New Pentax K-Mount 16-85 mm Lens

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DA16-85mm hoodPress release by Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the HD Pentax-DA 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR. Designed for use with Pentax K-mount digital SLR cameras, this interchangeable zoom lens is the newest addition to the K-mount series and will provide photographers with a new, high-quality lens option for capturing cutting edge imagery in virtually any setting.

Developed in response to requests from enthusiastic photographers, this new versatile lens provides a high zoom ratio of approximately 5.3 times to cover focal lengths from 16 mm ultra-wide-angle to 85 mm telephoto for lengths equivalent to 24.5 mm to 130 mm in the 35-mm format. This makes it an ideal lens suitable for anything from wide-angle landscape shots to portrait photography.

“With the introduction of the new Pentax DA 16-85 mm lens, we are bringing to market a very versatile lens,” said Jim Malcolm, President of Ricoh Imaging North America. “The 16-85 mm allows photographers the capability of shooting both wide angle and telephoto quality images, whether capturing an amazing sunset over the mountains or a group shot of the family, the 16-85 is designed to give you versatility in a single lens.”

This new lens features the Pentax-exclusive HD coating which delivers sharp, clear images reducing the occurrence of flare and ghosting, even under challenging lighting conditions such as backlight. Its weather-resistant construction with 11 seals makes it remarkably dependable, preventing water from getting into the lens interior. This durable design allows photographers to remain confident in its abilities under demanding outdoor conditions including rain and snow. It consists of 16 optical elements in 12 groups and features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) optical element to effectively compensate for chromatic aberrations, and aspherical optical elements to minimize colour bleeding.

With smooth, quiet autofocus operation driven by a built-in DC motor, you’re sure to enjoy serene shooting.

Pricing and Availability
The HD Pentax-DA 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens will be available at retailers nationwide in November 2014 for a suggested retail price of $799.99.

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