February 26, 2006 Pentax Imaging Company will announced two new digital SLR cameras at the upcoming PMA 2006 which will open tomorrow(February 26 to March 1) in Orlando, Florida. Pentax has confirmed that the company will unveil a yet-to-be-named 10 megapixel digital SLR camera body, tentatively scheduled for a formal launch in Autumn 2006. Pentax also will preview the Pentax 645 medium format digital SLR camera for the first time in the United States. Offering professional-quality digital image reproduction with 18 effective megapixels, a Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels (tentative), a Pentax -original 645AF lens mount, the 645 Digital will maintain compatibility with existing smc Pentax 645 interchangeable lenses.
Along with the announcement of this Pentax digital SLR body, the manufacturer announced a 10th lens that is compatible with the Pentax digital SLR system. The smc Pentax -DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited is an interchangeable uni-focal wide-angle lens for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR camera bodies. Offering wide-perspective coverage with a 68-degree angle of view (equivalent in focal length to 32mm in the 35mm format, when mounted on a Pentax ist D series digital SLR camera body), the lens features a Pentax -original KAF lens mount. Pentax has tentatively scheduled the lens launch for June 2006.