The DSLR refuses to die: Pentax looks set to release two new DSLR lenses

PENTAX-FA 50mm f/1.4 product shot
(Image credit: Pentax)

You'd be forgiven for thinking that new DSLR cameras and lenses had slipped into oblivion, now permanently consigned to the history books thanks to the total domination of mirrorless models in the interchangeable lens market. But while the likes of Canon and Nikon may no longer be producing new DSLR cameras or lenses, we can at least rely on Pentax to keep the old flame burning. Earlier in the year it gave us the 'new' KF (exactly how much was really new is a point of contention), and now it looks like Pentax may be about to follow this up with the launch of two new DSLR lenses.

(Image credit: Pentax)

According to digicame-info and, the lenses will be the HD PENTAX-FA 50mm f/1.4 and the HD PENTAX-FA 50mm f/1.4 Classic. Very little additional detail has been revealed, but the two lenses appear to have the same core construction, just housed in different barrel designs. The regular lens has the same exterior design as most other current HD/SMC Pentax optics, with a signature green ring.

(Image credit: Pentax)

The 'Classic' variant has a more streamlined look, with a smooth focus ring and a different typeface used for its markings. At first glance the styling ironically looks more modern than classic, but the design actually emulates the look of the SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4 – a lens that dates back to circa 1991. Both lenses have an aperture range of f/1.4 to f/22, a metal mounting plate, and a proper mechanical focus scale to assist manual and zone focusing.

(Image credit: Pentax)

According to the rumor, both lenses are scheduled for release on June 9th, with the standard lens priced at 54,800 yen including tax (approx. $349.95), while the Classic version is said to cost 59,800 yen.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.