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05-25-2007, 12:32 PM   #1
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What (zoom) lenses would you like to see?

What (zoom) lenses would you like to see?

Here is what I would like:

Announced:

- DA* 16-50/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
- DA* 50-135/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
- DA* 60-250/4 ED (IF) SDM

- DA* 200/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
- DA* 300/4 ED (IF) SDM
- DA 35/2.8 Makro Limited
- DA* 55/1.4 SDM
- DA 35/2? SDM
- DA 17-70/4? ED IF SDM ?
- DA 55-300/4-5.6?

What I would like additionally:

- DA* 135-400/4.5-5.6 SDM (might be faster if APS-C only)

- DA 17-135/3.5-5.6 SDM (Based on Tokina)
- DA 18-250/3.5-6.3 SDM (Based on Tamron, hopefully faster focussing with SDM)
- DA 70-400/4.5-5.6 SDM (APS-C only)


So combined with existing and announced zoom lenses that would make (super WA left out):

- DA* 16-50/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
- DA* 50-135/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
- DA* 60-250/4 ED (IF) SDM
- DA* 135-400/4.5-5.6 SDM

- DA 16-45/4.0 ED
- DA 17-70/4? ED IF SDM ?
- DA 17-135/3.5-5.6 SDM
- DA 18-250/3.5-6.3 SDM

- DA 50-200/4.0-5.6 ED
- DA 55-300/4-5.6?
- DA 70-400/4.5-5.6 SDM

That would make: 18-55, 17-70, 17-135 and 18-250, so everyone can choose at what focal length he wants his walk-around to stop.

A Pentax SDM variant of the Tamron 18-250 would be extremely competitive IMO, not only would it have very welcome stabilization with F/6.3 at 250mm as opposed to the Canon and Nikon variant, but also possibly focus much faster due to SDM.

A user that wants to span 16/17-400 can choose two steps (17-70 + 70-400) or three (16-50 + 50-135 + 135-400).

A user that wants to span 16/18-250 can choose one step (18-250) or two (16-50 + 60-250) or (18-55/16-45 + 55-300).

Looks like a nice zoom line up to me.

05-25-2007, 01:12 PM   #2
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I don't have any interest in wide range consumer zooms. I'd like to see some quality long glass. Something like a 100-300mm f4, 100-400mm f5.6 and/or 200-400mm f4 in zooms, and a 300mm f2.8 or 400mm f4 or f4.5 with high-quality, dedicated 1.4X and 1.7X SDM capable teleconverters. This would give us some of the capabilities available for Canon, Nikon and Olympus users. Even Sony has announced a 300mm f2.8 "G" with matched converters for the Alpha system.
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I'm pretty sure only DA* lenses will have the SDM motor, and there's no way Pentax will be badging any variable-aperture zooms as star lenses. With that said, here's what I'd like to see:

Coupled with my current FA* 28-70 and 80-200mm F2.8 zooms, something that goes into the extreme-telephoto range would be nice, like a 250-500mm F4.5. I'd also gladly buy any fast prime 400mm or above.

Since the DA* lenses no longer have to support film (that's a bummer in itself), I'd also guess that a few lenses could be made faster than before, like a 500mm F2.8 or 600mm F3.5. I doubt Pentax will ever make these, however, as the demand for consumer lenses is significantly higher than that for pro lenses.

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05-25-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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Well if canon can make a 24-105 F4 for a full frame, I can't see why they couldn't make a 20-85 (21-90) F2.8 for an APS-C. I would really like this range, it's wide enough yet with enough tele also. I can say that it would almost never leave my camera.

I'd love to see this break in lenses

10-20, 20-100(90), 100-400 or something close.

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DA* 16-80 4 SDM
DA* 8-16 4 SDM

Those two lenses would give a 12-120 equivalent! I know Sigma has a full-frame 12-24mm, so an APS-sized 8-16mm should work...
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I'm just praying the 50-135 * is the lens I've been dreaming of! I have nothing in that range for action and it's killing me!!!!!!!!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryML Quote
Even Sony has announced a 300mm f2.8 "G" with matched converters for the Alpha system.
That is one lens I would love to see added...I was remiss in not saying so.
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Any. I can't find any fast zooms for my K100. Eveything is on backorder.

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Hi, I cant afford the lenses I want in the current lineup!! next is 12-24mm or 10-17mm then the other then the fa limiteds

I think the current lineup and planned releases offers a pretty good range except that I'd like to see a 70/80-200 f2.8 (cos the tamron being released later in the year is looking real nice, high magnification, close focus and they say same image quality as 28-75mm, waiting to see what it is like in real life) - might be a hard call between it and the 60-250mm - anyway it would be good if pentax were to compete directly with that.

Something to replace the bigma da* 200-400mm f4 or da* 200-500mm f4-f5.6?

they could also re-release some discontinued lens ie the 200mm macro etc.

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DA 20-40mm F4 Limited and DA 45-90mm F4 Limited! :-)
05-26-2007, 07:57 AM   #11
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mo Quote
I'm pretty sure only DA* lenses will have the SDM motor
The planned 35mm is a DA and should have SDM. What reason would Pentax have to only equip the DA* lenses with SDM? An entry level Nikon D40 doesn't even AF without in lens motors, so why restrict it to up market DA* lenses?

QuoteOriginally posted by Mo Quote
there's no way Pentax will be badging any variable-aperture zooms as star lenses.
Well if APS-C only that 135-400 could probably be a constant F4.5 at reasonable size.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryML Quote
Even Sony has announced a 300mm f2.8 "G" with matched converters for the Alpha system.
Dont forget the sigma 300mm f2.8

Im really hoping that they will release a HSM version of it for pentax once the DA* lenses are released. But in the meantime, they still do a K mount version.
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17-105 F2.8 that is sharp wide open
A macro lens that is F1.4 so it can be used as a low light lens as well, making (for me, anyway) spending big bucks on a macro more justifiable.
I love my SMC M 50 1.4 but wish I could get as close to subjects as my sigma 17-70 could.
also, more primes that has F1.4


cheers

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DA* 200-400/4 - - - only if it has a tripod/monopod mount.

and...

I'd really like to see updated versions of their Rear Converter-A lenses, especially the 1.4x variant.
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Funny how I always thought I was off kilter with the lens wants of Pentax owners.Seems like the middle is Now that I see so many posters saying they need a faster long lens or long zoom I feel better.
A 2.8 300 w/matching extenders and 100-300 f4 OR 133-400 f4 or 4.5 would be great also.
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