By Lisa Johnston
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Pentax announced a new entry-level digital SLR bundle and several new lenses earlier this month at Photokina.
Due in November, the new 10-megapixel K2000 will bundle a new 18-55mm lens and an auto hot-shoe flash (the AF200FG) for $699.
The d-SLR features a 2.7-inch LCD screen, CCD-shifting image stabilization, Pentax's Auto Picture mode, 10 creative scene modes and a dust-removal system.
It offers a dedicated help button to assist novices by explaining camera settings, 5-point autofocus system and a viewfinder with 96 percent coverage. The K2000 can burst at 3.3 fps to four JPEG images or at 1.1 fps for an unlimited number of JPEGs.
The new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens bundled with the camera is the first in a new DA L series from Pentax, geared at mainstream consumers. Aside from the kit lens, the company will also ship the SMC Pentax DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED zoom lens (pricing not announced).
In 2009, Pentax will offer the K2000 in a bundle with both new DA L lenses. Pricing was not announced.
The firm also pulled back the curtain on new high-end lenses in the DA Star series. This series features extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, water and dust-resistant sealings, and the company's quick-shift autofocus for switching between automatic and manual focusing.
The SMC Pentax DA Star 60-250mm f/4 ED[IF] SDM telephoto will ship in November for $1,499.
The SMC Pentax DA Star 55mm f/1.4 SDM is a compact medium-telephoto lens. It will incorporate a new Aero Bright coating for improving light transmission, Pentax said. The 5mm lens ships in December for $799.
Shipping in October is the new AF160FC auto macro ring flash for $499.
Finally, Pentax previewed a fifth DA Limited lens and a rear converter under glass during Photokina. The SMC Pentax DA15mm f/4 ED AL Limited ultra-wide-angle lens is due to ship in the spring of next year. Pricing was not announced. No pricing or shipping details were available for the SMC Pentax DA 1.4X SDM rear converter.
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