Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Confirming my posts of the recent two weeks, Ricoh / Pentax announces the Full Frame DSLR.


 Hi Photographer friends,

Confirming my posts of the recent weeks, Pentax announces the Pentax Full Frame camera as well as two new D-FA* lenses for Full Frame DSLR. There will be no need to replace your DA lenses as the DSLR will have a crop mode, most likely better than what Nikon developed.


February 4, 2015 - RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the exhibition of a reference product – a digital SLR camera currently under development. The product will be displayed at “CP+” one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging shows in Asia, from February 12-15, 2015 at the PACIFICO Yokohama Convention Center in Japan.

CP+, originally known as the “Japanese Camera Show”, has over 50 years of history and draws more and more imaging enthusiasts each year. In 2014 over 42,000 people were in attendance over the course of only 3 days.

This is a composite of what we know and what I think it will look like.
Maybe with a battery grip.

RICOH IMAGING will display the following:
Digital SLR camera
Product name: To Be Determined

K-Mount digital SLR camera with a large, 35mm full-frame image sensor

Compatible with DA-series interchangeable lenses, using an image cropping function

Currently under development for market launch by the end of 2015


Ricoh Imaging Broadens Lens Line-up-Providing Photographers with Two New Options to Capture Outstanding Sports, Action and Landscape Photography.

With the Introduction of the HD PENTAX D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 and the HD  PENTAX D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6, photographers have exceptional lens options to use with current and future imaging sensor technology. 

DENVER, Colorado, February 4, 2015- RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is pleased to announce the launch of two new HD PENTAX D FA Lenses. Designed for use with current PENTAX K-mount DSLR cameras and future PENTAX sensor technology, these lenses offer ranges not found in previous PENTAX lens models, including a star-series telephoto zoom and super- telephoto zoom ideal for capturing clear images of distant subjects and weather resistant for shooting 
in all conditions.

The HD PENTAX D FA lenses feature a high-grade HD Coating which helps to produce extra-sharp, high-contrast images, minimizing flare and ghosting, even under demanding lighting conditions such as in backlight situations. 

The HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW has a brand new optical design in the PENTAX Star (★) series, which boasts the highest image quality of all PENTAX interchangeable lenses. In addition to the HD coating, this lens features Aero Bright Coating II, assuring exceptionally low reflectance. Thanks to its large- constant aperture design, the lens provides an accelerated maximum aperture of F2.8 at all focal lengths from 70mm to 200mm. In addition to four super-low dispersion glass elements and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, its optics includes a pair of new Super ED glass elements to effectively compensate chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range and deliver crisp, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness. Its dustproof, weather-resistant body also makes it extremely dependable and durable in demanding outdoor conditions. This new lens boasts fast yet quiet internal focusing, zoom versatility, and an AF limiter switch which improves autofocus response time.

The HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW covers focal lengths from 150mm to 450mm — a focal-length range demanded by higher end PENTAX-camera users. Also incorporated are three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a super-low dispersion glass element to effectively compensate chromatic aberration. The highly desirable weather-resistance body protects the inside of the body from both dust and moisture, making it an extremely dependable and durable DSLR accessory in demanding outdoor conditions.

“Ricoh Imaging continues to provide quality and performance in lens construction,” said Jim Malcolm, President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “With the addition of two new zoom lenses, we demonstrate our commitment to helping photographers reach their full potential.”

Pricing and Availability

Both the HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW and HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW will be available in March 2015 at both and retail outlets nationwide with the following suggested retail prices:

- HD PENTAX-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW- $2299.95

- HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW- $2499.95

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