Ahead of the 2012 Photokina show that opens in a few days, Pentax unveils a few new products, a duo of DSLRs based on the K-5, an updated travel lens for APS-C Digital SLRs, a new mirrorless camera and a fast telephoto lens for in Q mount with an adapter to help Pentax Q owners to use their Pentax K lenses.
Pentax K-5II and K-5IIs
To succed to the K-5, Pentax enthusiast DSLR, they have launched 2 versions of the Mark II that gets saphire glass above both LCD screens and the new SAFOX X autofocus module which is expected to be more accurate under high/low light conditions and better when tracking a moving subject. The “s” version, the K-5IIs offers the same Sony APS-C 16MP CMOS sensor (brillant, huge dynamic range and outstanding high ISO image quality) but takes the optical low-pass filter away. For $200 more, expect stunningly tack sharp images.
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Pentax DA 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM
With the Pentax DA 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM, Pentax adds the ultrasonic SDM autofocus motorization and a little extra zoom power to its previous travel lens. ED glass elements, Super protect treatment, the technical specs sound promising although they did not think necessary to weather-seal this lens, one of Pentax WR lenses most appreciated asset.
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The Q10 is the successor to the little Q mirrorless camera. It also gets a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor as the Q had, but in a newly designed version. Its dimensions have changed a bit, so has its camera strap and a few things here and there. It is rather a timid evolution than any kind of revolution.
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Pentax Q 15-45mm F2.8 lens
The Pentax Q mirrorless cameras have a small sensor and this allows the optical engineers to design ultra compact and fast lenses like this 15-45mm that offers a generous aperture of f2.8 on the entire focal range.
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Pentax K lenses adapter for Pentax Q cameras
Almost everything is in the product’s name : this is an adapter to allow photographers to use their Pentax K lenses (both 35mm lenses and APS-C dedicated lenses) on their Pentax Q or Q10 hybrid camera. The adapter has its own mechanical blade shutter and has a crop ratio of 5.5x which is perfect to turn a 300mm lens into a huge 1650mm telezoom.
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