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02-09-2015, 10:42 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
Red ring is history.
So the Takumar-style zoom ring is not the only retro feature of the DA 20-40?

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According to a Japanese review of HD150-450, Pentax is reverting to Green ring to signify "growth and development, nature and fresh". From now on Green for standard, Gold for * lines.
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That's the ever-polite Japanese way of saying: "This is ridiculous! Such impossible people, what's wrong with them? Complaining about red rings, and it even was such a nice share of red! Whatever, there's no point arguing with them, let's go back to that ugly green... we'll leave it up to marketing to make up an explanation"
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Gold in addition to Green is DA* D FA*. Hang on to the red lenses. They will become rare.

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@D1N0, @Docrwm, @Mistral75 Oh well, should have looked harder
It would be a real bummer if none have metal mounts... I'm sure it the plastic ones aren't that much weaker, but it sure feels better to have a metal one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
If we rely on the green ring a bit, the image shows the SMC DAL, which would have a plastic mount. The possibly red-ringed HD DA might have a metal one?
i agree, the red ring is a thing of the past. The company has had a rethink and decided to return to tradition.
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@D1N0, @Docrwm, @Mistral75 Oh well, should have looked harder
It would be a real bummer if none have metal mounts... I'm sure it the plastic ones aren't that much weaker, but it sure feels better to have a metal one.
A metal mount on an otherwise plastic lens body won't make it any stronger. It'll just break somewhere else.
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I like the look and the idea of this very much. What a great looking kit lens (even if the DA L).

If its optically better (even slightly) than the current one it should be a winner.

Oh and I'm personally not worried about a plastic mount at all. I still have early DA L 18-55 and DA L 55-300 and despite significant abuse (the 55-300 dropped on concrete floor with camera in the first year), I have had no problems.

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i agree, the red ring is a thing of the past. The company has had a rethink and decided to return to tradition.

How old was this tradition?

I got the 20-40, so I'm into the red ring....
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HD LTD = Red ???
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
How old was this tradition?

I got the 20-40, so I'm into the red ring....

Too much like Canon for my tastes but glad you like the red. I'm happy they are going back to Green myself.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
How old was this tradition?

I got the 20-40, so I'm into the red ring....
No idea Ron, but definitely longer than the red tradition. Your red trimmed Limited will be a sought after piece. I would think that we will see the red line for some time. I'm sure when they produced the latest batch of DA Limiteds they produced several years supply.
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They should make lenses with interchangeable rings and sell rings of every color and stripe. They'd make money from people like me, who want rings of marvelously sparkly pink.
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Someone has to ask, so I will: is this lens FF compatible?

I suspect not, given the designation and the design. But it would be impressive if it was a FF lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by D1N0 Quote
A metal mount on an otherwise plastic lens body won't make it any stronger. It'll just break somewhere else.
I meant the subjective/psychological feeling of sturdiness I know plastic mounts work just fine.
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