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09-23-2007, 10:06 PM   #1
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New 18-200 from Pentax?

So, I emailed our local Pentax Sales rep about the new DA* primes. He said that he didn't have any new info, and it could be until October 10th until he gets any more info. He did say however, that "there was a decision to shift production to a new 18-200 lens which should be out within 30 days." I was wondering if/when Pentax would come out with an ultra-zoom, looks like they've got it. Time will tell if he's telling the truth (or has been told the truth by someone else).

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Hmm, that's very interesting... although I guess if it's true it'd have to be a Sigma or Tamron clone be released in that amount of time.
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Wasn't the rumour about Pentax rebadging the successful Tamron 18-250?
(ie. not 18-200 as you mentioned)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kguru Quote
Wasn't the rumour about Pentax rebadging the successful Tamron 18-250?
(ie. not 18-200 as you mentioned)
Indeed... That's what a sales rep in Malta claimed. Seems likely given Pentax's previous rebranding of Tamron ultrazooms.

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I did a search on the Tamron 18-250mm and found this link. To my eye I don't see a lot of the dreaded purple fringing, but there is no way we can know if the pictures have been treated to some form of PP. At the long and close end the pictures have a soft look to them.
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Would be great if they released a 18-200mm f/4

If it is indeed a rebadged 18-250mm, thank god I haven't given my money to tamron yet.

Will pentax be adding their own coatings etc etc?
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Will pentax be adding their own coatings etc etc?
I would imagine they would.
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Ok, an update from the rep: He confirmed that the 200 and 300 were delayed in favor of getting the 18-250 (this email he says 250, the first was 200) out for the holidays. Drat, I was really looking forward to that 200 f/2.8

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Would be great if they released a 18-200mm f/4

If it is indeed a rebadged 18-250mm, thank god I haven't given my money to tamron yet.

Will pentax be adding their own coatings etc etc?

Yeah, and without SDM. Noisy, slow, mechanical focusing again. Ridiculous.


Can't they see the need for a good 18-135mm or 15-150mm f3.5-4.5 SDM kit lens like Nikon and Canon offer for kit lens prices???

Leave out the weathersealing if it would reduce cost!
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So, OK, this is what the pentax rep said about these re-badged lenses:
"Pentax is purchasing the Tamron barrel and Pentax is building the lens around that barrel (our SMC optics and electronics). Should produce a superior product to the Tamron."

It'll be interesting to see how this new one performs.
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The silent hand of Hoya?

QuoteOriginally posted by clawhamemr Quote
So, OK, this is what the pentax rep said about these re-badged lenses:
"Pentax is purchasing the Tamron barrel and Pentax is building the lens around that barrel (our SMC optics and electronics). Should produce a superior product to the Tamron."

It'll be interesting to see how this new one performs.
IF this is true it indicates a major switch in thinking at Pentax. The drive for more profitability is on by increasing volume and decreasing burden on all products. A real bean counter trick. I'd expect to see several other low cost lenses made from OEM parts to follow in short order. Again. IF , this is true, anybody looking for new innovative lenses (SDM) or bodies before next August is going to be disappointed.

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Pentax NEEDS to bring back some of there old lines ie... FA*
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Pentax NEEDS to bring back some of there old lines ie... FA*
And make improvements in the quality control department (which I think that it is the main reason for the delay in the lens road map):ugh:
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QuoteOriginally posted by clawhamemr Quote
Ok, an update from the rep: He confirmed that the 200 and 300 were delayed in favor of getting the 18-250 (this email he says 250, the first was 200) out for the holidays. Drat, I was really looking forward to that 200 f/2.8
Thanks for sharing this, even if it is really disappointing to those of us waiting for more progress on fullfilling the lens road map. What many of us need from pentax is not more low quality, slow zooms but more high quality, fast lenses. They could start by producing enough good copies of the DA* 16-50 to satisfy demand..... rant over. sorry:ugh:
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I think that putting the FA lenses back into production is actually a good idea.

Everyone likes them, they would sell well.
No R&D to do and they produce great images.
Plus the aps-c sensor is right in the lens' sweet spot.

How would it be a bad idea?
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