Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited ultra wide-angle lens offers a 23mm (35mm equiv.) angle of view in a light aluminum body and a compact design. This lens will start shipping in April 2009.
The DA 15mm F4 ED AL is perfect for capturing sweeping landscapes, architecture and confined interiors. With this lens you can enjoy visual effects unique to ultra wide-angle lenses such as enhanced perspective and an expanded depth of field.
The new lens is said to assure excellent image quality, and also produce sharp, clear images with minimal distortion and outstanding contrast even at the maximum aperture. It incorporates a hybrid aspherical (AL) lens and an extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass optical element for high-quality images with minimal aberrations. Image distortion is also said to be extremely low.
This DA 15mm F4 ED AL’s design is extremely compact and lightweight and optimized for digital photography. The barrel, built-in hood, and cap are all made of a high-grade aluminum material that is shaped for perfect proportions. The lens also allows the photographer to mount any 49mm diameter filters, including a circular polarizing one.
Among its features we find built-in flower-shaped lens hood, Quick-Shift Focus System for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is acquired by the AF system; and Pentax-original Super Protect (SP) coating on front surface of the lens making it easy to wipe off fingerprints, cosmetics and other stains.
PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited lens - Specifications:
- Lens mount: Pentax KAF2
- Lens Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
- Focal length: 15mm (Equivalent to 23mm in 35mm format)
- Angle of View: 86° (wiith PENTAX D-SLR camera body)
- Maximum Aperture: F4
- Minimum Aperture: F22
- 7 Diaphragm Blades
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.18m (0.59 ft.)
- Maximum Mag. Ratio 0.15 X
- Filter Diameter: 49 mm
- Dimensions: 63mm x 39.5mm (2.5 inch x 1.58 inch)
- Weight: 212g (7.47 oz.)
- Intended Price: $649.95
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