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Pentax Bolsters Lens Lineup

Golden, Colo. — Joining Pentax’s new digital SLRs will be five new lenses, due to hit stores in the spring.

All of the new Pentax lenses will feature a grease and dust-resistant coating and the ability to quickly switch between automatic and manual focusing.

For $199, the smc Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II lens ships in March. It will also be included with the K200D kit.

In May, the company will ship the smc Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED (82.5mm -450mm, 35mm equivalent). It will retail for $399. It is Pentax’s longest zoom lens currently on offer.

For macro focusing, the company will ship the DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited in April for $599.

The smc DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED(IF) SDM telephoto lens is housed in a weather-resistant body and will retail for $1,099 when it ships in March.

Finally, for $1,299, Pentax will ship the DA* 300mm f/4 ED(IF) SDM lens in May. It also has a weather and dust-resistant coating and employs a new SDM ultrasonic motor for quieter focusing, Pentax said.