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12-08-2009, 08:17 PM   #46
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Another vote for a 135mm.

I'd rather a LTD than a *.

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12-08-2009, 08:54 PM   #47
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I would really extremly like to see a lense like the FA35 f2. A normal / standard lense, you can buy without being rich...
In Germany now you have to pay about 660 Euro / 970 US Dollar for a FA 35, for the even more expensive alternative, the ltd 31, you have to pay 950 Euro / 1400 US Dollar - out of my personal range for a prime as a hobby photographer not earning money from my hobby.

So my wish would be:
- continue the production of the fa 35 and reduce its price to the normal price for such a lense, perhaps 250 Euro, as it was for a long period of time.
- offer a new standard/normal lense as a Water Resistant / WR lense:
DA WR 32mm f1,8 or f2,0, that in a relativ compact form and for a reasonable price for less than 300 Euro.

Moreover I would like to have:
- DA WR 85 f1,4
- DA WR 135 f1,8
- DA WR or ltd or * in 13mm - I think the ltd 15mm is a bit to short, to similar to the 16mm of the da*16-50. For a compact 12 or 13mm (like the 15mm) prime I would sell my huge 12-24mm Zoom, but not for the 15mm.

Why not DA *?
- They are expensive - it seems to be a new strategy of Pentax, all new lenses seem to be high price lenses; they have stopped to produce lenses everyone can afford. The new WR kit zooms are the only really affordable and for their price good lenses.
- The autofocus of the * are sloooow. I own a DA*55mm and its autofocus works like a snail. The AF of the da 70mm ltd is for example much faster.
- The * lenses have a very good build quality, but they are - compared to the ltd - huge. I would LOVE to see ltd lenses with weather sealing.
For me Da* are good for portraits of sleeping babies or in concert situations, because they are quite silent. But in all the other situations I prefer excellent compact ltd or water resistent good WR zoom/prime lenses. As I said, a combination of WR and ltd would be perfect!
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I'm seconding the affordable normal(cropped) fast prime. It's reprehensible for pentax the $900 FA31 LTD (however nice it may be) as their only production lens in this category. Heck, you can buy a nikon 35mm f1.8g and have enough left over for a D90 for the cost of a FA31.
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QuoteOriginally posted by flmz Quote
I'm seconding the affordable normal(cropped) fast prime. It's reprehensible for pentax the $900 FA31 LTD (however nice it may be) as their only production lens in this category. Heck, you can buy a nikon 35mm f1.8g and have enough left over for a D90 for the cost of a FA31.
Kinda brings up the question if the new current production Limited's are actually all that limited. Anyone know for sure? I could understand the prices were they still producing like 5000 of each lense per year but at 900-bones per, it's a bit much...but if folks still buy them no reason for HoyaTax to consider dropping back a bit...even just $150 or so would be welcome relief.

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I'll echo the need for a wide, fast prime. I love the stuff I can do with my 50/1.4 indoors with a bounce flash at around f/2, but it's just not wide enough. a 20 or 24 f/2 would be beautiful. Heck, even a 35 might be good. If I was shooting nikon, I'd buy the 35 1.8 in a heartbeat.

heck, I think I'd even sell my 50/1.4 for a wide fast prime.
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The most wanted of all

DA* WR 200mm Macro! The flagship, the Formula 1 World Champ of lenses, the lens to sit on the throne.
The optical formula is already there, just redesign the barrel and start making one of the finest lenses ever made, any maker, any fl. Do you hear me there in Japan? DO YOU HEAR ME???

Did I mention I'd like to have such a lens?
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> I would like a 400mm f4 , 500mm f4 and a 300mm 2.8

I'd prefer a stop slower, not just for cost, but for usability/portability.

Of course, there already is a good 300/4 (which I'm not too interested in, since I'm luck enough to have a couple of F* 300/4.5's), but I'd love to see modern 400/5.6 and 500/5.6 lenses.
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