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11-02-2013, 08:13 AM   #256
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Other than WR, I am not getting it. 20 to 40 mm it is well covered. Why do you need this?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fontan Quote
Why do you need this?
What's need got to do with anything...?
11-02-2013, 08:17 AM   #258
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fontan Quote
Other than WR, I am not getting it. 20 to 40 mm it is well covered. Why do you need this?
Because I like small lenses for my walking around. Because the DA 21 is fine but it is not WR. Because the DA 21 is fine except I do want to zoom to 40 sometimes. Because I don't want to get a DA 40 just to get the two focal lengths. Because the DA*16-50 is too expensive (or at least until we find out the price of the 20-40) and SDM is scary to me.
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Because it looks gorgeous.

11-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #260
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I think that this lens has the potential to be very useful and sell very well, assuming the image quality is up there and it's sharp wide open. I really like the Takumar-style zoom ring.

I only hope for two things: that it is neither WR nor has a focusing motor. Why? Because these two will drive up the price and make it larger and more likely to fail (thinking of the SDM debacle).
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Won't adding DC make it heavier? As much as I want DC, screw seems more In line with the limited.
11-02-2013, 08:30 AM   #262
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To those who find the zoom range somewhat limited: keep in mind that although the zoom ratio is only 2:1, at the indicated focal length range there is a 28 degree difference in the angle of view, as compared to a 10 degree difference for a 70-150 zoom, for example.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
If you wanted a 20mm APS-C angle of view with your FA 31,
you'd either have to stitch on APS-C,
or use the FA 31 on 24x36mm.
I know. But my point is that as I already have the excellent 31mm Limited and the rather good 18-135mm WR zoom, this lens doesn't make sense to me unless it has exceptional image quality AND is weather resistant.

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It is making sense in more than one way. Size. Looking sexy. Good zoom range for many things, and so narrow that it is amost a prime lens. Sexy looking.

Only negative thing for now could be the prize, for my wallet, then it would be just in my dreams...months with FA 31...

Seriously talking: ... It just looks so good! Can't be bad.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rorschach Quote
But my point is that as I already have the excellent 31mm Limited and the rather good 18-135mm WR zoom, this lens doesn't make sense to me unless it has exceptional image quality AND is weather resistant.
This lens is for users who just want 20-40mm APS-C coverage
at modest apertures in a single, compact package.
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Since it might be based on the FA20-35 - is FF compatibility possible?
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
Since it might be based on the FA20-35 - is FF compatibility possible?
I'm not an expert, but seems to be completelly different from 20-35. Only by looks of it(don't mean what I wrote before) would make it a new formula? But I'm not an expert.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
This lens is for users who just want 20-40mm APS-C coverage
at modest apertures in a single, compact package.
I could see my self in that group of users.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kh1234567890 Quote
the inherent backlash in the screwdrive would make screw autofocus a hit-and-miss affair.
Are you able to document this claimed disadvantage of screwdrive?
E.g. in the DA 70 at f/2.4, or the 100/2.8 macros, or the FA 77 at f/1.8,
which would all be more critical than the new 20/2.8-40/4.
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QuoteOriginally posted by repaap Quote
I could see my self in that group of users.
Me too.
I've dithered around the FA 20-35 for a while,
but held off in hopes of this lens from the roadmap.
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