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March 02, 2012 at 07:32AM


Pentax K-5 silver special edition with a Marc Newson designed DA 40mm f/2.8 XS ultra-thin lens announced

As previously reported, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation announced the Pentax K-5 silver special edition camera kit with a Marc Newson designed DA 40mm f/2.8 XS ultra-thin lens (the same lens from the K-01 kit). The kit will be available in April 2012 for 599.95.

Press release:

DENVER, CO March 1, 2012… PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 Silver Special Edition. Available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide, the package consists of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera body matched with the new, ultra thin smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens.

The exclusive package combines the PENTAX K-5 — the flagship model of the PENTAX K series of digital SLR cameras — with the smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens — the world’s thinnest unifocal lens*. Marc Newson, one of the world’s most renowned industrial designers, masterly designed this lens. Both the camera body and the lens barrel feature the same elegant silver finish, assuring that this package is a high-performance imaging tool that also boasts maximum visual harmony. Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the package, including a specially designed package, while the camera’s firmware has been updated to the latest version (Ver.1.13).

* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 25, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).Note: The specifications of the camera body (except for the firmware) and the lens are same as those for the standard K-5 model.

The K-5 Silver Special Edition package will be available in April 2012 for 599.95 USD and will be available exclusively through the PENTAX Web Store (www.pentaxwebstore.com) and Ace Photo (www.acephoto.net). More information is available at the following link: www.pentaximaging.com/news and product images are available at: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here:www.pentaximaging.com/news

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February 08, 2012 at 06:23AM


Pentax will announce their 2012 plans at the CP+ show, here are the details

Those are the new products for 2012 Pentax is expected to announce at the CP+ show in Japan this week (Google translated):

Pentax smc DA 645 25 mm / 4.0: NEW RELEASE No, but suitable only as a DA lens. First delivery in April 2012 probably.

Pentax smc D FA 645 90mm / 2.8: Lightweight telephoto lens, ideal for portraits with a special Bokeh. Market introduction in 2012.

Pentax smc DA 560mm / 5.6: Expected long telephoto lens for K mount for sports and nature photography. Market introduction in 2012.

Pentax smc DA 50 mm / 1.8: Bright lens with telephoto lens for low-K bayonet launch in 2012.

PENTAX interchangeable lens for K-01: Focal length and launch is still open. Especially the slim design for K-01.

PENTAX interchangeable lens system for Q: Telephoto zoom lens with excellent performance, focal length is not known. Market introduction in 2012.

PENTAX interchangeable lens system for Q: Especially in thin lens (cover design), focal length is not known. Market introduction in 2012

Q adapter for Pentax K-mount adapter for conventional lenses on the Pentax K Q: With integrated shutter unit. Only manual focusing possible. Launch in spring 2012

Pentax Image software for the transmitter 645D. Following features, the software that is offered as an option on CD-ROM:

• Images can be directly stored in a file on the PC. At the same storage on SD Memory Card is available in the camera.
• The shutter can be operated via the PC
• Available in Japanese and English
• Launch of Spring 2012

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February 03, 2012 at 12:33AM


Pentax K-mount lens roadmap for 2012 and 2013

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Pentax published their K-mount lens roadmap for 2012-2013. Here are the approximate focal lengths of the expected lenses:

50mm DA standard lens (2012)

18-200 DA high magnification zoom lens (2012)

12-28mm DA wide zoom (2013)

24-38mm DA zoom limited lens (2013)

120-380mm DA tele zoom (2013)

18-85mm DA zoom lens (2013)

DA AF RC 1.4x teleconverter (2013)

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February 02, 2012 at 07:37PM


Pentax Ricoh Imaging Corporation introduces Pentax K-01 designed by Marc Newson

DENVER, CO February 2, 2012…When is a camera more than a photographer’s tool? The answer is when it’s an object designed by Marc Newson, one of the most acclaimed and influential contemporary designers.

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION introduces the Marc Newson designed PENTAX K-01* interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The new PENTAX K-01 is another bold effort from the manufacturer that is known for pushing camera size, color, durability, and now, design, to the limit. Widely known for designing a wide range of objects from furniture and household products to bicycles, cars, aircraft and yachts, Marc Newson has had collected works displayed in The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City and many other major museums.

The contemporary, timeless K-01 houses a full array of advanced functions and user-friendly features in a camera body with remarkable form and function. The elimination of an optical viewfinder and quick-return mirror gave Newson more freedom in designing the camera body, and the K-01 showcases Newson originality in every detail. Available in black, white and Newson’s signature yellow colors, the K-01 features the designer’s autograph logo stamp on the bottom of each camera.

The famed designer’s touch also is evident in a new smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS interchangeable lens. As the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens,* the new 40mm combines with the PENTAX K-01 camera body to deliver a unique ILC system that is perfect for photographers who are as keen on design as they are on performance. Together, the K-01 and 40mm lens system mark the intersection where high technology and high design meet.

Key features of the PENTAX K-01 include:
• Durable machined aluminum frame under a stylish black, white, or yellow exterior.
PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.
• Large 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with low noise image capture and multiple aspect ratios.
• Bright, high resolution 3 inch LCD with 920,000 dots.
• Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features outstanding video capture flexibility.
• Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens.
• Fast 6 FPS burst mode is ideal for fast-action photography.
• Flexible ISO range of 100-25600 ensures gorgeous noise-free imaging in any lighting condition.
• Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.
* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 1, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).

The K-01 will be available in yellow, black and white in March 2012 for 49.95USD (body only) and 99.95USD (lens kit including new DA 40mm XS) in Marc Newson designed packaging and with the Marc Newson designed strap. The smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS unifocal interchangeable standard lens will ship at the same time for 49.95 USD.

Additional information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news and a video interview with Mark Newson regarding the K-01design may be viewed here: www.youtube.com/pentaxian1 Images of other Marc Newson creations are available here.

PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here: www.pentaximaging.com/news

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January 31, 2012 at 03:31AM


This is how the Pentax K-01 should look like

This is how the Pentax K-10 mirrorless camera should like. Here is the recap of the rumored specs:

K-mount

Same sensor as in the K-5 (16.3MP)

Will come with a new lens: DA 40mm f/2.8XS – the new lens will be less than 1 centimeter thick and it will work only with the new K-01 body

There will be a total of three new lenses

Three different colors: black & white body color, white and black, black and yellow

Same LCD screen as in the K-5 (3.0 in, 921k pixels)

Full HD video

The K-01 will have an external mic output for video recording

Shutter speed: from 30 to 1/4000 seconds

Contrast AF, AF 81, Split

Dimensions: 121mm width, 79mm height, 59mm depth

Weight: 560g with battery

The camera is designed by a famous designer

The Pentax K-01 and the 40mm lens will be covered with some kind of rubber-like material for better grip

All Pentax FA lenses will work on the new K-01 with the exception of few models

To be announced at CP+ show

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January 26, 2012 at 07:33AM


The new Pentax Optio VS20 compact camera has two shutter release buttons

The new Optio VS20 point and shoot camera from Pentax has a second vertical shutter-release button with zoom lever for portrait oriented shooting. The rest of the specs: 3in. LCD display, triple shake reduction, sensor-shift-type shake reduction (SR) mechanism, 20x optical zoom, 16MP sensor, HD video.

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION INTRODUCES OPTIO VS20 WITH 20X ZOOM AND VERTICAL SHOOTING ENHANCEMENTS

(DENVER, CO) January 25, 2011. PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announced the Optio VS20 digital compact camera today. This versatile model features a high-power 20X optical zoom lens (28-560mm equivalent) and a second vertical shutter-release button with zoom lever for effortless portrait oriented shooting. A vertical shutter release and zoom lever give the Optio VS20 a unique feature typically found on DSLR cameras, which lends itself to added stability at long optical zooms, as well as comfortable grip for such images as portraits, high rise buildings and architecture, monuments, trees, sports action, and panorama frames. The Optio VS20 even includes a vertical tripod socket for outstanding stabilized vertical support. A new Handheld Night Snap mode also is introduced to capture beautiful images with minimal blur and noise even in low light settings.

The Optio VS20 body is built in a compact digital form factor, and offers several other advanced functions and user-friendly features including:

A 16.0 megapixel CCD sensor with mechanical sensor shift Shake Reduction for stabilized, blur-free images even in low lighting

A large 3.0 inch, wide view (approx. 170 degrees) LCD for easy image capture and review

Auto Picture mode that automatically chooses the best camera settings

Triple Shake Reduction (SR) for sharp, blur-free images and video

Other new scene modes including Fish-eye, Sketch modes and a Stretch filter for more creative options

The PENTAX Optio VS20 will be available in noble black and brilliant white on www.pentaxwebstore.com for 49.95 in February 2012.

PENTAX OPTIO VS20 FACT SHEET

The 20X optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage handles a variety of subjects and scenes
The Optio VS20 features a high-performance, extra-powerful 20X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 560mm super-telephoto (equivalent in the 35mm format). The extra-wide zoom range captures images in a wide range of subjects and scenes from landscapes to sports events. A high-quality Macro mode shoots down to just one centimeter from the subject. An Intelligent Zoom function further extends the zoom range to approximately 144X to cover the focal length of an approximately 4032mm super-telephoto lens (in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.

Effortless, comfortable vertical-position shooting with image orientation shift and vertical position tripod socket
The Optio VS20 enhances vertical shooting three ways:

An extra shutter-release button and a second zoom lever offers a better grip for vertical shots

Automatic shift of image display orientation (from horizontal landscape to vertical portrait by detecting vertical alignment with its orientation sensor)

A vertical-position tripod socket to securely set the camera up with a lighter, more portable tripod

Exceptional image quality
With 16.0 effective megapixels, a high-performance smc PENTAX zoom lens, and a CCD shift Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism, the Optio VS20 delivers well-defined, high-quality images. Even when enlarged, images offer high-resolution prints with outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness.

Large 3.0 inch LCD monitor
The Optio VS20 features an HVGA high-resolution 3.0 inch color LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Since this extra-large monitor provides a clear view of images and menus, the photographer can quickly and efficiently check captured images and menu settings. In addition, the monitor is treated with AG (Anti-Glare) coating to improve visibility by minimizing reflections and blocking stains such as fingerprints.

Triple Shake Reduction for sharp, blur-free imagesSensor-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism
The advanced sensor shift SR mechanism produces sharp, blur-free images even under shake-prone shooting conditions such as when shooting with a telephoto lens, at sunset or indoors with low-lighting.

Digital SR mode*
During still-image shooting, the Optio VS20 automatically raises its sensitivity to as high as ISO 6400 by detecting the subject’s brightness level. This user-friendly feature allows photographers to capture the subject at faster shutter speeds to minimize the risk of camera shake and subject shake.

Movie SR mode**
During movie recording, the Movie SR mode effectively compensates for camera shake to produce beautiful, stabilized movie clips.
*When the Digital SR mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at five megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels).
** When the Movie SR mode is selected, the angle of view becomes narrower than normal shooting.

Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
The Optio VS20 features the PENTAX-developed Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene by accurately assessing various photographic conditions over the entire image field. This user-friendly mode selects one of 15 shooting modes including Blue Sky and Sunset among others, and optimizes various camera settings (such as sensitivity and shutter speed) for the best results with minimal effort.

New Scene and Filter modes for greater creative options
Thirteen user-friendly scene modes allow the photographer to effortlessly capture beautiful images simply by selecting a desired scene mode for a given subject or scene. Handheld Night Snap for low light allows photographers to take pictures while confirming the level of filtering effect on the LCD monitor, and Fish-eye and Sketch modes offer creative visual effects for more personalized expression. A New Stretch filter extends a particular portion of an image for an eye-catching special effect.

Upgraded auto face recognition function with a new face recall function
The Optio VS20 Face Recognition AF & AE function offers a new Face Recall function that prioritizes a pre-registered face when optimizing focus and exposure settings, which comes in handy when taking group shots. To assist the photographer in capturing beautiful, lively snapshots, the Optio VS20 also provides other user-friendly features including the Smile Capture mode that automatically releases the shutter the moment the camera detects the subject’s smile, and the Blink Detection function that warns the photographer when the subject’s eyes close at the time of shutter release.

High-quality HDTV movie recording with pushbutton start
The Optio VS20 captures beautiful, high-definition movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels).* Since the camera provides an independent movie recording button on its back panel, the user can instantly start recording movie clips from any shooting mode. It also features three new digital filters (Fish-eye, Miniature and Sketch mode) to allow the user to experiment with more diversified visual expressions.
*When the Optio VS20’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

Additional features:

Digital level and 48 segment grid display functions for easy confirmation of horizontal and vertical alignment

Wireless remote-control shooting using an optional PENTAX infrared remote control

Choice of three image aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) to accommodate different applications

D-Range setting to prevent whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas in an image

Digital Panorama mode to effortlessly create a single panoramic picture from as many as three images

Neck strap included

Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.1 for PENTAX (Windows version compatible with Windows 7) and MediaImpression 2.1 for PENTAX (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.7)

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January 20, 2012 at 09:46AM


Canon 55-110mm f/2.0 lens patent

Canon filed a patent 2012-8344 in Japan for a 55-110mm f/2.0 zoom lens:

Release date: January 12th, 2012

Filing date: June 24th, 2010

Focal length: 55.5 – 112.2mm

Aperture: f/2.0

2x zoom

Half angle of view: 13.4181 – 6.712°

18 elements in 15 groups

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January 20, 2012 at 12:03AM


Rumor: Pentax K-01 APS-C mirrorless camera to be announced next month

Rumors for a second mirrorless camera from Pentax are intensifying again. Here are the first detailed specs from digicame-info:

to be announced at CP+ show in Japan in early February

the model name is K-01

K-mount

will come with a new lens: DA 40mm f/2.8XS

there will be three new lenses

three different colors: Black & white body color, white and black, black and yellow

optical viewfinder

there will be also an EVF, not clear if it will be built-in or optional

same sensor as in the K-5 (16.3MP)

same LCD screen as in the K-5 (3.0 in, 921k pixels)

full HD video

shutter speed: from 30 to 1/4000 seconds

contrast AF, AF 81, Split

built-in pop-up flash

121mm width, 79mm height, 59mm depth

weight: 560g with battery

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