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05-26-2012, 08:13 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Runegutt123 Quote
Here is the list of current Pentax lenses from Pentax Norway
System KB - PENTAX Photo

And here it is for discontinued lenses
System KB - PENTAX Photo


Hopefully, its just in Norway we will have trouble getting these lenses.
By that webpage the FA 31, 43,and 77 Limited are also gone.

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this lens is sdm?
I thought it was screw drive....
I thought the 16-50 was sdm..
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The DA 16-45 is screw drive....a very decent lens and more capable than it was when first introduced, since the new Pentax cameras turn F4 into a fast lens with their very excellent high ISO abilities.
I shot a lot of landscapes with it several years back on the DS, and was well satisfied. I seldom use it now, but not due to any fault of the lens. Honestly....I mostly forgot I had it!

One from 2006 on the DS
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SDM? I think it stands for "Sorry Damn Motor "....I've had it fail twice on my DA*50-135, even though the lens is not heavily used.

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The 16-45 is screw drive and 16-50 is SDM. I eventually got ride of the 16-45 mostly due to the reverse zoom and lack of WR, but it took excellent photographs. A great standard zoom and nice, reasonably priced, upgrade over the 18-55.

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By that webpage the FA 31, 43,and 77 Limited are also gone.
Yes they do. I hope it´s someone at Pentax Norway, who have made a big mistake.
Why on earth would Pentax stop production of their best lenses?
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I have really liked this lens -Three times - but its ideal outdoor use is hampered by its lack of WR to me. Especially since it's fully exposed at 16mm with its reverse-zoom design. A WR 16-45+55-300 would be a dream come true for many!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Runegutt123 Quote
Yes they do. I hope it´s someone at Pentax Norway, who have made a big mistake.
Why on earth would Pentax stop production of their best lenses?
These lenses are still available. You can find them and buy them on the old Norwegian Pentax distributors web page: Fovi AS - Forsiden
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Can anybody find out if the Da16-45 and the Fa limiteds will dissapair all over the world?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Runegutt123 Quote
Can anybody find out if the Da16-45 and the Fa limiteds will dissapair all over the world?
Everything will disappear eventually, including us. You can still find new, or excellent pre-owned if you prefer, copies of the 16-45, so if you want one you might want to buy it now. But probably you will continue to be able to purchase them on the secondary market, even if they are discontinued new.

The original appeal of the lens to me was that I didn't have a wider lens (now have a 10mm), so it was a huge leap from 18mm to 16mm, not to mention the fixed f4. With the 10mm now, and with prices what they are now, I'd probably have chosen a 17-50mm f2.8. Or a longer zoom starting at 17mm. And of course now there is the pentax 16-50 for those seeking able to justify truly astronomical prices. Because of the in-between status of this lens I think you'll often see people trading it. Honestly I'd worry more about Pentax failing in the marketplace generally, and fewer 3rd party and pentax lenses being available in the future, than I'd worry about the fate of the 16-45.

Incidentally I have used mine in relatively wet weather, and I didn't miss the weather sealing. Obviously it would be nice to have, but lenses just seem more inherently weather-resistant. I've had water drops get under the top lcd of my k100, for example, but no issues with any non-WR lenses on the camera at the same time. On the other hand, I did drop a non-wr lens in a stream, while swapping it with another lens. It work fine after pulling it out after about 5 seconds, but I couldn't get the very slight haze of the inner elements without knowing how to disassemble it. At the time a new lens was $120-ish so I opted for that vs. a professional cleaning. I'm not sure a wr lens, off the camera, would have survived dunking any better.

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We have two 16-45 so we dont need another one. I use to recomend the Da 16-45 to persons who are switching from Canikon to Pentax.
I have to recomend the Tamron 17-50 instead. Not a big deal.

The Fa limiteds not in production any more, is more of a problem.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Runegutt123 Quote
The Fa limiteds not in production any more, is more of a problem.
There's no reason to believe the the FA Limiteds are out of production. In an interview a year and a half ago, Ned Bunnell insisted: "I can tell you we have no plans to cancel production of the FA Limited (31mm, 43mm and 77mm) lenses. In fact, we view the FA Limiteds and our newer DA Limiteds as being unique in the industry."
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There's no reason to believe the the FA Limiteds are out of production. In an interview a year and a half ago, Ned Bunnell insisted: "I can tell you we have no plans to cancel production of the FA Limited (31mm, 43mm and 77mm) lenses. In fact, we view the FA Limiteds and our newer DA Limiteds as being unique in the industry."

I hope you are right.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Runegutt123 Quote
I hope you are right.
he's definitely right.
the question is..will that position change?
doesn't seem likely.

as for the 16-45 I really like mine... if I lost it for any reason, it would be nice to be able to replace it with another new one..
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QuoteOriginally posted by D0n Quote
he's definitely right.
the question is..will that position change?
doesn't seem likely.

as for the 16-45 I really like mine... if I lost it for any reason, it would be nice to be able to replace it with another new one..
Particular given the current prices, you would buy the 16-45 vs. the Tamron 17-50 (assuming the 17-50 continues to be available, another uncertainty)?

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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
Particular given the current prices, you would buy the 16-45 vs. the Tamron 17-50 (assuming the 17-50 continues to be available, another uncertainty)?

Paul
yeah the 16-45. I like it. price is not the only factor to consider... there's the constant aperture f4, the pentax color, etc.. also resale value very few third party lenses hold any value when re-selling.
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