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Ricoh announces HD PENTAX-D FA*85mm F1.4ED SDM AW lens

Ricoh announced the HD PENTAX-D FA*85mm F1.4ED SDM AW lens, the second fixed-focal-length lens in the new-generation PENTAX Star (*) lens series. Designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, Star-series lenses boast the highest imaging performance of all PENTAX lens lineups.

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp., announced the HD PENTAX-D FA*85mm F1.4ED SDM AW lens, the second fixed-focal-length lens in the new-generation PENTAX Star (*) lens series. Designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, Star-series lenses boast the highest imaging performance of all PENTAX lens lineups. The HD PENTAX-D FA*85mm F1.4ED SDM AW lens will be available in mid-June at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com as well as at Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets for an MSRP of $1.899.95.

The new lens incorporates three Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical elements to effectively minimize chromatic aberration, and a glass-molded aspherical optical element to effectively compensate for spherical and chromatic aberrations and field curvature to deliver extra-clear, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness, even at open aperture. This design also reduces distortion to nearly zero at a focusing distance of four meters to deliver well-defined, distortion-free images over the entire focusing range, from the minimum focusing distance to infinity.

The HD PENTAX-D FA*85mm F1.4ED SDM AW lens boasts an F1.4 maximum aperture, producing a bright, clear viewfinder image that will surely inspire photographic creativity and imagination.

Developed as an all-weather model, the new lens features dustproof, weather-resistant construction with eight special seals to prevent the intrusion of water into the lens barrel.

Other features

  • Nine-blade, round-shaped diaphragm produces a natural, beautiful bokeh (defocus) effect up to the F2.8 aperture setting, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources
  • Exterior design that facilitates focus-ring operation in manual-focus shooting and provides a firm hold
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm-control mechanism** for flawless, high-precision exposure control during video recording
  • SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and spots
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