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08-19-2012, 05:26 AM   #16
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I wouldn't want to mess with the coating for fear of disturbing the pixie dust. I think the only thing I was do would be to add weather sealing. But honestly, for portraits I cannot imagine anything better.

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Well, it could be manual focus and Leica M mount. I shant hold my breath however.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bimjo Quote
Well, it could be manual focus and Leica M mount.
They did do that for the FA 43 Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
They did do that for the FA 43 Ltd.
I had forgotten that.

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I believe the 43mm "Special" is actually LTM.
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It could be cheaper. A 1000 bucks is still alot of money for most of us.
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QuoteOriginally posted by c-meier Quote
I believe the 43mm "Special" is actually LTM.
That would work too.
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Imagine WR DC fast primes with short focus throw made for APS-C. Small, zippy, light and affordable. I think this will pull some crowd from canikon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ihasa Quote
In what way is the lens coating lacking? Because the marketing blurb doesn't say 'for digital'?
Because it doesn't have the digital-era coatings: the reason for its purple fringing 'issues' on digital:

Pentax SMC-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited - Review / Test Report - Analysis

I don't pretend to be an expert, but I believe it's something to do with digital sensors being more reflective than film: the FA77 isn't any more PF-prone on film thanother wide aperture lenses. As an example of how effective these improved coatings can be: the FA35 (see this thread) had a reputation as a PF-prone lens, but the DA35 f2.4 (which is supposedly the same optical design, albeit with a slightly smaller max aperture) does not.
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to answer the title question....it could - both optically and mechanically...but how much it would cost then
I would like to see re-release version of 77 that is: internal focusing, weathersealed, has silent AF and less purple fringing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
to answer the title question....it could - both optically and mechanically...but how much it would cost then
I would like to see re-release version of 77 that is: internal focusing, weathersealed, has silent AF and less purple fringing.
Internal focus... nah. Shortens the focal length too much and why should it be neccessary?
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QuoteOriginally posted by LamyTax Quote
Internal focus... nah. Shortens the focal length too much and why should it be neccessary?
Does it? And how much?
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I can think of a few improvements, providing they can do the following while keeping the "magic" and still be a decent size

-SDM
-WR
-1.2 Aperture... okay maybe 1.4 will do.
-Quick shift
-AF/MF switch (for CIF without shorting the contacts)
-Focusing ring not rotating during AF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
Does it? And how much?
Depends on how they build it. Needless to say, it'd have to be a new lens design, anyway.
Unless you encase the whole thing and add a protective glass at the front... "internal focus" .
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