[dropcap]R[/dropcap]icoh Imaging Americas announced the launch of two new HD Pentax D FA Lenses. Designed for use with current Pentax K-mount DSLR cameras and future Pentax sensor technology, these lenses offer ranges not found in previous Pentax lens models, including a star-series telephoto zoom and super-telephoto zoom ideal for capturing clear images of distant subjects and weather resistant for shooting in all conditions.
The HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200 mm F2.8ED DC AW has a brand new optical design in the Pentax Star (*) series, which boasts the highest image quality of all Pentax interchangeable lenses. In addition to the HD coating, this lens features Aero Bright Coating II, assuring exceptionally low reflectance. Thanks to its large- constant aperture design, the lens provides an accelerated maximum aperture of F2.8 at all focal lengths from 70mm to 200mm. In addition to four super-low dispersion glass elements and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, its optics includes a pair of new Super ED glass elements to effectively compensate chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range and deliver crisp, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness. Its dustproof, weather-resistant body also makes it extremely dependable and durable in demanding outdoor conditions. This new lens boasts fast yet quiet internal focusing, zoom versatility, and an AF limiter switch which improves autofocus response time.
The covers focal lengths from 150 to 450 mm — a focal-length range demanded by higher end Pentax-camera users. Also incorporated are three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a super-low dispersion glass element to effectively compensate chromatic aberration. The highly desirable weather-resistance body protects the inside of the body from both dust and moisture, making it an extremely dependable and durable DSLR accessory in demanding outdoor conditions.
“Ricoh Imaging continues to provide quality and performance in lens construction,” said Jim Malcolm, President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “With the addition of two new zoom lenses, we demonstrate our commitment to helping photographers reach their full potential.”
Pricing and Availability
Both the HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW and HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW will be available in March 2015 at retail outlets nationwide with the following suggested retail prices:
– HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200 mm F2.8ED DC AW- $2,499.99
– HD Pentax-D FA 150-450 mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW- $2,749.99
Ricoh Imaging also announced that a K-Mount full-frame DSLR camera will be displayed at CP+ show in Asia, from February 12-15, 2015 at the PACIFICO Yokohama Convention Center in Japan. The DSLR is currently under development for market launch by the end of 2015.