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Pentax Launch Q-mount Wide Zoom Lens

Pentax has announced the world's smallest, lightest wide-angle zoom lens.

Posted: 07/11/2013 - 08:57

Pentax 08 Wide Zoom

Ricoh Imaging UK LTD has announced the Pentax-08 ultra wide-angle zoom lens. 

The lens is the latest model in the high performance Q-mount lens series, and Pentax claims it is the world's smallest and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens on the market. 

The lens will cost £429.99, and availability is yet to be announced. 

From Ricoh: 
When mounted on the PENTAX Q7 camera body, it provides focal-length coverage from 17.5mm to 27mm (in 35mm format), making it suitable for a wide variety of subjects including snapshots, architecture and sweeping landscapes.

Major Features: 

Super-compact, ultra-lightweight design - The incorporation of three molded-glass aspherical elements in its optics, means that this zoom lens has the shortest overall length (approximately 38mm) in the Q-mount zoom lens range and features a super-compact body weighing a mere 75g. With its pocket size and unique focal-length coverage from 17.5mm to 27mm in 35mm format (with a Q7 camera body), it can be used for a wide range of subjects and applications - especially for  shooting in confined spaces where the subject is close to the camera, and for scenic photography with exaggerated perspectives. Its machined-aluminium barrel cam assures a smooth, comfortable zooming operation.

Exceptional visual description - The incorporation of a moulded-glass DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element in the first optical group means this lens reduces distortion to a minimum. By incorporating two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low-dispersion glass element in its optics, it delivers clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.

Other features:

  • Inner-focus mechanism for high-speed, low-noise AF operation
  • Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system
  • SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains
  • Built-in lens shutter equipped with an ND (neutral density) filter and an iris diaphragm

For more information, take a look at the Ricoh Imaging website.

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