Ricoh Imaging Canada Press Release
Mississauga, ON – November 6, 2013
Ricoh Imaging Canada Inc. has announced the introduction of the Pentax-08 Wide Zoom ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed for exclusive use with super-compact Q-mount digital interchangeable lens cameras. Touting the smallest, lightest compact system camera body available, the Pentax Q line of cameras and assortment of lenses offers consumers a light and highly-portable interchangeable lens system.
Designed for exclusive use with Pentax Q-mount cameras, the Pentax-08 Wide Zoom is the most compact ultra-wide angle zoom lens available today. When mounted on the Pentax Q7 camera body, it offers focal-length coverage from 17.5 mm to 27 mm (in the 35-mm format). At only 38 millimetres in length, the Pentax-08 Wide Zoom lens is the perfect companion for on-the-go snapshots, landscapes, architecture and street photography where zooming flexibility is desired.
Additionally, its optical design boasts a moulded-glass DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element minimizing distortion, while two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low-dispersion glass element deliver clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.
The Pentax-08 Wide Zoom lens will be available in Canada in December 2013 at a suggested retail price of $499.99.
Super-compact, ultra-lightweight design
Thanks to the incorporation of three moulded-glass aspherical elements in its optics, this zoom lens has the shortest overall length (approximately 38 millimetres) among the Q-mount zoom lenses, and features a super-compact body weighing a mere 75 grams. With its pocket-size and unique focal length coverage from 17.5 mm to 27 mm in the 35-mm format (with a Q7 camera body), it can be used for a wide range of subjects and applications, especially when shooting in confined spaces where the subject is close to the camera, and for scenic photography with exaggerated perspectives. Its machined-aluminum barrel cam assures smooth, comfortable zooming operation.
Exceptional visual description
Thanks to the incorporation of a moulded-glass DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element in the first optical group, distortion is minimized. Also, by incorporating two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low-dispersion glass element in its optics, it delivers clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.
• Inner-focus mechanism for high-speed, low-noise AF operation.
• Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system.
• SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains.
• Built-in lens shutter equipped with an ND (neutral density) filter and an iris diaphragm.
PH-RBF49 – Plastic lens hood for exclusive use with the Pentax-08 Wide Zoom lens.
Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.