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10-25-2017, 06:49 AM - 2 Likes   #31
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10-25-2017, 06:49 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
Soon to be announced, together with the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW, according to Nokishita Camera, with the first two pictures.


WHOAh ! Awesome news Great lens ! Ricoh is really back in the game
10-25-2017, 06:52 AM   #33
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Oh man! This is more than likely going to be far better than my old Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens that I had for my old Sony A200. I loved that lens! I can imagine the optics on this one.

Depending on that K-3II replacement, this lens will definitely replace my Sigma 10-20mm if all goes well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aurele Quote
WHOAh ! Awesome news Great lens ! Ricoh is really back in the game
Were they ever out of it?

Let's wait for the K-3 II's successor. It's not a chance if the DA Wide zoom from the roadmap has become a DA★.

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This lens coupled with a higher than 24MP APS-C flagship would really put some pressure on the K-1. As long as the price isn't silly, I can see people sticking to the APS-C system upgrades rather than switching to full frame.
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^ From looking at the current DA 12-24mm f/4, my guess is that this lens will be priced a bit higher than that one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
MY understanding is SDM is a small electric motor that drives a gear, like screw drive with an internal motor.
SDM just means the motor is a piezo motor. It can be small and weak with gears (like most old Pentax designs and the recent Nikkor 105/1.4 ("AF-S") and the still current Canon 50mm F1.4 ("USM")) or it can be large all around the lens ("ring motor") like the Tamron/Pentax 24-70/2.8.

QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
DC is not a ring motor, it's a micromotor, and so are the non-Tamron SDMs -until now, that is
Same here. DC in most older designs from Sigma, Pentax etc is a very traditional motor with gears. But it can also be large and around the lens linear motor like presumably in the DFA*70-200 and DFA 150-450 and what is used in record players and washing machines.

The abbreviations hide very different designs.

The large motors provide much more torque and allow quicker and more precise refocussing.
10-25-2017, 07:11 AM   #38
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Now THATS an exciting lens. Plus it shows Ricoh Imaging is still committed to supporting crop format. Which means we can expect that K-3 II replacement ... one day.

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Good to see Pentax keeping its promise on the roadmap.

Hey wait, gold ring?!
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Needed this lens (real estate). Waited so long. Six months ago I bought HD DA15/4 and Samyang 10/2.8 - I am very happy with both. Still if the performance of this lens is great I will be selling my 10mm Samyang. What level of price can we expect?
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Wow, a fast (F2.8) ,new DA* wide angle lens weather sealed lens that looks like it will work with older (K-5 II series) that can also use ND filters is a definite buy for me.
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I hope it's an [IF] lens that doesn't extend like the DA*50-135...
but I guess that's unlikely.
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It's not a lens I'm interested in, but I am glad to see some evidence that Pentax is still in the game!
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Green ring at the mount end.

APSc flagship will justify this DA* lens .
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Good to see Pentax keeping its promise on the roadmap.

Hey wait, gold ring?!
Was there ever a question about that?

And if there was, are those people who questioned now feeling a little silly?
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