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Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax website! Booth Report: Pentax
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 17:08 EST)

The Pentax booth at PMA is packed with products, though all but one of these were announced before the show.

The company's only new announcement for PMA is the development of an smc Pentax DA 50 - 200mm F4 - 5.6 ED lens, shown under glass as a prototype on the booth. Pricing and availability for that lens have not been announced at this time. Other recent products shown in our report include the *ist DS consumer digital SLR, which began shipping at the end of last year, as well as the Optio WP waterproof camera debuted at the CES show.

A number of new announcements were made in the last week or so, and as such are included in our PMA report - but the products themselves aren't planned to ship in the US, and hence the cameras are not on show at PMA. These include a silver variant of the *ist DS, as well as the Optio S5n and Optio 50 digital cameras. Since those products aren't being shown here, they're obviously not included in this report.

Pentax Booth
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Pentax Products
*ist DS
Pentax *ist DS
6.1 megapixels
Interchangeable lens
ist-Ds shot at 1:2 with [a]
ist-Ds shot at 2:1 with [a] ist-Ds shot at 2:2 with [a]
ist-Ds shot at 3:1 with [a]  
Optio WP
Pentax Optio WP
5.0 Megapixels
3.0x Zoom
38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Optio.WP shot at 4:2 with [b]
Optio.WP shot at 5:1 with [b] Optio.WP shot at 5:2 with [b]
smc Pentax DA 50 - 200mm F4 - 5.6 ED prototype

For use with KAF-mount DSLRs
76.5 - 306mm (35mm equivalent)
Includes ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements
52mm filter
Weighs 260 grams

ist-Ds shot at 3:2 with [a]
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