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04-12-2009, 07:23 AM   #16
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DA* 60-250 is not the DA super telephoto. The exact range of the super telephoto hasn't been announced yet. 250 isn't yet super telephoto anyway I think.

18-250 is being discontinued IIRC.

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QuoteOriginally posted by nixcamic Quote
I'm personally hoping its a pentax version of the tokina 80-400mm, and that its reasonably priced. I'm also hoping that they hurry and make a pentax version of the 11-16mm.
Seriously, the 80-400 Tokina is a rather old design and did not fare well in the recent tests I have seen of the Canon and Nikon versions.

I sincerely hope that Pentax has still the knowledge to produce a modern design for this kind of lens without buying an old one from Tokina or anyone else.
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I sincerely hope that super-tele is going to be a DA* 500mmF4 or perhaps even a 600mmF4. That would be the perfect complement to my DA* 300mmF4 which on many occasions is just too short for birds. A 400mmF4 really isn't enough for me to upgrade.... and I'm sure many of my fellow Pentaxians owning a DA* 300 have been dreaming of a DA* 500/4... I really wouldn't want to buy a Sigma 500mmF4.5 down the line... don't want to settle for anything less than DA* glass and weather sealing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
this is why Pentax did not just relaunch the excellent F*/FA* 300/4.5 but made a 300/4 instead
My FA* 300/4.5 + Tamron 1.4x deliver flawless AF performance on my K20D. It is not as snappy as w/o the converter. But it works. Looks like the limit is more like f/6.3 rather than f/5.6.

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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
My FA* 300/4.5 + Tamron 1.4x deliver flawless AF performance on my K20D. It is not as snappy as w/o the converter. But it works. Looks like the limit is more like f/6.3 rather than f/5.6.
Actually, the limit is more like f8 (effective max aperture) for AF in the Pentax bodies. I use my FA* 300/4.5 with the 1.7x AFA (effective f7.7 max aperture) quite a lot, and it will AF reliably on all but the darkest overcast days. On the other hand, my Tokina 150-500 f5.6 AT-X SD would not AF with the AFA at noon on June 21 on a cloudless sunny day as it's just too slow (but I was hoping . . .)

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QuoteOriginally posted by snostorm Quote
Actually, the limit is more like f8 (effective max aperture) for AF in the Pentax bodies. I use my FA* 300/4.5 with the 1.7x AFA (effective f7.7 max aperture) quite a lot, and it will AF reliably on all but the darkest overcast days. On the other hand, my Tokina 150-500 f5.6 AT-X SD would not AF with the AFA at noon on June 21 on a cloudless sunny day as it's just too slow (but I was hoping . . .)

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One thing is whats works and one thing is what works to the manufacturers specification of the AF system.
The real benefit of a 400/4 is that it is the longest and fastest lens that can confortable be handheld; also with a converter, greatly improving this super telephotos versatility.
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I am with Pål on this one. A 400/4 would be really easy to handheld, while at the same time delivering the same magnification a 600 did on film. Also, while Pentax have never managed to create a 400/5,6 really outstanding, they had the great performing M*400/4 for the 67.

Lastly, if Hoya has not changed the Pentax policy of bringing back the old lenses field of view, the 200/2,8 stands for the old 300/2,8, the 300/4 stands for both the 400/5,6 and the 500/4,5, sitting exactly in between, and then we need a 400/4 to stand for the old 600/4.

Unless they would do a true "super" tele(zoom), and present a 170-400/4, with fixed aperture, like the Nikkor 200-400/4. It would stand for the old 250-600/5,6, like that would be a great optical achievement... It would be also cosmically expensive, are there people out there that would buy it?
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Except that Pentax adapted FOV but not aperture.

200/2.8 replaces 300/2.8, 300/4 replaces 400/4, 35/2.8 macro replaces 50/2.8 macro and 55/1.4 replaces 85/1.4.

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I want a long prime or zoom similar to the nikon 200-400...something thats going to be big, burly and look like a tank turret.

I could live with a 200-400 f/4 if they can get it in the 1000-1500 range.

Basically for me I want a lot for a decent price...if i'm plunking down 1000-1500 on a lens I want a lot even though camera gear doesn't often do that. Constant aperture, long reach, large filter diamater, metal construction, sdm lens, GPS, built in bird call, built in intervolometer for an injured animal call, bluetooth and the ability to will the san jose sharks to victory.

Honestly though pentax I would love a true wildlife lens not worth its weight in gold, but IQ good enough to warrant packing it in to tough locations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jmbradd Quote
I could live with a 200-400 f/4 if they can get it in the 1000-1500 range.
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Dream on!:ugh:


A 400/4 prime lens will cost between $3000-$4000 if we're lucky....

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QuoteOriginally posted by eurostar Quote
I am with Pål on this one. A 400/4 would be really easy to handheld,
My hands must be very different than yours.
I can handhold only up to about 200mm for consistently sharp shots.

I would like to see a small 400/5.6 lens.

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i meant a 200-400 zoom and dreaming was the whole point of the post.
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Given the aggressive (closeout?) pricing on the 18-250 in the US, perhaps Hoya are dropping it from the Pentax-badged lineup. It's freely available as a Tamron; Hoya may want to spend resources on exclusive lenses whilst leaving the rest of the market to third parties.

I don't think my Tamron 18-250 is performing any differently than a Pentax version. Where's the benefit to me or to Pentax? I fear they froze the market during the period when we were waiting for the Pentax announcement. That didn't benefit anyone!
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