Regardless of a basic transfer away from DLSR cameras and their equipment within the photographic business, Pentax appears to be doubling down with its launch of a brand new lens for its personal digital SLR cameras.
The corporate has unveiled the HD Pentax-D FA Macro 100mm F2.8ED AW lens for all-weather capturing with the model’s Ok-mount vary of cameras.
It is a full-frame prime mannequin that’s aimed toward changing Pentax’s 100mm f2.8 SMC D-FA WR Macro from 2009 and it’s a novel addition to a digital camera/lens manufacturing business that’s focusing nearly fully on mirrorless units and ever extra lenses for them.
Simply to call one instance of the alternative of what Pentax is doing: Dominant DSLR maker Canon will not be solely abandoning DSLR cameras and lenses, it’s additionally releasing mirrorless digital camera alternate options for a lot of of its present DSLR lens fashions.
Shifting again to the brand new Pentax launch, it comes with a brand new form of optical design that consists of 10 components in 8 teams that embrace an Additional-low Dispersion (ED) optical component made from glass. That is complemented by 2 Anomalous Dispersion optical components that work collectively to reduce aberrations and purple fringing.
Regardless of being a full-frame mannequin, the brand new lens can be utilized with APS-C Pentax cameras for an efficient 150mm focal size that’s very best for smaller topics and sure forms of nature/wildlife capturing.
The general development of the Macro 100mm F2.8ED AW is designed for all-weather use and is basically impermeable to moisture, rain, mud and grit infiltration. This makes it much more helpful for out of doors capturing in nature.
That is the primary time that Pentax has achieved this with certainly one of its macro lenses and consequently, the HD Pentax-D FA Macro 100mm F2.8ED AW is right for weatherproof Pentax DSLR lenses.
The brand new lens additionally affords 1:1 magnification for specializing in topics and has a minimal focus distance of 13cm, or 5.1 inches. Internally, it options an 8-blade diaphragm that delivers fantastically pure bokeh in line with Pentax.
Different key specs and options of the HD Pentax-D FA Macro 100mm F2.8ED AW embrace full autofocus, a 24.5-degree angle of view (that decreases to 16 levels if used with APS-C sensors) a minimal aperture of f/32 and a 49mm filter measurement. The lens weighs 348 grams or 12.3 oz.
Pentax is releasing its new Macro 100mm F2.8ED AW lens in black as of November for $549.95 and this launch features a lens hood and case. There may even be a particular version silver model of the lens happening sale in December, however consumers had higher get their palms on it shortly as a result of for no matter purpose, Pentax is releasing solely 300 items of the silver model worldwide.
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