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11-14-2008, 01:53 AM   #1
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Question about limited lenses.

Seriously, I have searched the internet looking for an explanation about what makes limited lenses "special" or "different" from other lenses in order to append the "limited" word on them, but I still cannot find anything. Could some one explain this, please?

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11-14-2008, 02:49 AM   #2
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ahh.. imade similar queation few months back..but cant find the thread..

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According to Pentax UK:

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Since more expensive materials are used and a complex production process employed, PENTAX manufactures a restricted number of the “Limited Edition” lenses on a daily basis.
My red text.

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11-14-2008, 05:08 AM   #4
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So, is it all about the manufacturing process? I thought "limited" meant an operational characteristic which made different from other "non-limited" lenses.

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The "limited" lenses give unlimited options... within the expectable range of the prime lens of course...
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After buying one you'll spend limited time with your other lenses.
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Limited as in limited-edition
only a "few" (aka several thousands) made so we can charge you more

In theory they are better made, metal barrel and such
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They are made of metal and nicely constructed and have very good optics. They are fairly user friendly to MF also. I don't know if you have ever held one or not, but that alone will provide some insight. Its the closest thing to a modern Tak there is without getting into a Zeiss or Voigtlander.

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In theory they are better made, metal barrel and such
In practice they are better made as well...

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After buying one you'll spend limited time with your other lenses.
This is the truth. Since acquiring a few of them I don't want to shoot with anything else.
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After buying one you'll spend limited time with your other lenses.
I second to this one... My DA40 practicaly lives on my camera...
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QuoteOriginally posted by lbam Quote
After buying one you'll spend limited time with your other lenses.
That is not true in my case as I am deep into LBA recession in buying way more than I can afford to have time. I have acquired three limited lens and they get used the least as I don't dare to create a single mark on them. And I have created a shrine around them day and night.


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But of course, when I take them out, all of them will delight your heart in doing your best to make the lens proud. So far, I fall short of the glory and the lenses kick me in the rear for the lousy jobs in test photos. They don't do the justice other than quick snapshots for testing.


FA 31mm f/1.8 limited


wide open in f/1.8 from 31mm limited



in f/1.8



DA 21mm limited





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Question....

If you look at pentax's page here - Camera Lens - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site - the first thing that grabs me is that the limited's seem tiny compared to all other prime's on the page.

Is it a requirement that a "limited" lens be physically small.. i.e. perhaps a stop or two slower than they could've possibly been produced at the same focal length etc?

I've also noticed they seem to have fewer elements/groups than other primes on their site.

All coincidence?
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Limited lenses are supposed to be compact for their specifications. All of them are indeed very tiny, maybe save the FA31 which is actually not that big anyway, for a fast wide.
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