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View Poll Results: Which lenses to develop in future?
DA 8mm/f4 WR fisheye 406.67%
DA-L 18mm/f4 294.83%
FA 20mm/f2.2 Ltd. 9215.33%
DA 24mm/f2.0 WR 18230.33%
DA 28mm/f2.8 Ltd. 6510.83%
DFA 50mm/f1.0 9315.50%
DA-L 60mm/f2.8 203.33%
DA* 85mm/f1.4 16527.50%
DA-L 90mm/f2.8 274.50%
DA 100mm/f2.4 Ltd. 244.00%
FA 105mm/f1.9 Ltd. 7312.17%
DA* 135mm/f2.0 13622.67%
DFA 200mm/f4 macro WR 10417.33%
DA* 300mm/f2.8 6110.17%
DA 400mm/f5.6 WR 7813.00%
DFA* 500mm/f5.6 9115.17%
DA 600mm/f5.6 WR 6210.33%
DA* 28-70/f2.8 9115.17%
DA 70-200mmf4 SDM WR to compliment 17-70 528.67%
DFA* 80-200mm/f2.8 8013.33%
DA* 135-270mm f2.8 to compliment 16-50/50-135 8013.33%
DA 135-400mm/f4-5.6 WR 10617.67%
DFA* TC 1.4x SDM topquality converter 19933.17%
DFA* TC 2.0x SDM topquality converter 8213.67%
SDM II with faster focussing, new lensversions current DA*. 19933.17%
Sigma lenses are fine for me completing the lens line-up. 254.17%
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06-16-2011, 12:47 AM   #91
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QuoteOriginally posted by cmohr Quote
I remember with FF that the amateur in general seemed happy with a 300, and now on crop sensors the 300 (450 FF equivilant) is not long enough.
I do just fine with my sigma 100-300mm f/4 the longer focal length on APS-C format camera bodies is quite usable for wildlife photography.


@f/5.6 - AF540 used+ 1/2 CTO gel


though it can produce some distracting bokeh at wider apertures - the 100-300mm f/4 does have a 9 bladed aperture, but it isn't even remotely circular.

@f/5.6 - AF540FGZ + 1/2 CTO gel

( these are un-cropped images,BTW)

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You know what I'd be more than happy with. A version of this for the K7.
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still looking for a Sigma 100-300mm f/4 alternative Cmohr?
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Looking at the poll options, there still isn't an equivalent to this in there that excites me although the 135-400/f4-5.6 offering might do the trick if reviews proved excellent (unlike the reviews for the similar Sigma offerings which are variable to say the least). But most importantly, I want something now, not in 2-3 years.
The thing I wonder about this quest is in what way the DA*60-250mm isn't doing the trick for you?

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More midrange f/4 zooms (or even f/3.5-4.5) please; my k-x does not need 800+ gram f/2.8 lenses to unbalance it, and me! And the absence of a 24mm prime of any type is nearly unforgivable at this point.
Well for that there is the 70-200mm/f4 (to go with 17-70mm/f4)on the list and alternative brought to attention in this list like a 45-125mm/f4 to go with 16-45. I think the 70-200 would be great to have in production.
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I agree with DA*11-16mm/f2.8, sounds like the perfect lens. Seems people have been wanting this since Tokina released it in '07?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
I do just fine with my sigma 100-300mm f/4 the longer focal length on APS-C format camera bodies is quite usable for wildlife photography


though it can produce some distracting bokeh at wider apertures - the 100-300mm f/4 does have a 9 bladed aperture, but it isn't even remotely circular.
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I agree completely, a 300mm on crop sensors is heaps.

Yeap, sharp as pins those piccies.

And Yes, that bokeh is kinda hex isn't it??? Wonder, is it the actually a combo of the actual shapes in the leaves in the tree. but I suppose you have seen it in other pics too.


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The thing I wonder about this quest is in what way the DA*60-250mm isn't doing the trick for you?
Ron, If I had no other lenses already I probably would think about the 60-250, but still curious about the big overlap in Focal range with the 50-135. At 250, it just isn't long enough for what I want, and no TC by Pentax means loosing aspects of the lens you are paying so much for. Thats why that 135-270/F2.8 with Internal zoom and focus looks so appealing on paper, good FL's and reach, and still more than usable speed with a TC.

As for the real world, one would think its a no brainer, just get the DA*300, But I do already cover that FL with my FA200/2.8 and 2x or 1.5x TC's and knowing my luck, I'll bite the bullet get the 300 and the next day Pentax will release a DA400/F4.5 or something.

What about we ask them to do a FA*10-1000/f1.4, "One lens to rule them all".

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QuoteOriginally posted by cmohr Quote

What about we ask them to do a FA*10-1000/f1.4, "One lens to rule them all".
Make it 8-1000 with a magical fish eye switch or I can still think of 2 lenses I'd want.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cmohr Quote
Yes, that bokeh is kinda hex isn't it??? Wonder, is it the actually a combo of the actual shapes in the leaves in the tree. but I suppose you have seen it in other pics too.
technically it's a nonagon, a hexagon has six sides...but I digress, I have seen this kind of bokeh in my shots before and this is why i'm looking for a sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG to replace my Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO EX DG.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
and this is why i'm looking for a sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG to replace my Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO EX DG.
Isn't there one for Pentax yet? in any case, I might have one next month.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
The thing I wonder about this quest is in what way the DA*60-250mm isn't doing the trick for you?
For me it's that pesky SDM. I don't trust it! The added reach of the Sigma (300 vs 250) would also come in handy.

Really nurked I didn't know these Sigmas were rarer than dinosaur poop and missed the one that was advertised on this very forum a little while ago!

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Isn't there one for Pentax yet? in any case, I might have one next month.
fat chance, with the Earthquake,Tsunami and the overall downturn in the Japanese economy I wouldn't expect sigma to come out with the 120-300mm f/2.8 APO OS EX DG HSM in pentax K mount for several months. Add to those economic downturns and natural catastrophes the completely ridiculous pricing of the new Sigma SD1 and you have what may be the downfall of sigma.
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Ron, If I had no other lenses already I probably would think about the 60-250, but still curious about the big overlap in Focal range with the 50-135. At 250, it just isn't long enough for what I want, and no TC by Pentax means loosing aspects of the lens you are paying so much for. Thats why that 135-270/F2.8 with Internal zoom and focus looks so appealing on paper, good FL's and reach, and still more than usable speed with a TC.

As for the real world, one would think its a no brainer, just get the DA*300, But I do already cover that FL with my FA200/2.8 and 2x or 1.5x TC's and knowing my luck, I'll bite the bullet get the 300 and the next day Pentax will release a DA400/F4.5 or something.
Well having a lens roadmap with something nice on it would be great. Over time I think that my idea for DA*135-270mm/f2.8 is the best idea in years to bring to the surface (when you wnat something long and fast).

Just to bring to everyones attention the threads coming out off this survey:Since I'm going to try and summarice this survey after the weekend.

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fat chance, with the Earthquake,Tsunami and the overall downturn in the Japanese economy I wouldn't expect sigma to come out with the 120-300mm f/2.8 APO OS EX DG HSM in pentax K mount for several months. Add to those economic downturns and natural catastrophes the completely ridiculous pricing of the new Sigma SD1 and you have what may be the downfall of sigma.
It appears Sigma has canceled it and the 150 macro for K-mount.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Well having a lens roadmap with something nice on it would be great. Over time I think that my idea for DA*135-270mm/f2.8 is the best idea in years to bring to the surface (when you wnat something long and fast).

Just to bring to everyones attention the threads coming out off this survey:Since I'm going to try and summarice this survey after the weekend.
A few comments:

1. The DA and FA Ltd series is well represented
2. The DA 18-55 is the king, but it was also sold with a lot of bodies.
3. The FA 50mm/1.4 would probably be well represented were it in the "what's in your bag poll."
4. There are other lenses that are out of production that would have been well represented as well such as the FA 35/2.
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A few comments:

1. The DA and FA Ltd series is well represented
2. The DA 18-55 is the king, but it was also sold with a lot of bodies.
3. The FA 50mm/1.4 would probably be well represented were it in the "what's in your bag poll."
4. There are other lenses that are out of production that would have been well represented as well such as the FA 35/2.
I added to the wishlist:
Updated DA 50mm/f1.4 (WR or non-WR, coult also be f1.7 or f2.0) to replace FA-version.
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I added to the wishlist:
Updated DA 50mm/f1.4 (WR or non-WR, coult also be f1.7 or f2.0) to replace FA-version.
Why slow it down? The FA 50/1.7 was a different optical formula and they never did the A 50/2 formula in an F or FA series. There is more to making lens characteristics than just the FL and aperture alone. They could apply Ghostless Coating and SP to the current lens and really should be for the current price.
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Why slow it down?
Maybe to make it different to DA*55mm/f1.4 that has a big pricetag? Or is that me thinking in marketing strategees?
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