Ahead of the 2017 Camera & Photo Imaging Show (CP+) set to start February 23rd, some eagle-eyed Pentax fans snagged a “hidden” page on Ricoh’s website showcasing a new reference product that will be unveiled at the show. The site (translated from Japanese) notes a new lens currently in development with a tentative designation: DFA 50mm F1.4.
Although details are scant, Ricoh’s media site notes this will be a K-mount, full-frame lens, and is part of their Star-Series. As is the case with other Star-Series lenses, this one promises to deliver high-resolution, high-contrast images with a “beautiful bokeh effect”. Since this is only a reference product, it’s more of a proof of concept than anything else.
At the time of this writing, there aren’t any details on the lens’s expected official announcement date, release date, or pricing details. The reference lens will be on display throughout CP+ and is a sneak peak into what’s in development at Ricoh. For fans of Pentax and owners of their first full-frame DSLR, the K-1, the DFA 50mm F1.4 reference lens would be the first Star-series prime lens made specifically for the K-1 and hopefully a sign of what’s to come. CP+ will run from February 23rd through February 26th at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center in Japan. If you’re in attendance you’ll definitely want to stop by the Ricoh booth.
Also of interest though is the appearance of a Pentax 85mm f1.4 lens. These two lenses are obviously following the release of the company’s excellent Pentax K-1 (Review here). Designed for portrait photographers, I still must say Pentax has some very good optics that already work for portraiture due to very low distortion.
Pentax’s system is mostly targeted at extreme lifestyle photography shooters, landscape photography shooters, and backpacking photographers; and this will be a very interesting turn. I honestly expected more wide angle primes first, instead of an 85mm lens offering, though I will surely say I’m very excited about this lens.