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Announcements Alert: New Pentax Lenses and Leica M10-P Safari Camera

We have a new Pentax lens and and Leica camera announcement today, and we have decided to post all the update in a single post. Let’s have a look at the announcements.

1. Leica M10-P Safari Limited Edition [1500 Only]

Leica M-10P special edition B&H Store

Leica today announced limited edition safari M10-P camera. This is a special edition Leica camera, and since is part of a limited edition of 1500 units are made worldwide. The camera characterized by its olive green-colored baked enamel finish, along with its included brandy-colored leather strap and SD/credit card case. So, if you want to add a new special edition camera on your collection wall, this is the best time.

Leica M10-P Safari Camera Major features

  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 100-50000, up to 5-fps Shooting
  • Stills-Only Operation
  • Built-In ISO Dial & Frame Line Selector
  • Olive Green Baked Enamel Finish
  • Safari Edition Leather Strap/Card Holder
  • Limited Edition of 1500 Units

Well, will you buy this camera even if budget isn’t a issue ? share your thoughts with us.

2. Pentax New 11-18mm APS-C K-Mount Lens announcements

Buy this lens from B&H Store

Pentax HD Pentax DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW Lens, the lens is made for APS-C format camera. The new 11-18mm is a fixed aperture zoom lens. The lens features same weather sealing too

Pentax 118-18mm F2.8 Lens Major Features

  • K-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 17-27.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements, Two ED Elements
  • One ED Aspherical Element
  • Aero Bright II and SP Coatings
  • DC Autofocus Motor
  • Quick-Shift Focus System, Focus Clamp
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

3. Pentax HD Pentax-FA 35mm f/2 Lens

Buy this lens from B&H

Most affordable 35mm F2 prime lens I have ever seen for a APS-C DSLR camera. Let’s have a look at the next announcement from Pentax, a new 35mm lens from Pentax for APS-C format based DSLRs. We have have the major specs of the camera

35mm F2 lens Major Features

  • K-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • HD and SP Coatings
  • 6-Blade Diaphragm

So, these were the main main attraction of today.

4. And we shouldn’t ignore the rising stars of tomorrow

Meike MK-28mm f/2.8 Lens also announced today for APS-C sensor Mirrorless cameras. you can check more details about the lens here.

Pentax Upcoming 50mm F1.4 Lens is Better than Sigma ART Lens ?

pentax lens image

According to one of the most reliable Pentax source claimed that upcoming Pentax 50mm F1.4 lens is rumored to feature advance optics compared to 50mm F1.4 ART, although Sigma doesn’t make 50mm ART series lens for Pentax DSLRs.

Take a look at the details shared by the source asahi man

  • Very specially focus group.
  • Very heavy and for this of course the new ultra sonic drive.
  • The goal of this new line is to be comparable to the current Zeiss line and it looks very good.
  • This 50 is Sharper from corner to corner than Sigma Art.
  • That’s what we saw.
  • Everything of this lens is developed and patented by Pentax and Pentax produced.
  • The tokina version is made by Pentax and tokina is using the Pentax patent.
  • Otherwise same way with the new APS-C wide zoom.

We will update you soon as we get and details.

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Ricoh 100-300mm F4 Lens Patent

Pentax 100-300mm Lens image

We have a spotted another fullframe lens patent by Ricoh for upcoming Pentax fullfrme camera including the Pentax K1 DSLR. According to latest patent document Pentax filed a 100 to 300 mm lens patent that features a constant of F4 aperture throughout the zoom range. automatic translation of the patent document is below

Description, self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-80717
    • Published 2016.5.16
    • Filing date 2014.10.9
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio (zoom ratio) 2.87
    • FNO. 4.1 4.1 4.1
    • f 102.00 200.01 293.01
    • W 12.0 6.1 4.1
    • Y 21.64 21.64 21.64
    • fB 38.16 38.16 38.16
    • L 279.45 279.44 279.44

This is not the first time we have a spotted a lens for Pentax K1 DSLR early we have also published patents related to Pentax full frame camera for example you can see on April 13th 2015 we have published 200 mm f 2.8 lens patent for a full frame camera The other patent was published on November 18th 2013 for 60mm F2.8 Macro lens for full frame camera.

See more Pentax patent, also see Pentax K-1 DSLR User Manual, PDF Guide

source – egami

Ricoh / Pentax Working on Hybrid Sensor

Ricoh hybrid patent

Ricoh is working on Hybrid phase detect sensor, that will do Phase AF too by the help of active phase AF pixels. The new innovation will sure help Pentax / Ricoh to enable high speed AF during vidoe and live view-mode.

Description, self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-230355
    • Published 2015.12.21
    • Filing date 2014.6.4
  • Ricoh patents
    • The image plane phase difference AF
    • 3 or more subpixels per pixel
    • Three or more of the spectral sensitivity element in one pixel
    • With respect to adjacent pixels, it will maintain the symmetry
    • Since generating three colors from one pixel can be reduce false color

Stay with for more Pentax patents and news

Pentax and Sony Upcoming Lenses 2015 - 2016

We now have the roadmap of Pentax and Sony Upcoming lenses, all these lens will be announced in upcoming years (possibly in 2014), the list of lenses coming on 2015

Click here to enlarge the images

List of Sony lenses that will arrive in 2015

  • Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
  • Sony FE 28mm f/2 (with ultra wide and fisheye teleconverters)
  • Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA
  • Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS
  • Another large aperture prime lens


via – Optyczne | ephotozine

Pentax K-Mount Lens Roadmap 2013-14

Pentax-K-Mount-Lens-UpPentax K-Mount Lens road-map for 2014 surfaced over the web today, take a look at the details below at the PDF document. We don’t have anything to say since only few months left for 2013 and we don’t see and big plan for 2014 or onwards.

The image is to small, take a look at the PDF documents for more details.

Ricoh Imaging Announced 2 New Flash Units And Updated 5 Pentax DA Limited Primes


Ricoh Imaging Announced 2 New Pentax-branded Flash Units, these flash are weather-resistant and features Built-in LED lights to support Video recording, the AF540FGZ II available at $629.95 at B&H Store and AF360FGZ II available at $429.95 at B&H Store.


Ricoh Imaging updated Pentax 5 DA Limited Primes with improved High-grade HD coating and circular aperture diaphragms / Round-shaped diaphragm for beautiful out-of-focus rendition. The List of lenses with updated price is below

HD PENTAX DA 40mm F2.8 Limited- $549.95
HD PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited- $699.95
HD PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited- $699.95
HD PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited- $749.95
HD PENTAX DA 70mm F2.4 Limited- $749.95

All these updated lenses are available from September 2013. For more details read the press release below,

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation Introduces Weather Sealed Flash Lineup Completing Weather Sealed Imaging System

New AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II Feature Weather-Resistant Construction and LED Light for Video and Still-Image Capture

Denver, CO, August, 27, 2013 – Continuing its heritage of producing high-performance, rugged and weather-resistant imaging products, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) today announced the launch of the new AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II flash units for PENTAX branded interchangeable lens cameras. The introduction of these two new flash units extends Ricoh Imaging’s impressive family of weather sealed products.

As the final component in Ricoh Imaging’s comprehensive weather-sealed DSLR system, photographers are now equipped with capable tools that embolden them to extend the boundaries of outdoor photography. The new AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II were designed with the active photographer in mind and feature significant upgrades like the PENTAX original weather sealing (AW) technology and a new constant light source, making them as robust and versatile as the PENTAX weather-sealed DSLRs and lenses that they will accompany.

“Ricoh Imaging continues to refine our capabilities when it comes to producing products that enhance the photographic experience for our customers,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging. “The introduction of the AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ gives consumers access to a complete weather-sealed system which will enable them to approach photography with one less limitation in mind, thereby defining a new behaviors while reducing the boundaries for photographers.”

With guide numbers of 178 at ISO 100/ft (54 at ISO 100/m) and 118 at ISO 100/ft (36 at ISO 100/m), respectively, the AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II flashes provide a variety of advanced flash applications, including P-TTL auto flash, high-speed synchronization and wireless P-TTL auto flash. Additionally both units feature a LED light to act as a constant light source for video and long exposure photography, while quick recycle times of five seconds on the AF540FGZ II and two-and-a-half seconds on the AF360FGZ II ensure that a shot is never missed.

Pricing and Availability

The AF360FGZ II and AF540FGZ II will be available for purchase at and retail outlets nationwide in September 2013 for the suggested retail price of $429.95 and $629.95, respectively.

Major Features:

1. Dependable weather-resistant construction for demanding outdoor shooting
With 28 seals applied to crucial parts of the body, including the hotshoe, the new AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II feature highly dependable weather-resistant All Weather (AW) construction. When coupled with a PENTAX weather-sealed DSLR camera body and lens, the user can create a highly reliable weather-resistant digital imaging system that assures solid performance even in harsh outdoor conditions, such as in the rain or at locations subject to splashes and dust.

2. LED light convenient for movie and still-image recording
Both models incorporate a newly designed, high-intensity constant light LED. This white LED light comes in handy not only for close-distance movie recording, but also for still-image shooting requiring extended exposures. It also functions as a catch light in portraiture and an AF assist light in the dark.*
* The AF assist light function is available with 645D, K-r, K-5, K-30, K-5 II, K-5 II s, K-50 and K-500 camera bodies. The camera’s firmware must be updated to the latest version to support this function.

3. User-friendly function settings
The user can customize the flash operation by presetting as many as nine different flash functions to their preference, including the on/off of the catch-light function using the LED light and the choice of the flash discharge mode in still-image shooting.

4. Versatile flash control system
Both models provide a variety of flash discharge modes,** ranging from the advanced P-TTL auto flash mode in which the flash’s preliminary emission is detected by the camera’s light sensor to accurately control the main discharge level for proper exposure, to manual flash, high-shutter-speed synchronization and wireless P-TTL auto flash.
** Available flash discharge modes may vary depending on the camera body in use.

5. Other features
• Bounce flash function, adjustable to angles of -10 to 90 degrees vertically and up to 180 degrees horizontally (new in the 360-series flash)
• Power-zoom flash to cover angles of view from 24mm to 85mm lenses (in 35mm format)
• Built-in wide-angle panel that slides out to cover 20mm angle of view (in 35mm format)
• Automatic setting of discharge angle in combination with a PENTAX  interchangeable-lens  digital camera body
• Multi flash emission function available
• Shorter battery recharge time
♦Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation Introduces Five HD PENTAX DA Limited Lenses

New Lenses feature enhanced performance with high-grade HD coating and rounded diaphragms for stunning bokeh effects

DENVER, CO, August 27, 2013 –Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) is pleased to announce the introduction of five new HD PENTAX DA Limited lenses. The acclaimed HD PENTAX DA Limited series of prime lenses, specifically designed for the PENTAX  K-mount DSLR cameras includes the HD PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited, HD PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited, HD PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited, HD PENTAX DA 40mm F2.8 Limited and HD PENTAX DA 70mm F2.4 Limited, elevating optical design and performance.

Touting highly-enhanced optical performance the HD PENTAX DA Limited lenses feature treatments of both SP (Super Protect) coating and the PENTAX-original high-grade multi-layer HD (High Definition) coating, which assures much higher light transmittance than conventional multi-layer coatings delivering sharp, clear images with significantly reduced flare and ghosting, even under demanding, backlit conditions. All five lens models have also been upgraded with completely rounded aperture diaphragms at wide aperture settings for optimal optics performance and gorgeous bokeh effects.

“Ricoh Imaging continues to innovate and improve all aspects of photography,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging. “With an industry-leading 24 APS-C optimized lenses our family of K-mount DSLRs and lenses provides consumers with a system that has been fine-tuned and meticulously architected for optimal image output. And, with enhancements like HD coating, we are continuously helping consumers achieve more technically sound images.”

Inheriting the distinctive visual description and premium appearance of the lauded PENTAX Limited Lens series, the refreshed line of HD PENTAX DA Limited lenses features a meticulous finish in every detail, from the outstanding image rendition to the high-quality, hand-machined aluminum body, the refreshed lineup provides the utmost durability and elegant design.

Pricing and Availability 

The HD PENTAX DA Limited Lens series will be available for purchase in a choice of black or silver at and retail outlets nationwide in September 2013 with the following suggested retail prices:
– HD PENTAX DA 40mm F2.8 Limited- $549.95
– HD PENTAX DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited- $699.95
– HD PENTAX DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited- $699.95
– HD PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited- $749.95
– HD PENTAX DA 70mm F2.4 Limited- $749.95

Major Features (common to all five models):

1. High-grade HD coating for exceptional image rendition
HD PENTAX DA Limited lenses are treated with HD coating,* a high-grade multi-layer lens coating that assures higher light transmittance and lower reflectance than conventional multi-layer coatings. As the result, HD PENTAX DA Limited lenses produce sharp, clear images free of flare and ghost images, even under such adverse lighting conditions as backlight.
* HD stands for High Definition, and signifies the lens’s capacity to reproduce images that excel in transparency, definition, resolution and rendition.

2. Round-shaped diaphragm for beautiful out-of-focus rendition
All lenses feature a completely round-shaped diaphragm to optimize the performance of their distinctive optics. This diaphragm produces a natural, beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus) effect, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources.

3. Acclaimed Limited Lens-series qualities for distinctive visual description and a premium appearance
While inheriting the design concept of the Limited Lens series, these lenses were designed by combining a series of mechanical and numerical evaluations with human assessment of test-shooting samples to assure supreme image reproduction. Their optical design has been optimized for digital photography to deliver sharp, clear images with outstanding contrast, even at the maximum aperture. In addition, their lens barrel, hood and cap are all made of a high-grade aluminum material, hand-machined for perfect proportions and beautiful texture.

4. Enhanced exterior design signifying HD series
While inheriting traditional design features of DA PENTAX Limited Lenses the new HD PENTAX DA Limited lens series features a red anodized ring on the front of the focus ring to signify the presence of new HD PENTAX lens coating and enhance its exclusive appearance.

5. Other features

• SP (Super Protect) coating (already featured in four other lenses) has been applied to the HD PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited to keep the front surface free of dust and stains.
• All the lenses come in a silver version in addition to the black version.
♦Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.