PhotoPlus Expo 2017: Ricoh Launches New Star-Series Lenses

October 26, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Ricoh is readying a new generation of high-performance Star-series lenses that the company says are its highest performing to date to coax out maximum resolution from high-resolution sensors.

They’re due in 2018 but Ricoh did reveal a few details at PhotoPlus Expo.

The first two lenses are the full-frame HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and the APS-C HD PENTAX-DA★ 11-18mm F2.8.

Both will be weather-sealed.

The 50mm lens will incorporate a new ring-shaped Supersonic Direct-drive motor for faster and quieter autofocusing. It can focus on objects as close as .4 meters. It will launch in the Spring of 2018.

The 11-18mm f/2.8 will be ready to go in the Summer of 2018.