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08-29-2013, 10:14 AM   #376
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Is it a bad time to buy a K-5 IIs, as the price might fall with a K3 announcement?

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QuoteOriginally posted by kpevav Quote
Is it a bad time to buy a K-5 IIs, as the price might fall with a K3 announcement?
It's a bad time to get any product because it will eventually be replaced.
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Yes, I should know that by now!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kpevav Quote
Is it a bad time to buy a K-5 IIs, as the price might fall with a K3 announcement?
I'd say wait unless, the new camera completely blows away the K-5IIs. Post announcement usually results in more used cameras looking to be moved.

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A new series of lenses qualifies as game-changing but actually couldn't even be ON the current lens roadmap, now could it? B
Yes that is logical.
I can't help thinking that there is still some fast focusing WR/AW lenses still missing from the line up. The DA* zooms need a freshen up with something like the DC motor used in the 18 - 135 WR.
Ricoh stands to make some premium coin releasing, maybe under another designation,freshened DA* lenses.
The WR/AW factor coupled with reliable lenses with good IQ is just good to pass up IMHO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ak_kiwi Quote
Yes that is logical.
I can't help thinking that there is still some fast focusing WR/AW lenses still missing from the line up. The DA* zooms need a freshen up with something like the DC motor used in the 18 - 135 WR.
Ricoh stands to make some premium coin releasing, maybe under another designation,freshened DA* lenses.
The WR/AW factor coupled with reliable lenses with good IQ is just good to pass up IMHO.
DC motor is more reliable than SDM
Well... In my 2 cent, that depends on how many SDM in their warehouse, they won't replace it until they use it enough

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With the limiteds revamped, it will have to be a new aps-c announced on the 5th. Makes sense, get the waves of buzz from this announcement to lead into your new flagship, it makes a very attractive package. I think around march we may see some fa hd's pop up for the april 1 FF announcement.
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I guess it's a good thing I never won a bunch of lowball bids on the special edition silver DAs

Contemplating replacing the 12-24 with a 15. The zoom is big (for someone used to Pentax primes) so I rarely carry it. But I'd need to try one first...the "Controls My Mind" thread is about 50/50 for/against.

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I think around march we may see some fa hd's pop up for the april 1 FF announcement.
What you did there...I see it

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QuoteOriginally posted by TZH Quote
DC motor is more reliable than SDM
Do you have any hard data on this please? Exactly how unreliable is SDM? I've not encountered this problem in my Pentax lenses as yet: the only lens motor that has failed on me was in a (very) expensive Nikon zoom. I'm thinking of buying another DA* zoom soon (the 16-50 or the 50-135), so I'd appreciate some facts about this "problem".
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cynog Ap Brychan Quote
Do you have any hard data on this please? Exactly how unreliable is SDM? I've not encountered this problem in my Pentax lenses as yet: the only lens motor that has failed on me was in a (very) expensive Nikon zoom. I'm thinking of buying another DA* zoom soon (the 16-50 or the 50-135), so I'd appreciate some facts about this "problem".
There was a forum survery done and the results were very clear; DC is way more reliable than SDM. I've heard of just one DC failure and that was on a lens carried on a motorbike half way round the world.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
There was a forum survery done and the results were very clear; DC is way more reliable than SDM. I've heard of just one DC failure and that was on a lens carried on a motorbike half way round the world.
The only thing we know is that the single DC lens has a lot less motor problems.
It may be the motor itself or it may be the implementation, simply they didn't screw their design and did it correctly this time.

Also, big failure rates are DA* lenses with dual focus, others already have less faults (which doesn't mean they are acceptable).
Things are a lot more complex than a simple forum survey.
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I wish Pentax released a DA Limited 50mm pancake...
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I wish Pentax released a DA Limited 50mm pancake...
FA 43mm Ltd isn't massively far off that
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FA 43mm Ltd isn't massively far off that
Or a used M-50/1.7, which is quite close to the FA43 in looks and size
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Or a used M-50/1.7, which is quite close to the FA43 in looks and size
True, but the M-50's performance although fine isn't going to be as good as a DA, or have quick shift (not that the 43mm has that either!)

TBH I think that the Ltds cover all the major prime focal length bases now. A fisheye Ltd might be interesting - and the HD coating would be good on that - or maybe adding a longer macro. However I think the line up is mature now.

The Ltd zoom seems a little pointless to me. The focal length looks like it could be quite restricted like this lens: M 24-35/3.5
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