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09-22-2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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Pentax K-r Officially Announced (along with DA L 35mm F2.4 lens)

The Pentax K-r is the successor to the Pentax K-x, featuring a 12.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved sensitivity, a 6FPS shutter, AA and rechargeable battery support, and many new innovations. Full specifications on the Pentax K-r can be found here:

Pentax K-r Specifications


Pentax also announced a new DAL 35mm F2.4 prime lens, targeted at the budget market and expected to sell for only around $200. Details on the new 35mm lens:


SMC Pentax-DA L 35mm F2.4 AL Lens Specifications & Reviews

This thread will serve as the official discussion and link thread for these two announcements.





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09-22-2010, 08:41 PM   #2
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I'm amped about the K-r aaaaaaand I don't care what anybody says :-D
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I'm not sure if this lens is officially in DA-L series.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arm_jstp Quote
I'm not sure if this lens is officially in DA-L series.
according to this it is:

smc PENTAX DA L 35mm F2.4 AL - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site

i think all it takes to be an L lens is the plastic mount.

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QuoteOriginally posted by illdefined Quote
according to this it is:

smc PENTAX DA L 35mm F2.4 AL - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site

i think all it takes to be an L lens is the plastic mount.
The "L" is actually missing from the lens pictured though. However, L lenses have had a corresponding metal mount model with quick-shift and hood.
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3 things jump out on the K-r relative to the K-x. The first is the af system. The second is the high res LCD. The last is the higher ISO range.
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Perhaps only in the US this lens announced as DA-L

smc PENTAX-DA35mmF2.4AL An interchangeable standard lens for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras
smc DA 35mm f/2.4 AL - System KB standard - PENTAX Europe Imaging Systems
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QuoteOriginally posted by illdefined Quote
3 things prove to me this is a DA and not DA L lens:

1) The green stripe - don't DA L lenses have a grey stripe?

2) On the lens itself it says DA and not DA L

3) From the official (US) press release on pentaximaging.com: "PENTAX also announced the smc PENTAX DA 35mm F2.4 AL..."

I think only the title of the product page is wrong.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
3 things jump out on the K-r relative to the K-x. The first is the af system. The second is the high res LCD. The last is the higher ISO range.
3 + 3 = 6:
  • Next to 4 AA battery also Li-Ion support (battery holder is optional, Li-Ion included)
  • Focus assist beam for low light within utilization of pop-up flash
  • Higher frames rate!!!
See here for overview:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-camera-articles/115464-pentax...-compared.html

Two (/three) drawbacks: Price and increase weight / size (larger LCD)
  • The effectiveness on the High ISO range is still to be proven, the K-x was already known & proven to be good.
  • On AF there was more room to improve...
  • The higher resolution LCD is welcome (inline with competition), but it also became bigger, making the body less compact... (besides price the only technical drawback of K-r compared to K-x.
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Most important unanswered question (at least for me) is that if Pentax is going to bring this new 35 mm F2.4 lens as a kit lens with the K-r (and the K-r only). That would partly compensate for the higher price (although K-x is still going down in price even more...).
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Does anyone know if the k-r has the same "slappy" shutter as the k-x?

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I got the chance to attach it to my cam and I was pleasantly surprised.
Besided the overall plastic body it look OK and seems to work very well even wide open.
This is a testshot on the Photokina at F2.4

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QuoteOriginally posted by vespats Quote
I got the chance to attach it to my cam and I was pleasantly surprised.
Besided the overall plastic body it look OK and seems to work very well even wide open.
This is a testshot on the Photokina at F2.4

looks good to me. I'm really looking forward for the 35 to hit the market
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QuoteOriginally posted by raybird Quote
3 things prove to me this is a DA and not DA L lens:

1) The green stripe - don't DA L lenses have a grey stripe?

2) On the lens itself it says DA and not DA L

3) From the official (US) press release on pentaximaging.com: "PENTAX also announced the smc PENTAX DA 35mm F2.4 AL..."

I think only the title of the product page is wrong.
But have you ever seen a DA lens without quickshift , metal mount , and distance scale?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Hambino Quote
I'm amped about the K-r aaaaaaand I don't care what anybody says :-D
So am I...Looks like it could be a great light weight pro fashion editorial (magazine format) camera as well as a great behind the scenes video toy.
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