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Pentax releases HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW zoom lens for APS-C

Pentax has formally introduced its new HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW lens. Designed for the corporate’s APS-C Ok mount DSLRs, the 16-50mm lens is the most recent within the Pentax “Star” lineup and provides a subject of view equal to that of a 24.5-76.5mm focal size vary on a full-frame digital camera.

The brand new lens options HD coatings to scale back flare and ghosting and a PLM pulse motor to drive autofocus. It’s marketed as dustproof and weather-resistant (when paired with a weather-sealed Pentax physique), and have a 77mm filter thread on the entrance.

Focal size 16-50mm
Format APS-C
Mount Pentax Ok
Max aperture f/2.8
Min aperture f/22
Optics 16 components in 10 teams
Minimal focus distance 30cm
Angle of view Unspecified
Max magnification 0.24x
Autofocus Sure
Stabilisation No
Filter diameter 77mm
Diaphragm blades 9
Dimensions 84 x 117mm
Weight 712g

Ricoh notes that that is the primary time the PLM “Superior Pulse Motor” has been utilized in a big aperture Pentax lens. Pentax says the motor “assures clean, high-speed autofocus operation with minimised operational noise”. So, in non-marketing converse “it’s quick and quiet” – which is what one would hope for in a contemporary lens nowadays, even whether it is for a DSLR.

There’s no aperture ring on this lens. The 9-blade aperture is managed by way of the physique and an electromagnetic diaphragm stops it down when taking the shot. Ricoh included a caveat and a listing of appropriate our bodies within the press launch.

The lens options the KAF4 mount and is appropriate with electromagnetic diaphragm management. Electromagnetic diaphragm management is out there together with PENTAX K-3 Mark III, PENTAX Ok-3 II, PENTAX Ok-3, PENTAX KP, PENTAX K-70, PENTAX K-50, PENTAX Ok-S2, PENTAX Ok-S1, PENTAX K-1 Mark II or PENTAX Ok-1 digital camera our bodies. We advise that customers improve the digital camera’s firmware to the most recent model to correctly use electromagnetic diaphragm management. When mounted on a PENTAX Ok-1 Mark II or PENTAX Ok-1 digital camera physique, pictures can solely be captured in Crop mode as a result of the lens picture circle is solely designed for the APS-C format.

As one would count on from a lens of this value, the HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW is dustproof and weather-resistant. Therefore the “AW” in its identify. Like Lowepro luggage, the “AW” denotes “All Climate”. After all, to get full weatherproofing, it wanted to be paired with a Pentax physique that’s additionally weatherproof.

The HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW lens doesn’t appear to be available to pre-order yet, though it’s anticipated to be launched in August with a value of $1,399.95.

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