New Pentax Star-series lenses
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.
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