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04-26-2008, 11:09 AM   #91
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Bummer...

Well then, that is settled. No Pentax 17-70 for me...

04-26-2008, 12:50 PM   #92
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxke Quote
Bummer...

Well then, that is settled. No Pentax 17-70 for me...
Same here (*istDS). Good news: money will go towards DA 55-300.

Assuming DA 17-70 will be SDM only (that red "SDM" on the name plate just did not look like "screwdrive AF as well") I got DA 18-55 II last weekend and I am VERY pleased so far! It is much sharper at 18mm, CA and vignetting still there but very easy to fix in the Lightroom.
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I played with one today where a rep was showing various things. the rep said it was weather sealed... it was the first sdm I've used though so I was impressed with that alone. anyway, he mentioned a price of around 600, but that the official release was expected in a couple weeks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vagrant10 Quote
I played with one today where a rep was showing various things. the rep said it was weather sealed... it was the first sdm I've used though so I was impressed with that alone. anyway, he mentioned a price of around 600, but that the official release was expected in a couple weeks.
I can only assume that $600 is the MSRP?

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Bleh... I'd seriously consider buying for $450 or so...
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yeah, 600 is a bit steep. but then the sigma is around 400... sdm and weather seals for 200? 100 would be a sure thing, but 200 is a little too much. guess I'll make up my mind after seeing what happens to the street price.
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For that price, they could at least have it the screwdriver AF...
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The sample pics sealed it for me, I will probably be looking to sell my tamron when it comes out.

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So when is this coming out?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxke Quote
For that price, they could at least have it the screwdriver AF...
I second that one. I finally decided on the K100D a few months ago over Canikon in part because according to the lens roadmap they were coming out with a 17-70mm f/4 lens (also because the K100D was only $370 at the time ). I knew a relatively fast 24-105 eqv. lens would take care of about 95% of the things I shoot. I can't tell you how bummed I am now knowing I'll have to upgrade bodies if I want get it. Especially since Pentax prides itself on backwards compatibility. It's enough to make me want to sell my whole kit I've already built up and buy a D90 and the new Nikkor 16-85 they just came out with.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Art Vandelay II Quote
I second that one. I finally decided on the K100D a few months ago over Canikon in part because according to the lens roadmap they were coming out with a 17-70mm f/4 lens (also because the K100D was only $370 at the time ). I knew a relatively fast 24-105 eqv. lens would take care of about 95% of the things I shoot. I can't tell you how bummed I am now knowing I'll have to upgrade bodies if I want get it. Especially since Pentax prides itself on backwards compatibility. It's enough to make me want to sell my whole kit I've already built up and buy a D90 and the new Nikkor 16-85 they just came out with.
Your k100d is backward compatible. you're talking forwards compatibility. Its like being upset an old MF body can't use AF.
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Your k100d is backward compatible. you're talking forwards compatibility. Its like being upset an old MF body can't use AF.
Well, it's not quite the same thing as AF/MF since they clearly can make lenses with both screw drives and SDM. They simply chose not to on this lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fototim Quote
I am a bit surprised to find that the 17-70mm is both bigger and heavier than the 18-250mm lens.

17-70mm vs 18-250mm vs 16-50mm
Length: 93.5mm vs 85.5mm vs 98.5mm
Weight: 485g vs 455g vs 565g
Filter: 67mm vs 62mm vs 77mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by nosnoop Quote
I am a bit surprised to find that the 17-70mm is both bigger and heavier than the 18-250mm lens.
It is also faster
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Everyone complains about the no screw AF but what if they added it and it cost a lot more? Would you be willing to pay the extra for that? It's already a big lens too.

Again any news on when this is coming out?
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