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01-15-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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560mm lens ETA

Has anyone actually pre-ordered one of these? I got word that it will start shipping before the end of the month. While I personally still don't see who Pentax expects to sell this lens to (it's currently their most costly lens), an in-depth review of it will be posted once we receive it for those who are curious! Given it's simple optical design, I would expect it to be very sharp, but it will be interesting to see how well it handles fringing.


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I thought it would be me, but, I'm now looking for an M or A 400.5.6. Really, if you're going to carry that kind of weight, the A* 400 2.8 looks like an awesome lens, at less than half the price. I'm not sure what they are thinking, but it's not what I'm thinking.
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they show on henry's and downtown camera sites as for sale but special order not in stock.

I have a hard time even considering spending that type of money if you can't even look at the lens.
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I would certainly like to have that lens but at that price i want to see how it performs before even thinking of asking my wife if i can buy one

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QuoteOriginally posted by leopold Quote
I would certainly like to have that lens but at that price i want to see how it performs before even thinking of asking my wife if i can buy one
If my wife even finds out I've been part of this conversation I am so friggin dead.
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One expensive spotting scope, with aperture control and auto focus.
Edit: can`t wait to see what the next long, (real) lens will be like.

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This lens is going to have to be an unbelievable performer optically for them to sell even a small amount at that price. I don't know why anyone would want to handle anything that long. It made a LITTLE more sense back when rumours had it being able to be stored and transported in two pieces.
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My sister-in-law is a birder. And crazy.

Just crazy enough to carry this thing around in the woods mounted to a tripod over her shoulder.

But apparently not crazy enough to actually order one.

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Maybe it will be possible to rent it? We need to press lensrentals.com to get it (maybe they will want to disassemble it) .

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Given it's simple optical design, I expected it to be cheaper. I also wonder of its performance at short focusing distance, ie typical usage for birding, 6 to 10 meters.
The min focusing distance of a FA*600 is shorter, indeed, 5 m instead of 5.6 meters, this may be an indication of a poor performance at short distances ?
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Has anyone confirmed that it's FF capable?
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Maybe it will be possible to rent it? We need to press lensrentals.com to get it (maybe they will want to disassemble it) . A.
Maybe we should create PFrentals for all of the Pentax users we have!

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Has anyone confirmed that it's FF capable?
I'm going to test that as soon as it arrives by us, which will hopefully be by the end of the month. While I have my doubts, a $7000 DX lens simply doesn't make sense...so it's gotta support the FF image circle IMO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I'm going to test that as soon as it arrives by us, which will hopefully be by the end of the month. While I have my doubts, a $7000 DX lens simply doesn't make sense...so it's gotta support the FF image circle IMO.
+1...Not being FF doesn't make sense. Quite frankly the company becomes questionable if it can't offer a modern, modest, telephoto. I am hopeful though as it could be a very good lens given all of their experience in this area.
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What sort of cash is this going to be ?
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