Ricoh is preparing to officially announce a new K-mount lens, called HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR, which was first shown at the Photokina 2014 event.
The world’s biggest digital imaging trade fair occurred in mid-September. Ricoh has been present at the event in order to talk about the future of products bearing both the Ricoh and Pentax brands.
Among its latest products, such as the Pentax K-S1 and Ricoh WG-M1, the manufacturer has also displayed a bunch of lenses for K-mount cameras, while confirming that a Pentax full-frame DSLR is coming in 2015.
The rumor mill has managed to grab another press photo of one of these lenses along wit its specifications list, while also revealing that the product will become official on October 30.
Ricoh poised to reveal HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens soon
The HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens is aimed at K-mount DSLRs with APS-C image sensors, meaning that it will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-127.5mm.
As its name is suggesting, the lens comes with high-quality materials and coatings, which will increase the image quality and the resistance of the product.
The HD coating reduces reflections, while the SP coating protects it from external factors. Additionally, the optic is weathersealed, so users will be able to capture photos in harsh environments, something that Pentax users are familiar with, as lots of K-mount cameras and lenses are ruggedized.
Its autofocus system is provided by a DC motor, so the focus should be fast and accurate. As an added bonus, the lens offers Quick Shift Focus support, which should help users with low-light and macro photography types.
Beside the photo, the source has leaked the specs list of this K-mount lens
The rumor mill has confirmed that the optical design of the HD Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR lens consists of 16 elements in 12 groups with three aspherical elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) element.
Its minimum focusing distance stands at 35 centimeters and its magnification rate is said to stand at 0.26x.
Details of its dimensions have also been leaked and it seems like the lens will measure 94mm in length and 78mm diameter, while its filter thread is sized at 72mm. The weight stands at 488 grams and 517 grams with the hood attached, respectively.
As stated above, this new lens will be unveiled on October 30, so stay tuned for the official announcement!