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Pentax Ricoh shows off lenses in development for K, Q and 645 mounts at CP+

By dpreview staff on Feb 7, 2012 at 22:00 GMT

Pentax will use the CP+ show in Japan to show a series of lenses and accessories it has in development, including a 50mm F1.8 for the K mount and a thin lens for the recently launched K-01. There are also super-telephoto lenses for the K mount, three additional lenses for the Q camera and a 90mm F2.8 for the 645D, many of which the company says will be available before the end of the year.

Even if there's nothing that particularly catches your eye on the list, we think it's a positive sign that the newly combined Pentax Ricoh is making its committment to all its systems so explicit.


Press Release:

PENTAX to Exhibit 7 Reference Products at CP+ 2012 Camera and Imaging Show

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the exhibition of seven reference products — interchangeable lenses and camera accessories currently under development — at CP+ 2012, one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging shows in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 9th to 12th at the PACIFIC YOKOHAMA convention center in Japan.

Reference Products

1 Interchangeable lens for medium-format digital SLR camera

   Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-D FA645 90mm F2.8

  • Unifocal medium-telephoto lens for use with the PENTAX 645D
  • Focal length ideal for portraiture and high-quality image reproduction with beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus) effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

2 Interchangeable lenses for K mount digital cameras

   Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6

  • Unifocal super-telephoto lens for use with K mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras
  • Sharp, well-defined images — particularly with distant subjects — thanks to the adoption of optics used in astronomical telescopes
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

   Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

  • Unifocal standard lens for use with K mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras
  • Maximum aperture of F1.8 for high-quality images with a superb rendition of depth and natural bokeh (out-of-focus) effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

3 Interchangeable lenses for Q mount digital camera

   Model name (tentative): TELEPHOTO ZOOM

  • Telephoto zoom lens (high-performance-lens series) for use with Q mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
  • Exceptional image rendition for sharp, high-contrast images, even at the edges of the image field, thanks to the state-of-the-art optical design
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

   Model name (tentative): MOUNT CAP LENS

  • Unifocal standard lens (unique-lens series) for use with Q mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
  • Eye-catching “body mount cap” design, along with a toy-camera-like visual effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012

4 Interchangeable K-mount lens for the PENTAX K-01

   Model name: to be announced later

  • Super-thin interchangeable lens especially designed for PENTAX K-01
  • Market launch: to be decided

5 Lens adapter

   Model name: Adapter Q for K mount lens

  • Lens adapter for mounting a K mount lens onto a Q mount interchangeable-lens digital camera body
  • Built-in shutter unit; manual-focus operation only
  • Market launch scheduled for spring 2012

Notes:
Model names, designs, specifications and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notice. Prices of these products will be announced at a later date.

Comments

Total comments: 57
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Feb 8, 2012)

4-camera lineup...

Q (compact ILC)
K-01 (APS-C MILC)
K-letter (APS-C SLR)
K-number (APS-C SLR)

All compatible with 1 mount! woohoo! (well the K-to-Q adapter solves the last). Fuji might have the looks, but Pentax retains the function.

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Feb 8, 2012)

That 560mm prime on the Q would be the equivalent of 3136mm :O

3 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

I hope FF with K-mount too.

0 upvotes
arpikusz
By arpikusz (Feb 8, 2012)

50mm F1.8 Mmmmm. Like!

2 upvotes
steveh0607
By steveh0607 (Feb 8, 2012)

On a crop sensor camera that focal length is odd. 35mm would be a normal lens, not 50mm.

1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

77 at FF is not odd? A lot of us uses FA50/1.4 and FA50/1.7 and A50/1.2 with APS-C camera and like it...Cheap short tele with good IQ.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

Maybe 50/1.8 is standart for FF?

0 upvotes
offertonhatter
By offertonhatter (Feb 8, 2012)

Steve, Pentax already have a nice fast(ish) cheap 35mm prime in their range, in the shape of the wonderful DA 35mm F2.4 AL.
Having a nice cheap fast 50mm F1.8 like the CaNikons, is a bonus, and a perfect compliment to the already great FA50mm F1.4.
It harks back to the much loved 50mm F1.7 of the past.

0 upvotes
nanoc
By nanoc (Feb 13, 2012)

Well, the 35mm may be cheap by today's standards, but it certainly isn't fast. I wonder how much control over DOF that lens allows.... I will never understand why pentax got rid of the old FA 35mm f/2

0 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 8, 2012)

why no UWA with the Q?

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

it could be retro focal lens. 12 mm

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/attachments/pentax-news-rumors/117059d1328664384-new-lenses-announcement-k-q-mount-20120208_6.jpg

so small

1 upvote
wildkat2
By wildkat2 (Feb 8, 2012)

RIce High has pictures!!!

http://ricehigh.blogspot.com/2012/02/dc-watch-has-posted-product-images-of.html#idc-container

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

New thin lens for K-01....Interesting. Which focal length and speed?

0 upvotes
wildkat2
By wildkat2 (Feb 8, 2012)

Could not be happier about being a Pentax user over the last weeks.

Lenses and cameras and adapters OH MY!!!

Commitment to K mount
Commitment to 645

Hoping for a K-3 and a K300 soon!!

2 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Feb 8, 2012)

I don't find anything wrong with Pentax having more lenses. Why are some people complaining?

0 upvotes
Zebooka
By Zebooka (Feb 8, 2012)

Thank god I'm not with Pentax anymore.
It seems like a deadly convulsions.

0 upvotes
Peter Jonkman
By Peter Jonkman (Feb 8, 2012)

Likewise we're glad you're not among us anymore :)

8 upvotes
bgnr
By bgnr (Feb 8, 2012)

Well, i am with Pentax since 2009 and i never saw so many things announced together. If this super thin lens for K-01 is 21mm that will work on K-5 and if 560 5.6 will provide astronomic quality without astronomic costs i will be very happy.

1 upvote
ManWithPentaxCamera
By ManWithPentaxCamera (Feb 8, 2012)

I hope this means they'll be pricing that new 50mm f/1.8 around $100, like the Canon and Nikon systems. Having an inexpensive, fast 50mm would be a nice plus. My first lens was the FA 50mm f/1.4, but it's gone up in price since I bought it, and it would make it easier to recommend Pentax to someone starting out, if there was a $100 fast 50mm available.

0 upvotes
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 8, 2012)

No offense, but if money is this tight for you, maybe food is a better expenditure than camera gear. The Canon and Nikon lenses you're referring to are cheap because their designs date back to the 1980s. The recent Nikon 50/1.8 G is around $220, and I would expect the Pentax to be at least that much.

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Feb 8, 2012)

The build is likely to be similar to the DA 35 2.4, optics-wise maybe they just made a digital refurbishing from the A1.7(old design right?) and if that's so then the price CAN be pulled down to around $100 or a little more.

I agree that this is good news for starters, since not everyone with a DSLR right now is a top-dollar earner or something. Photography is for everyone, not just the moneyed.

0 upvotes
Edgar_in_Indy
By Edgar_in_Indy (Feb 8, 2012)

No offense Baxter, but I think that guy can figure out how to feed himself without your advise.

And his point was about Pentax being at a competitive disadvantage by not having a fast and cheap 50mm.

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 8, 2012)

Edgar, I thought food vs. camera equipment was pretty funny, sorry if I pi**ed you off. I understood his point, and agree that Pentax needs a cheap 50 - but expecting one at $100 is a bit unrealistic, don't you think?

0 upvotes
Edgar_in_Indy
By Edgar_in_Indy (Feb 9, 2012)

I guess it's the age-old problem of sarcasm not always coming across well over the internet.

As far as the lens, if IQ is excellent and it's under $250, then this may be my first Pentax lens purchase (not counting old manual-focus lenses).

I recently sold my Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 and was going to replace it with an autofocus Pentax-F 50mm 1.7, but I think I'll hold onto my money and see how this new 50mm turns out.

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 9, 2012)

The cheapest modern lens I ever owned (briefly, before returning it) was a Sony DT 50/1.8. It now sells on Amazon for $112, so ManWPC, my apologies, your price range is a possibility. But it felt like it would fall apart if even mishandled, much less dropped. I also had the Pentax 35/2.4 and wasn't happy with that build quality, either, though it was a cut above the Sony. If the Pentax 50 comes in with a metal mount at around $200, I think they'll have a lot of takers.

0 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Feb 7, 2012)

Is the 560/5.6 a mirror lens? The press release says

"thanks to the adoption of optics used in astronomical telescopes"

Minolta had an autofocus mirror, so it is possible.

1 upvote
Vaards
By Vaards (Feb 8, 2012)

Definetly! Mirror F5.6

0 upvotes
ropen
By ropen (Feb 8, 2012)

Joe, Pentax used to make astro telescopes of very high quality and pretty much all were refractors, so maybe this is the meaning of that marketing phrase. Maybe this lens is an APO ...

0 upvotes
Russ Houston
By Russ Houston (Feb 8, 2012)

Sony currently sell their 500mm reflex with AF. Smart move by Pentax, I think. People have been clamoring for longer lenses. Hope the price is south of $2k.

0 upvotes
Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Feb 8, 2012)

Well, I saw the pictures in the CP+ preview. Very long and skinny. I tried a quick bit of photogrametry on the pictures, it's a good 450mm long. Definitely not a mirror. It has an aspect like a small scope. Telephotos tend to be about 20-30% shorter than their focal length, and it looks about in that area, so it's pretty conventional.

But f5.6? I think ropen is on to something, a refractor scope design, minimalist internal optics. And a scope appearance, because you don't see f4 or 2.8 much in scopes. The aperture basically determines the aspect, an f5.6 with no shortening optics is 5.6 times longer than it is wide. Even with some shortening, it's still over 4x longer than it is wide, so it looks "skinnier" than anythign else currently on the market.

It reminds me of an old Sigma 400mm f5.6 I used to have. Well, hopefully it won't remind me of that, optically. It is a nice return to the days when most OEMs had more slow teles than they have now.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
varocartin
By varocartin (Feb 7, 2012)

New lens, good! However, what about new DSLR models? Pentax announces new lenses, but they say nothing about K-x and K-r substitutes. I hope there's good news in the future about it.

0 upvotes
RBellavance
By RBellavance (Feb 7, 2012)

Anybody else somewhat disappointed that the 50mm is not f/1.7 ?

Comment edited 7 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
dsm6
By dsm6 (Feb 7, 2012)

As long as it has beautiful optical qualities, I can forgive the f/.1 difference. Considering that the K-5 has incredible ISO qualities even at 6,400, I think F/1.7 should suffice. If the lens has some size advantages its to F1.4 and F1.7 peers, I think it is well worth it.

0 upvotes
RBellavance
By RBellavance (Feb 7, 2012)

For sure, and in practice there is no real difference between f/1.8 and f/1.7. It's just that traditionally Pentax has used f/1.7...

0 upvotes
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 8, 2012)

Nope.

1 upvote
besietenueve
By besietenueve (Feb 8, 2012)

yes. i was thinking just that.
0.1 f doesn't make any difference, but i think there never was a Pentax 50 1.8 before, they were all 1.7 (the 55's were 1.8)

0 upvotes
Wheatfield
By Wheatfield (Feb 8, 2012)

"Anybody else somewhat disappointed that the 50mm is not f/1.7 ?"
You aren't serious are you? Think, just a moment about what you have typed.

Comment edited 47 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
wildkat2
By wildkat2 (Feb 8, 2012)

Oh yeah. I was soooooo going to buy an f/1.7 but a 1.8? What were they thinking? Everyone knows it takes a 1.7 to get good pictures.

0 upvotes
RBellavance
By RBellavance (Feb 8, 2012)

Ok, I should have written "surprised" instead of "disappointed"... What I meant is that Pentax "budget" 50s have always been f/1.7 before.

2 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 8, 2012)

so you are saying that you see any differences in bokeh because of 0.1 difference? also speedwise i can tell you that my nikkor 50 1.8 and 1.4 produce the same results speedwise. no difference at all.

0 upvotes
loock
By loock (Feb 7, 2012)

Where is D-FA 90 f 1.7 for K FF35, star or Ltd. ???

On crop 645D, 90mm is like 71mm on FF35 - what portret lens is that ???

0 upvotes
dsm6
By dsm6 (Feb 7, 2012)

It's a portrait lens designed by some incredible optical engineers using the latest computer aided design mechanisms. I guess they forgot to check off the box that said "Only Follow focal lengths that have been around for 5 decades that were hand designed on paper".

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
5 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Feb 7, 2012)

SMC Pentax-FA 645 150mm F2.8 [IF]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3593/3384963711_ec70248572_o.jpg

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Feb 8, 2012)

645D could get new sensor in the future, don't you think?

1 upvote
DStudio
By DStudio (Feb 7, 2012)

How funny - a K-mount adapter for the Q! It provides access to a lot of lenses, though - maybe not such a bad idea. At least it may increase sales of the Q to current Pentax owners, a market they should certainly take advantage of.

1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (Feb 7, 2012)

put the 560mm on it and get a 3080mm FF equivalent tele?

6 upvotes
dsm6
By dsm6 (Feb 7, 2012)

.... and thus the universe will end.

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 8, 2012)

D1N0 - hell yes.

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (Feb 7, 2012)

..........how are they gonna compete with Canon/Nikon with these lenses?

0 upvotes
Peter Jonkman
By Peter Jonkman (Feb 7, 2012)

Show me a 500-600mm by Nikon or Canon which will be smaller than the Pentax 560mm f/5.6?

F/5.6 is more than adequate with today's sensors.

5 upvotes
dubstylz
By dubstylz (Feb 7, 2012)

'Eye-catching “body mount cap” design, along with a toy-camera-like visual effect'
Pin hole by any chance?

0 upvotes
zxaar
By zxaar (Feb 7, 2012)

everybody reads what interests him in any article. There are tons of things mentioned and "body mount cap" is what interests you. Nothing wrong in fixating on body cap i guess.

1 upvote
Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Feb 8, 2012)

Yes, sounds like one of those pinhole body caps you see around for $20. Meh, with a sensor that small they need to either start rolling out some f/1.0 lenses or introduce an official C-mount adapter and focus peaking via firmware update. Pentax has a great lineup of C-mounts that the Q is perfect for, don't understand why they're not exploiting this.

0 upvotes
PentaxNick
By PentaxNick (Feb 8, 2012)

Why only for the K-01? Elements behind the mount making it incompatible with a mirror?

0 upvotes
RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (Feb 7, 2012)

Nice!

2 upvotes
SETI
By SETI (Feb 7, 2012)

Ok, let them finally start with something =)

1 upvote
Total comments: 57