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04-01-2009, 01:56 AM   #1
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New 12.6-373mm f1.9-2.7 DA* fisheye/zoom

That just-announced Pentex 12.6-373mm f1.9-2.7 DA* fisheye/superzoom lens sounds pretty awesome - especially at $703 USD list! Pretty darn fast lens! I'm dying to find out how the new liquid lens technology works; should help a lot with image stabilisation (even with SR bodies). IR mode should be wild! Looks pretty small, and it's supposed to be amazingly light; word is construction is pretty solid, though. The new industry-leading 11-year warranty is just icing on the cake. The new glass is supposed to ship April 31; no preorders page on Amazon last time I looked (I've got a JIVE script that will place my order as soon as it appears).

I wonder how it'll compare with the Tamrun 14-405mm f2.3 APO EX DG HSM zoom, especially for a pretty amazing $627 list (here in the US).

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Were is the Link Mr April's FOOLS (:
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it sounds ok - I just dont like the color...

I'll wait until the limited edition purple one gets released next April 1st, i believe they only going to make 127 of them and only available in Korea and San Fransisco.!
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Were is the Link Mr April's FOOLS (:
Any "official" link to the an April 1st website? ;-)

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link? pretty please? sound like mucho fun!
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Where in the range does it transition from fisheye to rectilinear? If it's not free of distortion by the time it hits 14 degrees then I have no choice but to declare this an absolute ripoff. I mean, $703 hard-earned dollars in the midst of recession and it's not rectilinear at 14 degrees? If that were the case, you'd think they could at least make it an f0.95 or something. I thought pentax was supposed to be about value!

(and it better be weathersealed!)

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QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
I thought pentax was supposed to be about value!
But this lens is from pentex, so Pentax is innocent!

Btw. I also heard today that Pentax will release a Tampax-branded pink K-m!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
But this lens is from pentex, so Pentax is innocent!

Btw. I also heard today that Pentax will release a Tampax-branded pink K-m!
DAMN!!!

[runs and hides from backlash]

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We need more threads like this one.
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Where can I get "ME" one of them beauties?
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Ben, beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. You can turn ugly duck into a elegant swan with a pin hole camera
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WTF would I want a fish eye? I can't stand looking at fish eyes and have to have the head removed before eating fish. That is DISGUSTING...Yech!!!!
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Fish heads are rather yummy. Long lasting chewing action.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TreeHuggerDoug Quote
I'm dying to find out how the new liquid lens technology works;
Just what we need - leaky lenses....
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