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Pentax Lens Roadmap Reveals New 50mm & 85mm Lenses

A new Pentax K-Mount lens roadmap has been published and on it are two new lenses.

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Ricoh Japan has published a new lens roadmap over on their website and it shows 2 new lenses in the '2017 or later' section. 

The two new lenses are the D FA 50mm f/1.4 and D FA 85mm f/1.4, but there are no images of the new 85mm lens and no additional information is currently available. 

Pentax 50mm f/1.4

Once released, they can be paired with the recently announced KP as well as any other K-mount Pentax camera, including the Pentax K-1. 



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24 Feb 2017 9:44PM
A weather sealed 85mm F1.4 that harks back to the legendary FA*85mm can only be a good thing.
Another 50mm F1.4 seems a bit of a surprise. The FA 50mm F1.4 is still an excellent lens on my K-1, albeit soft wide open, but stopped down to F2.2-2.5 it is sharp as a tack all over the image. They also have the DA*55mm F1.4 which has silent focus and full weather sealing, and covers the whole sensor from wide open.
So if begs the question, why a DFA* 50mm F1.4? I suppose it comes down to creating the ultimate IQ from wide open onwards (ala Sigma Art) a more reliable silent focus system over the SDM of the 55mm, and of course the new HD coatings. I just hope it retains the character of so many Pentax lenses of the past and resultant images are not "flat" like the Sigma lens. I am am sure it will. Shame in so many ways it looks so large over the FA 50 though.

Finally, and I hope Ricoh are reading this, please can we have a fast 135mm DFA* lens, I am talking about F1.8-F2, or at worst, F2.5 like my Takumar 135mm.

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