HD Pentax DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW – a new star is born

Pentax has introduced a new fast-apertured ultra-wide zoom lens in its Star series of lenses. Designed to work with its APS-C models like the Pentax K70, the 11-18mm has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, and gives an effective focal length range of 17-27.5mm.

The HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW, to give it is full name, is being launched with what manufacturers Ricoh promise will be exceptional optical performance and is said to be able to accommodate the super-high-performance digital cameras of the future. The Pentax lens range includes both APS-C and full frame lenses – this one is for Pentax's APS-C cameras.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.