New Pentax D FA 50mm f/1.4 lens under development

Ricoh announced a new Pentax D FA 50mm f/1.4 lens under development:

RICOH to Exhibit One Reference Product at CP+ 2017 Camera and Imaging Show

TOKYO, February 22, 2017 -RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to inform the exhibition of one reference product — interchangeable lens currently under development — at CP + 2017 , one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging show in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 23rd to February 26th at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA convention center in Japan.

Reference of Products

Interchangeable lens for PENTAX K mount digital cameras
Model name: D FA★50mmF1.4(tentative)

Product information:
・An image circle accommodating the image size of 35mm full-frame digital cameras
・High-performance Star (★)-series lens with high-resolution , high-contrast images and beautiful bokeh (defocus) effect
・Price: Not decided
・Market launch: Not decided

Model name, design, specification are all tentative and subject to change without notice. Price and marketing launch date will be announced at later date.

Source: Ricoh

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  • ZMWT

    How do you put * (star) in the text?

    • I copied it from Ricoh’s website 🙂

  • Mistral75

    The news on the English version of Ricoh Imaging Company website:

    (the English isn’t perfect but less odd than the Google translation of the Japanese text)

    • Thanks, will update my post.

  • TinusVerdino

    It will probably be a

    Pentax HD FA* 50mm f/1.4 ED DC/SDM AW

    • Mistral75

      HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4ED DC AW.

  • Zos Xavius

    I seriously hope this isn’t all the have for CP+

    • Mistral75

      We’ll also have a revised road map with the D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 replacing the so-called “Large Aperture Standard Single Focus Lens” ;).

      • Glorfindelrb

        + 85 on the roadmap + the KP, that’s not bad for this CP+
        I’m happy with the mockup to wait, it gave the direction and I’ll hold my desire for the FA*85 or DA*55.

  • Lightleak_101

    ★★★★★★★ Cant wait! Hope the bokeh is pleasing.

  • Greg Timms

    Makes me wonder if that focus indicator window is an e-ink display

  • Greg Timms

    Is it weird that there’s an AF/MF switch on the body of that lens instead of using the switch that’s traditionally been on pentax camera bodies?

    • ZMWT

      Valid question. Let’s hope to discover that soon.

    • Mistral75

      An AF/MF switch on AF lenses is common and allows for the so-called trap focus.

  • AYWY

    Hoped for APS-C lenses…

  • Burhan Erdil

    There is no aperture control lever seen. It can be KAF4

    • Mistral75

      > It can be KAF4.

      It is. This is a 24×36 lens and all 24×36 Pentax DSLRs manage KAF4 lenses.

  • Mike Baterly

    Looks like Tamron is now adpating the screen from the Batis line over

    • Mistral75


      • Mike Baterly

        Yes it’s the sourcing for Pentax lenses and the Zeiss baits line, see the similarities in the build?

        • Mistral75

          D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 are rebadged Tamron lenses but the other lenses (D FA 28-105mm, D FA★ 70-200mm f/2.8, D FA 150-450mm) are Pentax lenses with optical formulas patented by Ricoh Imaging and built in the Ricoh Imaging factory in Vietnam.

          This one being a D FA★ is most certainly designed and built by Ricoh Imaging.

  • Mistral75

    Filter diameter: 72mm

    Picture ©OoKU on Pentax Forums]


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  • Magnus Lisborg

    Will it take another year before this one is on the market? And the price?
    I FEAR it will be a fantasy price on it.
    I HOPE the price will be in the same range as the great Sigma 50,, f1.4 art.

  • Alvin Bartolome

    Bumping this article, what happens to the lens?

    • beavertooth

      Both this 50mm and the 85mm version are indeed rather late in being released, so is the Pentax K-3 mark 3. Not sure what Pentax is up to. Promoting a limited run silver anniversary edition K-1 seems a little weak in indicating what direction they are planing to go.

    • Magnus Lisborg

      Nothing what so ever it seams like. We pentaxians are waiting for absolutly nothing. Ricoh pentax must be one of the worst companies in the world when it comes to marketing.

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