New Pen­tax Star-se­ries lenses

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RI­COH has an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of two new lenses for its Pen­tax Star se­ries, specif­i­cally de­signed to work with high-megapixel cam­eras.

The HD Pen­tax- DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 is for APS- C cam­eras, while the HD Pen­tax- D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is for full-frame mod­els.

The lenses rep­re­sent the new gen­er­a­tion of Star lenses, which have been around since Pen­tax’s film days. Older Star lenses were de­signed to pro­duce op­ti­mum im­age qual­ity, with large aper­tures for max­i­mum light trans­mis­sion. The new gen­er­a­tion lenses come with dust-proofing and a weath­er­re­sis­tant con­struc­tion.

A newly de­vel­oped ring-shaped Su­per­sonic Di­rect- Drive Mo­tor (SDM) for fast and quiet AF op­er­a­tion will be a fea­ture of the 50mm lens, but full spec­i­fi­ca­tions, along with pric­ing de­tails, are yet to be an­nounced.

The 50mm f/1.4 lens is likely to be avail­able in spring of next year, while the 11-18mm f/2.8 lens is due for a sum­mer re­lease.

Ri­coh plans a new gen­er­a­tion of Pen­tax’s orig­i­nal Star lenses

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