The lens provides an effective focal length of 27.5mm (in 35mm format, when mounted on a PENTAX 645Z or 645D camera body). With a minimum focusing distance of 0.3 meters and a maximum magnification of 0.25 times, the lens can also be used for close ups. An inner-focus mechanism keeps the lens’s total length the same during focusing, which allows the photographer to maintain stability during handheld shooting.
The lens’s advanced optical design supports the super-high-resolution imaging of the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital camera system. It combines a newly designed, high-grade glass-molded aspherical element with a high-refractive index, low-dispersion glass element, plus a hybrid aspherical element to effectively minimize chromatic and spherical aberrations and assure sufficient peripheral brightness levels, while ensuring image resolution at the edges of the image field; enabling it to provide optimum performance with the PENTAX 645 family of medium-format cameras.
“Our new 35mm lens is the perfect complement to the growing line of Medium Format by PENTAX lenses,” said Jim Malcolm, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “Many of our loyal Pentaxians have been asking for a fixed-focal length lens for scenics, and here it is. This is a prime lens of uncompromising quality.”
Pricing and Availability
The HD PENTAX-D FA645 35mm F3.5AL[IF] lens is available now at www.ricohimaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,599.99.