HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR: A Closer Look

A compact, weather-sealed walkaround zoom

By PF Staff in Photokina 2014 on Sep 16, 2014

Three new prototype K-mount lenses are on display here at Photokina 2014, one of which is slated for release by the end of this year: the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6.  The other two lenses consist of a long telephoto zoom and a wide-aperture telephoto zoom, but they are still in early stages of development.  We will be covering them in a separate article.

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New Pentax K-mount prototypes

So, what's this new lens all about?  It's a weather-sealed standard zoom, which means that its zoom range covers the most commonly-used focal lengths, from ultra-wide to medium telephoto.

According to our recent interview with Ricoh, this lens is meant for users who aren't satisfied with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.  It offers silent autofocus, a wider and longer zoom range, and improved build and image quality.

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Below are additional photos of the lens in its display case.  We were not able to pick up or play with the lens as it is still a prototype.

Once the lens is released, we plan on comparing it with both the 18-135mm and 18-55mm zooms.

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