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08-03-2014, 10:36 PM   #391
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Oddly enough there doesn't seem to be any shortage of FA Limiteds at least here in Manila (Philippines). Old stock maybe, but the distro here says they can offer new in case there's no stock in-store.

but I've yet to see a FA Limited in a Ricoh box.

08-03-2014, 11:38 PM   #392
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cannikin Quote
Well, one thing the rumors seem to agree on is that the next K-mount lens to be announced, probably at Photokina, is a 1xx-4xx lens, and supposedly FF compatible....
Last year all DA limiteds were updated with HD, also the 55-300 was updated with WR and HD.
And that was not signified anywhere even a day prior to change. No one had a clue about it.
Rumours and rumour mongers and so called insiders -- and all of us here for that matter -- have no clue about anything. Ricoh is in total control of things.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alizarine Quote
Oddly enough there doesn't seem to be any shortage of FA Limiteds at least here in Manila (Philippines).
Which supports the theory that old (distributor?) stock is being sold wherever it appears to be.

The NY dealers, for instance, have not been selling silver versions (with one exception) for a very long time. Why not?
08-04-2014, 02:39 AM   #394
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All I know is that the FA Limited have been constantly in supply here in Japan and now one of them shops in a new box. By the way, all the other FA Limited, including the 77 in black were still in Pentax boxes. And I'm sorry to hear you have trouble getting Pentax stuff where you live.

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All I know is that the FA Limited have been constantly in supply here in Japan and now one of them shops in a new box. By the way, all the other FA Limited, including the 77 in black were still in Pentax boxes. And I'm sorry to hear you have trouble getting Pentax stuff where you live.
How does the new box looks like?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Uluru Quote
Rumours and rumour mongers and so called insiders -- and all of us here for that matter -- have no clue about anything. Ricoh is in total control of things.
I would just like to point out that one of those who suggested that a 1xx-4xx FF lens was imminent a number of months ago was in fact you. Obviously you've had a change of heart since then.
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So, if Limiteds get WR/HD update, how many of you people owning those fine lenses would need to upgrade?
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QuoteOriginally posted by cxdoo Quote
So, if Limiteds get WR/HD update, how many of you people owning those fine lenses would need to upgrade?
Non need to, but maybe some will, just for having the new one.

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Well I put that wink wink nudge nudge smiley specifically because of the ever going philosophical discussion of need vs want.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
How does the new box looks like?
Nothing special. Just looks like the other Ricoh boxes with a photo of a familiar FA lens on the side. I would say it is a bit strange to see the DFA50mm on this style of box, because it looks like an older design - somehow dated. As a meter of fact, I'm always curious as to why the DFA50mm never got the same metal/WR treatment that the 100mm got. Perhaps they feel the DA35mm macro serves the same purpose on APS-C and the 50mm isn't as appealing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JPT Quote
Nothing special. Just looks like the other Ricoh boxes with a photo of a familiar FA lens on the side. I would say it is a bit strange to see the DFA50mm on this style of box, because it looks like an older design - somehow dated. As a meter of fact, I'm always curious as to why the DFA50mm never got the same metal/WR treatment that the 100mm got. Perhaps they feel the DA35mm macro serves the same purpose on APS-C and the 50mm isn't as appealing.
Maybe sales of the 50mm macro are so low it isn't worth the trouble to update. To short to be anything.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JPT Quote
I suppose in fairness monochrome didn't use the word discontinued. I don't want to misrepresent what he said. The thing is that all lenses could be described as out of production until the manufacturer needs a new batch, so this kind of comment could panic people into buying a lens or holding off, but it's just business as usual.
All true. I sometimes wonder how many sales Pentax loses when potential customers read these forums or see excerpts in search engine announcing "Pentax is Doomed" or similar. It truly is a unique fan base. I have never seen a user community so determined to find fault with their chosen brand. And if we are the "fan boys" what is the rest of the world saying?

The new box could actually be a good sign indicating stock has nearly run out and they had to move to the new packaging. Amount of packaging and amount of product does not always match exactly. I really doubt that if the FA Limiteds were going to be discontinued Ricoh would go to the trouble of designing and having new packaging printed. That is not inexpensive to do. Unless the box just had Ricoh stickers on it?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
People here would be unhappy if they released a 12-1200mm F/1

Only 100X? And why isn't it F/.95
Such a cop out response...
PRIC hasn't given the consumers what they want and hence the mid-single digit marketshare.

Instead of a exaggerating with your unrealistic zoom, how about mentioning the modern primes and zooms that people have been requesting for years which are useful and reasonable?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
All true. I sometimes wonder how many sales Pentax loses when potential customers read these forums or see excerpts in search engine announcing "Pentax is Doomed" or similar. It truly is a unique fan base. I have never seen a user community so determined to find fault with their chosen brand. And if we are the "fan boys" what is the rest of the world saying?

The new box could actually be a good sign indicating stock has nearly run out and they had to move to the new packaging. Amount of packaging and amount of product does not always match exactly. I really doubt that if the FA Limiteds were going to be discontinued Ricoh would go to the trouble of designing and having new packaging printed. That is not inexpensive to do. Unless the box just had Ricoh stickers on it?
But Pentax IS doomed! DOOMED, I TELL YOU!

Just kidding.

It could be a simple matter of Ricoh streamlining its packaging to be consistent (for example, the K-3, K-50, and K-500 all come in similar looking packages).
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QuoteOriginally posted by cxdoo Quote
how many of you people owning those fine lenses would need to upgrade?
I don't know.. Pixie Faeries on steroids seems a bit dangerous...
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