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12-18-2013, 09:03 PM - 1 Like   #421
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Well ya, that's what we do here. Anyone expecting hard solid facts would have left pages ago.
My sources are strangely tight-lipped on the subject. RIAC has apparently been beavering away coordinating in-store demonstrations and preparing for CES, where Ricoh Imaging US has a real (large) Exhibit Space and a real (large) Meeting Room in Central Hall this time.

Things seem to be heating up. Good for them!!

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I don't know about that...

QuoteOriginally posted by JimmyDranox Quote
Pentax lenses has some unusual focal range, if we consider the products from other manufactures. In the same time, some very common lenses, like 70-200mm/f2.8, are missing from the products line. Anyway, we don't know the cause, but we can see the consequences. A relatively small number of new lenses made by Pentax in the last years.

Thank you God that the ''Hoya gap'' was short.
they've been bring out APSC lenses to beat the band...I don't think any other manufacturer has brought out as many, and of such good to amazing quality, and in such a short time.

Pentax is on a roll...their cameras are best in class, smallest, and the cheapest...their lenses are small and superb...they're doing a great job these days. I hope the public catches on, and it's partially up to us to stop whining and bitching about what they don't have and help them sell some stuff that they do have to show our appreciation.

I've sold four or five cameras for them in the past few years....made some converts. And I'm constantly in lust over something they're offering.

And have a look at this...

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/12/18/have-your-say-best-dslr-slt-of-2013-readers-poll

They're in the lead right now...

Cheers,
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The biggest "problem" Pentax needs to fix is the lack of fast primes. The big fat fast primes that were (miraculously) affordable, enticed me to join Pentax. (That was one of the reasons, at least.) They completely negated all aspects of that. And judging my the price and availability of those historic primes on the used market, there are a lot of users that agree with me. They get sold for astounding prices and very quickly as well. They're going to have to pry mine from my cold dead hands. Slow zooms in increasingly overlapping focal lengths is all they're developing right now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cambo Quote
....

And have a look at this...

Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013: Digital Photography Review

They're in the lead right now...

Cheers,
Cameron
Still, up to 26,7% when i voted : vote if you like !

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The biggest "problem" Pentax needs to fix is the lack of fast primes
I just don't understand why we need all that glass for f/1.4 to shoot on a noise-free APSc sensor.

Now if they release a FF, sure, I get it. 24/2; 28/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/1.4, 105/2.8, 135/2.5 -- 28~70 and 70~200/2.8 constant.

But what's wrong with 1.8 or 2.4 in a prime designed intentionally to be compact and refined? If you want fast and big you can get that now from lots of manufacturers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I just don't understand why we need all that glass for f/1.4 to shoot on a noise-free APSc sensor.

Now if they release a FF, sure, I get it. 24/2; 28/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/1.4, 105/2.8, 135/2.5 -- 28~70 and 70~200/2.8 constant.

But what's wrong with 1.8 or 2.4 in a prime designed intentionally to be compact and refined? If you want fast and big you can get that now from lots of manufacturers.
I agree. At this point, Pentax offers 14mm f2.8, 31 f1.8, 43 f1.8, 50 f1.4, 50 f1.8, 55 f1.4, 77mm f1.8 and 100mm and 200mm f2.8. With most of those lenses being relatively sharp wide open, I just don't see that getting a half stop better from f1.8 to f1.4 helps a whole lot. Many of the lenses could benefit from modern coatings, as that would improve PF, but honestly, it is so easy to fix in post that I would be unlikely to purchase HD FA limiteds.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
The biggest "problem" Pentax needs to fix is the lack of fast primes. The big fat fast primes that were (miraculously) affordable, enticed me to join Pentax. (That was one of the reasons, at least.) They completely negated all aspects of that. And judging my the price and availability of those historic primes on the used market, there are a lot of users that agree with me. They get sold for astounding prices and very quickly as well. They're going to have to pry mine from my cold dead hands. Slow zooms in increasingly overlapping focal lengths is all they're developing right now.
Sigma solve this for them, 18-35 f1.8.
Samyang also chip in with 10mm f2.8.

Problem solved.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
a noise-free APSc sensor.
If you can ever get one of those to work at room temperature,
I'd sure like to hear about it!

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I just don't understand why we need all that glass for f/1.4 to shoot on a noise-free APSc sensor.
Huh? For me, the bigger the sensor, the smaller the glass I require/desire.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
Huh? For me, the bigger the sensor, the smaller the glass I require/desire.
You repeat this a lot, but I don't understand it. If you are shooting with a 55mm f1.4 on APS-C, I guess you would shoot with an 85 mm f2 on full frame. Those lenses are the same size, at least as long as you have the same registration distance and mount size.

If Pentax had wanted to make a smaller mount that was only compatible with APS-C and shorten the registration distance, then their lenses would be smaller for equivalent lenses, for what it is worth.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
You repeat this a lot, but I don't understand it.
Dr. Camera: APS-C lenses aren't smaller, aren't lighter, and aren't cheaper.
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This doesn't apply to Pentax glass... whenever comparable to other systems.

For example the DA line is significantly lighter than APS-C equivalent by Canikon :


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Do you truly understand this? A 50-135 f2.8 lens on APS-C is the same as a 70-200 f4 lens on full frame. And they are the same size. Certainly there is no decrease in size, but it's not like full frame lenses are lighter by any means. In addition, as I said in my previous post, a lot is dependent on registration distance and mount size. This is why Leica lenses and some four thirds lenses are relatively small compared to full frame lenses.

If Pentax/Nikon wanted to truly take advantage of APS-C though, they would have designed a specific mount for it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
You repeat this a lot, but I don't understand it.
It certainly happens at wide angles.

Compare the DA 14/2.8 (84 x 69 mm, 420 gm)
with the FA 20/2.8 (70 x 44 mm, 255 gm).

There is a similar comparison
between the DA and F fisheye zooms.

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And Pentax lenses are smaller but edge performance isn't as good as the stuff Nikon is releasing nowadays.
The Sigma 35/1.4 is excellent even at the edges...but compare its size to the old slower FA35.
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