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12-26-2013, 01:20 PM - 2 Likes   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cambo Quote
1) Weatherproofing
2) Onboard focussing motors
3) Silver and Black always available
4) Bring out a camera to match!

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Cameron
See, I would rather keep screw drive. Even with good in lens focus motors, durability will be better with screw drive than with the other. And I don't really care about the noise.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
durability will be better with screw drive than with the other. And I don't really care about the noise.
I feel exactly the same way!
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DC, WR, Quick Shift = instant buy.

Add in some CA correction = take my money right now.

Don't care about the aperture ring, so if it goes away in the HD versions, my super early ones should have a decent resale value
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It probably makes sense to align all the high-end lenses with the same coating, and to commit design development resources to new D FA lenses, rather than to a major re-design of the existing ones.

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There's no point in turning the FA limiteds into DFA* primes at twice the size and price. Ricoh should release new DA* fast primes corresponding to traditional focal lengths, but the FA limiteds are unique and should stay that way.
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They said something like that in one of the recent interviews, right?
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Out of curiosity, what improvements would you make to the FA Limiteds?
1) Weather seals
2) Newer AF motors (faster/quieter/more accurate)
3) Less CA. It is easy to correct in post, but I would rather not have to
4) Less distortion on the small APS-C sensor. Yes, easy to correct in post, but I shouldn't have to with a $1,000 lens.
5) Sharper at wider apertures
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All to be expected.

You forgot to mention that the prices will be increased by 30%.
Are you kidding? 30% increase? The last 30% increase was a joke when it went from $1000 to $1300. Now it's just ridiculous. Who's gonna pay $1,600 for a $900 lens?

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I m saving up for a fa43. Will the new HD coating affect the starburst of this lens in any way?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
1) Weather seals
2) Newer AF motors (faster/quieter/more accurate)
3) Less CA. It is easy to correct in post, but I would rather not have to
4) Less distortion on the small APS-C sensor. Yes, easy to correct in post, but I shouldn't have to with a $1,000 lens.
5) Sharper at wider apertures
They can make it as such if you are willing to pay $2,500 for it. Will you?
But everyone wants pre-map prices for an item than on every other respectable manufacturer's shelf would cost as 4X as much.
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Not only with the FA lineup but the entire Pentax lens lineup (minus the DALs):

Weather Sealing
Reduce the price by 30% to the customer across the board

The entire lineup should be weather resistant... when the company touts its camera's ruggedness, one would think they'd include the 'rugged' features on them all.. this works two-fold in both giving the company something to market as well as encouraging endusers with non-WR bodies into buying WR bodies (since they'll likely already have lenses capable if all but DALs are sealed).

Lower the prices too.. let your value and lineup bring people in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
1) Weather seals
2) Newer AF motors (faster/quieter/more accurate)
3) Less CA. It is easy to correct in post, but I would rather not have to
4) Less distortion on the small APS-C sensor. Yes, easy to correct in post, but I shouldn't have to with a $1,000 lens.
5) Sharper at wider apertures
Those are worthy goals but that wouldn't be an FA Limited lens. It could maybe be a D-FA lens, but not a small, light, finely-crafted mechanical special lens.
  1. Makes it larger and requires a completely new design (the seals have volume, which changes the entire barrel design).
    1. How do you seal the aperture ring (remove it - so, a new lens).
  2. Requires significantly more internal volume and likely an entirely new AF motor / ring design, plus significantly less glass or the lens would be huge
  3. Would require altering the lens formula - worthy, no doubt, but again, a new lens, not an FA Limited
  4. Not necessarily included in the Pentax lens ethos, especially if what you want is edge sharpness.
Not saying they won't release new lenses, just not likely they'll do all that to the FA Limiteds.
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I m saving up for a fa43. Will the new HD coating affect the starburst of this lens in any way?
The coating will not, however if they change the shape of the blades to rounded (like with the da limiteds) yes
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The coating will not, however if they change the shape of the blades to rounded (like with the da limiteds) yes
I thought the coating might "dull" it up a bit too. That's why I have the green stripe DA 21. Better starbursts. I've got the FA 43 but I never really tried to push starbursts with it. I always thought that the DA 15 and 21's were starburst kings.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
I always thought that the DA 15 and 21's were starburst kings.
actually the 31 and 43 make pretty nice starbursts as well. i have the 31 and have used it for that purpose many times!
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