The first photos of the Pentax Q2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera have been leaked ahead of its official announcement along with an image of a zoom lens aimed at Pentax 645-series medium format cameras.
Ricoh has recently announced the Pentax XG-1 bridge camera with a 52x optical zoom lens. It appears that the company has even more surprises in tow, which could be unveiled in anticipation of the Photokina 2014 event.
It seems like two new Pentax-branded products, a mirrorless camera and a wide-angle lens for medium format cameras, will be revealed soon. The evidence consists of the first leaked photos of the Q2 camera and the 28-45mm f/4.5 lens.
First Pentax Q2 mirrorless camera photos show up on the web
The information about the Pentax Q2 is pretty slim. It is unknown whether it is replacing a current model or if it is a new addition to the Q-series.
From the photos we can see that the design is reminiscent of the Q7, however, its edges are straighter than the ones of the current-generation camera.
Pentax Q2 may also be called “Q-S1”, says the source, although the aforementioned name is much more likely to happen.
This device will be a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 1/1.7-inch-type image sensor in pole-position, just like the Q7.
Ricoh will release the camera in several colors, including Black, White, Gold, and “Gunmetal”. The exact announcement date has not been mentioned, but it should take place sometime within the next few weeks.
Pentax 28-45mm f/4.5 lens to be announced soon for 645-series medium format cameras
The second Pentax-branded product, whose photo has been leaked online, consists of the 28-45mm f/4.5 lens. This is a wide-angle zoom optic with a constant maximum aperture throughout its zoom range.
It has been designed for Pentax 645D and 645Z cameras with medium format image sensors, which means that it will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 22-35mm.
The lens has already been displayed as a mock-up unit at the CP+ Camera & Photo Image Show 2014. However, an official introduction has been delayed so far. It appears that its time has finally come, meaning that the optic will be launched in the near future.
Ricoh and its Pentax-branded products will definitely be present at the Photokina 2014, so we are inviting you to stay tuned for more details!