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    Default Pentax DA*55/1.4 DA*60-250/4 and DA17-70/4 - NEW LENS ROADMAP

    Source: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08...ntaxlenses.asp

    Pre-PMA 2008: Pentax has announced that it will exhibit three forthcoming lenses both at PMA 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada and Photo Imaging Expo 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. Two - a 55mm F1.4 and 60-250mm F4 - are part of Pentax's flagship DA* line whilst the third, a 17-70mm F4, is a standard DA lens. All three lenses will feature SDM ultrasonic focusing.

    PENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce that it will exhibit three digital-SLR-exclusive interchangeable lenses currently under development at two prominent industry events: PMA 2008, the largest photographic products fair in the U.S.A., to be held from January 31 to February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Photo Imaging Expo 2008, one of the largest imaging products exhibitions in Asia, to be held from March 19 to 22 at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan.
    Overview of Model Products:

    Two digital-SLR-exclusive interchangeable lenses designed for optimal optical performance:

    Under development as the newest models of the top-of-the-line Star-Lens series.

    Product name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA*55mm F1.4 SDM

    * A uni-focal moderate-telephoto lens offering a focal length equivalent to 84.5mm in the 35mm format
    * A large F1.4 maximum aperture to produce beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds
    * SDM system to assure super-quiet, extra-smooth autofocus operation
    * Marketing date to be announced later

    Product name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA*60-250mm F4ED [IF]SDM

    * A telephoto zoom lens covering moderate- to super-telephoto ranges, with focal lengths equivalent to 92mm to 383mm in the 35mm format
    * SDM system to assure super-quiet, extra-smooth autofocus operation
    * Scheduled to be marketed in summer 2008

    Standard zoom lens designed exclusively for PENTAX digital SLR cameras:

    Product name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA17-70mm F4 AL[IF] SDM

    * A moderate-telephoto zoom lens offering a 4.1-times zoom ratio and focal lengths equivalent to 26mm to 107mm in the 35mm format
    * SDM system to assure super-quiet, extra-smooth autofocus operation
    * Scheduled to be marketed in summer 2008

    And here is the long waited DA*60-250:




    I'm sure some here would be excited to see and have some of these

    Here you go, the three new lenses:




    Go Pentax Go!
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    Default Re: Pentax DA*55/1.4 DA*60-250/4 and DA17-70/4

    Here is the New Lens RoadMap:

    http://www.digital.pentax.co.jp/ja/lens/roadmap.pdf




    New Lenses:

    DA 15mm Limited!
    DA*30 SDM!
    DA*55/1.4 SDM!


    And a new Tele converter: REAR CONVERTER FOR SDM

    Plus the announced above:
    DA 17-70/4 SDM
    DA 60-250/4 SDM

    Plus a DA12-24/4, that'll be a perfect F4 combo
    Last edited by fengwei; 30th January 2008 at 09:46 AM.

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    Default Re: Pentax DA*55/1.4 DA*60-250/4 and DA17-70/4

    Wooot !! time to retire my 16-45mm
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    Default Re: Pentax DA*55/1.4 DA*60-250/4 and DA17-70/4

    Aha, I will keep my DA 16-45 mm f/4
    - 1 mm wider on wide angle is noticeable
    - Has ED glass
    - Got enough lenses to cover 45 to 70 mm range
    - At the rate prices are going, the DA 17-70 mm is probably gonna be more expensive
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    Argh... My wallet is itching to buy the 60-250mm... This is going to be a torturous wait for me! And kudos to Pentax on adding SDM to a consumer grade lens like the DA 17-70mm, because this shows that they are serious about SDM and capturing as many market segments as possible. And creampuff, no matter how expensive it gets, I'm pretty sure it won't be as expensive as other equivalent brands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    I'm sure some here would be excited to see and have some of these

    Go Pentax Go!
    After owing the DA*'s. I'm not at all excited with the DA*60-250 zoom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    The New Lens RoadMap:

    http://www.digital.pentax.co.jp/en/lens/roadmap.pdf

    The DFA 645 55/2.8 is still there, guess you know what it means
    Thanks fengwei. Did i see a new DA35mm SDM on the new lens roadmap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creampuff View Post
    Aha, I will keep my DA 16-45 mm f/4
    - 1 mm wider on wide angle is noticeable
    - Has ED glass
    - Got enough lenses to cover 45 to 70 mm range
    - At the rate prices are going, the DA 17-70 mm is probably gonna be more expensive
    The DA 17-70 with SDM is sure gonna be more expensive and heavier.

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    Default Re: Pentax DA*55/1.4 DA*60-250/4 and DA17-70/4

    60-250!!
    aiming for that too

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    Quote Originally Posted by istDeS View Post
    Thanks fengwei. Did i see a new DA35mm SDM on the new lens roadmap.
    Nope, it's a DA*30 SDM now

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    Quote Originally Posted by istDeS View Post
    After owing the DA*'s. I'm not at all excited with the DA*60-250 zoom.
    Hope you'd change your feelings after seeing the new DA* 200/300 and 60-250

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    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    Nope, it's a DA*30 SDM now
    Ok, i was looking at the older one earlier. I see more limited lens and a rear converter for SDM.

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    Nice! I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the 60-250.

    But it looks like the 30-40mm range is a bit crowded, isn't it?
    -DA 40/2.8 Ltd
    -DA 35/2.8 Macro Ltd
    and now DA* 30 SDM
    Are 3 lenses in the such a narrow range needed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fengwei View Post
    Hope you'd change your feelings after seeing the new DA* 200/300 and 60-250
    The DA*200/300 is gonna be. I'm not so sure about DA* zooms. Hopefully the DA* 60-250 is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skypacker View Post
    Nice! I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the 60-250.

    But it looks like the 30-40mm range is a bit crowded, isn't it?
    -DA 40/2.8 Ltd
    -DA 35/2.8 Macro Ltd
    and now DA* 30 SDM
    Are 3 lenses in the such a narrow range needed?
    Plus FA31LE, FA43LE, FA35/2, it does look quite crowded in this range

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    How long will it take for them to become widely available? Pentax lens production are quite limited.
    All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fusetrips View Post
    How long will it take for them to become widely available? Pentax lens production are quite limited.
    Check the roadmap

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    Quote Originally Posted by istDeS View Post
    The DA 17-70 with SDM is sure gonna be more expensive and heavier.
    By looking at the lens photo, the DA1770 seems pretty small and compact, probably even smaller than the DA1645/4

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    Pentax lens range is getting confusing for newbies.

    Limited - 15, 21, 31, 35M, 40, 43, 70, 77. Hand made, alumimum body(?)
    DA* - 30, 55, 16-50, 50-135, 60-250, 200, 300. Weather sealed, SDM
    DA SDM - 17-70. SDM consumer grade
    DA - the rest. Consumer grade, screw driven.

    K-5IIs, DA16-85, DFA50, DFA100, DA*60-250, 540FGZ II, 160FC, 201FG

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    Quote Originally Posted by skypacker View Post
    Nice! I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the 60-250.

    But it looks like the 30-40mm range is a bit crowded, isn't it?
    -DA 40/2.8 Ltd
    -DA 35/2.8 Macro Ltd
    and now DA* 30 SDM
    Are 3 lenses in the such a narrow range needed?
    Well, I guess its good to have a choice..
    DA40 - pancake
    DA35M - macro
    DA*30 - weather sealed, SDM
    K-5IIs, DA16-85, DFA50, DFA100, DA*60-250, 540FGZ II, 160FC, 201FG

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