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02-10-2015, 04:52 AM   #151
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stone G. Quote
February 2015 Roadmap says nothing about new limiteds, but.......:
Interresting to see the new roadmap !

That's cool there still DA zooms planned and not only DFA.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
I know the lens has always been around (I have had one for years), I just can't remember seeing it on the roadmap recently.

Ah well, maybe it's just old age.
Nah, It's been absent from the roadmap for ages, hence why people were always speculating it was discontinued!
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New limited doesn't mean an update to the old one. On the contrary thoses 3 are already quite nice while the line up of FF prime is quite "limited" now. So I hope this mean they plan on making a 24 and 135mm ltd or something like that !

Only when the line up is complete should they update the existing one... At least for me.
I agree, with the new FF coming up, Pentax will have to go back to the classic focal lengths, 24mm 50mm 135mm. Updating the Fa* 24mm with newer coating and round blades should be easy enough. The -F/Fa 135mm are still excellent lenses, better coating for better CA control would make me buy them again. It seems Pentax is putting a big emphasis on their rugged, weather sealed bodies lenses and accessories, they're weatherproofing everything. I think that very soon all their lenses will have WR on them. As for the 50mm category, I'm happy with my Da* 55mm, it should perform well on the new FF.

I also heard rumors that the price point of the new 36 MP FF will be around $2100, but we'll have to wait and see.

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QuoteOriginally posted by robjmitchell Quote
Nah, It's been absent from the roadmap for ages, hence why people were always speculating it was discontinued!
Thanks for that, I was beginning to worry a bit there.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
I agree, with the new FF coming up, Pentax will have to go back to the classic focal lengths, 24mm 50mm 135mm. Updating the Fa* 24mm with newer coating and round blades should be easy enough. The -F/Fa 135mm are still excellent lenses, better coating for better CA control would make me buy them again. It seems Pentax is putting a big emphasis on their rugged, weather sealed bodies lenses and accessories, they're weatherproofing everything. I think that very soon all their lenses will have WR on them. As for the 50mm category, I'm happy with my Da* 55mm, it should perform well on the new FF.

I also heard rumors that the price point of the new 36 MP FF will be around $2100, but we'll have to wait and see.
I always was thinking the FA*24 was huge, with a very different build than current lenses and also not so sharp. It might need more than just updating the coatings.

One thing is sure for me, I'am waiting for a good 24mm for my APSC, if this is just the FA*24 with round blades and HD coating, I'll not buy it.
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I always was thinking the FA*24 was huge, with a very different build than current lenses and also not so sharp. It might need more than just updating the coatings.

One thing is sure for me, I'am waiting for a good 24mm for my APSC, if this is just the FA*24 with round blades and HD coating, I'll not buy it.
The -F/Fa 28mm should still be a good performer on FF, sharp, contrasty, small, quick focusing, I wouldn't want any changes apart from better CA control (HD coating and a dc motor if they can spare it)...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
The -F/Fa 28mm should still be a good performer on FF, sharp, contrasty, small, quick focusing, I wouldn't want any changes apart from better CA control (HD coating and a dc motor if they can spare it)...
Mmm is the FA the same blue print as the F ?
Checked: no the M/A/F is 7 elements in 7 groups, the FA 'AL' version is 5 elements in 5 groups.

I dunno about the FA. I have the F and it seems adequate though I don't use it much: the focussing rings goes away on its own
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stone G. Quote
February 2015 Roadmap says nothing about new limiteds, but.......:
It's really encouraging to see them plan the "professional" wide zoom for FF,
and still promise the hopefully more compact wide zoom for APS-C.

They've done a great job on the wide zoom for the Q,
with molded aspherical elements and special glasses.
So the bar is set quite high.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nicolas06 Quote
One thing is sure for me, I'am waiting for a good 24mm for my APSC.
If you don't mind the moderately large size and manual focus,
the ZK 25/2.8 will amaze you.

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FF, bright and big viewfinder and.. a focussing screen with microprism.
It's all I'd need. And difficult savings.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
a focussing screen with microprism.
Not for me!

The microprism was the least favorite feature of my old Spotmatic,
and I was glad to be able to move to a positive wedge when I upgraded to an LX.

My current APS-C DSLRs are easier to focus than the Spotty.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stavri Quote
The -F/Fa 28mm should still be a good performer on FF, sharp, contrasty, small, quick focusing, I wouldn't want any changes apart from better CA control (HD coating and a dc motor if they can spare it)...
But this is not a 24 and I actually wonder if the performance would be on par with FA31 say just on the sharpness departement.

Out of all my primes (DA15, DA21, DA35 f/2.4, FA77 and an FA50 that I resold) It look like the best performer by far for sharpness/micro contrast is the 77. The FA50 approach it but only past f/4. DA15, DA21 or DA15 are never as sharp.

While I like the focal arround 21-25mm on APSC, I tend to think that the lense that give me the best results overall is still that FA77. I'am a bit affraid that an FA28 would be no better than DA35 f/2.4... Well a little worse actually. And that the old FA*24 would be more like the DA21 than FA31 or FA77.

I'll check that again on the reviews here and on the internet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
Not for me!

The microprism was the least favorite feature of my old Spotmatic,
and I was glad to be able to move to a positive wedge when I upgraded to an LX.

My current APS-C DSLRs are easier to focus than the Spotty.
YMMV I guess
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YMMV I guess
Best. Focusing. Screen. Evah.
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QuoteOriginally posted by asahi man:
QuoteOriginally posted by pixelsmithy:
Just a guess, but I would assume that Pentax will make Limiteds again, using their HD coatings.
You are correct.
Same basic but different coating and different ED element.
Rear lens is also complete new glass.
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No lens-engine nor WR ?
They will stand as true glass and metal limiteds.
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