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09-14-2007, 07:26 AM   #1
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Any clues about the DA* 300mm f4

Does anyone have any clues about when the DA* 300mm f4 might actually hit stores and what the expected price is going to be? I just cannot see any prime lens taking as long to engineer and get to market as your average zoom.

09-14-2007, 08:18 AM   #2
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I'm with you. Scheduled release date was supposed to be September. I want this lens and the DA* 200 f2.8 also. Will buy both and sell Sigma 70-200 F2.8 and Sigma 17- 70.
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Sorry, not a clue. I suppose one difference between these and the DA* zooms is that the primes are (I think) an entirely Pentaxian enterprise, rather than Pentina/Toktax. I don't know if that would make any real difference though. But as you say, a prime should not take as long to engineer or test (having less to go wrong)... so maybe we can hope to see the 200 and 300 only a couple of months late instead of several months like the zooms

To put another positive spin on things, hopefully the problems that people seem to be having with the 16-50 will persuade Pentax to really tighten up on quality control and testing by the time the long primes are out and there should be less chance of having to send lenses back.

Kent, you will have at least one interested potential buyer for the Sigma 70-200 here... since Sigma can't get their act together either and won't produce it for Pentax any more
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Well, add another few months to september scheduled release ...

I have been waiting for these two primes since late 2006!

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I asked with the local distributor in Belgium, referring to the September date on the roadmap, stating that I would like the lens for my next trip late October. They told me clearly that the lens will not be available at that time. Also that they had no clue about any release date, apologising for the lack of information...

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I've emailed the local Pentax Rep here for info last friday, but he's been out of the office this weekend and has not replyed yet.

Here's hopping soon!
09-18-2007, 02:36 AM   #7
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delay shipment again again and again .......

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