Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Great news for Pentaxians.


 Hi Photographer friends,

We waited for this for a long time. Here it is:

Look how good it looks with the smc PENTAX DA Star 300mm F4 ED(IF) SDM


Weather Resistant

·   The HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter features weather-resistant construction to prevent the intrusion of water and moisture into the lens barrel when paired with weather sealed PENTAX DSLR bodies and lenses. The user is assured of greater durability and reliability when shooting in rain or mist, as well as at locations subject to a spray or splash.

PENTAX HD Lens Coating

·  Treated with HD coating, a PENTAX-exclusive multi-layer lens coating, enjoy higher light transmittance and lower reflectance than conventional multi-layer coatings. This means it produces sharp, clear images free of flare and ghost images, even under such adverse lighting conditions as backlight.

1.4X Magnification in a Compact Form Factor

·    The HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter offers a 40% increase in focal length when mounted between the body and lens, yet has an extremely small form factor.  Measuring only 20 millimeters (approximately 0.8 inches) long, its compact, lightweight design allows the user to more easily reach out to distant subjects. The minimum focusing distance of the lens is retained, allowing for the capture of larger, more detailed images in close-up situations.
o    *When this rear converter is mounted, the lens maximum aperture will be smaller by 1 stop.

Auto Focus and Aperture Compatibility

·   Auto Focus and Auto Aperture functionality is retained when using the HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter.   The rear converter works flawlessly with both the camera-driven AF system and the lens-driven AF system (such as the  SDM- and DC- series lenses).**
o    **The camera’s firmware must be updated to the latest version before using the autofocus function. Compatible camera bodies are: K-3, K-50, K-500, K-30, K-5 II, K-5 II s, K-5, K-01, K-7, and K-r. Autofocus is possible with a PENTAX lens having maximum aperture of f/4 or brighter.

Pricing and Availability
The HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter will be available at retailers nationwide and online in March 2014 for a price of $599.95.


1.4 times
4 elements in 3 groups
Lens soft case DA70mm Limited
Approx. 65mmx20mm (2.6inchx0.8inch)
Approx. 126g/4.4oz
Case, Body Mount Cap, Lens Mount Cap
HD Coating
Weather resistant, dustproof construction(AW)


Three new rugged compacts, the WG-4 GPS, WG-4 and WG-20, as well as a new mounting system for the WG series of cameras. were also introduced.

As you will note, the WG-4 and WG-20 series are the first to bear the Ricoh name.  As such, Ricoh / Pentax wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate their commitment to the historical PENTAX brand. The PENTAX name will continue to appear on all of their interchangeable lens cameras, lenses and sport optics, while the Ricoh name will be reserved for the compact cameras. Check here for more info about the compact cameras.

Thank you for looking,

Yvon Bourque
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