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11-23-2008, 05:22 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stratman Quote
For $800 it had better be MUCH better then the FA 50 1.4 eh? Price seems really steep to me....
It better come with a kitten that creates peace in the Middle East and gives us a cheap, renewable alternative to fossil fuels.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lithos Quote
It better come with a kitten that creates peace in the Middle East and gives us a cheap, renewable alternative to fossil fuels.
Don't ask too much.... It's one or the other
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
It is no replacement for the FA50, it replaces the FA*85/1.4 and is priced as such.
Although I agree this new lens is intended to replace the FA*85/1.4 (full frame format for film), its focal length and max aperture is damm close to the FA 50/1.4, so yes, it better be a damm good lens with which you can notice with bare eyes the quality difference with the FA50/1.4. I say that if you need colimators, microscopes, analysers, or any other "image analysing device" to tell the difference, then the price difference is not worth it.

Of course, this is purely from a practical point of view (that is, picture taking!). OTOH, I guess there are many Pentax enthusiasts that will go for it for other subjective reasons, as pride, collector's item, brag about it or whatever. For me, its about the pictures. Period.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AlbertSiegel Quote
Don't ask too much.... It's one or the other
Renewable fuel, then. The other problem would solve itself after that.

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Let us not forget the recent FA 50mm price hike, which brings the prices a lot closer.
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DA*55mm is gonna replace my FA50 and FA77 - "if" the image quality is on par with the FA77. Can't wait to see it...

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QuoteOriginally posted by nixcamic Quote
Let us not forget the recent FA 50mm price hike, which brings the prices a lot closer.
It is still listed @ $199 on B&H, so I'd say it is still the choice I would make for a "fast 50" AF lens. But who knows? Maybe the DA* 55 will be something really special...
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QuoteOriginally posted by lithos Quote
Renewable fuel, then. The other problem would solve itself after that.
And what of the kitten?

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QuoteOriginally posted by rburgoss Quote
Although I agree this new lens is intended to replace the FA*85/1.4 (full frame format for film), its focal length and max aperture is damm close to the FA 50/1.4, so yes, it better be a damm good lens with which you can notice with bare eyes the quality difference with the FA50/1.4. I say that if you need colimators, microscopes, analysers, or any other "image analysing device" to tell the difference, then the price difference is not worth it.
People pay the difference for the FA*85, so there is indeed a market. Maybe it's just a prestige thing. Or maybe the subtle difference in bokeh are worth it. Either way, Pentax has a reputation for its prime lenses. Continuing to release products that enhance that reputation is no doubt a good move.

I won't be queuing up to buy this lens. But I can see why others might.
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Has anyone seen some full size samples taken with this lens?
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The DA* 55 will be weathersealed and SDM. I expect it to be also better optically than the FA50. Better particularly from f/1.4 to f/2.8. A Better bokeh and probably more contrast, less CA and PF.
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I already have funds for this lens. It better gets released soon
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The aussie dollar better improve soon James USD $729.00. Wish this lens was released 6 months ago. I do miss the 0.95 AUD ):
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
It is no replacement for the FA50, it replaces the FA*85/1.4 and is priced as such.
A 55 f1.4 is a 55 f1.4... or would you agree if Pentax had priced the DA*200f2.8 as a 300f2.8?

Whatever happened to the "APS-C lenses are more compact and less pricey than FF ones" dogma?

The list price is outrageous, period. $400 would be a reasonable maximum price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lol101 Quote
A 55 f1.4 is a 55 f1.4... or would you agree if Pentax had priced the DA*200f2.8 as a 300f2.8?

Whatever happened to the "APS-C lenses are more compact and less pricey than FF ones" dogma?

The list price is outrageous, period. $400 would be a reasonable maximum price.
It's a premium lens, and I'm glad Pentax still makes premium-level primes. The focal length has nothing to do with its pricing, and in any case the FA50/1.4 is still available. It sounds like the DA*55 is going to be a special lens, and if it's as good as they claim it's going to be, it will be worth every penny. Hopefully it will be a solid performer even wide open - which the FA50 is not.
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