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03-19-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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Do you want Pentax to introduce more WR lenses? Please post here

I know I do because K5 is a kickass best in class APS-C DSLR in the market. It makes sense to have good quality primes and zooms that are WR to match the body.

Please share your story about how WR benefits you and your photography, what kind of WR lenses for you and why. It could be short stories of an accident that your lens died or survived, a photographic situation that calls for WR for specific f stop and FL, or even personal wish list with reasoning.

I go first;

I chose Pentax because of WR capability of K5 and 18-135 after thorough research on the net. Because I love fishing and it takes me to water every time (quite obviously). My K5 and WR lens are used in saltwater environment regularly and exposed to salt spray and moisture. Having WR body and lens allow me to rinse my camera under the tap with a peace of mind. I used to own panasonic LX3 but it died on me after 1 year under same condition (no I didn't rinse it under tap, only wipe down with a slightly damp cloth).

I also had situations where I was happily wading in the shallow and realize my camera was in the water. I killed many cameras this way in the past. With K5 and WR lens, you will be surprise that can take a bit of abuse! Also some times I need to take shots where the camera is close to the water surface, without WR one will need a deep pocket to do that!

So all in all, I wish to have good quality screw driven WR primes in 15/2.4 and 30/1.8 for product shots and also fishing pictures near to the water. I think for those guys that are into dusty environment, waterfalls and seaside photography will see the benefits as well. I am sure you guys have experienced or heard horror stories of toppled tripod on freak waves and freak accidents. Some macro works will also exposed us to these elements, if there is a DFA60 WR I had be over the moon!

For WR zoom I would like to see DA star 16-70/2.8 and 70-300/4 without the problematic SDM.

To conclude, I think Pentax strength lies in the tank-like K5 built quality with fantastic IQ. We need more WR lenses to promote Pentax as the toughest APS-C DSLR system out there with kick ass IQ at reasonable price! There are many sports such as boating, kayaking, fishing and other extreme sports that require this kind of camera system. I think Pentax should consider to excel in this area.

Please share your views!

03-19-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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Perhaps the main reason for Pentax to release more WR lenses is that other manufacturers are now getting in on the act, so Pentax really should stay ahead of the pack, if at all possible, given that they really started the trend and they've made it a virtue of it in their advertising.

So, I expect that, like so much else in product development, WR lenses and camera bodies will soon be the norm, and Pentax will need to be there from now on, even if it's ground that they first broke. If they want to continue to make a virtue of it, then they need to develop seals that are long-lasting, reliable and very resistant to water pressure, fine dust and wear, without putting undue stress on focussing and zoom components. Water-resistance of lens coatings is the other aspect of technology that needs continued development.

The Limiteds could stand having the WR wand waved over them, for a start.
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That sounds great to me!
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I don't have a K-5 yet (and haven't owned a WR K-mount camera before) but I would like to see a DA 12-24 f/4 ED [IF] WR. It would be perfect for wide landscape shooting in any terrain!

Put into combination with the upcoming DA* 16-85(?), DA* 50-135 and DA* 60-250, you have the entire 12-250 range armed for tropics to tundras and probably just about anything! (But not everything of course!)

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If there is an update to the 55-300 WR would be great on it replace the 50-200 WR even.
Same goes for the 12-24 and if any of the FA series ltd Primes are updated.
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I'm all for it. Happy to pay a premium if required.
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I wonder if having screw-driven AF actually poses serious manufacturing problem for WR. I am thinking that Pentax WR lenses are not as expensive as they might have been for WR. Personally, I am just fine with DA* 16-50/2.8 that I have. Although useful and important, WR is still second priority for me. I've managed without WR since 2002 and recent addition of DA* 16-50/2.8 to my lens stable did not change my life in any significant way in WR respect. I do admit however that in Israel where I live climate is mostly rain-less.
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Maybe that Wide Da zoom on the roadmap is the rumored 12-35 WR, patent that pentax had last spring? maybe? we had a thread on that too some where...here .

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Somthing for the sports end of the range 70-200(300) f2.8 WR, 150-500 f2.8 WR, and anything with a better aperture range than the current WR... f4 down to f2.8 or even better.
Even by killing off any compertition by simple making ANY lens that Pentax produces WR
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DA*85mm f/1.4 and DA*135mm f/1.8 would be nice.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonto Quote
If there is an update to the 55-300 WR would be great
I think a lot of people wish for this!

QuoteOriginally posted by Boris Quote
I wonder if having screw-driven AF actually poses serious manufacturing problem for WR
Nope. The 18-55, 55-200 and DFA 100 macro are all screw-driven.

I wish Pentax would release more primes with WR, those are the two real differentiating elements in their lineup.
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Introducing Pentax wr primes, screw driven for longevity.

Pentax for life, Pentax for your kids, Pentax forever.....


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03-19-2012, 07:36 AM   #13
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DA*85mm f/1.4 and DA*135mm f/1.8 would be nice.....
and a 12 f4

i live in Ireland, and believe me, i need WR
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I'd like a DA 135-400 WR to go with the 18-135 WR. Seems like a no-brainer. I have both the DA* 16-50 and 50-135 and, make no mistake, those are big, heavy lenses. And while I use them... they, more than anything else, drove me back to primarily using primes, which is what I used in the film days.
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another request from me for a super wide zoom w/ wr - 12-24 great, 10-20 even better, 8-16 wr - now we're talking!
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