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10-26-2017, 07:42 AM - 1 Like   #1831
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
All DA*s are WR (...).
DA★ lenses are AW, which is a higher protection grade than WR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
All DA*s are WR, all DA* lenses are designated SDM
so far - I was partly interested as AW would imply internal zoom/focus, WR not
10-26-2017, 07:49 AM   #1833
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The new ring-type SDM is a very good piece of news.
That at least is really new tech for them. More torque means more speed.
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The new ring-type SDM confirms what I heard and reported here in September:
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(...) something that I just heard which could explain the current delay. The D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 would be fitted out with a new type of focus motor. The development of this new motor would be / would have been taking longer than expected, some difficulties being / having been experienced and Ricoh Imaging being uncompromising about its performances.

(...)


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10-26-2017, 08:06 AM   #1836
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Nice,
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Market launch: planned for summer 2018

So we are almost still a year away.
10-26-2017, 08:08 AM - 1 Like   #1838
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This German press release says basically the same as the US one with one exception: both lenses are said to be available in Summer 2018 instead of the 50mm in Spring and the 11-18mm in Summer.

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I notice that it was the same minimum focusing distance as the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art - must be a rebadge

EDIT: - I just want to make it absolutely clear that this remark was not intended to be taken seriously - apologies for any consternation caused

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10-26-2017, 08:18 AM   #1840
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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
Market launch: planned for summer 2018

So we are almost still a year away.
Given the life of these lenses, a year is nothing. Everyone complains because there are no Pentax announcements and Pentax doesn't tell us what they are doing. Then when they do announce early, we claim a year is too long to wait. It doesn't matter what Pentax does, its not good enough for some members of the forum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Given the life of these lenses, a year is nothing
given the remaining life expectancy of most Pentax users, a year is a lot! ( )
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Oh no! Worst possible news for my wallet. I don't want to buy a zoom but now it looks as if I have to
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The new ring-type SDM confirms what I heard and reported here in September:
Yes, sound right.

I assume it will be similar to Canon's:
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given the remaining life expectancy of most Pentax users, a year is a lot! ( )
Hey, I'm hoping for at least another 25 years.... but, "Don't buy anything you can't wear out before you die" is getting to be a consideration.
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I notice that it was the same minimum focusing distance as the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art - must be a rebadge
Oh, no, not again *that* kind of posts....
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