Ricoh Imaging has announced two new lenses: the Pentax HD FA 35mm f/2 for full-frame cameras, and the Pentax HD DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW lens, for APS-C format cameras. The 35mm f/2 (53.5mm equivalent, when attached to an APS-C format camera) serves as a compact and lightweight prime, perfect for hitting the streets with a beloved focal length. Comprising 6 lens elements in 5 groups and the latest HD and SP coatings, reflections, flare, and ghosting are reduced while water and grease are repelled. Its compact form is sure to make this lens a frequent addition to the pockets and camera bags of Pentax shooters.
The Pentax HD DA 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW lens is a super-wide-angle zoom that prioritizes image sharpness to accompany the wide space that its focal range covers. Like the 35mm, it is treated with HD and SP coatings to reduce distortion and maximize clarity. This lens boasts a new-generation Star-series lens quality standard characterized by uniform sharpness from center to edge, with minimal aberration. Dustproof, weather-resistant construction prepares the lens for less than ideal working conditions. Night photographers will appreciate its Focus Clamp Mechanism to prevent accidental AF point position and Clutch Mechanism helps for manual focus.