Pentax Imaging Company announced a new series of high performance lenses – the smc Pentax-DA*Series (Pentax D.A. Star Series). The first two lenses in the series are the smc Pentax-DA*16-50mm F2.8 ED AL[IF]SDM wide angle zoom and the smc Pentax-DA*50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF]SDM telephoto zoom. The two interchangeable lenses are designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras. Pentax claims the series brings together advanced optical technologies, including aspherical elements, special optical-glass elements and original lens coatings.
The Pentax-DA* series lenses feature a tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction to enhance durability for use in rain or dusty conditions making each a perfect companion for the weather-sealed Pentax K10D digital SLR. The lenses also feature the PENTAX original Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching to manual focus operation and Pentax-original SP (Super Protect) coating to repel dust, water and grease. The smc Pentax-DA*16-50mm F2.8 ED AL[IF]SDM will ship in Spring 2007 priced at US $899.95. The smc PENTAX-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF]SDM will ship at the same time for US $999.95.