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06-04-2008, 12:09 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I just wish they would make a 17-70 with a constant 2.8 aperture--THAT, I would pay $500+ for, as I love the 17-70 range.
Mmm what about a 400/2.8 for US$1000 when we are at it...

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That's far to expensive for such a lens. I cannot see Pentax selling a lot of these at that price point when you can get the Sigma 17-70 for in the $300 range. What are they thinking.
Prices in US$ are now reflecting the monetary situation of the US dollar.
I expect US prices to go up but European prices to stay as they are or go down.

It is a pity (at least for you guys in the US) but it has nothing to do with Pentax wanting more money, they just adjust the price to still get some money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
Prices in US$ are now reflecting the monetary situation of the US dollar.
I expect US prices to go up but European prices to stay as they are or go down.
You must be joking. I am almost sure they are going to make this lens 599 in Europe. You know $=.
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QuoteOriginally posted by F-Stop Quote
I honestly haven't tested what's currently available but from what I read I don't want to shell out the money I have and be disappointed. Of course, we still have a nice range of quality prime lenses at least.
I can understand people whi dion't wanna test and complain because it isn"t good enough...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Edvinas Quote
Hmm, all I can say is that days when Pentax cameras and lenses were best bang for the buck are over. First we got two bodies priced more than competition, now we have crazy priced consumer level lens...
Because f/4 constant is consumer lens level now? Since when?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Edvinas Quote
You must be joking. I am almost sure they are going to make this lens €599 in Europe. You know $=€.
Not anymore, check DA35 macro price, you'll be heavily surprised.
It is about 600 bucks (B&H) but in EUrope only about 320 euros (Tekade).
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Well, I'd never thought my K100D could become obsolete so fast...
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Well, I'd never thought my K100D could become obsolete so fast...
Would be a good move from pentax to be able to service a K100D to add SDM contacts on it since it is prettywell made for it, even if not free.

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Would be a good move from pentax to be able to service a K100D to add SDM contacts on it since it is prettywell made for it, even if not free.

Bad idea, because then they wouldn't force me to shell out cash for a K200D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
Bad idea, because then they wouldn't force me to shell out cash for a K200D.
But I suspect that the K200D will be obsolete by next year!
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But I suspect that the K200D will be obsolete by next year!
They'll switch to an EF mount, most likely.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Edvinas Quote
Hmm, all I can say is that days when Pentax cameras and lenses were best bang for the buck are over. First we got two bodies priced more than competition, now we have crazy priced consumer level lens...
We enjoyed that position when Pentax were losing money hand over fist, now that Hoya are in charge, that situation has changed somewhat. However I suspect that the market forces will come into play and Hoya may well have to rethink their strategy regarding Pentax.

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Because f/4 constant is consumer lens level now? Since when?
Because it is seen by many as a consumer lens. Depressing Photo Rants (DPR) announced it as "Pentax has launched a consumer-level standard zoom lens for its range of digital SLRs"

In truth it is a mid range lens, the 18-55 is the consumer glass. But then, even the * their lenses are consumer lenses, as you don't have to be a registered business professional to buy them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Day Quote
Because it is seen by many as a consumer lens. Depressing Photo Rants (DPR) announced it as "Pentax has launched a consumer-level standard zoom lens for its range of digital SLRs"

In truth it is a mid range lens, the 18-55 is the consumer glass. But then, even the * their lenses are consumer lenses, as you don't have to be a registered business professional to buy them.
I forgot you were that good at irony

That said on the price POV, in remains to be seen how those will be priced in practice. As I said there is a huge difference in pricing between Europe and US for what is a Limited lens.
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Well SDM is an improvement over screw drive systems and it's something relatively new that Pentax has implemented.

Anyways you can always get the Sigma 17-70.

SDM is the way to go, Pentax also stated in an FAQ that all DA* lenses will have a screw drive mechanism in addition to SDM.

Pentax said that it would not have been worth it to add both SDM and screw drive to the DA 17-70mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lbam Quote
" This lens is compatible with the K20D, K200D, K100D Super and K10D (with Ver. 1.30 or later firmware installed) and later PENTAX DSLR camera bodies. When mounted on other camera bodies, the focus mode is automatically switched to manual.


Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs,**

**SDM-only focusing lens may be used with non-SDM PENTAX DSLR bodies in manual focus mode. "
Actually I had found out and told this more than one month ago :-)

RiceHigh's Pentax Blog: Pentax Starts to Drop Support for Body Driven AF
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