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12-31-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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DA* UWA lens???

So the DA* 11-16 F2.8 was never meant to be......but is there any hope for a future DA* UWA lens, prime or zoom? I would love to see a DA* 10 prime, anything to get down somewhere in that 8-12 range....doesn't this seem like a gap in the DA* lineup? If you more experienced pentaxians would enlighten me on the status of this and if I am not alone in hoping for a DA* UWA I would really appreciate it!

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There is talk of a 12-35 coming out, but who knows...
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Doubt the 12-35 will be a * since it has the floating aperture.
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I guess the question is how much one was willing to pay, and how many would be sold. I personally would like a well corrected DA*16/2 for less than 1k, but it must be sharp across the frame, unlike the DA14/2.8 which under-performs as a modern prime. I know it's not going to happen though.

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seeing as we already have the 16-50 2.8, I'd really hope for a DA* prime that would be much wider than 16 though, as 2.8 is still pretty fast....8 or 10 mm would be perfect... but there hasn't been a new DA* for a while so I wonder where pentax is going with their top end line.....

The 12-35 won't be a DA* (as much as I wish it would be), evidenced not only by the floating aperture but also by the "WR" title, which signifies weather resistance like the 18-55, 50-200, 100 macro, and 18-135, and NOT the full weather sealing of the * lenses.
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It would be nice to have something like nikon's 14-24...

constant 2.8, weather-sealed, SWM, full-frame, optically excellent but huge, weighing 2 pounds, costing $1800.

Then again, 14mm on APS-C probably isn't wide enough for some people.
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For ultrawide, 14mm isn't wide enough
The only thing that was missing in the DA 12-24 was weather sealing...
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I would love to see a UWA * or WR. Would be an excellent choice for those who love to take picture's of storms.

I would buy one in a heartbeat.

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To revisit this thread, I got pretty excited about the new sigma 8-16 but after some thinking and how important weather sealing is to me, I am going to hold off and see if Pentax will follow the example come out with a similar focal range but DA* so it has the sealing. That old rumor of the DA* 10-16 F4 isn't as wide but still would make a lot of folks happy I think, though I for one would give up a lot on the end end to get that extra at the wide end....preferring something like 8-12 over 10-16....
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I saved for a long time for my 12-24. I like it very much and really enjoy using it. That said, at times it is toooooooo wide. Other time its not wide enough - so I stitch. I have been able to get very good detail with the 12-24, however, I have stitched with my 31 also, and have turned that into a "wide" angle lens - and its sharpness and detail is extraordinary.

Early on, I was hunting for an ultra wide, thought about the Sigma 8-16, but I have concluded that a moderate wide angle, with good sharpness across the lens, is better than a very extreme lens. Stitching makes up for a lot of shortcomings (and a good tripod and panning ballhead).

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What ever happened to the DA* version of the Tokina 11-16 2.8? I'd love to get that lens in K mount...
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QuoteOriginally posted by ddsg Quote
What ever happened to the DA* version of the Tokina 11-16 2.8? I'd love to get that lens in K mount...
I think that we all figured that Pentax would re-brand it and bring it out with a K mount. It didn't happen. I waited a bit after the Tokina was announced, topping off my lens fund, it was not there, so I bought the 12-24 instead, and I am happy.

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