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05-17-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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DA* 55mm f1.4 SDM

What's the latest on when this lens will hit the shelves?

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This lens is well overdued! I had heard nothing so far (even privy to others forum members) and this lens is something I will buy straight away no matter what. 50mm is my favorite focal length...
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What's the latest on when this lens will hit the shelves?
Pentax Japan has been releasing updated lens "roadmap" documents quarterly. There was one at the end of January, then another at the end of March, and so I expect we'll get an update at the end of June.
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We are probably looking at a summer release.

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This lens is well overdued! I had heard nothing so far (even privy to others forum members) and this lens is something I will buy straight away no matter what. 50mm is my favorite focal length...
Me too. This is the one I most anxiously await. How much do you think it will cost at release?
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Me too. This is the one I most anxiously await. How much do you think it will cost at release?
I'm hoping it's of an optical quality to justify a price of around $600.
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Now that I am paying for gear even though Pentax have offered me pro user pricing, I will not get the 55 as I already have the 50mm f1.4 AF and the 40, 43 & 70 limited lens. I don't see any reason to get it. I am sure it will be an awesome lens though.
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Now that I am paying for gear even though Pentax have offered me pro user pricing, I will not get the 55 as I already have the 50mm f1.4 AF and the 40, 43 & 70 limited lens. I don't see any reason to get it. I am sure it will be an awesome lens though.
It probably doesn't matter much for what you do, but for me the weather sealing implied by the ★ designation is a huge draw. If it doesn't perform optically as good as (or better than!) the 50mm, I doubt I'll get it probably instead go for the 50mm and get the 50-135mm DA★ eventually.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
I'm hoping it's of an optical quality to justify a price of around $600.
$600 would be waaaay to expensive. Even with weather sealing and SDM.
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$600 would be waaaay to expensive. Even with weather sealing and SDM.
Way too expensive for what? The 77mm Limited is $680. The 31mm Limited is $835. The new DA★ 200mm and 300mm are $975 and $1300, respectively. And perhaps more to the point, the new DA 35mm Macro is $575 and seems quite well regarded already.

There's already a cheap 50mm option (not to mention the 40mm Limited).
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50mm are really easy to make. Pricing your normal 1.4 lens 100$ over the Zeiss, 100$+ over the 43mm Limited and more than twice than the competition, it better be "really really" good.

Then, i don't see a lot of buyers at 600$. If you have the 43, 70 or/and FA 50, you probably spend that money on a different focal length. With the 16-50 and 50-135 also there, i think Pentax wouldn't sell a lot of them. Maybe i'm wrong. But, for 350-370$ i see it as a strong seller and also very marketable: weather sealed, very fast and SDM.
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I think it will be about 450$
But I don't need it cause i have fa50
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pricing

sounds like a good "office pool" to guess the pricing and release date for the DA*55 and DA*30

here's a start

I'm guessing August for the DA*55 around $400, and November for the DA*30 around $550. Just not decided whether to state 2008 or 2009 for the year...
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NI will not get the 55 as I already have the 50mm f1.4 AF and the 40, 43 & 70 limited lens... I don't see any reason to get it.
ITS called LBA, Join the club man!
Go on and get it
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I'm hoping it's of an optical quality to justify a price of around $600.
I would gladly pay $600 for this lens if it is optically excellent, on par with the FA Limiteds or better. A lens like that, of this perfect (imo) focal length, with weather sealing would be worth it to me. Just because it's another "50" does not mean it is just another "50". Hopefully!
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