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09-11-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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560mm listed at B&H

B&H has listed the 560mm and also the 18-270mm. PREPARE YOURSELVES!!! They put the price of the 560mm at just under $7000. OUCH! There will be fewer made and sold either the 600 f4.0 or the 1200mm f8.0. At that price it will not compete with Sigma's 500 f4.5.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
B&H has listed the 560mm and also the 18-270mm. PREPARE YOURSELVES!!! They put the price of the 560mm at just under $7000. OUCH! There will be fewer made and sold either the 600 f4.0 or the 1200mm f8.0. At that price it will not compete with Sigma's 500 f4.5.
Initial monthly production is 400 units. That makes it the best selling super telephoto in Pentax history....
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It would look great on an RSS gimbal.
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It'd be nice if Pentax releases a few full size photos showing how good the lens actually is. Without such info, I don't think many people are willing to buy this, even if they can afford it.

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I agree with JinDesu. This lens must have some extraordinary IQ to justify an additional $2000 over a SIgma 500 f4.5, and I'm not sure there's room for that much improvement over the SIgma. I doubt that a quicker AF would be sufficient to attract buyers. Jensen says they're making 400 units per month, but how many are they selling? How many 600 f4.0 lenses were made and sold, and that excellent lens was less expensive even allowing for inflation. Even the AF 200 f4.0 macro is a very rare lens.
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I really want to see same pictures from this new 560mm... Will make up my mind then on possibly getting one.
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That's a lot, and the telescope design makes this tele optimized for long distance subjects; my personal use would be for short distances - from 5 m to 20 m. I wonder how it compares to a FA*600 f 4 (which is great but heavy)
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
I agree with JinDesu. This lens must have some extraordinary IQ to justify an additional $2000 over a SIgma 500 f4.5, and I'm not sure there's room for that much improvement over the SIgma. I doubt that a quicker AF would be sufficient to attract buyers. Jensen says they're making 400 units per month, but how many are they selling? How many 600 f4.0 lenses were made and sold, and that excellent lens was less expensive even allowing for inflation. Even the AF 200 f4.0 macro is a very rare lens.

It says so on Pentax Japan web page. I find the number incredible; a typo? 40 units perhaps? 4?
I doubt that the 600/4 was made in numbers larger than 100. The FA* 200 macro is supposedly made in a volume of 900. However, the 600/4 was developed in the 80's; it is the F* lens in a new finish. The develping cost was written off long ago and long before Hoya. I'm sure that a new developed 600/4 from Pentax would cost somewhere to the north off $10 000.

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