HD PENTAX-DA★ 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW

HD PENTAX-DA★ 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW

HD PENTAX-DA16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW (tentative name), high-performance Star-series lens for PENTAX APS-C-format digital SLR cameras

RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. are pleased to announce the development of the new-generation high-performance Star-series lens, the “HD PENTAX-DA16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW (tentative name)” designed exclusively for APS-C size digital SLR cameras.

This new lens is the latest model of PENTAX’s new-generation Star series. In developing this series, PENTAX conducted an extensive review of its in-house standards, particularly in regard to resolving power, to pursue its ultimate goals: top-class image quality, large aperture, and exceptional dependability and operability. Currently in development, this lens is designed to deliver the highest level of performance, and to be regarded as the ideal standard zoom lens for the PENTAX K-3 Mark III, the new flagship of PENTAX’s APS-C-format digital SLR lineup. PENTAX plans to make a public announcement of this product shortly. Please look forward to the announcement and market launch.

 

Product name: HD PENTAX-DA16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW (tentative name)

・High-performance Star-series model providing excellent resolution even at open aperture
・PENTAX K-mount covering the image circle of an APS-C-format image sensor
・Large-aperture, standard-angle zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8 (fixed) and an angle of view between 24.5mm and 76.5mm (in the 35mm format)
・KAF4 lens mount corresponding to electromagnetic diaphragm-control mechanism
・Pulse motor (PLM) for high-speed AF operation in still-image shooting, and smooth AF tracking operation during movie recording
・AW (All-Weather) structure to prevent intrusion of dust and rain for use in demanding shooting conditions
・Minimum shooting distance of 0.4 meters
・Market launch: Scheduled for the 2021

Note: Model name, design, and specification and market launch schedules is all tentative and subject to change without notice. Price will be announced at later date.

 

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NEW “HD” PENTAX-FA Limited

NEW “HD” PENTAX-FA Limited series!

Three HD PENTAX-FA Limited interchangeable lenses for use with K-mount SLR cameras, featuring the latest HD coating and round-shaped diaphragm

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY is pleased to announce the launch of three HD PENTAX-FA Limited interchangeable lenses for use with PENTAX K-mount SLR cameras. Featuring the latest HD coating and a round-shaped diaphragm, these new lenses boast much-improved imaging performance to deliver distinctive, well-defined images in combination with a K-mount camera body, while sporting an attractive exterior design.

Developed based on the FA Limited Lens series — renowned for their meticulousness in every detail, from outstanding image rendition to high-quality, machined aluminum bodies — these new lenses are designed to assure even better optical performance than the original Limited-series models. This is all a part of PENTAX’s attempt to reach a level of performance that can’t simply be measured in numerical values. Along with the distinguished qualities of the HD FA Limited series — outstanding description of texture, fine reproduction of gradation in highlight areas, faithful reproduction of details, and natural reproduction of the bokeh (defocus) effect — they have been treated with the PENTAX-original HD coating, which assures much higher light transmittance than conventional multi-layer coatings. They deliver sharp, clear images free of flare and ghost images, even under such demanding conditions as backlight. They also feature a completely round-shaped diaphragm to produce a natural, beautiful bokeh effect in the foreground and background.

Main features of the HD PENTAX-FA Limited lenses (common to all three models)

1. High-grade HD coating for exceptional image rendition

The three new lenses are treated with the PENTAX-original HD coating.* Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this high-grade coating assures higher light transmittance and lower reflectance to deliver sharp, clear images free of flare and ghost images, even under such adverse lighting conditions as backlight. It elevates the imaging performance of these new lenses a further step up.

* HD stands for High Definition.

2. Round-shaped diaphragm for beautiful bokeh effect

All lenses feature a completely round-shaped diaphragm, which produces a natural, beautiful bokeh (defocus) effect in the images captured, while optimizing the imaging performance of the distinctive Limited Lens-series optics contained within.

3. Acclaimed Limited Lens-series quality for distinctive visual rendition and premium appearance

While inheriting the design concept of the Limited Lens series, these lenses were designed through a series of mechanical and numerical evaluations, as well as human assessment of test-shooting samples, to deliver an image rendition unmatched by other models. The barrel, hood and cap are all made of high-grade aluminum, meticulously machined for an attractive appearance and beautiful texture. The HD PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited features a mount pointer made of a Shippoyaki (cloisonné) ware. This pointer allows the user to mount the lens to a camera body as effortlessly as other Limited Lens-series models.

4. Other features

1. SP (Super Protect) coating is applied to the front surface of each lens to repel dust and stains.
2. Black models are marked with a serial number starting with 0000001; silver models start with 1000001.
3. The aperture ring has been retained so that the user can still use a variety of functions featured in K-mount film-format cameras.

 

Major Specifications

HD PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited

Focal Length 31mm
Equivalent to 47.5mm in 35mm format
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Maximum Aperture F1.8
Minimum Aperture F22
Lens Construction 9 elements in 7 groups
Angle of View (Diagonal) 70°
49°
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Mount KAF
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.3m (0.98ft.)
Maximum Magnification 0.16x
Filter Diameter 58mm
Diaphragm Control Fully automatic
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Rounded diaphragm (31mm:F1.8-F3.5)
Aperture Ring equipped
Tripod Mount N/A
Lens Hood fixed
Lens Cap O-LW65B (included)
Lens Case P70-140 (included)
Maximum Diameter x Length approx. 65mm x 69mm (approx. 2.6in. x 2.7in.)
Weight approx. 341g
(approx. 12.0oz.)
Temperature -10°C~40°C (14°F~104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Included Accessories Lens Cap O-LW65B,
Lens Mount Cap K, Lens Case P70-140
Others HD Coating
SP (Super Protect) Coating
Colors (Black / Silver )

 

HD PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited

Focal Length 43mm
Equivalent to 66mm in 35mm format
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Maximum Aperture F1.9
Minimum Aperture F22
Lens Construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Angle of View (Diagonal) 53°
36.5°
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Mount KAF
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.45m (1.48 ft.)
Maximum Magnification 0.12x
Filter Diameter 49mm
Diaphragm Control Fully automatic
Number of Diaphragm Blades 8
Rounded diaphragm (43mm:F1.9-F3.5)
Aperture Ring equipped
Tripod Mount N/A
Lens Hood MH-RG49 (included)
Lens Cap O-LW54A (included)
Lens Case P60-120 (included)
Maximum Diameter x Length approx. 64mm x 27mm (approx. 2.5in. x 1.1in.)
Weight approx. 155g / with hood approx. 163g
(approx. 5.5oz./ with hood approx. 5.7oz.)
Temperature -10°C~40°C (14°F~104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Included Accessories Lens Hood MH-RG49, Lens Cap O-LW54A,
Lens Mount Cap K, Lens Case P60-120
Others HD Coating
SP (Super Protect) Coating
Colors (Black / Silver )

 

HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited

Focal Length 77mm
Equivalent to 118mm in 35mm format
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Maximum Aperture F1.8
Minimum Aperture F22
Lens Construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Angle of View (Diagonal) 31.5°
21°
(when attached to PENTAX APS-C size DSLR cameras)
Mount KAF
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.7m (2.3 ft.)
Maximum Magnification 0.14x
Filter Diameter 49mm
Diaphragm Control Fully automatic
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Rounded diaphragm (77mm:F1.8-F4)
Aperture Ring equipped
Tripod Mount N/A
Lens Hood built-in
Lens Cap O-LW54A (included)
Lens Case P60-120 (included)
Maximum Diameter x Length approx. 64mm x 48mm (approx. 2.5in. x 1.9in.)
Weight approx. 270g
(approx. 9.5oz.)
Temperature -10°C~40°C (14°F~104°F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Included Accessories Lens Cap O-LW54A,
Lens Mount Cap K, Lens Case P60-120
Others HD Coating
SP (Super Protect) Coating
Colors (Black / Silver )

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HD PENTAX-D FA★ Silver Edition:Three limited-edition lenses from the high-performance Star series for use with K-mount digital SLR cameras, designed to meet the demand for color variation

HD PENTAX-D FA★ Silver Edition

Three limited-edition lenses from the high-performance Star series for use with K-mount digital SLR cameras, designed to meet the demand for color variation

 

• HD PENTAX-D FA70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Silver Edition
• HD PENTAX-D FA50mm F1.4 SDM AW Silver Edition
• HD PENTAX-D FA85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW Silver Edition

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY is pleased to announce the launch of three HD PENTAX-D FA Silver Edition lenses. These special-edition models from the top-of-the-line, high-performance Star series — designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras — will be available worldwide in a limited quantity of 600 units for each model.

PENTAX has been releasing limited-edition silver models of its digital SLR flagship cameras, to meet the demand for more exclusive imaging tools. The three new lenses, also to be released as limited-edition models, feature an exclusive, high-grade silver coloring ideal for the top-of-the-line D FA series. The limited-edition camera bodies marketed in the past, including the PENTAX K-7 Limited Silver (launched in March 2010) and the PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver (launched in September 2017), were designed to match the silver-colored Limited-series lenses, which gained popularity for their high-grade, fine-textured finish. Like the Limited series, these new Star-series lenses feature a silver coating identical to the color of the silver-colored camera bodies, and provide users with the option of a silver lens, not only to improve the quality of their captured images, but also to further personalize their photographic process and shooting style.

Main features of the HD PENTAX-D FA Silver Edition lenses

• The lens’s high-grade silver coating optimizes color coordination with silver-edition camera bodies.
• Each lens has been given a unique serial number, from 0000001 to 0000600, to further express its exclusiveness.
• The lenses come in an exclusively designed product box.

Note: The features and specifications of these lenses are identical to those of standard models.

 

What PENTAX Values Most in Future Cameras – Part II

What PENTAX Values Most in Future Cameras – Part II

The latest information on the new Flagship APS-C

New products on video

  1. PENTAX K-New (New APS-C DSLR) (tentative name)
  2. HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Silver Edition
  3. HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mm F1.4 SDM AW Silver Edition
  4. HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW Silver Edition
  5. PENTAX K-1 II Limited Silver Edition
  6. HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm Limited DC AW (tentative name)
  7. PENTAX K-New (New APS-C DSLR) Silver Edition (tentative name)

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New firmware update v1.05 released for PENTAX K-1 II

New firmware update v1.05 released for PENTAX K-1 II

Release of the Firmware Version 1.05 for PENTAX K-1 II

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. wishes to announce the release of Firmware Update Software Version 1.05 for PENTAX K-1 II.

Changes to v1.05

  • Optimized performance when attaching new lens HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW.
  • Improved stability for general performance

*When this update is done, the contents of version 1.04 and earlier will be also updated.

 

Caution! Only PENTAX K-1 II users are permitted to download the firmware update.

 

How to check version

  1. Turn ON the camera.
  2. Press MENU button to display MENU screen.
  3. Press the four-way controller right to display [Set-up 4] menu screen.
  4. Select [Firmware Info/Options] in the [Set-up 4] menu then press the four-way controller right.

The firmware version for camera is displayed on the [Firmware Info/Options] screen.

 

Preparation of update

  • Blank, formatted SD/SDHC card (32MB or more)
  • USB cable 2.0)
    If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card by connecting the camera directly to your computer.
  • SD card reader or a computer with a SD card slot.
    If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card using a memory card reader / writer.
  • Fully charged battery (D-LI90)

*Be sure to use fully charged battery (D-LI90)
If the camera turns off during updating due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period.

 

Updating Procedure

  1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.
    Fwdc228b.bin: This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc228b.bin] to the root directory in the SD card.
    If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware update file by inserting the SD card into your camera and then connecting the camera directly to your computer.
  2. Insert the D-LI90 battery into the camera and confirm the battery is full by battery level indicator then turn the camera off.
  3. Insert the update SD card (prepared in step 1) into the camera (slot 1) and close card cover.
  4. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button.
  5. “Updates the camera firmware” appears in the LCD monitor.
    Ver: 1.01/1.02/1.03/1.04→1.05 will be displayed.
  6. Press the four-way controller to select “Start” and press the “OK” button.
  7. “NOW LOADING” appears on the LCD monitor and updating starts.
    Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the update is completed.
  8. When update is completed, the “COMPLETE” will be displayed at the left bottom of the LCD monitor, then turn the camera off.
  9. Remove the update SD card from the camera.
    *Confirm the version of firmware with above [How to check version].

 

[Caution]

When updating is finished, the update SD card still contains the Firmware file.
If you want to use this card to take pictures, format the card by the camera to delete firmware file first.

  1. This software may only be used by users who own the PENTAX K-1 II
  2. This software is covered by a software license agreement. Please read the software license agreement before downloading the software.
  3. You will have agreed with this software license agreement when the download starts.

 

PENTAX K-1 II (v1.05)

  • Direct download link for Software Updater (Windows/Machintosh) -> v1.05

 

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