HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm DC WR RE Lens Announced
An ultra-compact kit zoom lens with weather sealing and silent AF
By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Feb 9, 2015
Thanks to the HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE— the latest addition to the Pentax K-mount DSLR lens lineup— Pentax users will finally have access to an affordable kit lens with silent autofocus. The new 18-50mm is also the first Pentax lens to feature an ultra-compact retractable (RE) barrel that lets users collapse and lock the lens while not in use. In addition, it incorporates a weather-resistant (WR) design which makes it the perfect comparion to Pentax's broad array of weather-sealed bodies such as the K-50, K-5, K-3, and K-S2.
Ricoh Imaging boasts that the 18-50mm can be considered the most compact APS-C kit lens currently on the market. Indeed, when collapsed, the new Pentax lens is nearly 2 cm shorter than its smallest competitor, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II; however, it is also half a stop slower and has slightly less reach. The Nikon lens has the added "handicap" of in-lens stabilization.
Note that despite its compactness when collapsed, when extended the Pentax 18-50mm will be about as long as the existing Pentax DA L 18-55mm WR kit lens.
The HD Pentax 18-50mm will retail for $299 in the US / £229 in the UK and we expect it to start shipping in March, 2014.
- Pre-order at B&H Photo (US/International)
- Pre-order at Adorama (US/International)
- Pre-order at WEX Photographic (UK)
A nearly-identical twin has also been announced today: the SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE. This is a cheaper variant designed to ship in camera kits, and it debuts alongside the Pentax K-S2; it will not be available for purchase separately. In a kit, it costs just $100— about a third of the price of the HD version. The cheaper version still has silent autofocus, quick-shift manual focus, and weather sealing, but it does not include a hood and uses the conventional SMC coating.
Read on for specifications, product photos, and the official press release.
|Lens Name||HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
|Optical Formula||11 elements in 8 groups|
|Image Circle||16 x 24mm (APS-C)|
|Autofocus||Yes, silent DC|
|Field of View||76° - 31.5° diagonal|
|Max. Aperture Range||F4-5.6|
|Min. Aperture Range||F22-32|
|Aperture Blades||7 (rounded)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||30cm|
|Quick Shift Focusing
|Cap||Push-on cap O-LW67A included
Clip-on cap O-LC67 optional
|Hood||Square bayonet hood PH-RBJ58 included*|
Soft case S80-80 recommended
|Diameter x Length||71 x 41mm (collapsed, without hood)|
|Weight||158 g (165 g with hood)|
|Lens Correction Support||Yes|
|Price (US MSRP)||HD DA: $299
SMC DA L: $100 (w/ camera kit only)
|Country of Origin||Vietnam|
|Other Features||Super Protect coating
Retractable design, suports locking
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