2014 Roadmaps for Pentax 645, K, and Q Lenses
By PF Staff in Photokina 2014 on Sep 17, 2014
Ricoh Imaging posted updated roadmaps for Pentax lenses reflecting the recent announcements and replacing tentative dates and data with the actual lens name and range.
The roadmaps that are available online are still the older ones, so the best we can do is to post the photos we took of the roadmaps on display. We begin with the K-mount roadmap where the new 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 wide angle to short telephoto zoom got a name while still being listed in the to-be-released category (click to enlarge):
Pentax has the most complete lens line-up for the APS-C format but is even then planning three further lenses labelled "DA Wide Zoom", "Large diameter telephoto zoom" and "High magnification super telephoto zoom" in the diagram above, respectively.
The are no changes to the 645 roadmap oher than the identification of the 28-45mm zoom F4.5 zoom that has been moved to the current line-up. It appears from the roadmap that we can expect a replacement for the FA 45-85mm zoom and the FA 80-160mm zoom in the future (click to enlarge):
Last up is the Q lens road map which as before shows a telephoto macro lens being considered for future release (click to enlarge):
Note how the diagram and the text to the left shows the 35 mm full frame equivalent focal lengths for the two sensor sizes of the Q-system.