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In July, the users of Pentax digital reflex cameras will be able to enjoy the benefits of a new, bright lens - FA* 50 mm f/1.4 SDM AW. Unfortunately, out of the pair of modern ”Star” lenses (HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW and HD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm f/2.8), announced this year, only the first one will appear on sale. The premiere of the second one is scheduled for 2019. Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is a fixed lens. Its optical system consists of 15 lenses placed in 9 groups (3 apsherical lenses, 1 made of abnormal-dispersion glass). The aperture of the lens is made of 9 blades and the minimum focus distance is 40 cm. 1). Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW The new AF ring motor is supposed to ensure a 7.5x greater torque from the one in the previous constructions of this producer. The effect of this is quicker and more accurate focusing. 2). Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW The properties of the aperture and the coatings of the lenses: HD, Aero Bright II and Super Coating, are supposed to ensure the background blur and good contrast in hard lighting conditions. Light reflections and flares are supposed to be kept to a minimum. The coatings of the lenses enable keeping them clean. 3). Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW The lens is, of course, sealed and splash-proof. Since the electromagnetic aperture has been applied in the lens, we will be able to use it only with the latest models of Pentax cameras: K-1 Mark II, K-1, K-3 II, K-3, KP, K-70, K-S2 or K-S1. Pentax FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is to appear on sale at the end of July and the price of the lens, as at today, is $1200. You can preorder this lens here.
As part of its tradition, Pentax has presented a silver limited edition of its K-1 reflex camera. Its name is Pentax K-1 Limited Silver. Apart from the colour of the body, this camera does not differ from its basic version and it has a full-frame CMOS sensor, with effective resolution of 36.4 Mp, supported by PRIME IV image processor. Thanks to this set, we can take photographs within the ISO range of 100-204800. Of course, we also have 5-axis sensor stabilization and 33-point autofocus. Apart from the body, Pentax has also presented a battery grip, which, just like the body, is silver. In the set we will also find 2 batteries. 1). Pentax K-1 Limited Silver The producer is planning to produce only 2000 items. The price is not known yet.
Pentax KP is not a successor of the K-3 II model, but rather the first model of a new series of Pentax cameras. The series which is intended to be super compact, but also have top capabilities. The Ricoh camera is equipped with a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, supported by the PRIME IV processor. This set enables us to make photos with the speed up to 7fps with crazy sensitivity reaching 819200. Of course, we can expect that this maximum sensitivity will be totally useless in professional photography. Pentax KP is equipped with a 5-axis sensor stabilisation system with a 5 EV effectiveness, known from the K-1 model. It also has the Pixel Shift Resolution Technology, in which, thanks to the sensor shift, the camera will take photos with the detailedness matching medium format cameras. 1). Pentax KP The camera has 27-point SAFOX 11 autofocus and the shutter mechanism which enables us to take photos at the speed of 1/6000s (1/24000 with an electronic shutter). Apart from that, we also have a viewfinder with almost 100% coverage, a folding 3'' LCD touch screen with 921k-point resolution, and Wi-Fi. 2). Pentax KP Unfortunately, the camera, apart from its filmmaking functions, does not ensure a possibility of recording in 4K, which is a bit surprising in such an advanced camera. 3). Pentax KP Pentax KP will be on sale at the end of February in 2 color versions, and it will cost $1099 for a body.