Ricoh Details New Pentax K-Mount Lenses

Ricoh has revealed that latest additions to its HD PENTAX lineup of lenses for Pentax K-mount cameras. The new models include the HD PENTAX-DA★11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW and the HD PENTAX-FA 35mmF2.

Serving as an ultra-wide-angle Star-series (★) zoom lens, the HD PENTAX-DA★11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW is designed to offer high optical performance. The unit is dustproof and weather-resistant for versatile outdoor shooting, and also features a Focus Clamp Mechanism to lock focus at the specified point. In addition, the device uses a multi-layer HD Coating to reduce flare and ghosting. Meanwhile, AF operation is handled with a DC motor for quiet performance. Finally, the lens construction features 16 elements in 11 groups and the unit incorporates a round-shaped, nine-blade diaphragm for bokeh effects.

The HD PENTAX-DA★11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW is set to launch in Europe in February for an MSRP of £1,399.99. US pricing and availability have not been announced.

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Designed as a single-focus, wide-angle lens, the new HD PENTAX-FA 35mmF2 is based on the smc PENTAX-FA 35mmF2 AL used for film-format SLR cameras. The lens features a compact design with a multi-layer HD Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.  Likewise, the unit incorporates an SP Coating on the front surface making it easy to wipe off stains from water and grease. Meanwhile, the lens construction uses 6 elements in 5 groups with hybrid aspherical optical elements for improved sharpness and contrast.

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mmF2 is set to launch in Europe in February for an MSRP of £399.99. US pricing and availability have not been announced.

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Sources: Ricoh 1, Ricoh 2