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

By dpreview staff on 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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Press Release:

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

  • 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

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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Comments

Total comments: 58
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (5 months ago)

Another toy lens for toycams. They seem to be very popular nowadays.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

What is it on Q and Q10, something like 20-30 mm equivalent?

Comment edited 13 seconds after posting
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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

"FOCAL LENGTH (Q, Q10): 3.8-5.9mm (35mm equiv. 21-32.5mm)"

On 2 out of 3 Q-system cameras, it is not even UWA much.

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Kai Griffin
By Kai Griffin (5 months ago)

So the article is wrong in saying that it is equivalent to 17.5-27mm? I would consider that to be UWA - much!

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Kai Griffin
By Kai Griffin (5 months ago)

(edit: I didn't realize that the older Q's only have 1/2.3" sensors)

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ezradja
By ezradja (5 months ago)

still prefer a wide prime than this :( come on Ricoh/Pentax, don't be a Can-iko-ny-ji-pus-nic

1 upvote
ebo seagrave
By ebo seagrave (5 months ago)

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but does anyone know if this lens will fit on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? It has a MFT mount and a rather large crop factor of 2.88x...this lens could be a nice wide solution. thx

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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

If you can find an adapter this lens will technically work, but the image circle this Pentax lens is designed for (1/1.7" sensor) is smaller than the sensor area of the Black Magic Cinema Camera so it will most likely vignette.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (4 months ago)

Even if it covered your sensor, I doubt there's any adapter which would allow focusing or aperture control.

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Duckie
By Duckie (5 months ago)

Hood is separate. Pentax would rather squeeze you more for an extra piece of plastic than include it and let you have a properly taken photo.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (4 months ago)

Pentax had always been pretty good about bundling hoods with SLR lenses. They're getting cheap with the Q lenses, following the lame practices of competitors that charge way too much for the hoods as separate accessories -- if you can even find them.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

Bravo, yes, for design achievement.
Sometimes engineers do thing simply because they love challenges, not because people really need them.
Not a single Q user ever posted a desire for a slow zoom lens for the Q. Faster wide prime lens was always users' preference, so many times confirmed around here. And for a good reason — more versatile use in all light conditions and more usable f-stops before the tiny sensor hits the diffraction limit. 01 prime lens for the Q was so good that people were eager to see more such lenses.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (4 months ago)

You're right, but I feel that Pentax/Ricoh should have done both. I think lenses like this, the fisheye, and the 06 are part of the unique selling proposition for the Q system -- no other compacts (particularly with fixed lenses) offer stuff like these (ultra-wide zoom, f/2.8 tele zoom, fisheye).

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (5 months ago)

Kudos to Pentax for both lenses. The Q has the same advantage as M43 and that is small lenses. It is a bit odd to make it $500 but maybe not so outrageously so considering Fuji will have an ultra wide zoom in a few months for $800 (yes the Fuji will have a greater output) but I don't know what the margin on this is considering R&D ect and small market but they are brave to put out a risky product and reward the owners of their midget system. Perhaps we will see a few more Q bodies in the future especially with advancing technology. Perhaps in a couple years their tiny sensor can get closer to more peoples photographic needs. Lets remember this is a TINY lens and that is the niche. Compare to M43 ultra wide zoom for a comparison. Bravo for bravery and keeping with the ethos and concept.

6 upvotes
ntsan
By ntsan (5 months ago)

Canon 11-22mm IS for EOS M is only $399, I think realistically it should sell for $300~$350.

3 upvotes
supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (5 months ago)

Yes, the price is high, but it has 3 aspherical and 3 ED elements. Comparable lenses from Nikon, Samsung, Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Canon cost more (except for Nikon and Canon). Canon and Sony has no ED elements at all. The prices are Nikon $500, Canon $480, Samsung $560, Sony $850, Olympus $700, Panasonic $900.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

I doubt the set the price based on the diameter of the lens elements. I'm not aware of any ultra-wide zooms in any format that have ever been cheap, at least not anything good.

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audijam
By audijam (5 months ago)

wow....that's very expensive for a toy lens

1 upvote
Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

It's not a toy lens :-)

6 upvotes
DDWD10
By DDWD10 (5 months ago)

Glad they took the high road with a smooth metal cam zoom design like the 5-15mm vs the awful-feeling plasticky 15-45mm. Still, would have preferred a wide prime that was at least a stop faster.

1 upvote
james45
By james45 (5 months ago)

Gosh that's a LOT of money for a lens... Just to add another voice, if it'd had been a nice 28mm-equiv prime, for a coupla hundred quid, I'd've been there like a shot. This is too big, too over-engineered, and way too expensive.

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andy amos
By andy amos (5 months ago)

I'll join the wrong lens - wrong price side on this one. Now a proud owner of the Q (200 euros with 5-15 zoom!!) I´ve changed my attitude towards the new format from "Toy" to "Sensational" ...but not that sensational!

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blank_
By blank_ (5 months ago)

good move from ricoh, but too late for me. I wish pentax had this lens year ago.

0 upvotes
Cynog ap Brychan
By Cynog ap Brychan (5 months ago)

I'm not about to say this lens is too expensive for what it is: it sounds well made and to tight tolerances. But it's too expensive for me at the moment. I have other photographic priorities - just bought a Q7 and I am waiting for my K-3. Like many others, I would appreciate a good wide-angle prime for the Q system, though. Maybe I'll get it in a year or so.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (5 months ago)

Hate to say this, but it's too expensive :(

and the diffraction limit for the Q is around f/8. They could've just made a fast wide prime (that is not under "TOY" and not a fisheye) to make it smaller... and probably cheaper too

it better be convincingly good wide open

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Smeggypants
By Smeggypants (5 months ago)

£430 is a rip off for this

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Peter Lacus
By Peter Lacus (5 months ago)

Oh man, a SLR lens with "three molded-glass aspherical elements" would have cost a fortune (these are not the ususal el-cheapo "hybrid" asphericals). Sure, it's not for everybody, but hardly a rip-off.

5 upvotes
TheChefs
By TheChefs (5 months ago)

I was going to get it for my partner. She's in love with her Q. But after looking at the price tag, I will not...
Like others have said, they should have got a faster and cheaper wide angle prime.

0 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (5 months ago)

f/3.7-f/4 ?? So, there is magically no diffraction problem anymore, if you spend GBP 430 on this lens? This is "great"...

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

A fast wide prime could be well used on all Q models, this zoom only on Q7 because of the diffraction issue.
I find it too extreme to applaud. If this was a lens to lure Q and Q10 users to buy Q7, they can think again.

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (5 months ago)

It available for preorder for $500. A bit too expensive.

Full specs:

LENS MOUNT: PENTAX Q
FOCAL LENGTH (Q, Q10): 3.8-5.9mm (35mm equiv. 21-32.5mm)
FOCAL LENGTH (Q7): 3.8-5.9mm (35mm equiv. 17.5-27mm)
APERTURE: f/3.7-f/4
MIN APERTURE: f/8
LENS CONSTRUCTION: 10 elements in 8 groups
ANGLE OF VIEW (Q, Q10): 67° - 92°
ANGLE OF VIEW (Q7): 77° - 102°
MIN FOCUSING DISTANCE: 0.82’ (0.25m)
MAX MAGNIFICATION: 0.03X
FILTER DIAMETER: 49mm
DIAPHRAGM CONTROL: Fully Automatic
NUMBER OF APERTURE BLADES: n/a
LENS APERTURE RING: n/a
TRIPOD ADAPTER: n/a
HOOD: PH-RBF49 (optional)
OBJECTIVE CAP: O-LC49 (included)
CASE: n/a
MAX DIAMETER x MIN LENGTH: 2.1” x 1.5” (54 x 38mm)
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD): 2.6 oz (75g)

http://www.pentaxwebstore.com/product/45566

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Gesture
By Gesture (5 months ago)

Looks neat. What size sensor for the Q-2/3."

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viking79
By viking79 (5 months ago)

no, new Q7 is 1/1.7". All the Q lenses will work on it or the 1/2.33 sensor, which is still a pretty decent sensor. It doesn't sound it, but with a decent lens it is not bad.

1 upvote
jimrpdx
By jimrpdx (5 months ago)

Hoya did toys, Ricoh does lenses.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

Ricoh Imaging is really behaving quite strangely with this Q experiment.
At one side they design a bunch of very cheap, optically irrelevant, fixed aperture and almost unusable "toy prime lenses" to define the playfulness of the Q system, and on the other, very, very expensive zooms to .. what end?

2 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (5 months ago)

Ricoh did not design the toy primes. These lenses existed long before Ricoh acquired Pentax.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

Ricoh announced they were buying Pentax, and on the same date Q system was launched. They knew it all months before, of course, and they knew what they were buying. Maybe even suggested what to announce.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

I think the Q always represented both - the playful system and the DSLR in a pocket type. I am fine with them doing this.

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viking79
By viking79 (5 months ago)

I like both too, can't live on toy lenses alone, many complaints for good wide. My only fear is aperture is too small, would have liked to see f/2.8. At f/4 diffraction limit will only be around 7 MP.

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

I agree Eric, and that's why I believed wide faster prime would be more suited for a small sensor camera such as Q.

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Duckie
By Duckie (5 months ago)

In terms of total spend. Q is definitely a rip off. Great if u you stick to one fixed lens. Going beyond that means you will be paying much more than better alternatives.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

Depends on what is better for you.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (5 months ago)

It sure does sound expensive for what it is.

However, I do like the simplicity of the Pentax method of labeling their lenses. Lens 08... is probably the eight lens designed for their Q system cameras.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

Marty- just like this :-)

http://i.imgur.com/QcThX.jpg

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

Most likely, this could be a well designed lens and quite excellent optically.
But it defies the purpose, really; a good fast wide prime for half the money would lure more people into Q than this zoom. And that is exactly what Q users have suggested for many, many months already.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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Raist3d
By Raist3d (5 months ago)

It reads like a well designed lens. It just seems to me a cheaper prime would have done the trick. But hey, if they are going with this, better do the lens good and seems like it.

I just hope they re-issue the 02 as an F2.8 constant and the 01 as an F1.0.

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ntsan
By ntsan (5 months ago)

It is even more expensive than Nikon 1 or EOS M's UW zoom lens, both of them have much bigger sensor to cover, I am pretty sure it will be much cheaper produce than either the 1" or APS-C

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (5 months ago)

They are not in a hurry to sell them.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (5 months ago)

Maximum aperture varies from a rather dim f/3.7 at wide angle to f/4 at telephoto.

Per Mike Tomkins, http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/11/06/ricoh-launches-first-limited-series-zoom-q-mount-wide-zoom-lenses

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viking79
By viking79 (5 months ago)

It is one of those lenses that will likely be shot wide open all the time and do just fine, and it doesn't go telephoto. It is a wide angle lens, about 18-27mm in full frame terms.

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robmanueb
By robmanueb (5 months ago)

Please someone tell them we don't need a wideangle zoom, just a prime would do the trick. Make it half the price.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (5 months ago)

RIGHT ON!

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Duckie
By Duckie (5 months ago)

Yes!

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MinceyFresh
By MinceyFresh (5 months ago)

"... designed for use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras..."

I'm guessing "K-mount" is supposed to be "Q-mount?"

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
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Allison Johnson
By Allison Johnson (5 months ago)

That's our bad, fixing now. Thanks!

1 upvote
Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (5 months ago)

Oh Oh :o ..... ;)

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Red5TX
By Red5TX (5 months ago)

I like the Q and want to see it succeed. However, I saw one estimate of $499 in the US. At that price, this lens is a non-starter.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

$500 for an ultra-wide zoom, aspheric element, built-in shutter and ND filter sounds pretty reasonable. And unlike a lot of recent claims of light weight, this lens weighs almost nothing.

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Total comments: 58