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Press Release

September 11, 2012

A super-telephoto lens assuring sharp, well-balanced rendition of distant subjects,
designed for exclusive use with K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras


PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW interchangeable super-telephoto lens, designed for exclusive use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras. Thanks to the incorporation of PENTAX-original HD Coating — a newly developed high-grade multi-layer lens coating — and telescope-type optics, this super-telephoto lens delivers clear, well-defined images of distant subjects.

HD PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Outstanding image rendition of distant subjects

    When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital camera body, this super-telephoto lens offers a focal length of approximately 859mm in the 35mm format. Since its unique telescope-type optics requires fewer optical elements than conventional lens optics, it assures sharp, well-defined images, particularly with distant subjects. Also by incorporating two ED (extra-low dispersion) optical elements, it delivers bright, high-resolution images even at the edges, while effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.
  2. New, high-grade HD Coating

    This lens is treated with HD Coating,* a high-grade multi-layer lens coating newly developed by PENTAX. Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this new coating provides higher light transmittance with reduced reflection, to deliver sharp, clear images free of flare and ghost images, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight.

    * HD stands for High Definition, and signifies the lens’s capacity to reproduce images that excel in transparency, definition, resolution and rendition.

  3. Dustproof, weather-resistant construction

    As a new model of the AW (All Weather) series, this lens features a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction with 29 special seals to effectively prevent the intrusion of dust and water into the lens interior. By coupling this lens with a dustproof, weather-resistant PENTAX lens-interchangeable digital camera body such as the PENTAX K-5 or PENTAX K-30, the user is assured of a durable, reliable imaging system that performs superbly in demanding outdoor settings — even in rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray.
  4. New exterior design signifying HD series

    The lens exterior has been painted an elegant white to minimize heat haze generated inside the lens barrel due to a blazing sun. Featured in the middle of the lens barrel is a red anodized ring that serves as a distinct, radiant symbol of the new HD PENTAX lens series. Strap lugs are made from machined aluminum to enhance its exclusive appearance.
  5. Easy control of circular polarizing filter

    This lens comes with a built-in, removable filter holder in the barrel. By mounting the C-PL (circular polarizing) filter (40.5mm in diameter; included as an exclusive accessory) to the holder, the user can easily obtain the desired polarizing effect simply by rotating the filter using its control ring.
  6. Other features

    1. Smooth autofocus operation using an AF driving motor (DC motor) installed in the lens barrel**
    2. Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system
    3. SP (Super Protect) coating applied to the front surface of the lens to effectively repel water and grease and easily wipe off dust and stain
    4. Rounded diaphragm to produce a smooth, beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus rendition), while minimizing the streaking effect of point light source

    ** This lens is compatible with the K-5 II, K-5 II s, K-30, K-01, K-5, K-r, K-7, K-x, K-m, K20D, K200D, K100D Super and K10D camera bodies (with Ver. 1.30 or later firmware installed). When mounted on other camera bodies, the focus mode is automatically switched to manual.

HD PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW Specifications
Focal Length 560mm
(Equivalent to 859.0mm in 35mm format)
Aperture F5.6
Minimum Aperture F45
Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups
Angle of View 2.9° (with PENTAX D-SLR camera body)
Lens Mount KAF3
Minimum Focusing Distance 5.6m (18.37ft)
Maximum Magnification 0.10X
Filter Diameter φ112mm(Insertion filter:φ40.5mm)
Diaphragm control Fully Automatic
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Aperture ring N/A
Tripod compatibility with
Lens hood Built-in(Slide-out)
Lens cap Lens Cap for DA560mmF5.6
Lens case Lens Case for DA560mmF5.6
Maximum Diameter & Minimum Length φ130.3mm×521.7mm (5.1inch 20.5inch)
Weight 3040 g / 107.2 oz
Bundle Lens case, Lens cap, Mount cap, C-PL filter
Notes HD Coating
SP (Super Protect) Coating
Rounded aperture (F5.6-F11)
AF is DC Motor only (KAF3)

* Design and Specifications is subject to change without notice.

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