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Pentax digital SLR lenses

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Thursday 21st, September 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Pentax Corporation is pleased to announce the exhibition of three interchangeable digital SLR camera lenses and a medium-format digital SLR camera, all currently under development, at Photokina 2006. This is one of the world’s largest photo and imaging merchandise fairs, and will be held this year from September 26 to October 1 in Cologne, Germany. The digital SLR camera market is reaching out to an even larger audience than before by breaking the price barrier of high resolution DSLR cameras. Model names, designs, specifications and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notice. Marketing prices of these products will be announced later.

Pentax digital SLR

Photokina 2006 - Digital Imaging
All the major brands from the industry are present, expect the unexpected and see it for yourself via the special Photokina 2006 show report. Approximately 160,000 visitors from 140 countries are expected in Cologne, Germany and around 1,600 suppliers from 50 countries are present at the Photokina event. The opening times are: Tuesday, September 26 to Sunday, October 1, 2006 daily from 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. LetsGoDigital is again present at this year's most important show and will cover the news right here and live from the show floor.

Pentax digital SLR products overview
Three interchangeable lenses designed for exclusive use with Pentax SLR cameras:
Product type: Wide-angle zoom lens
Model name (tentative): smc Pentax-DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL [IF]
Marketing schedule: To be marketed in March 2007
Product type: Telephoto zoom lens
Model name (tentative): smc Pentax-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED [IF]
Marketing schedule: To be marketed in March 2007
Product type: Super-telephoto zoom lens
Model name (tentative): smc Pentax-DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED [IF]
Marketing schedule: To be marketed in 2007

Pentax digital SLR lenses - Performance and Quality
The above mentioned products are designed for exclusive use with Pentax K- and *istD-series digital SLR cameras. They are being developed as the top-of-the-line star lens to deliver exceptional performance and optimal image quality. These products will feature the Pentax KAF2 mount, which incorporates additional electrical contacts to drive a built-in supersonic motor used in autofocusing operation.

Pentax 645 Digital - Medium format SLR camera
• Product type: Lens-interchangeable medium-format SLR camera
• Model name (tentative): Pentax 645 Digital
• 18 effective Megapixels
• Pentax 645AF mount
• Compatibility with existing smc Pentax 645-series lenses
• Marketing schedule to be announced later

Pentax medium format SLR camera - 30 Megapixels
The new Kodak KAF-18000CE image sensor has been selected by Pentax Corporation for use in the Pentax 645, leverages Kodak's 9-micron pixel design and color technology for exceptional image quality, sensitivity, dynamic range, and color fidelity. With 18.6 million total pixels, the sensor provides an output resolution of 18 Megapixels to capture images with exceptional clarity and detail. New to the Kodak KAF-18000CE is a dual-output architecture that enables faster sensor read-out times, allowing camera designers to achieve increased frame rates in their final camera designs. With this unique combination of image quality and speed, the KAF-18000CE provides manufacturers an affordable image sensor that is ideal for landscape, fashion, or wedding photography. This product will be continuously upgraded by incorporating newly developed image sensors, with its final effective Megapixels expected to reach a 30 Megapixel level.

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