by Patrick Ilagan . February 6th, 2015
Pentax users rejoice! The camera brand known for it’s tough-as-tank camera gear has recently introduced two new lenses. The HD Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW and HD Pentax D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 — both lengthy in terms of focal length and name.
Designed for Pentax K-mount users, the two lenses are sealed against rain and dust making them the perfect companion for sports, wildlife, and outdoor photographers. These two lenses are best paired with their current high-end DSLR line-up such as the Pentax D-50 and D-3 wherein both bodies are weather-sealed and tough as nails.
The two lenses are under the HD Pentax D FA series and both lens will feature high-grade HD coating. The coating is said to help in producing extra-sharp, high-contrast images plus it also minimizes flare and ghosting even through the most demanding of lighting situations.
Interestingly enough, Ricoh has created this new “Pentax Star” technology. Under it is the Pentax D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW. The lens has a constant f/2.8 wide aperture throughout zoom ranges and not to mention the optics are given with high-grade, multi-layer coating with extra-low dispersion glass elements that helps to get rid of chromatic aberration. Ricoh did not stop there. They have released a new type of coating which is the Aero Bright Coating II which is said to lessen reflectance. Ricoh also claims that the lens has an outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness on all focal lengths. The lens is designed with an internal focusing and zooming system. Not only that — the auto focus response time has also been improved as well. With all these new features put in the lens, it is not surprising that it will be given a hefty price tag of $2,299.95. But would it be worth it? We still don’t know but hopefully it would be as amazing as the Sigma Art series lenses.
Apart form the Pentax Star series lens, Ricoh has also announced the HD Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 DC AW. By far, this is Ricoh’s longest-range tele zoom lens. The lens is also weather and dust sealed, perfect for those who are shooting or dreaming of shooting wild animals in the African savanna or in the Arctic tundra. The lens features in-lens, direct current AF motor operation, and extra-low dispersion glass elements for chromatic aberration. It also has 4 AF buttons, focus present modes, as well as a focus range limiter — and on top of that, a zoom lock button as well. The Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 DC AW is priced for $2,499.95.
To learn more about these two new lenses, you can head over here for their official press release. The Pentax D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 and Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 are available for pre-ordering online in Adorama.
Patrick Jude Ilagan is a graphic designer/photographer hailing from the vast jungles of urban Manila. Always on the look out for visually appealing stuff he scours the internet and the bustling city in search of inspiration. His tools for mass creation is a Canon 500D along with a wide array of lights and lenses plus a 4 year old (but still fighting) laptop. Check out his work on Tumblr.
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