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03-04-2008, 04:24 PM   #1
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Varied Prices on Pentax Primes

Allright - this is probaby a stupid question - at least a very ignorant one....

Why can you get

- a 50mm F1.4 lense for under $200, but
- a 77mm F1.8 is close to $700, and a
- 31 mm f/1.8 is close to $900?
- etc...

What variables are all coming into play here?

03-04-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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Lets start build wise, the latter, being FA limiteds is one factor and as a result are all metal build, and I assume for the 50 you are referring to the FA, which is not a limited and if I remember correctly has metal/plastic. On the side of supply/demand there are a lot more f/1.x 50mm's out there than there are ~31mm and ~77mm that fall into the f/1.x and of matching IQ at all. I mean afterall they are limiteds.
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Thanks, Buddha. Supply & demand, metal (aluminum) barrel, etc. - makes sense.

Continuing my "ignorant" questions....

What exactly does limited mean - limited production, limited=metal, both, or ???
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QuoteOriginally posted by krs Quote
Thanks, Buddha. Supply & demand, metal (aluminum) barrel, etc. - makes sense.

Continuing my "ignorant" questions....

What exactly does limited mean - limited production, limited=metal, both, or ???
It certainly can't mean production, because the "Limiteds" are pretty easy to come by, just expensive. It's just a marketing designation (but mightily backed up by performance and build).

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Production is limited yes, but not to a finite number as in only 10,000 will be made, but they are made in smaller numbers that the regular consumer lenses so it seems. The limiteds are considered to be the cream of the crop in glass quality, lens design and overall build leaning to impecable IQ. I think they are a step above the DA*s which are the pro-grade lenses. I don't think there are any limited zooms now that I think of it...
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The limited lenses , especially the 31 and 77 mm, are some of the best lenses you can buy, period. From any manufacturer, any brand. As a matter of fact, somehere in this forum is a reference to a review that says the 31 mm limited is one of, if not THE best AF lens ever.
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I agree, the 31 and 77 are on my list, I was thinking of getting some lighting equipment for a small studio but I am thinking of buying them now before they become too hard to find later.

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I remember reading somewhere on a Pentax advertisement that the Limiteds are so named coz they are produced in limited numbers per production day -- purely to ensure top quality.

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Well the limited was intended as limited production. However, they were so well-received that they decided to continue the production. That's what i read on another forum (either photo.net or dpreview).
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The limiteds are of much better build quality than the FA 50mm f/1.4. They are extremely sharp at the widest aperture also, while the FA 50mm f/1.4 is a bit soft. Even considering this, the FA 50mm f/1.4 is a wonderful lens for the money.

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