The HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW lens will start shipping next month

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After several delays, Ricoh finally announced the release date of the new HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW lens: March 18th, 2016. The US price of the lens is $2,296.9. Adorama and B&H are now taking pre-orders.

HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW lens features and specifications:

  • One of the most versatile zoom ranges, this 70-200mm lens provides a 105-300mm equivalent focal length range when used with Pentax APS-C DSLRs.
  • A constant f/2.8 maximum aperture delivers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and is particularly beneficial to creating shallow depth of field imagery.
  • Extra-low dispersion glass elements are incorporated within the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and produce high image clarity with edge-to-edge sharpness.
  • High Definition (HD) and Aero Bright coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting in order to deliver greater contrast and color fidelity. Additionally, a Super Protect (SP) coating also helps to protect the surface of exposed elements from fingerprints, water, dust, and oils and also makes the front and rear elements easier to clean.
  • A Direct Current (DC) autofocus motor benefits from an internal focusing design and delivers fast, smooth, and quiet focusing performance.
  • The Quick-Shift Focus System allows you to first use autofocus to acquire general focus on a subject, then instantly refine your focus position manually without the need for an AF/MF selector.
  • A focus range limiter allows you to constrain the lens’ focus range between different sets of distances for faster performance and greater responsiveness.
  • The weather-resistant construction utilizes 13 distinct seals to prevent moisture or dust from entering the lens.
  • A removable, rotating tripod collar is included with the lens for better balance when shooting atop a tripod.

Specifications:

Focal Length: 70-200mm
Equivalent to 35mm format: 107-307mm
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/22
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
Rounded aperture (F2.8-F5.6)
Diaphragm Control: Fully automatic
Construction: 19 elements in 16 groups
Smallest object distance: 1.2m / 3.94′
Magnification: 0.13x
Filter size: Diameter: 77mm
Mount: KAF3
Dimensions (L x Dia.): Approx. 203 x 91.5mm / 7.99 x 3.60″
Angle of View:
23-8.1 deg. (when attached to PENTAX digital SLR cameras)
34.5-12.5 deg. (when attached to PENTAX 35mm SLR cameras)
Weight:
Approx. 1755g / 61.91oz
With hood: Approx. 1835g / 64.73oz
With hood and tripod mount: Approx. 2030g / 71.61oz.
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  • Shark

    you make a system interesting by offering good price on lenses….
    something sony and pentax seem not to understand.
    sure canon and nikons did cost the same when released but they are now much lower in price.

    • TinusVerdino

      That may be true for the US but in Europe street prices for both Canon and Nikon are higher than the Introduction price for this lens. €1999,- Pentax €2100,- Canon €2500!! Nikon.

  • Mike

    ” constant f/2.8 maximum aperture delivers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and is particularly beneficial to creating shallow depth of field imagery.”

    Someone about to drop $2300 needs to be told this? Lol

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