HD Pentax-DA 16-85 mm F3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens

Ricoh Imaging has announced the launch of the HD Pentax-DA 18-85 mm F3.5-5.6 (equivalent range of 24.5 mm – 130 mm) standard zoom lens. As the name suggests, this glass is compatible with Pentax K-mount DSLRs.

HD Pentax-DA 16-85 mm F3.5-5.6

HD Pentax-DA 16-85 mm F3.5-5.6

The lens covers a zoom ratio of approximately 5.3 with focal lengths ranging from 16 mm up to 85 mm. The Pentax-DA 16-85 mm features HD coating which, according to Ricoh, reduces the occurrence of flare and ghosting. Besides the 16 optical elements (in 12 groups) the lens features an extra low dispersion element (ED) to prevent chromatic aberrations and an aspherical optical element to minimize color bleeding.

The weather-resistant construction plus the 16 mm ultra-wide-angle is especially interesting for landscape photographers, but it won’t come with any sort of image stabilization. With 488 gram weight, it isn’t too heavy. Filter thread measures 72 millimeters.

It will be available at retailers this November for a price of 749.95 US-Dollar.

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