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Pentax releases PENTAX-DA 16mm-45mm F4 ED AL lens for DSLR cameras

Pentax released its new lens for DSLR cameras, *ist D in particular — PENTAX-DA 16mm-45mm F4 ED AL. For sale the lens is to arrive late in December for $466. The novelty will be demonstrated on January 7 at PEPCOM Digital Focus in Las Vegas during CES 2004.

The primary difference of DA lens is the Quick-Shift Focus System that enables photographers to switch between manual and automatic focusing by rotating the focusing ring.

Photo from ASCII24.com

Lens specs are:

  • 13 elements in 10 groups (2 aspherical elements)
  • 83-35° viewing angle (with *ist D), 16-45mm focal range (24.5-69mm in 35mm equiv.)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Automatic aperture (F22 min. without the ring)
  • 0.28m minimal focusing distance
  • 67mm filter diameter
  • 72x92mm size
  • 365g weight

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