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01-10-2009, 05:00 AM   #1
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PENTAX 'L' class zooms??

Pardon my ignorance(s) just checking if Pentax produce anything that compares in image quality to the 70-200 L and 28-70 L.

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QuoteOriginally posted by quenched Quote
Pardon my ignorance(s) just checking if Pentax produce anything that compares in image quality to the 70-200 L and 28-70 L.

thanks in advance
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16-50/2.8
50-135/2.8

all lenses with the "Limited" designation and all with the "DA*" designation. If you look at the secondhand market all lenses with the "*" (Star) designation in general are easily comparable and sometimes superior to any Canon L glass.

And yes, there is even a "real" L-glass, the Pentax 2x-L and 1.4x-L tele converters, which are among the best of any manufacturer...

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"L" is like Star
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Thanks heaps people!

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Fa*28-70/2.8
fa*80-200/2.8
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lets not forget the limiteds as L glass to, but I think the limiteds are better.
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not to be confused with the new DA-L 18-55 and 50-200 at the opposite end of the spectrum
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I wonder if anyone else had the felling Pentax put the "L" in the new entry level line to confuse things a bit...

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QuoteOriginally posted by kristoffon Quote
I wonder if anyone else had the felling Pentax put the "L" in the new entry level line to confuse things a bit...
They just used L for Lightweight ... that's all
The higher end is denoted with the * anyway.
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And lets not forget about the prohibitive cost of Canon L glass.

Here in SA the Pentax 14mm 2.8 Prime costs R 12 000, the equivalent Canon in L glass costs R 28 000 and the Nikon R 25 000!!

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aye, that's true, but the other two are full-frame, the DA 14 is not I'd love to use it on my Zx-l
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When the FA*80-200/2.8 was released appx 10 or 12 years ago it was subject of one of the Popular Photography Lens Tests. Nobody takes the SQF charts in Pop Photo terribly seriously, but I still enjoy gawking at them. During that general time frame Pop Photo also tested the Canon L and Nikon equivalent f. 2.8 zooms. The Pentax FA* came out better than either of the "big" brands (in the SQF charts). Perhaps one of the most interesting findings was that the Pentax actually increased in sharpness as you zoomed toward the 200mm end of the range. Virtually all other zooms I've seen in those Pop Photo "kinda" tests gets less sharp toward the long end of the zoom. I own that lens myself and love it dearly. Likewise for the FA*28-70/2.8. It's a real honey if you don't do much with split neutral density filters as the front element rotates (polarizers need some care as well). With Lightroom 2. and the easy split neutral density grad., this is less an issue nowadays than it was when the lens was first released.
Look for *'s and look for Limiteds and you'll be all "L"ed up.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mechan1k Quote
They just used L for Lightweight ... that's all
The higher end is denoted with the * anyway.
I know that, and you know that, but a clueless newb who walks into a store and heard a fellow comment on some "great L glass" may not know that
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Thankyou all for your assistance.

Can anybody tell me where i can find a list of all the '*' glass please?

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Thankyou all for your assistance.

Can anybody tell me where i can find a list of all the '*' glass please?

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Here you go: Camera Lens - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site

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