Ricoh’s launching its Star Series with two new lenses, the HD Pentax-D FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW and the HD Pentax-DA 11-18mm f/2.8. Ricoh unveiled the new line of lenses at this week’s Photo Plus Expo 2017 in New York. Ricoh promises that the two lenses are designed perfectly for “high-resolution photography and high megapixel digital single-lens reflex cameras.”

“Premium-quality Star-series lenses deliver the highest performance among the PENTAX K-mount interchangeable lens series, and have been highly regarded by PENTAX K-Mount users since the days of film,” says Ricoh. “In addition to the initial design concepts of optimum image quality and large apertures for maximum light transmission, the series has embraced the additional concepts of exceptional toughness and outstanding operability, achieved through the development of a dustproof, weather-resistant construction. The resulting lenses provide superior dependability in a wide range of shooting conditions, and are the perfect companion to PENTAX SLR camera bodies.”

Ricoh made it clear in their press release however that the names HD Pentax-DA 11-18mm f/2.8 and Pentax-D FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW aren’t the final, official names of the lenses, which along with more specific specs and pricing, will be released in 2018. We were, however, able to gather info on a few key features to give you some idea what to expect from these lenses.

HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW

Ricoh’s HD PENTAX-D FA lens, which is scheduled to be released first, is reported to cover a 35mm-format full-frame image sensor. It’s minimum shooting distance is said to be 0.4 meters and Ricoh says they’ve developed a new ring-shaped SDM that they believe will allow for faster and quieter AF.

Ricoh reports that they’ve made the HD PENTAX-D FA to be All-Weather, so the design will prevent any dust or rain getting in.

Its scheduled release date is set for spring 2018.

Ricoh HD Pentax-DA 11-18mm f/2.8

With the HD PENTAX-DA, Ricoh assures that you that you’ll get “excellent resolution even at open aperture.” The lens is reported to have a PENTAX K-mount with an image circle covering APS-C-format image sensors. Ricoh classifies the lens as an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, while sporting a maximum aperture of F2.8 and an angle of view ranging between the 35mm equivalent of 17mm and 27.5mm.

This lens is scheduled for release in summer 2018.

As said before, more information about these lenses’ specs and pricing will be made available sometime in the beginning of 2018.

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