Pentax Full Frame to Excel with FA Limiteds
Official Teaser Update
The official Pentax full frame DSLR teaser site was updated today with a new photo of the upcoming camera (shown above), three new sample photos, as well as a promotional paragraph relating to FA and legacy lens functionality.
The post is written to appeal to current owners of Pentax full-frame lenses. When mounted on the Pentax full frame camera, these lenses will offer a wider field of view than when mounted on an APS-C camera, since their entire image circle will be used. These lenses include the D FA, FA, F, A, M, and K series as well as a host of third-party offerings and screwmount lenses.
One of the benefits offered by the PENTAX 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera is that your favorite lenses, which many of you have used since the days of film photography, can be used at their [full image circles]. This benefit applies to the high-grade FA Limited-series lenses. Favored by many PENTAX camera users, you can take advantages of the imaging power of these popular lenses in digital photography much as for film photography. I would like to familiarize you with some sample images captured by three FA Limited-series lenses.
The smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited has outstanding image-forming power and delivers high-contrast images. It offers a distinctive image description that accurately reproduces the ambiance of the scene being shot. Captured by this wide-angle lens, Image 1 clearly depicts fine details even in the shadows.
Next is the smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited. This compact unifocal standard lens has an angle of view and perspective similar to that of the human eye. Image 2 shows fine sharpness, rich gradation and a truthful sense of depth, all of which are distinctive characteristics of this particular lens.
Finally, the smc PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited excels in contrast and resolution. Captured by this telephoto lens, Image 3 faithfully recreates the ambience of this particular scene with its high-contrast rendition and subtle bokeh (defocus) effect.
Note that the actual focal length of lenses used on the full frame does not change. If you are unclear on how sensor format affects field of view, see Crop Factor Unmasked.