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Ricoh launches Pentax Q-mount ultra-wide-angle zoom

Nov 6, 2013 at 23:01 GMT

Ricoh has announced the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM lens for Q-mount interchangeable lens cameras. The F3.7-4 ultra-wide-angle compact provides a focal length of 3.8-5.9mm (when mounted to the Pentax Q7 it provides a 35mm equivalent of 17.5-27mm). The lens is equipped with its own shutter and also comes with a built-in neutral density filter. It will cost £429.99 on announcement in the UK. 

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Ricoh launches Pentax Q-mount ultra-wide-angle zoom

The world’s smallest, lightest wide-angle zoom lens, with exceptional visual description - exclusively for use with Q-mount digital lens-interchangeable cameras

RICOH IMAGING U.K LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed exclusively for use with super-compact Q-mount digital lens-interchangeable cameras.

The latest model in the high-performance Q-mount lens series, the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM is the world’s smallest, and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens on the market.* 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.

* The world’s smallest, and lightest ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a focal length of 20mm (in 35mm format) or shorter at its wide-angle end, as of November 1, 2013 (based on RICOH IMAGING research).

Major Features

1. 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. 

2. 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. 

3. Other features

RRP: £429.99
Availability: TBA

PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size1/1.7″
Focal length4–6 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountPentax Q
Aperture
Maximum apertureF3.7 - F4.0
Optics
Elements10
Groups8
Focus
Minimum focus0.25 m (9.84)
Maximum magnification0.03×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeMicromotor
Full time manualUnknown
Physical
Weight75 g (0.17 lb)
Diameter54 mm (2.13)
Length38 mm (1.5)
ColourSilver
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread49 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Hood product codePH-RBF49
Other
NotesBuilt-in Lens Shutter, built-in ND filter

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