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09-06-2021, 12:08 AM - 7 Likes   #1
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something to think about ....courtesy of asahi man

Prototypes / Planned / forecasted lenses are DFA 70-300
DFA 4.0 24-105
DFA 1.4 35
DFA macro
DA 50-135 or 150
Prototype and or studies
DFA... 300
DFA 500 or 600
DFA 24-70
New converters, dedicated to * tele line.

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That 24-105 has my credit card trying to hide.
Nice list. Relevant IMO.
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Is this purported to be reliable information of what is actually being worked on? If so, I'm sure excited to see such a large list, regardless of which particular lenses I may be interested in. Which would be the 500/600, btw.

QuoteOriginally posted by i_trax Quote
DFA... 300
Is there any significance to the ellipses there? None of the others got that...
09-06-2021, 12:52 AM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by i_trax Quote
Prototypes / Planned / forecasted lenses are DFA 70-300
DFA 4.0 24-105
DFA 1.4 35
DFA macro
DA 50-135 or 150
Prototype and or studies
DFA... 300
DFA 500 or 600
DFA 24-70
New converters, dedicated to * tele line.
Have you got any links to the info, Jack?

09-06-2021, 01:11 AM - 10 Likes   #5
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Started saving for the D FA 24-105.
1 cent per month should suffice.
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Hmmmm....

... a DFA Macro.....


....let's hope for an improved 200mm Star series
09-06-2021, 01:17 AM - 4 Likes   #7
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A new DA*50-135 with fast AF would be nice. I am a little bit more optimistic than Kunzite and are saving 1€ per month

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My feeling below.

Prototypes / Planned / forecasted lenses are DFA 70-300: Yes, in roadmap
DFA 4.0 24-105: Unlikely, there is already a 28-105 f3.5-5.6, but would be nice to have a Pentax OEM could replace both 24-70 and 28-105.
DFA 1.4 35: Yes, in roadmap, would add to the DFA* prime line
DFA macro: would be nice given the aging optical formula of the current D-FA100 macro
DA 50-135 or 150: I don't know, maybe for apsc shooter, why not.

Prototype and or studies
DFA... 300: Unlikely
DFA 500 or 600: Yes, needed for FF users, bird shooters
DFA 24-70: unlikely, few years old DFA24-70 already in catalog.
New converters, dedicated to * tele line.: maybe, I'm not interested into this unless the TC is included in the lens.

D-FA 21 limited is missing, but not released yet?
09-06-2021, 01:31 AM   #9
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Glad someone showed some sense, I agree with you, the DFA 24-70 made me suspicious whether there is any truth in this list or that it is just dreamed up. A 500 or 600 yes, maybe, likely? No, not for full frame maybe more for the new K-3 Mark III which is more of an "action" orientated camera than the only full frame there is now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AfterPentax Mark II Quote
Glad someone showed some sense, I agree with you, the DFA 24-70 made me suspicious whether there is any truth in this list or that it is just dreamed up. A 500 or 600 yes, maybe, likely? No, not for full frame maybe more for the new K-3 Mark III which is more of an "action" orientated camera than the only full frame there is now.
Mmm IMO they always intended do provide DFA* 2.8 standard zoom lenses. And the current 24-70 is not. It isn't bad but it is no * lens either.
The 15-30 is excellent and can stay that way the 24-70 will be replaced some time in the future.
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Added my feelings to your feelings:
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My feeling below.

Prototypes / Planned / forecasted lenses are DFA 70-300: Yes, in roadmap
Agreed... I'm looking forward to how that one turns out particularly if it does have SR
DFA 4.0 24-105: Unlikely, there is already a 28-105 f3.5-5.6, but would be nice to have a Pentax OEM could replace both 24-70 and 28-105.
I also don't think it's a priority, if only because such a lens would be a fantastic one-stop shop for basically everything and, like Alex above, I'd already have to start saving if it's real
DFA 1.4 35: Yes, in roadmap, would add to the DFA* prime line
I'd have personally thought they would go a bit wider (28/1.4?) but I guess they worry more about overlapping with the 31 than they do with the HD35/2 - makes sense considering one is 1050€ and the other is 400€
DFA macro: would be nice given the aging optical formula of the current D-FA100 macro
Agreed, it would be great to have a macro with ultrahigh performance.Still, I hope they don't just remove the DFA 100 Macro, as it punches well above its diminutive weight and a modern lens would be substantially larger and heavier. No FL is mentioned anyway... Can we dream of a re-issue of the FA*200 Macro?
DA 50-135 or 150: I don't know, maybe for apsc shooter, why not.
This should be the next APS-C lens IMO - after the 16-50 PLM, remaking the old SDM would make the modern APS-C zoom trinity whole.

Prototype and or studies
DFA... 300: Unlikely
I can see a 300/2.8 tele for the K-3iii
DFA 500 or 600: Yes, needed for FF users, bird shooters
IMO Ricoh have been pointing birders to the K-3 series
DFA 24-70: unlikely, few years old DFA24-70 already in catalog.
Yup. I take this one as more of a "we should have a backup ready when the contract with Tamron runs out" situation, so nothing in the near future
New converters, dedicated to * tele line.: maybe, I'm not interested into this unless the TC is included in the lens.
I don't use TCs either but it seems that a good bunch of our wildlife shooters enjoy having a "two primes in one" setup with fast long glass, I would say it is important to have them...

D-FA 21 limited is missing, but not released yet?
Might be because it's already getting produced (one can dream)
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@biz-engineer: I'm not sure about the D FA 4.0 24-105 and D FA 24-70; although I called the former "not essential right now" (as the 28-105 is quite good).
To me this smells of Pentax not being quite happy with the D FA 24-70, or perhaps with their reliance on Tamron (which will stop making DSLR lenses at some point). Of course, this is just supposition.

A DA 50-135/150 is quite necessary.

I believe the D FA 21 Limited is too advanced, nearing or in production to be mentioned.
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
My feeling below.
DFA... 300: Unlikely
Why is a D-FA 300mm unlikely? In my opinion it is about the most likely in this list. The DA* 300 is good optically, is already an FF lens but needs AF motor update in order to function better with the new generation of cameras.....

Regarding the 24-70; They probably want a* lens in this range built to the new demanding Pentax * standards. I suspect the current Tamron rebadge was a stop gap measure in order for them to have FF lenses available at the launch of the K-1. They were probably uncertain of how the K-1 would be received in the marked.
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A DFA 600 for me to retire with.
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DFA 4.0 24-105 - Come on! Those who like that sort of lens is raving about the current one.
DFA 1.4 35 - I guess it makes sense. FA35 though nice isn't a contemporary design
DFA macro - yup, DFA 100 has flaws (fringing)
DA 50-135 or 150 - gaah not more of those type zooms!
Prototype and or studies
DFA... 300 - sure ambitions but interesting
DFA 500 or 600 - Some people are asking for it.
DFA 24-70 - I'm guessing the ★ is missing. Makes sense for Pentax to have a DFA* zoom trinity. The fact that a wide angle one isn't on any list doesn't make sense.
New converters, dedicated to * tele line. - Sure some like those

I don't agree with Pentax focus if the above is correct. They are trotting along the same old path. The logical direction with their current focus on experience should be more primes in the 20 to 135 range. Not even more versions of their modest zooms. It really seems like catering to the old dslr world of 15 years ago. Paying premium for the experience of a noughties dslr setup doesn't make sense to me. They can't pretend to be upmarket while over producing such lenses.

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