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Press Release

September 11, 2012

A high-performance, interchangeable telephoto zoom lens
with large F2.8 maximum aperture throughout its entire zoom range, for exclusive use
with Q-mount digital Interchangeable-Lens cameras


PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX-06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM, an interchangeable telephoto zoom lens designed for exclusive use with super-compact Q-mount digital Interchangeable-Lens cameras.

Introduced as the third release of the high-performance Q-mount lens series that is best characterized by its exceptional imaging rendition, this telephoto zoom lens covers focal lengths between 83mm and 249mm (in the 35mm format) and a maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout its entire zoom range. Thanks to its retractable design, it is designed to be super-compact and ultra-lightweight, making it a perfect partner for pocket-sized Q-series cameras. Since its focal-length range is linked to that of the PENTAX-02 STANDARD ZOOM lens, the photographer can enjoy seamless zoom coverage from wide angle to telephoto by combining these two zoom lenses.

PENTAX-06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Telephoto zoom lens offering large F2.8 maximum aperture throughout its entire zoom range

    Since this zoom lens features a large maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout its entire zoom range, it provides many benefits of a large-aperture lens to the photographer, such as a beautiful bokeh (out of focus) effect, and the use of faster shutter speeds to reduce camera shake during shooting at dimly lit locations. When mounted on a PENTAX Q-mount digital camera body, it covers focal lengths from 83mm medium telephoto to 249mm telephoto (in the 35mm format) to accommodate a wide range of subjects and applications, including portraits, sports events and landscapes.
  2. Exceptional image rendition

    In order to optimize image rendition, this zoom lens incorporates two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low dispersion glass element in its optics to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.
  3. Super-compact, ultra-lightweight design

    Measuring 56 millimeters in length and 50 millimeters in diameter and weighing a mere 90 grams, this zoom lens is designed to be extremely compact and lightweight to enhance ease of carrying and enhanced maneuverability. By turning the zoom ring to the click-stop storage marker positioned next to the 15mm focal-length index, the front portion of the lens can be retracted and locked into the lens barrel to further reduce its overall length.
  4. Other features

    1. Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system
    2. SP (Special Protect) coating applied to the front surface of the optics to block dust and dirt
Optional Accessory


A round shaped, plastic lens hood for exclusive use with the PENTAX-06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lens.

Lens Construction 14 elements in 10 groups
Angle of View 29.0°- 9.9°
Focal Length (in 35mm format) 15mm - 45mm
Aperture F2.8
Diaphragm Control Automatic
Lens Shutter
ND Filter
SP (Super Protect) Coating
Minimum Focusing Distance 1.0m
(whole zoom area)
Maximum Magnification approx. 0.05x
Filter Diameter 40.5mm
Maximum Diameter 50.0mm
Minimum Length 56.0mm
(When lens is stored)
Weight approx. 90g
Hood PH-RBA40.5

* The distance from the lens mount surface to the image sensor surface.
* Design and Specifications is subject to change without notice.

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