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Pentax to showcase digital SLR cameras at PMA 2006

Pentax will showcase a new digital SLR at the PMA 2006. Not much is known yet, the body is similar to Pentax' current SLR line and it offers 10 megapixel resolution. The name is not yet known but we hope it will be pronounceable this time. At the same time Pentax will show their 32mm wide angle "pancake" lens. Market launch is scheduled for autumn 2006 (at the Photokina?). Pentax will also give a preview of a new medium-format digital SLR camera with a resolution of 18 megapixel...

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Pentax to showcase digital SLR cameras at PMA 2006 - digital camera and photography news


Lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera

- High-quality digital image reproduction with 10 effective megapixels
- Market launch tentatively scheduled for autumn 2006




Interchangeable uni-focal wide-angle lens

- For exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras
- Compact, lightweight wide-angle lens designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras
- Wide-perspective coverage with a 68-degree angle of view ( equivalent in focal length to 32mm in the 35mm format, when mounted on a PENTAX *istD-series digital SLR camera body )
- PENTAX-original KAF lens mount
- Market launch tentatively scheduled for June 2006






Lens-interchangeable medium-format digital SLR camera

- Professional-quality digital image reproduction with 18 effective megapixels
- Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels ( tentative )
- PENTAX-original 645AF lens mount
- Compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses




PRESS RELEASE

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced three additional digital SLR products that are currently under development and will be showcased under glass at the upcoming PMA 2006 held from February 26 to March 1 in Orlando, Florida.  

PENTAX has confirmed that the company will unveil a yet to be named PENTAX 10 megapixel digital SLR camera body, tentatively scheduled for a formal launch in Autumn 2006.

Along with the announcement of this PENTAX digital SLR body, the manufacturer announced a tenth lens that is compatible with the PENTAX digital SLR system.  The smc PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited is an interchangeable uni-focal wide-angle lens for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR camera bodies. Offering wide-perspective coverage with a 68-degree angle of view (equivalent in focal length to 32mm in the 35mm format, when mounted on a PENTAX *ist D series digital SLR camera body), the lens features a PENTAX-original KAF lens mount.  PENTAX has tentatively scheduled the lens launch for June 2006.

PENTAX also will preview the PENTAX 645 medium format digital SLR camera for the first time in the United States. Offering professional-quality digital image reproduction with 18 effective megapixels, a Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels (tentative), a PENTAX-original 645AF lens mount, the 645 Digital will maintain compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses.

Model names, designs, specifications and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notice.
February 24, 2006
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