Ricoh Unveils the HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm f/2.4 ED Limited DC WR Lens

Ricoh has announced the HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm f/2.4ED Limited DC WR lens. Designed for use with PENTAX K-mounted full-frame digital SLR cameras, this ultra-wide-angle single-focus lens is the newest model of the PENTAX Limited lineup, highly acclaimed for their distinctive image rendition and superb exterior design.

Developed as the latest model of the PENTAX Limited series – renowned for their meticulous attention to every detail, from distinctive image rendition to distinctive appearance with the machined aluminum lens barrel – this ultra-wide-angle lens covers the image circle of 35mm full-frame digital SLR cameras. In the PENTAX Limited lineup, it is also the first D FA-series lens designed to optimize the visual characteristics of digital images.

An ultra-wide-angle snapshot lens that delivers distinctive image renditions in both close-range and distant photography, while creating a natural, beautiful bokeh effect for such subjects as a seashell-covered beach with a background of breaking whitecaps and the faraway horizon.

True to the Limited series design concept, this lens was developed to provide a distinctive visual expression. This could be achieved only by conducting a series of image quality assessments using a vast number of captured images, and by feeding the results back into the design process, along with various numerical evaluations using measuring instruments.
When used for distant subjects such as landscapes, it assures solid, uniform image rendition across the image field. By further closing the aperture down, it delivers sharp, clear, high-resolution images, even at the edges. Its optical characteristics change for close-range photography. At open aperture, it provides a mild bokeh (defocused) effect in the background while capturing the main subject in sharp, crisp focus. This makes the subject stand out against a defocused background, with the exaggerated perspective typical of ultra-wide-angle lenses. At a minimum focusing distance of 18 centimeters, it can create a variety of visual expressions, depending on the subject being captured.
To create a more attractive exterior design, the lens barrel, hood and cap are meticulously machined from high-grade aluminum.

The lens optics incorporates four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical element to minimize chromatic aberration and prevent color bleeding, not only in the main in-focus area but also in the surrounding defocused areas. It also features a large-aperture negative meniscus optical element, a biconvex aspherical glass-mold optical element, and a high-refraction glass optical element in the first lens group, to reduce the overall size despite the ultra-wide-angle design, while delivering outstanding imaging performance for sharp, crisp images without fuzziness, even in the peripheral areas.

The lens also features PENTAX-original HD Coating. Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this high-grade, multi-layer coating reduces the average reflectance in the visible spectrum to less than 50 percent, effectively minimizing flare and ghost images even in demanding lighting conditions such as backlighting.

This lens incorporates an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism to assure high-precision exposure control when used in combination with compatible digital SLR cameras. It assures smooth, worry-free video shooting in locations prone to considerable brightness changes, such as a stage with rapidly changing lighting conditions, or a forest with filtering sun rays.

For use in demanding conditions – such as at waterfronts or in sudden rainfall – the lens features a dependable weather-resistant construction. By pairing it with a PENTAX weather-resistant digital SLR camera body, the user can create a highly dependable, airtight digital imaging system that performs superbly even in the most demanding shooting locations – in rain or mist, or at locations prone to splashing water.

Here some sample pictures:

Other features:

  • SP (Super Protect) Coating to keep the lens front surface free of dust or stains
  • Built-in motor to drive the AF mechanism for smooth, quiet autofocus operation
  • Eight-blade circular diaphragm to produce beautiful light beams with point light sources, while creating a natural, beautiful bokeh (defocus) effect at open and larger apertures
  • QFS/A (Quick-Shift Focus System) for an instant shift to the manual-focus mode without requiring focus-mode switching operations, after the subject has been captured in focus by the camera’s autofocus system

Available from mid-November 2021 in Black and Silver, this lens is on pre-order at 1.499€.

More info on Ricoh’s website.

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