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03-23-2020, 03:05 PM - 1 Like   #16
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I hope i will be able to buy one and sell my old FA* altogether...
i will buy the new lens but wont part with the FA*.....we are too close.

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From my experience with dfa*50mm this new star will be a winner for sure. Hope the price is not so high.
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Great to hear that a few leaks appearing for the 85. It will have a space in my bag I think.
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Officially announced on the Pentax Australia Facebook page....

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So it has just four elements (Konstruktion 1 AL-, 3 ED-Linsenelemente)
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Development officially announced 22 minutes ago at 10pm UTC.

Development in progress of the lens HD PENTAX-D FA★85mmF1.4 SDM AW - RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S
  • Lens mount: KAF4
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.85m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.12x
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • 9-blade diaphragm (rounded)

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Great another lens I cant afford!
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anyone care to opine on a msrp?
1599 usd.

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Ricoh wins no awards for speed of development on Pentax products, but you really have to hand it to them on desirability with this second D FA* lens. If it delivers to the same level as the 50, it's going to be a very successful product
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They announced development? I thought they have been developing it for more than a year now...
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They announced development? I thought they have been developing it for more than a year now...
yes - and see - scheduled to be released late 2020
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QuoteOriginally posted by BarneyL Quote
They announced development? I thought they have been developing it for more than a year now...
On the 26th of February, 2019, just before CP+, RIcoh Imaging published a 'Notice of exhibition of reference product' together with a picture of the mock-up to be showcased at CP+2019.

Now they are disclosing the full name and some specifications and they planned to showcase a prototype at CP+. They did more or less the same with the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW:
  • February 2017 (CP+ 2017): Notice of exhibition of reference product + mock-up showcased at CP+ + tentative launch date
  • October 2017 (Photoplus Expo 2017): Full name and preliminary features disclosed
  • February 2018 (CP+ 2018): Additional features disclosed and prototype available for touch and try at CP+
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Exquisite timing.

I won't be getting it, as I rarely do portraits, but looks great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ffking Quote
yes - and see - scheduled to be released late 2020
The French text is different: 'courant 2020', i.e. sometimes in 2020. The German text corresponds to the French one: 'Die Produkteinführung ist für das Jahr 2020 geplant.' (= The product launch is planned for the year 2020.)
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By the way, this is a huge beast: 95mm (max. diameter) x 123.5mm (length), that's respectively 20% and 76% bigger than the smc Pentax-FA★ 85mm f/1.4 [IF]. That's Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art territory: 94.7mm x 126.2mm in Sigma SA mount, 94.7mm x 124.7mm if it existed in K mount.

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art weighs 1,130g. The HD Pentax-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW should have a similar weight.

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