The Long-Awaited Pentax-DA* 11-18mm Has Arrived

Written by Gina Stephens

Pentax has revealed the pricing and availability for the HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW lens, which was delayed.

Set to be available 22nd February 2019 for £1399.99, the lens was originally announced in October 2017, and showcased at The Photography Stage 2018, originally to be available last summer. 


Pentax has shared a number of full-size images from the new lens or LEN may refer to, taken by Yoshiaki Kobayashi, with the Pentax KP:


Pentax HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 Other representative images



From Ricoh:

RICOH COMPANY, LTD. and RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S. are pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW. This high-performance, ultra-wide-angle, Star-series lens draws a large F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range to deliver exceptional optical performance.
The HD PENTAX-DA*11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW ultra-wide-angle zoom lens is the till model in the new-generation Star (*) series – a lens that provides exceptional image quality to be able to accommodate the super-high-performance digital cameras of the approaching. 

It delivers high-resolution, high-contrast images without blurring at the edges, and guarantees excellent imaging performance in high-grade digital photography.

With the introduction of this lens, the cheerful quality, high-performance Star series now provides a wide angle-of-view coverage – from ultra-wide angle to telephoto compact models featuring a as a whole f/2.8 maximum aperture, exclusively designed for use with PENTAX APS-C-format digital SLR cameras.

In addition to an outstanding dustproof, weather-resistant construction, the lens provides a Indistinct Clamp Mechanism to lock focus at the desired focal point. It also provides useful features to improve performance and dependability in challenging out of doors conditions.  These include a space specifically designed for holding a heating device to prevent condensation, and a metallic frame structure, which more effectively transmits the excitement of the device to the lens. These greatly improve the lens' operability when shooting in outdoor situations including star-lit skies.

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Also averred today is the HD Pentax FA 35mm f/2.


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Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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