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08-28-2013, 12:45 AM   #196
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QuoteOriginally posted by Uluru Quote
You mean, just three?
There is talk about it being downgraded from 9 to 7 aperture blades.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cannikin Quote
Talk about red rings may be rather silly, but really, talking about starbursts/rounded blades is "garbage"?

This is something that directly and obviously affects the final image, you know the whole point of photography. One look at the https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/86234-15mm-limited-controls-my-mind-club.html thread obviously shows that many, many people are quite enamored of the effect, and contributes directly to the popularity of the lens.

Just because you hate it, doesn't mean that the opinions and concerns of those who disagree with you are "garbage".
If it's that important then grab a star-burst filter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
There is talk about it being downgraded from 9 to 7 aperture blades.
I believe the DA 15/4 has always had 7 aperture blades.
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All the spec's I've read say that all of these lenses are upgraded to 9 blade "round" apertures. Just how round they are will be learn.


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Is it safe to say that a Silver K-5IIs is about to be announced?
YES!



For those who can't wait there are still some Silver Limited lenses old series available around the globe. The 40mm, 70mm and 21mm where in Silver with the introduction off the K-5 Silver Limited Edition.

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Wow, so many naggy negative negativists, lol. The silver with the red ring looks great, and the blades plus the new coating equals a nice, surprise upgrade- thanks Ricoh! If I needed another Limited lens, I'd snap one of these HD Ltd's up- in silver. Oh yeah.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
All the spec's I've read say that all of these lenses are upgraded to 9 blad "round" apertures. Just how round they are will be learn.
DA15 and DA21 still use 7 blades, and DA40, DA70 and DA35 still use 9 blades. It's only the shape of the blades that has been changed.
Five HD PENTAX-DA Limited interchangeable lenses for K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras, featuring high-grade HD coating and round-shaped diaphragm?RICOH IMAGING

And the specs tell that the aperture will stay round until f/5.6, except for DA21 where it's f/4.
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Interesting that Pentax haven't weather-sealed these new units.

This might create quite an interesting opportunity to double-up on their higher-end offerings.

Line One is the classic all-metal DA Limiteds with a smaller camera body optimized for them. A nice one for a trip to Paris, Venice or Rome for the person who likes quality with style, travels light and is prepared to pay for it. Maybe the K50 is that camera and it would certainly be a fine match, but it doesn't seem high-end enough for it.

Line Two is the DA* lenses, the zooms and everything else. The camera body is bigger because it incorporates mostly everything bar the kitchen sink, maybe even dual card slots. That's the tough working kit, the one you'd take out in rough conditions (rioting mothers-in-law at weddings, over the Andes by frog and canoe, etc.).

Which gets me thinking that tough WR primes could more easily be added to the DA* series, not the classic limited series. There's already a 55 mm. Add in a 24 mm, 85 mm and maybe a 135 mm and Bob is ton oncle.


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Why so much negativity? Sure, this isn't a big deal, but if you are bothered by the new coatings, or want the older look, just buy a used lens -- there are a bunch out there and they last forever Certainly this (may) put to rest some of the complaints about Pentax's ancient lens designs (not sure where those come from), although I would expect the FA limiteds to get an update too -- probably with weather sealing...
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Maybe Pentax thinks like me in respect to WR: What use is weather sealing on a prime lens anyway? There you are, in the pooring rain or in a dusty environment, needing to switch lenses from the 15mm to 55mm. You don't want to expose the insides of your precious camera to the lements, nor do you want to be stuck at one focal length. Therefore WR only makes sense on superzoom lenses, imho. The extra IQ of the prime is compromised by the moist or dust in the atmosphere anyway.
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I doubt there is any real difference except in a few select situations where there might be some minor difference
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fogel70 Quote
DA15 and DA21 still use 7 blades, and DA40, DA70 and DA35 still use 9 blades. It's only the shape of the blades that has been changed.
Five HD PENTAX-DA Limited interchangeable lenses for K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras, featuring high-grade HD coating and round-shaped diaphragm?RICOH IMAGING

And the specs tell that the aperture will stay round until f/5.6, except for DA21 where it's f/4.
So there will no problems with the starbursts
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It would have been even cooler if they would have re-introduced succesful lenses that are currently no long available. HD DFA 50/1.2? HD DFA 85/1.4? HD DFA 135/2.8?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
It would have been even cooler if they would have re-introduced succesful lenses that are currently no long available. HD DFA 50/1.2? HD DFA 85/1.4? HD DFA 135/2.8?
Ohyes, a FA or DA Limited 135mm would be wonderful.

I'd love for it to be compact (thus, wishing for Limited and can live with a little slower) but if Pentax can cook up a nice DA* 135/2.8 (or faster ) w/SDM, bring it on!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
HD DFA 50/1.2
Oh yes, the A 50/1.2 was just recently finally retired from the Japanese market, and both the K and A versions are pretty expensive used, so there definitely would be a market for a new version.
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