NYC, NY (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
Pentax has released five new K-mount autofocus lenses for its series of APS-C format DSLR cameras. The lenses are updates of existing lenses and are being released as a limited-production run with a focus on quality construction featuring updated HD lens coatings, circular aperture designs, and handsome, durable all-metal barrels. In addition, Pentax has announced two new flash units to update their present top-of-the-line models.
The PENTAX DA series of lenses is designed specifically for PENTAX DSLR cameras. DA lenses are perfectly tailored for use with digital camera sensors, offering a compact, efficient design, with the best combination of price and performance.
Starting with the widest of the new lenses, the HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited provides the 35mm equivalence of a 23mm lens for ultra wide-angle shooting. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1002130-REG/pentax_21470_hd_pentax_da_15mm.html
The wide view and a minimum focus distance of 7.1” allows one to get close to the subject without losing the context within which you are shooting, and its low distortion minimizes converging lines and other unflattering effects of shooting with such a wide perspective.
Quick-Shift Focus System lets the user to switch from auto to manual focus in an instant, and depth-of-field and distance scales on the lens barrel aid in manual focusing. An improved, high-grade multi-layer High Definition lens coating minimizes flare and ghosting and renders high-resolution, high-contrast imaging. The lens itself is particularly compact and features a built-in pull-out type lens hood that deflects stray light. The DA 15mm f/4 is available for pre-order in a black or silver finish.
The HD Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited lens is also supplied in black and silver and provides the 35mm equivalent focal length of a 31.5mm lens, which is ideal for landscape vistas and shooting in cramped quarters. It is a very compact lens at only 1 inch long and weighs 4.2 oz. A high-grade multi-layer High Definition lens coating minimizes flare, and a rounded diaphragm creates pleasing bokeh. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1002132-REG/pentax_21410_hd_pentax_da_21mm.html
Going up the focal-length ladder, the HD Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio for sharp and true close-up macro photography. The minimum focus distance is only 5.5”. Its 35mm equivalent focal length is 53.5mm, which classifies it as a standard-length lens; its f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light. It, too, was built with a super-compact design to pair seamlessly with all the K-mount cameras. Its Quick-Shift Focus System enables you to switch from auto to manual modes easily and a high-grade multi-layer High Definition coating minimizes ghosting. The 9-blade diaphragm helps to provide a pleasing out-of-focus area. It is available in silver and black at B&H Photo. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1002134-REG/pentax_21450_hd_pentax_da_35mm.html
Next, the HD Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited lens is an ultra-thin pancake lens that barely protrudes from the camera body. It measures only 0.6 inch long and weighs just 3.1 oz and also provides the Quick-Shift Focus System, a 9-blade diaphragm and a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. Its 35mm equivalent focal length is 60mm and it is available in a black or silver finish. Its small form factor and slightly longer-than-normal focal length make this an ideal everyday lens.
With the HD Pentax DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited, we have the longest focal length of the new lenses. Its 35mm equivalence is 105mm and the maximum aperture is f/2.4, making it ideal for shallow-depth-of-field portraiture. It, too, offers the Quick-Shift Focus System and high-grade multi-layer High Definition lens coating. Like the other lenses, distance and depth-of-field scales are clearly marked on the barrel. The 70mm lens also features a Super Protect coating on the front lens element for effective protection against dirt and finger smudges. Black or silver versions are available for pre-order at B&H Photo.
Pentax AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II Flash Units
The AF540FGZ II and the AF360FGZ II professional flash units update the Pentax models presently available and have added not only power and design durability, but features to enhance video recording as well. Compatible with Pentax SLR, DSLR, and mirrorless cameras that have a hot-shoe mount, they are powerful and versatile. Their new all-weather construction pairs well with the Pentax WR DSLR cameras.
Pre-flash in P-TTL mode provides more accurate strobe shooting and high-speed, on-camera, and wireless flash is available in P-TTL. Both models offer a constant light source for videos or long-exposure still photography and an improved LCD shows the effective flash range. A simple dial is available to control flash exposure compensation. The AF540FGZ II and the AF360FGZ II can also act as both commander and slave via their optical pulse transmission wireless shooting function. With up to four channels available, the wireless function enables effective, coordinated off-camera flash setups for creative lighting control. See more information at
B&H Photo Video, a qualified Pentax Authorized reseller with the most up to date Pentax product information, product pricing and individual promotional offers. B&H Photo is currently accepting pre-orders on the updated lenses and flashes. Pentax BH InDepth Article link http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/pentax/news/pentax-introduces-five-new-limited-series-lenses-and-updated-flashes
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