Ricoh is rumored to be working on a 30x optical zoom lens with a built-in 2x extender for mirrorless cameras with 1/2.3-inch-type image sensors, as the company has just patented this product in Japan.
Photographers may soon be able to use an interchangeable lens with a 30x optical zoom that also comes packed with a built-in extender. Ricoh has patented such lens, which could be aimed at Pentax-branded Q-mount mirrorless cameras that feature 1/2.3-inch-type image sensors.
The patent application is describing a Ricoh 16.4-500mm f/4-6.7 lens with integrated diffractive optical element and extender. This lens is said to be designed for 1/2.3-inch-type sensors, meaning that it will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 92-2800mm.
Ricoh 16.4-500mm f/4-6.7 lens patented in Japan with a Canon-like DO element
Ricoh is committed to diversifying the Q-mount, so we can expect a lot more Pentax-branded Q-series products in the future. At the CP+ 2015 event, the company added a telephoto macro lens to this line-up, so it may be the only new Pentax Q-mount product that will be released by the end of 2015. However, more units are said to be on their way in 2016.
The list could include a Ricoh 16.4-500mm f/4-6.7 lens with an integrated diffractive optical element. A similar lens element is used by Canon. Its design reduces the weight and length of an optic, while increasing the image quality and the price.
This lens could offer a maximum focal length equivalent of 5600mm
Getting back to the Ricoh 16.4-500mm f/4-6.7 lens, this model has been designed to cover 1/2.3-inch-type sensors. Such sensor is found in the Pentax Q camera, while the Q7 and Q-S1, for example, offer bigger 1/1.7-inch-type sensors.
Anyway, this lens offers a 35mm equivalent of 92-2800mm, thanks to its amazing 30x zoom capabilities. The focal length at the telephoto end will allow you to get really close to your subjects without taking a further step.
Another interesting aspect of this product consists of its built-in 2x extender. When in use, it will turn the lens into a 32.8-1000mm lens, which means that it will provide a full frame equivalent of 184-5600mm, which is quite an impressive achievement.
It is worth noting that this is just a patent, which means that it may never come to the market, so do not raise your hopes too high.