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Photos of new Pentax Lenses Revealed

K-mount, Q-mount, and 645 mount, to be shown at CP+ · 02-08-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News
Photos of new Pentax Lenses Revealed

Although most of the product names for the 7 Pentax lenses that were announced yesterday remain tentative, Pentax has already publicly revealed photos of all 7 of those lenses!

The following lenses are already listed in our Lens database:

and these lenses will likely see updates to their names:

  • Pentax Q Telephoto Zoom
  • Pentax Q Body Cap Lens
  • SMC Pentax-DA XS lens for K-01 (only)

Pentax K-01 Lens

Perhaps the most interesting thing we've learned tonight is that Pentax has plans to take full advantage of the Pentax K-01's mirrorless construction.  The new and unnamed SMC Pentax-DA XS lens, pictured above, will extend closer to the K-01's sensor than a normal K-mount lens would.  The rear lens elements will be located in the area which would otherwise be blocked by the mirror on a DSLR.  This introduces many new lens possibilities for the K-01 as well as future Pentax mirrorless cameras, also meaning that lenses can be made more compact!

Due to the curvature of the front element of this new lens, as well as its small size, we suspect it will be a very wide lens.  It should also be noted that the lens is similar in appearance to current DA limited lenses.

K-mount lenses

Pentax DA 560mm F5.6 lens

(click to enlarge)

Let's begin with the Pentax 560mm lens, pictured above.  This lens is clearly a welcome addition to the Pentax SLR lens lineup, though we find it to be larger than we had originally expected.  The finish makes it looks like a professional lens, while the tripod mount will facilitate better stability in the field.  In order for this lens to be successful, it will have to be priced significantly below the Sigma 500mm F4.5 lens, which is only half a stop faster (yet slightly shorter as well).

Pentax 50mm F1.8

The photo of the Pentax 50mm F1.8 confirms our original suspicion that it would feature the same lightweight construction and plastic mount as the 35mm F2.4, and it will likely take its place as the cheapest prime lens in the Pentax lineup.  This lens will likely be a great performer and a good starting point for beginners.  This also means that it is not a replacement for the FA 50mm F1.4.

Q-Mount lenses

The photos of the new Q-mount lenses also allow us to draw some interesting conclusion. 

First, let's take a look at the new Pentax K to Q mount adapter:

Pentax Q mount adapter

This adapter will let you use an K-mount lens on your Pentax Q.  Furthermore, it appears that it has its own aperture controls/shutter mechanism, meaning that DA-series lenses (those with no aperture ring of their own) will remain fully usable, and the aperture setting on the adapter will adjust the lens's aperture.

Pentax Q telephoto lensNext up is the Q Telephoto prime.  This lens will likely go from 80mm (equivalent) to well beyond that, though no official specifications have been revealed yet.

Pentax Q body cap lensFinally, we have the Pentax Q body cap lens, which is hardly a surprise considering the focus Pentax is placing on size.  Can you imagine how small this little piece of plastic must be?  This "lens" may turn the Pentax Q into the first commercial digital pinhole camera out there!

Pentax 645 Lens

The final lens that was revealed today is the D-FA 645 90mm lens for the Pentax 645D (it is also usable with 645 film cameras).  There are no surprises here- it will be a short telephoto lens equivalent to 60mm on an APS-C camera (when mounted on the 645D).  Its construction is just like that of the current 55mm D-FA 645 lens, and it will be weather-sealed.

Pentax 645 90mm F2.8 lens

*Nomenclature:

  • SDM - Silent Drive Motor
  • AW - All-Weather (645 lenses)
  • ED - Extra-low Dispersion
  • [IF] - Internal Focus
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Tags: pentax, lens, q, k-mount, dslr, 560mm, 50mm, k-01, 645d

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Eulogy [Delete] Feb 18th, 2012 4:58PM

The new 50 having a plastic mount makes me want to go back to ebay, and buy an old metal mount AF 50. Though I suppose it can't be that bad, Canon has gotten away with it with minimal(Everyone who buys one) complaints.

Also, anyone else think the line of WR Lenses needs to be expanded upon?(Perhaps a 50mm WR Macro? Not like when it starts raining I stop wanting to shoot pictures of flowers)

momotazur [Delete] Feb 14th, 2012 4:16PM

DA does not necessarily mean APS-c only. DA 40 is full-frame compatible (officially). Different reviews indicate that a number of DA lenses can be used on FF/film body but it is not official claim.

jabof33 [Delete] Feb 14th, 2012 6:46AM

As far as I know, "DA" indicates digital only, while DFA & FA shows dual compatible lenses - the new 50 mm f1.4 shows DA on the photo and we should assume it is for APS-C use only. The FA 50mm f1.4 is still available, so why bother with the new lens, especially if you shoot both 35 mm and digital. Also the FA 31mm, 43mm & 77mm LTD lemses are sill availble, albeit somewhat more expensive than the run-of-the-mill choices.

The whole joy of Pentax and the K system is you can pick and choose and avoid duplication unless it is essential.

jabof33 [Delete] Feb 14th, 2012 6:34AM

Stunning news, but a nice DA* 400 f2.8 or f4 prime would also be very helpful, as would a DA* 150-400mm zoom (ideally f2.8 too).

Are we to assume a full size sensor for the Pro DSLR body and if yes, will we see a re-introduction of the FA* lenses from ZI/Z1P/MZS days? I sincerely hope so!!!

veato [Delete] Feb 14th, 2012 12:27AM

A lot of people seemingly not liking the 50mm f/1.8. The thing is though for a lot of Canikon users the first lens they buy (away from the kit lens) is a 'nifty fifty'. I think it's definitely a good thing that Pentax now have one.

ronniemac [Delete] Feb 12th, 2012 5:38PM

So what's the prize for the first to combine the new 560mm with Q adaptor and Q body? :) Sadly not me; I'm a pauper, but I will have the DA50 F1.8 to accompany my DA35 F2.4 It gives me new landscape and portrait primes at a price I can afford. I appreciate Pentax taking this approach, offering something for everyone.

zapp [Delete] Feb 11th, 2012 8:26AM

The 560 has three nobs. One for fixation of the lens shade - stupid if it only moves back and forth. One for fixation of tripod collar rotation. One for a filter insert. Check out the third knob and you realize that this is a computer genrated mock up of a long lens. A 5.6/560 mm lens has similar specs as a 2.8/280 (muliply by 2). Talking cost it will be in the $2000 range. PUT A FOCUS LIMITER IN THAT LENS - the one your forgot in the last 100/200/300 mm lenses

zapp [Delete] Feb 11th, 2012 8:19AM

Image mock ups of several lenses... some gaps remain open, most specs are missing, many things will change. The 560 is interesting, let's see what we get at the end. A wide angle companion for the 1.4/55 is missing - 1.4/21. More people would rather buy such a lens than a 560mm lens - many would buy both! The 1.8/50 is the cheap solution for people who have not arrived at the APS-C format. Yes, Pentax can build the design on previous lenses, but who needs this lens? And who needs another 40 mm lens. The 40/3mm lens was once designed as the shortest focal length allowing for little distortion on 43 mm cameras. It may be a classic, but who needs three such lenses in an APS-C lineup?
Produce more of the serious lenses.

HenrikDK [Delete] Feb 10th, 2012 9:36AM

I think market will drive a low price of the 50mm - Canikons are selling for about $130...

On why not a a 100-400mm vs the 560 someone mentioned? That lens appeared on the road map. Personally that is what I want. Of course for the right price on the 560...

pentaxus [Delete] Feb 10th, 2012 1:37AM

The Q lens adapter is cool. Now you can use the Takumar 6X7 800mm f/4 lens on the Q with the right adapters!

sckortyman [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 7:42PM

how does it make sense for the 50 1.8 to be cheaper than the 35 2.4?

thecozmiester [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 3:07PM

I'm looking forward to the 50mm f1.8! I hope its really affordable! Iv'e been planning on the 18-135mm but my M 50mm f2 gave out on me, And just in time too! Whatever Pentax is doing they better keep doing it! now i got something i can upgrade too!

momotazur [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 2:41PM

With the silver ring on 560 make me think that it is a DFA and I became excited. Then I saw the tentative name. I wish I could get some indication of FF camera.

rparmar [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 8:10AM

@Cambo: Your own personal preferences aside, every system needs a fast normal, yet Pentax inexplicably does not provide one. A 28mm at f/2 or better should be the standard lens with a K-01 or anything else. This is a glaring hole and has been for years. On the announcement: I am glad to see a good number of products announced, keeping the Pentax name alive. Even if none interest me personally.

jheu02 [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 7:24AM

Just a guess, but with the high ISO capability of the K-5 and expected subsequent sensors, super fast glass on the 560mm would just drive up prices too much. It's not like film days when you were limited to about 800 ISO for anything really usable. As long as it's pretty sharp by f/8, shoot at 6400 ISO if needed for action shots.

Adam [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 2:44AM

It should be, yes, based on its size and specifications. Being a 50mm lens, however, it may work fine on film as well or with minimal vignetting.

striker_ [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 1:30AM

Anyone know if the 50mm is a crop sensor lens?

ginsbu [Delete] Feb 9th, 2012 1:18AM

I don't see how you can say "This also means that it is not a replacement for the FA 50mm F1.4." The FA 50mm isn't on the new roadmap which certainly suggests that it will be discontinued, leaving the new DA lens as the only fast 50mm in the lineup and the only fast option around 50mm more affordable than the DA* 55mm.

netrex [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 11:57PM

GeoffWessex: What are you on about. Why have shake reduction in it? ALL the Pentax digital SLRs have shake reduction. And f/6? Who talks about f/6? It's f/5.6.

gut1kor: It sounds to me with what you're saying that they shouldn't make lenses that aren't hand-holdable. If you want what the other brands make, buy the other brands. But the other brands ALSO makes 500mmer that aren't hand-holdable.

LowVoltage [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 9:36PM

To the guy who complained about no shake reduction on the 560mm: Are you seriously suggesting that one might try to hand-hold such a beast?! This is definitely monopod/tripod territory. I curious about the extra knobs on the barrel at the rear and front. Of course, the one in the middle is for adjusting the tension on the tripod collar. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the new XS lens is a K-01-only version of the 70mm ltd.

gut1kor [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 8:29PM

560mm??? The price also will be astronomical it seems. I don't think this will be a handholdable lens? Why not Pentax make something like 80-400mm or 100-400mm lenses like Nikon and Canon?

GeoffWessex [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 8:00PM

The 50mm f/1.8 seems a good move - the 'opposition' have budget lenses around this point (and faster) so let's see what the price is - it has to compete! I prefer the 55mm f/1.4 with Macro, but that's still out my price range.
So what are we saying with the 560mm? It's f/6 or something? Not sure how it can be over $1000 - seems no effort has been made to make it fast and there's no SR in it.... dispense with AF and it would be worth no more than about $400 only a few years ago.

hcarvalhoalves [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 7:32PM

All good stuff. They are starting with the obvious: a fast, AF 50mm, so newly-initiated people don't have to rely on used glass. The FA 1.4 prices were already going up! Now that we have 50mm and 35mm covered, a 20-ish mm would make the walk-around bundle complete, right Pentax?

Alizarine [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 7:08PM

While a lot of people would probably diss the decision to the 50 1.8, I approve it because it's going to be the prime of choice for MANY beginners - the market that Pentax just snagged. Those who want to try more but are still afraid to invest in much.

calsan [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 7:06PM

I notice the distance markings on the focus scale of the new XS lens are the same as those on the DA 40 limited. Which doesn't make sense if the other XS lens is also 40mm???

Monobod [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 6:54PM

To Maggieclarke - how about the Sigma 100-300 f/4 I have one and it is superb. What I would like from Pentax is a 70-210 f/2.8 to replace my 70-210 f/4 manual focus one touch zoom. Even an f/4 would be better than nothing.....

Cambo [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 6:28PM

To heck with 28's, we need something between 100 and 200...and something fast...135 f2.8 or better, please...been waiting about 20 years for a replacement for the FA 135 f2.8...

jac [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 6:00PM

560. Damn. May have to sell the three year-old kid. But by the size of it, I can probably wrap it in his old clothing and "She who can do no wrong" may not notice for a day or two.

maggieclarke [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 5:57PM

I'm looking for 70-300 with decent opening but not huge in size or price.

unfocused [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 5:34PM

The world is flooded with 50s. Why another one when we really need a 28?

yozh [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 5:17PM

Not only the price but the weight of 560 is very interesting too

Ash [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 5:16PM

Like the new K-01 lens construction and size. Looks like a winner. Also look forward to the 560mm coming out in the flesh.

raynerj [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 4:35PM

560mm is not long enough to do a full frame shot of the moon. I would say somewhere between 1250 and 1500mm would fill the frame. My 1000mm comes close, but it does leave a little bit of room around the subject.

aoleg [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 4:28PM

Ditch the Q and well done on the rest!

Ubuntu_user [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 4:06PM

Maybe the 560mm will only be $2k!!!

sjwaldron [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 4:01PM

Pentax must have a few astronomers in the company. First the GPS accessory and now this 560mm lens. :)

igor [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 3:54PM

my guess on the 560 price would be around $2.5-3k... anyone else?

GraphAD [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 3:50PM

Can't wait to see the price of the 560 but then again what is the minimum shooting distance, like Igor states, 30ft is way too long....

solar1 [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 3:43PM

xs

igor [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 3:42PM

also, still unclear if the new 560/5.6 is an ED lens...doesn't look like one so far :(
If it's derived from telescopes, maybe it'd be good for shooting the Moon , but not a bird at 30ft ???

igor [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 3:40PM

well, the 560/5.6 is very welcomed (long awaited for) although its relatively slow aperture will make focusing with current bodies pretty tough... A pro-AF body (like 1D or D3) would be a great companion for this lens. I'd personally prefer something a bit shorter and faster like 500/5 (lighter than Sigma just enough to shoot handheld).
Still... let's wait for the test wide open shots and the price of course.

i83N [Delete] Feb 8th, 2012 3:39PM

Hooray for 560mm!!!