Ricoh has officially announced the HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR lens, the first zoom and weathersealed optic in the “Limited” series.
Ricoh has decided to expand the “Limited” series of Pentax lenses available for K-mount cameras with the launch of the new HD DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR.
Ricoh launches first weathersealed and zoom “Limited” lens: HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
This optic marks two premieres, as it is the first “Limited” zoom and the first weathersealed “Limited”. Although it may boast a rather weird focal range of 20-40mm, the company says that it is a versatile product and the consumers will enjoy the 35mm equivalent of approximately 30.5-61.5mm.
Ricoh has added that its focal range includes the most common lengths used for quick photography. As stated above, despite the fact that it is the 29th Pentax lens for APS-C cameras, it is the first in the powerful “Limited” series to be both weathersealed and a zoom model, that will be perfect to use in harsher outdoor conditions.
Say goodbye to flare, ghosting, and other optical flaws thanks to the ED element and HD coating
HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR lens comes with a 9-blade rounded diaphragm and an aperture of maximum f/2.8 at 20mm, while at 40mm the largest aperture stands at f/4. Its announcement states that it will provide that beautiful bokeh which looks so good in portrait photography.
The new optic comes with high-grade multi-layer coating and an extra-low dispersion element keeping optical defects to the minimum. Additionally, the AF system is powered by a DC motor that delivers smooth as well as silent autofocus, which could also be useful when shooting videos.
HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR lens release date and price
The minimum focusing distance stands at 28 centimeters or 11.02-inches. It offers a manual focus ring, which does not raise its weight very much. Speaking of dimensions, the HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR lens weighs 283 grams / 0.62lbs and it measures 69mm / 2.7-inches in length and 71mm / 2.8-inches in diameter.
It is made out of aluminum and will be released in black and silver models with a 55mm filter thread.
Ricoh will begin selling this product sometime next month for a MSRP of $999.95 and should put it up for pre-order in the following days.