New Gear: Pentax 1.4x Rear Converter Tele-Extender

Weather-sealed, and keeps your AF working

pentax teleconverter

pentax teleconverter

The Pentax 1.4x tele converter has been a long time coming. First announced back in 2008, after half a decade of delays the device has finally received an official, and full, announcement. The HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter measures just two centimeters, and will provide 1.4x magnification on your lens. But most impressively, it does so while maintaining full autofocus and weather-proofing abilities—so you can still use it with your tough cameras (like the Pentax K-3) and lenses, and not worry about them being damaged.

The new rear tele-converter features four elements in three groups, and is treated with Pentax's HD lens coating. It features three airtight seals, and weighs just 4.4oz (126g).

It will be available in March for $599.95, and according to Pentax, here's a list of AF compatible lenses that will work with the converter:

  • smc PENTAX-DA 12-24mmF4ED AL[IF]
  • smc PENTAX-DA★16-50mmF2.8ED AL[IF] SDM
  • smc PENTAX-DA 17-70mmF4AL[IF] SDM 1*
  • HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mmF2.8-4ED Limited DC WR
  • smc PENTAX-DA★50-135mmF2.8ED[IF] SDM
  • smc PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4-5.8ED - 3*
  • HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4-5.8ED WR - 3*
  • smc PENTAX-DA★60-250mmF4ED[IF] SDM
  • smc PENTAX-DA 14mmF2.8ED[IF]
  • smc PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.4AL
  • smc PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited
  • HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited
  • smc PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited
  • HD PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited
  • smc PENTAX-DA 50mmF1.8
  • smc PENTAX-DA★55mmF1.4 SDM - 2*
  • smc PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited
  • HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited
  • smc PENTAX-DA★200mmF2.8ED[IF] SDM
  • smc PENTAX-DA★300mmF4ED[IF] SDM
  • HD PENTAX-DA 560mmF5.6ED AW - 3*
  • smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 50mmF2.8
  • smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR