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01-22-2008, 05:50 AM   #16
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Macro at a short focal length also allows you to take more intimate and candid close up portraits.

01-22-2008, 08:12 AM   #17
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Chris,
I sure hope the new DA*300 f4.0 is not the one being pushed back---Need that lens
01-22-2008, 01:18 PM   #18
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A big thing about macro if DOF and it can be very tight and even a fraction of movement will ruin the shot. A lens with a shorter focal length has a greater DOF than a telephoto lens at the same aperture. So a 35mm Macro would have a a larger DOF to play with while trying to do intricate work.
You do understand ,though, that DOF is only related to magnification and aperture ? That means that any lens at any given aperture and magnification will produce the same DOF . So all lenses , no matter if its 10mm or 200mm , at F8 and at 1:1 magnification , ALL of them have the same DOF .
01-22-2008, 01:53 PM   #19
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Chris,
I sure hope the new DA*300 f4.0 is not the one being pushed back---Need that lens
From what I've heard, it was the 60-250 f4 that was pushed back, and then only until march/april. The DA* primes were supposed to be end of the month. Lots of people need the 200 and 300.

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Sure hope you right about that. This old A*300 that I've got is sure slow focusing. Since it is not IF it takes a lot of turning to focus.
01-22-2008, 04:40 PM   #21
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as my DA* 50-135 is my slowest to focus lens,

I wonder, whether Pentax will update their SDM system on the new DA*s
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01-23-2008, 02:38 AM   #22
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I wonder, whether Pentax will update their SDM system on the new DA*s
According to this French paper, the DA*200 has a ring motor.
But I don't know if this is true. Would be nice.
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According to this French paper, the DA*200 has a ring motor.
But I don't know if this is true. Would be nice.
Maybe than also a 'II" version of the 16-50 and the 50-135 ?
And maybe a bit improved 16-50 optically ?

01-23-2008, 10:09 PM   #24
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Well, the DA 35/2.8 Macro Limited, DA* 200/2.8, and DA* 300/4 have been announced. Now, the wait begins for the DA* 60-250/4 and the DA* 55/1.4, both of which seem like amazing lenses.
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When will we see a new Pentax lens road map? Several people in the know indicated that we would see some new long glass besides the ones shown today.
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technically, the 55-300 is 'long', but I concede the point- it's definately consumer grade glass. Looks like an updated version of the FAJ 75-300.
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Prices for NEW LENSES
smc PENTAX DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM will ship in March 2008 for $1099.95
smc PENTAX DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM will ship in May 2008 for $1299.95
smc PENTAX DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED will ship in May 2008 for $399.95
smc PENTAX DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited will ship in April 2008 for $599.95
smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II will ship as a kit lens with PENTAX K200D in March 2008 (value $199.95).
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