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01-11-2011, 06:03 PM   #1
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How Limited are the Limited Lenses?

I am curious if these lenses are actually limited edition (is it a smaller production run?) or if it is just the title. I am wondering because if they are only going to be in production for a certain time, I may be more inclined to buy these lenses first since the price will undoubtedly shoot up once production ends (and after they have been off the market for a while) if they truly are a limited run. Mostly just a trivial curiosity that came across my mind. Thanks for any help!

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It is just a name. Like some cars have ltd in their title. Pentax will make and sell as many of them as they can. At the same time, they are a designation for specific small primes with metal bodies, just like the DA * lens line has SDM and weather sealing.
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Alright thats kinda what I figured, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks so much!
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It is 'limited' only by the size of your wallet

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Didn't it partly have something to do with assembly, say something like they use slower more exacting methods to assemble the lenses? I remember hearing that from a camera shop owner when we were talking about why Limiteds seem to go in and out of stock more often than most lenses.
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I wouldn't be surprised, these things are solid lenses!
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LTD in size.
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Yep, not too many f/1.8 lenses you see smaller than the FA ltds, nor any faster than f/2.8 smaller than the DA lts series.

They are fine pieces of engineering - optically, physically and mechanically.

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QuoteOriginally posted by psychdoc Quote
It is 'limited' only by the size of your wallet
+1

Same meaning of "Limited" as "Limited" Subarus - if everyone in the world was willing to pay that much, they would make a LOT more. But not many people want to pay for the leather/sunroof/etc.
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think i read it on an old brochure, but theyre called limited lenses cause they can only make a `limited number` of them a day. Probably due to the tight tolerances in the production line
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always wondered...which is harder to produce. DA* lens or Limited?
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always wondered...which is harder to produce. DA* lens or Limited?
Well... between Sometimes-Doesn't-Move and loose screws, it can be hard to choose.
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always wondered...which is harder to produce. DA* lens or Limited?
I'd have to say DA* as they have more electronic components, still mostly all metal, and have weather seals. Especially the ones that have both screw-drive AF and SDM AF.
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