Pentax HD 50mm and SMC 50mm F1.4 Classic lenses announced

Ricoh, the company that owns the Pentax brand, has announced two new fast lenses (F/1.4) for Pentax K-mount SLR cameras (full frame): the HD Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 and the SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Classic.

Pentax HD 50mm and SMC 50mm F1.4 Classic

The HD Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 is a modern lens that features a special design, including a green ring at the front of the lens, as well as a special HD lens coating. This coating helps to improve contrast and sharpness across the frame, and it also helps to minimize flare.

The SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Classic is a more traditional lens that continues the tradition of classic Pentax film lenses. This lens creates a distinctive iridescent flare at a wide aperture, which emulates the style and aesthetic of classic film and cine lenses.

Both lenses have a classic focal length of 50mm, apertures from f/1.4 to f/22, and a minimum focusing distance of 45cm. They also both have 8 rounded aperture blades and a special coating on the front elements to protect against water and dirt. The optical design of both lenses includes 7 elements in 6 groups, and both lenses are equipped with aperture rings, giving the user full control over exposure.

Pentax SMC PENTAX-FA 50mm F1.4 specifications

Pentax SMC PENTAX-FA 50mm F1.4
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Lens Mount: Pentax K
  • Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
  • Angle of View: 47°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.7″ / 45 cm
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.15x
  • Optical Design: 7 Elements in 6 Groups
  • Diaphragm Blades: 8, Rounded
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Front Filter Size: 49 mm
  • Dimensions (ø x L): 2.6 x 1.5″ / 65 x 37 mm
  • Weight: 7.6 oz / 216 g
  • Price: $379.95 on Bhphotovideo.com & Adorama.com

Pentax HD PENTAX-FA 50mm F1.4 specifications

Pentax HD PENTAX-FA 50mm F1.4
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Lens Mount: Pentax K
  • Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
  • Angle of View: 47°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.7″ / 45 cm
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.15x
  • Optical Design: 7 Elements in 6 Groups
  • Diaphragm Blades: 8, Rounded
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Front Filter Size: 49 mm
  • Dimensions (ø x L): 2.6 x 1.6″ / 65 x 40.5 mm
  • Weight: 7.9 oz / 223 g
  • Price: $349.95 on Bhphotovideo.com & Adorama.com

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