Ricoh introduced two new lenses on Thursday, January 31, for Pentax Ok-mount DSLRs, together with the high-end DA Star Collection 11-18mm F2.Eight ED DC AW, a $1,400 wide-angle zoom for its APS-C cameras. The second lens, the FA 35mm F2, is constructed for full-frame DSLRs just like the Ok-1 Mark II. Not a part of the premium Star Collection, that lens carries a way more modest value of $400. Each lenses are marketed for out of doors pictures, a market area of interest Ricoh-Pentax has targeted on with rugged, weather-resistant digital camera our bodies even on its entry-level fashions. The 11-18mm, nevertheless, is the one one sporting the AW (all-weather) designation.
The headline characteristic of the 11-18mm is the fixed f/2.Eight most aperture. That mixture of a wide-angle view and good light-gathering functionality places it in league with standard third-party lenses just like the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8, albeit at greater than twice the value. If our prior expertise with Star Collection lenses is something to go off of, nevertheless, we count on the 11-18mm f/2.Eight to earn that value; the Pentax FA Star Collection 50mm f/1.4 we examined final yr was the perfect regular focal size prime we had ever used, and carried a equally expensive price ticket.
Promising edge-to-edge sharpness appropriate for at present’s high-resolution cameras, the 11-18mm f/2.Eight ought to naturally discover a house inside panorama photographers’ digital camera luggage. Whereas a real-world take a look at stays to be seen, Ricoh claims the lens maintains that sharpness even on the widest aperture, which ought to make this a sensible choice for astrophotography the place a big aperture is usually crucial.
The 11-18mm additionally incorporates what Ricoh calls a Focus Clamp Mechanism, which locks the main focus and prevents unintended modifications even when the main focus ring is turned. Moreover, it might help a dew heating strip with out interfering with the main focus ring to forestall condensation when capturing open air.
The Pentax-FA 35mm f/2 is a compact possibility for each full-frame and APS-C Pentax DSLRs, providing a roughly 50mm equal on the smaller format. It seems to be primarily based on the identical bodily and optical design of the older 35mm F2 AL, utilizing six glass components in 5 teams and providing a compact, light-weight construct measuring 2.5 x 1.Eight inches and weighing simply 6.Eight ounces. What’s new is using Pentax’s newest lens coatings to cut back flare and ghosting, which ought to come in useful for out of doors backlit portraits.
Each new lenses at the moment are obtainable for pre-order.