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09-03-2015, 02:47 PM - 1 Like   #1
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HD D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8

I saw on the other forum that Ricoh has a new website: Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation, so I was looking around and saw that the new D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 is listed among DFA lenses. Price is shown at $2,299.95 and it looked like it's available for order. I was able to put it in the shopping cart and click all the way through until it was time to input the credit card. At no time did it say that the lens was not yet available or that it will be shipped at some future date. I did not go all the way through because I would not be able to come home if I spent $2,300 on a new lens, but if there are others out there, braver than I am, check it out.

I would have thought that if the lens were available, it would be huge news and someone would have picked up on it already. But who knows.

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Adam posted a few days back that B&H has notifed him that his lens would not be shipped until Feb 2016
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QuoteOriginally posted by lenp Quote
I saw on the other forum that Ricoh has a new website: Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation, so I was looking around and saw that the new D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 is listed among DFA lenses. Price is shown at $2,299.95 and it looked like it's available for order. I was able to put it in the shopping cart and click all the way through until it was time to input the credit card. At no time did it say that the lens was not yet available or that it will be shipped at some future date. I did not go all the way through because I would not be able to come home if I spent $2,300 on a new lens, but if there are others out there, braver than I am, check it out.

I would have thought that if the lens were available, it would be huge news and someone would have picked up on it already. But who knows.
The lens was officially postponed earlier this year:
HD Pentax D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 Delayed - Pentax Announcements | PentaxForums.com

Here's the original announcement:
D-FA* 70-200mm and D-FA 150-450mm Announced - Pentax Announcements | PentaxForums.com

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That's why I was so surprised. So I went back and included my credit card number and it's ready to check out. See attachment.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lenp Quote
That's why I was so surprised. So I went back and included my credit card number and it's ready to check out. See attachment.
You can certainly pre-order it. This has been possible since the day the lens was announced

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But it doesn't say "pre-order" anywhere on there. Does someone with sufficient liquidity want to try to go through with an order? It says 3-7 business days!
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Not so long algo, asahi man had recently suggested that B&H were wrong, and that the lens would be available earlier than 2016. This listing appears to confirm it.

A quick phone call to the US Ricoh Imaging store (888-234-5450) would probably be the most direct way to confirm availability ...
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Asahi man said about September, this year

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its not available at the Pentax EU webstore, so it still looks like pre-order.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
Asahi man said about September, this year
I said almost the same thing. That this lense will be available around the release of the FF.
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That this lense will be available around the release of the FF.
Excellent news. My shopping cart awaits.
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Mine too, but cooler.
No hurry for me to buy any of the forthcomming new FF dedicated lenses, i have so many M/A/A*/F/FA* to try before.
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Well I cant see the Full Frame Camera being released without the 70-200, so either this 70-200 will be available soon or the Pentax full frame will not be.

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I also notice some current important lenses missing from the website, not sure what that means.
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Mine too, but cooler.
I already have a Sigma 70-200 HSM II, which is FF and I must admit I am very happy with on the K-3. But I expect/hope for more impressive performance out of the Pentax lens (particularly matched with a FF body). Plus WR is nice. The Sigma will be a great backup/ 2nd shooter on my K-3.
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I also notice some current important lenses missing from the website, not sure what that means.
Yeah, me too. Perhaps it will mean a gigantic "lensplosion" next year to mark 40 years of the K mount? We can only hope...
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