Q its 3080mm Equiv! Hope it has some killer centre sharpness! I'm joking I can't see them selling many of these unless the new AF somehow makes Canon and Nikon's AF look slow and inaccurate.

3 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 10, 2012)

If you have used the new 5D III or 1D X they have no hope of having better AF.

3 upvotes
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Sep 10, 2012)

Well than it only follows that they have no hope of getting $7k for this lens

3 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 10, 2012)

$7K for a 560 f/5.6 that has poor mfd, no IS and a cheaper telescope type design that was supposed to keep costs down. Seriously if the street price is not closer to $3K it's dead in the water.

3 upvotes
leopold
By leopold (Sep 10, 2012)

It will never drop to 3000$, maybe 5500 to 6000$.

I was guessing that they would price it at 4000$ to 4500$, but they made it AW and with ED glass, so it's a better lens than what the rumors were saying.

1 upvote
Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Sep 10, 2012)

Doesn't need IS thx1138, all Pentax APSC cameras now produced have built in SR

3 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Sep 10, 2012)

Why would it have IS if the cameras that its made for have in body IS? Also, when pentax upgrades in body IS, you will not need to buy a new lens to take advantage of it.

4 upvotes
EvanDavies1
By EvanDavies1 (Sep 11, 2012)

In lens IS works better that in body.

The price of 18-270 better come down too since its probably the same as the Tamron 18-270 which can be found for £278 ($444)
On OTHER camera systems and not Pentax :(

I do get the impression that even with good cameras, Pentax will ultimately fail due to the lack of competitive lenses.

Its a tough market out there...

3 upvotes
D200_4me
By D200_4me (Sep 11, 2012)

I was just thinking to myself that 18-270 looks like a Tamron lens.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 11, 2012)

in body IS is nowhere near effective enough for FL this long. You cannot move the sensor enough to compensate for the greatly amplified shake you get in supertele lenses.

IS or not price is simply ludicrous for an f/5.6 lens.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Sep 11, 2012)

All those talking about body IS sucking obviously haven't tried it with a modern DSLR with in body IS. I get sharp shots with a 400mm lens on my Sony DSLR upto 1/40 secs which is a little better than 3 stops. Not a bad result by any stretch of imagination.

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