Ricoh has been teasing a full frame Pentax DSLR for some time now, and the latest official word is that the camera will debut in the spring of 2016. The company just announced a new Pentax 24-70mm f/2.8 full-frame lens to set the stage for the new camera.
The new HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR is a weather-resistant lens that offers the equivalent of a 37-107mm focal range on current Pentax crop sensor APS-C bodies.
As with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses offered for other DSLR brands, this new lens will likely become one of the most popular high-end Pentax zoom lenses due to its versatile range and its large, fixed maximum aperture.
“We’ve built our new 24-70mm lens to meet the rigorous demands of pro photographers for speed, sharpness and performance,” says Ricoh America president Jim Malcolm. “With its versatile focal length and constant f/2.8 aperture, we expect this to be the ‘go-to’ lens for many Pentaxians.”
The lens’ features and specs include an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/22, HD lens coating, a 9-blade aperture, a Supersonic Direct-Drive autofocus motor for quick and quiet AF, a Quick-Shift Focus system for fine-tuning with manual focus after the AF locks on, and a zoom lock lever for keeping the lens from extending when it’s pointed downward.
The Pentax FA 24-70mm f/2.8 will be available in October 2015 with a price tag of $1,300.