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09-22-2008, 12:37 AM   #1
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New lenses roadmap, updated 22/09/2008 (pdf)

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http://www.pentax.jp/english/imaging/digital/lens/roadmap.pdf

09-22-2008, 12:41 AM   #2
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645D lenses are gone....
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^ Unsurprisingly, I'm afraid.

It's clearly time for Pentax to focus on the volume and leave higher end to later, hopefully more positive economic environments.
09-22-2008, 01:56 AM   #4
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Looking at the roadmap, on the level of DA*60-250 but just after it to the right is a square sign saying: DA Super telephoto.
Does it mean that they are planning something like 300 or 400 non DA*? or is it just description of something else on that I'm missing?

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PS: any guess on price of DA15 Ltd???
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Almost nothing.
Abstract DA supertlephoto.
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
PS: any guess on price of DA15 Ltd???
Probably in line with the other DA limited pancakes.

Regarding the super telephoto lens, I'm hoping DA* 400/4. Or they could make a re-release of the FA* 300/2.8 with sealing and SDM. Maybe we'll know more at PhotoKina, or shortly after.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonson PL Quote
Probably in line with the other DA limited pancakes.

Regarding the super telephoto lens, I'm hoping DA* 400/4. Or they could make a re-release of the FA* 300/2.8 with sealing and SDM. Maybe we'll know more at PhotoKina, or shortly after.
In line.... that ranges from 199 (DA40) - where I'd be quite interested do 300 (DA70) where I'm not so interested... let's hope it's going to be closer to the first one...
I wouldn't mind DA400 f5.6 though f4 would be better. And it doesn't need to be DA*

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The road map is very similar to the old one except the new super tele.
So, somehow, the DA's lens road map seems finalize (may add 11-16 DA* in the future).
How well does it compare to others?
What do you think ?
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I hope Pentax will start to make new line of lenses - new FF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Looking at the roadmap, on the level of DA*60-250 but just after it to the right is a square sign saying: DA Super telephoto.
Does it mean that they are planning something like 300 or 400 non DA*? or is it just description of something else on that I'm missing?
How about a 300 mirror Limited in small format :-)

But I owuld guess it is a replacement of the old 600, that is still built on order. Whether they will replace that with another 600, or a 400, we will see I guess. a 400/4 would probably be popular with the advanced, while a 400/5.6 would be easier to sell.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yipchunyu Quote
The road map is very similar to the old one except the new super tele.
So, somehow, the DA's lens road map seems finalize (may add 11-16 DA* in the future).
How well does it compare to others?
What do you think ?
I think that they have the best lens lineup available for users of cropped-format cameras and a severely-lacking lineup for full-frame cameras. Which basically is the reverse of Canon and Nikon, who still haven't filled most of the holes that opened up when they introduced the smaller sensor.

That said, I think they need to add a super-wide option (9mm rectilinear prime) to serve as a 14mm does in the larger format. Follow that with some longer telephoto primes and more fast DA* short primes like the 30 and 55 and I think they've got everything you could ask for.

I'm still scratching my head over the lack of a Pentax version of the 11-16. Hopefully they'll permit Tokina to make one.

As for the 15mm pricing, I expect it to fall between the DA 21mm and the DA35 macro in price. Just a guess.

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You mean...

QuoteOriginally posted by janneman Quote
645D lenses are gone....
WendyB was wrong?

NOOOOOOOOOO.....


What about 6:45 in the morning?

Ned, I'm really upset at you now.



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^ You are a nasty guy, Cameron...:P
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I doubt with the fact its marked as a DA and not a DA* that the new tele will be anything earth shattering. I would go away from all the current speculation here to suggest its probably a commercial zoom.

Also keeping in mind 'super-tele' on APS-C marketing is like 300mm (already FoV of 450mm on 35mm) and up, it could easily be a 100-300mm DA SDM for the budding birders in the pro-sumer patch. Consider the current body announcement and line-up and set your expectations accordingly.

Perhaps next year will be the year of addressing the K2 and 'pro' glass.
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