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10-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #91
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QuoteOriginally posted by jeffshaddix Quote
Good catch on the 150, I was thinking 250 from earlier musings.
The 250 is needlessly powerful on a 55-300, it vignettes horribly and has too close subject distance.

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As I don't care much about video, the screw-driven AF has never been an issue to me. It is not slower than SDM (nor DC, unless proven) and unlikely to break.
Not slower to focus when it finds focus, no. But the 55-300 hunts more frequently than any lens I've ever owned. And the whine is bird-alarmingly loud.

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Looking carefully at the picture, are the letters DC just visible at a tangent on the red ring??
If so, I will definitely have one. Hopefully it has rounded blades too. The 18-135mm bokeh is amazing for a consumer zoom.

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I wonder how they are managing to make the zoom weather resistant?
Pentax has several weather-resistant zooms; 18-55, 16-50, 18-135, 50-200, 55-135, 60-250.

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You're probably right, but that second letter still looks like a "C" to me. Probably wishful thinking.
I see the 2 letters as "IC", after grossly oversharpening to get them to come out. No idea what "IC" represents.
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This is nice news - I spent all day today in Sydney Harbour using my 55-300mm........
you will certainly benefit from WR then
10-05-2013, 08:22 PM   #94
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They listened.. I think..

looking forward to seeing the pricing on this lens..

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It's screw drive all the way. Think of it as an 18-55 WR equivalent of the standard 55-300.
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They listened.. I think..

looking forward to seeing the pricing on this lens..
This lens, which has DESPERATELY need WR, along with the new K-3 that we ALMOST have specifications on, give me great encouragement that Ricoh is making very reasonable and necessary improvements in the Pentax product line that are actually addressing desires and requirements that have been presented in Pentax Forums. It does FEEL as though they are listening. Maybe I'm just giddy right now . But a too-high price could bring me down real fast .

OK, so now the FA Limiteds also need the WR/SP/HD/quick shift treatment.
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I'm also interested to see where they price the WR 55-300. Over $500 and they're nuts!
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I see the 2 letters as "IC", after grossly oversharpening to get them to come out. No idea what "IC" represents.
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IC = Internal combustion?

Maybe Ricoh want the world's noisiest motor driven lens?
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You now very well that this was to be kept a secret till 8th October!

OK, OK, I might as well spill all the beans now:

Ricoh did a user study and found that the majority of Pentax shooters highly value the ability to get AAs from gas stations in case of emergency. However, they couldn't fit AAs into the lens so what other energy medium can you get a gas station? Bingo. The noise is well controlled, but due to the catalytic converter (so that they can sell it in Europe) it smells a bit of rotten eggs when it focuses. Yet, this was found to attract certain wildlife so it is going to be advertised as a feature.

There you have it.
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Had been toying with the idea of a new lens for a while. Now it depends on the price. I may still go for a Limited, but i may go for this instead, to have a lightweight, WR zoom which, by all reports of its predecessor is a very good lens for the $$. Hmmm...what to do...what to do...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote


You now very well that this was to be kept a secret till 8th October!

OK, OK, I might as well spill all the beans now:

Ricoh did a user study and found that the majority of Pentax shooters highly value the ability to get AAs from gas stations in case of emergency. However, they couldn't fit AAs into the lens so what other energy medium can you get a gas station? Bingo. The noise is well controlled, but due to the catalytic converter (so that they can sell it in Europe) it smells a bit of rotten eggs when it focuses. Yet, this was found to attract certain wildlife so it is going to be advertised as a feature.

There you have it.
I heard it was diesel powered!
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I've wanted a 55-300 WR for years, but now that I have the 18-135 WR, the 55-300 has lost appeal. The DC motor is so much quicker to focus, silent, no hunting. The 55-300 screw drive is not good.
The rumored new HD 55-300mm version had better get the DC engine, if Ricoh is coherent with video capacities...
And definitely THAT would be my buy signal.
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No DC in 55-300? *ugh* big fail imho

A 18-55 WR DC and 55-300 WR DC, together with new AF system could make me sell my Nikon stuff....
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Agreed for the fail. But indeed there is some mention that could read "DC" on the pictures as shown yet
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