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06-05-2010, 03:50 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by RMabo Quote
About price - the FA 31 has always been an expensive lens, but price haven't changed that much. Only a slight increase. It is regarded by Luminous Landscape as one of the three best AF lenses ever made, regardless of maker. The FA 31 Limited is Pentax answer to Leica and Zeiss lenses. Now considering the prices of Leica and Zeiss, the Pentax is actually a cheap lens.
Well, Zeiss ZK 35/2 costs 760, FA 31 Ltd 1000 (and they call it SALE PRICE), both brand new from UK distributor... Ok, Pentax is AF, which will be worth the price difference for some photogs.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's not worth the price, but it's not cheaper than Zeiss...


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the FA31 is a great lens. given it's insane pricing, Im just wondering if it's selling that well. probably Pentax sells more of the FA43, DA35, FA35 and DA40 more compared to the FA31. I'm not sure about the FA50/1.4 since I believe it is more like being passed around rather than buying an individual purchase. there are used FA50/1.4 being sold in the marketplace very often and surely the lenses came from previous owners rather than NIB.
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Just what they need....

another 30ish lens.

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The 31mm Ltd is out of stock at B&H and Adorama, and doesn't even show up in Amazon.com searches. Amazon.co.uk says it has 2 left. Amazon.de has no black ones and 1 silver one. Amazon.fr only has them through a 3rd party vendor. Henry's in Canada don't have any at all.

Just about all these stores have the 77 Ltd, so it's not like they're avoiding the FA Ltd line.

I've never seen the 31mm Ltd lens in such low/no stock at major retailers and am thinking this could mean Pentax will finally retire this classic piece of glass and roll out that mythical DA* 30mm that was on the roadmap so long ago.

It's not such a crazy idea, right?


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Things are out of stock sometimes. This doesn't mean jack to be honest. Perhaps the factory that makes these lenses has just rolled out a batch of FA43s, and is now producing FA31s again. Or perhaps they are making DFA versions, or maybe they're busy producing a new FA limited. Or, or...
Actually, it does mean something. It could mean that they ran out of stock and production hasn't caught up, they are out of a certain element or whatever. However, in this particular case with this lens there is a more than unusual lag.

This was an interesting thread that I saw yesterday.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/ask-b-h-photo/102957-fa-31mm.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cambo Quote
another 30ish lens.
Missing 1) a cheap one and 2) a weather-sealed one.
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Maybe they will roll out a DA* 35mm f2 lens maybe even f1.4 a la the M 35mm f1.4 prototype.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
Missing 1) a cheap one and 2) a weather-sealed one.

There are some whispers about FA 31 going WR in Japan. I notice here that FA 31 is scant in inventory, but not 77 or 43.
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There are some whispers about FA 31 going WR in Japan. I notice here that FA 31 is scant in inventory, but not 77 or 43.
I would be sorely tempted to spend more than I can afford on a WR FA 31.

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I would be sorely tempted to spend more than I can afford on a WR FA 31.
I would sell my 31 to finance that as well. When I got D FA 100 macro WR, I did the same. I got rid of my old D FA 100 and bought that, and there is no regret.
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Maybe the lens is finally becoming limited- as it should be :P
Cannot be more agree. the way it should be, Adam?



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QuoteOriginally posted by Nubi Quote
There are some whispers about FA 31 going WR in Japan. I notice here that FA 31 is scant in inventory, but not 77 or 43.
Now that would be great but I'd get angry as I'd feel kind of cheated....
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I will be truly shocked if Pentax ever stops production completely on their most famous piece of glass.

the more likely explanation is that the lens is sold is such low quantities that they make them in batches. Again, Pentax could always pull a Canikon and sell a slightly upgraded version ever few years but the question is ... how do you upgrade perfection?

WR maybe??
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WR and QSF. Then it would be perfect
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I do hope we see that da* 24mm
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I actually saw a 31 ltd today in Tokyo (Shibuya of all places). There was an used camera show at one of the department stores there. About $1,300 us. It was not even new.
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