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06-13-2009, 12:37 AM   #1
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A wr 17-70?

i see many people talking about it.but is it true? will pentax release a WR version for the 17-70 any time soon?

if this is true it might be instead of buying the DA*16-50...


06-13-2009, 06:40 AM   #2
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I personally do not see it happening. 17-70 is too close to 16-50. If sometime in the future they decide to discontinue the 16-50, then I could see a 17-70 as a replacement, but not now.

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06-13-2009, 11:06 AM   #3
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I'd be absolutely tickled if either Pentax or Sigma would start producing a WR version of the 17-70. At least for Pentax, it is a bit strange that they've now got wide-short tele WR lenses at the low end (DA18-55) and the high end (DA*16-50) of the price spectrum, but nothing in the middle price range (DA17-70).

In the meantime, I'll just keep shooting away with the Sigma 17-70.

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I do not see it happening in the near future either. However it would make the best travel zoom ever! (IMO)

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would be nice one to have... keep it f4 who cares for faster when we have good primes but the WR 17-70/4 would really be nice trawell zoom to have if they'd keep the price tag reasonable...

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I'm tipping a WR travel zoom with high IQ would make for a lot of happy campers! A WR super zoom would also appeal to many people to. It will be interesting to see if they update existing designs or introduce new designs (like a 16.5-135 like tokina announced). We will just have to wait and see.
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A rebadged Tokina 16.5-135 would be even better, especially if I can get up close with it.

06-20-2009, 03:23 PM   #8
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I don't think it'll happen... the 17-70 is a pretty recent offering. Imagine how much of a bust all those non-WR units (like mine!) will be if Pentax skips over to the WR version of it soon.

06-27-2009, 04:39 PM   #9
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I believe Pentax will make all their DSLR's and lenses weather sealed with time.....
06-27-2009, 07:25 PM   #10
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There was a time when I was waiting for the 17-70 to come out but then I seem to recall some delays and then I ended up with 16-50. While I was waiting on the 17-70 I was under the impression that it was always supposed to be weather resistant. I wonder what happened. Either I was always wrong about the intention of Pentax to make this a WR lens or they changed their mind at some point along the way...

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