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10-21-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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WR 55-300mm?

Anyone know if a weather sealed 55-300mm lens is in the works? I would buy it IMMEDIATELY if they put one out. I've heard rumors before, but I don't have time to track the news and rumors section daily, and most of what I see here is K5 stuff.

You people are too obsessed with cameras! It's the LENSES that count!!! (end rant)

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No answer from a forum is going to be very reliable. You could ask pentaxusa, which may be only slightly more so :-)

Happy hunting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hannican Quote
Anyone know if a weather sealed 55-300mm lens is in the works? I would buy it IMMEDIATELY if they put one out.
AOL! But if they don't hurry up I'll soon give up and put the non-WR on my Christmas wish list.

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You people are too obsessed with cameras! It's the LENSES that count!!! (end rant)
Basically, I agree, but the K-5 seems to be such a huge step ahead of my K10D that I consider it to be equivalent to a new lens in the same price league.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hannican Quote
Anyone know if a weather sealed 55-300mm lens is in the works? I would buy it IMMEDIATELY if they put one out.
yup .. I want it too.

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Yeah, this is pretty much a no-brainer. A DA 55-300mm WR would be a smash hit. But there's no telling what Pentax will do... and they are not likely to show their hand until days before a release.

Here's another idea: a WR 135-400 to go with the new 18-135 WR. This is not a rumor... just me saying it would be an excellent idea for Pentax. I'd go for it.... anyone else?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
Yeah, this is pretty much a no-brainer. A DA 55-300mm WR would be a smash hit. But there's no telling what Pentax will do... and they are not likely to show their hand until days before a release.

Here's another idea: a WR 135-400 to go with the new 18-135 WR. This is not a rumor... just me saying it would be an excellent idea for Pentax. I'd go for it.... anyone else?
Or a DA* 135-400 f/2.8
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I love how this subject pops up about every month or so.

I'm also hoping for this WR lens too, I'll hold out until next spring/early summer or until the next lens announcement ,which ever comes first. If it doesnt come, I'll just buy the normal one and sell it dirt cheap whenever a WR version comes along.

I have a macro lens to buy first, so still have to wait anyway.
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I was agitating for the 55-300 WR, as well.

But upon reflection, I'd rather have the 18-135 WR first. I can live with 135mm at the long end but I'm reluctant to change lenses (from my 18-55 WR to a 55-300 WR) in an inclement environment. I can leave the 18-135mm in place and worry not.

The K-5 should give me the ability to crop enough to get close to 200mm if it's important. Good enough for now ....

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It's called either the 18-135 or 60-250.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
It's called either the 18-135 or 60-250.
18-135? That's a completely different lens. A 55-300 WR would be a perfect match for the 18-135, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by glanglois Quote
The K-5 should give me the ability to crop enough to get close to 200mm if it's important.
That depends on the quality of the 18-135 on the long end...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
It's called either the 18-135 or 60-250.
It's been mentioned before the 60-250 is a different animal. Yes, it's weather-sealed, but its huge, heavy, has SDM, and costs about $1200 USD at B&H right now. Some people don't want to lug around a big lens. Some folks still distrust SDM. And of course some folk don't want to shell out big dough for a lens.

The 55-300 costs about $350 USD at B&H right now. Say a WR version in the $350 to $550 ballpark would probably do well. It will be WR, and light, more portable, and have the stable screwdrive focusing. It would still be a good companion to the 18-55 or the new 18-135 WR lenses. It would be a more mid-tier lens, the cheaper 50-200 being low tier, and the * 60-250 being the high tier.
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They may think the 18-55 AL II WR and the 50-200mm WR have the budget WR zoom covered in addition to the new 18-135 that is coming out. I was hoping for the WR version of the 50-300mm myself or I wouldn't have been so quick to sell mine when I got the DA* 300mm.

Edit: Since being part of Hoya, Pentax is close to the vest, so we are unlikely to know about one until it is announced.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
They may think the 18-55 AL II WR and the 50-200mm WR have the budget WR zoom covered in addition to the new 18-135 that is coming out.
The problem with this line of thinking, is that they end up offering better double kits for the K-x (and now the K-r) than they do for the K-7 and K-5. Looking at the bcnranking.jp Japanese sales statistics, K-x 18-55+55-300 kits are always the best sellers, and the first K-r kits to appear in the statistics were also double zoom kits with the 55-300.
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Yes please!

I would get this lens the instant it came out. I live in Seattle, and the rainy season is starting to pick up here. The 18-135 and a 55-300 WR would make a perfect combo. The only WR lens I have right now is the 18-55.
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