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★ 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Silver Edition
• HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mm F1.4 SDM AW Silver Edition
• HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm 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.
The latest information on the new Flagship APS-C
New products on video
- PENTAX K-New (New APS-C DSLR) (tentative name)
- HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Silver Edition
- HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mm F1.4 SDM AW Silver Edition
- HD PENTAX-D FA★ 85mm F1.4 ED SDM AW Silver Edition
- PENTAX K-1 II Limited Silver Edition
- HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm Limited DC AW (tentative name)
- PENTAX K-New (New APS-C DSLR) Silver Edition (tentative name)
“The Pentax K-1 was one of the most anticipated DSLRs in recent memory – with the K-1 II, Pentax hopes to take image quality and ISO performance to the next level. We’re presently finishing up our full review of the camera, but wanted to share some sample images, shot in and around Seattle, WA, prior to publishing.”
Check it out at dpreview.com
There are Pixel Shift Resolution (PSR) samples (1. Tripod-mounted + Motion Correction: ON, 2. Hand-held Dynamic PSR). But… If you look/check with their “Loupe” tool on their gallery page, you will see the strange pixelation and detail loss on exported samples. (Detail loss especially on pub shot.)
‘Some people says that “Official sources/pages are much better than the others”… Well, we tried to show how such “official” sources can do mistakes… ePHOTOzine.com did the same mistake on their PENTAX K-1 II review but we couldn’t do/show a correction ourselves because they have shared RAW files on their review without EXIF info. (Basically, softwares don’t recognize the camera settings.)’
So please check our sample exports below at “Bonus Material” section.
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR samples
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW samples
PENTAX K-1 II + smc PENTAX-DA ★ 55mm F1.4 SDM samples
- PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 5 version 5.8.1 – RAW to TIF (RAW to JPG export is enough with DCU but for maximum quality, we made those steps.)
- Silkypix Developer Studio Pro 8 version 22.214.171.124 – TIF to JPG
- Adobe Photoshop CC version 19.1.2 – 100% cropped files
RAW files processed without any extra adjustment; directly exported. Only “Motion Correction specified tool” selected for the first sample on PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 5. Hand-held Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution sample directly exported with “Camera settings” option.
1st Pixel Shift Sample: Tripod -mounted Pixel Shift mode with Motion Correction turned on. (DPR’s JPG: 20,6 MB, PENTAXever’s 48,8 MB)
2nd Pixel Shift Sample: Hand-held Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode. (DPR’s JPG: 19,7 MB, PENTAXever’s 51,4 MB)
You can download and check/compare on Adobe Photoshop as layers.
A PENTAX K-1 II quick review posted on mobile01.com.
PS. Page in Chinese and translation doesn’t work. So we have only sample photos and original source link.
PENTAX K-1 II (100 – 819200) ISO Samples (100% crop) with HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR Samples (ISO100, 200, 400, 800, 12800, 16000, 32000, 640000)
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Samples (ISO200, 12800, 25600, 51200)
6th part of PENTAX K-1 II real-world samples published on yaotomi.co.jp.
This time all RAW photos were exported with an updated version (v5.8.1) of PENTAX’s official RAW development software PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 5.
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR Samples
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR Samples
PENTAX K-1 II + HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Samples