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10-14-2009, 06:46 AM   #151
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
DA*30/1.4 SDM is what we want.
Me too.... DA*55 is superb lens, but now I'm looking for something near 30 mm.
FA31 is superb but expensive, FA35/2 is ok but plastic/fantastic DA35/2.8 is to dark, Sigma 30/1.4 has a poor corner....

DA*30/1.4 - my dream come true

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The trouble is that hanging the DA* designation, especially on a wide fast lens, is going to push the price beyond what the FA 77mm ltd sells for.
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The trouble is that hanging the DA* designation, especially on a wide fast lens, is going to push the price beyond what the FA 77mm ltd sells for.
Exactly my thoughts.

Instead of a DA*30/1.4, I'd rather have a DA30/2 WR. I.e., an inexpensive, relatively fast, weather-resistant "normal" prime. Heck, just repackage the FA35/2 as a DA WR and be done with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RBellavance Quote
Exactly my thoughts.

Instead of a DA*30/1.4, I'd rather have a DA30/2 WR. I.e., an inexpensive, relatively fast, weather-resistant "normal" prime. Heck, just repackage the FA35/2 as a DA WR and be done with it.
I knew this would come up...
But for many of my "fast and wide" I have found the FA35/2.0 just too slow and too narrow.
(But I will settle for a D FA31/1.8 LE WR )

(DA30/1.4 WR will be enough for much of my "wide fast sealed" shooting)

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QuoteOriginally posted by janneman Quote
I knew this would come up...
But for many of my "fast and wide" I have found the FA35/2.0 just too slow and too narrow.
(But I will settle for a D FA31/1.8 LE WR )
I probably would not like the price of this one

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(DA30/1.4 WR will be enough for much of my "wide fast sealed" shooting)
I'd almost certainly buy one of these the day it would come out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by janneman Quote
I knew this would come up...
But for many of my "fast and wide" I have found the FA35/2.0 just too slow and too narrow.
(But I will settle for a D FA31/1.8 LE WR )

(DA30/1.4 WR will be enough for much of my "wide fast sealed" shooting)
35 mm is on the long side of normal on APS-C. Maybe what you need for street/carnival shooting is something corresponding to either a 43 mm (i.e. 28mm) or perhaps even better: Like 35 mm on FF.

I.e. what you want is a DA23/1.7 LE WR ;-)
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I'd love to see them remake the A 28/2 as an FA, maybe an FA WR.
(noticing wishful thinking. OK, OK. DA. )


Something in a 28-31 sort of range, affordable, sharp, reasonably fast, (maybe a 1.8) and not too huge. (1.4's in this range tend to be pretty darn chunky.)

Something to really get people shooting Pentax. (and for me. )

I like the 43 mm equivalent, for my tastes and practicalities, it pretty much does the job of my 35 and 50 in 35mm (Neither are quite my favorite FOV: for me the 43mm equivalent does what most would do with a 35, and I like the 75, it's like an 85 for a lot of things but a bit more flexible.)

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Let's not make it too hard on Pentax then

It does not really HAVE toe be DA*30/1.4.....

Just a few simple requirements:
Wider than 31mm
faster than f 1.8
sealed
preferably very high IQ although I will settle for high IQ .

Do you know that I have found the combination of f1.8 and 31 mm allows me much more than 35mm at f2?

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Maybe DFA*25/1.7 SDM?
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Ideally: make a DA* 30/1.4 SDM AND a DA WR 30/1.8 or/2.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
Ideally: make a DA* 30/1.4 SDM AND a DA WR 30/1.8 or/2.
I doubt that you will see a DA prime unless in the limited series, and none of the DA limiteds are fast.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikePerham Quote
I doubt that you will see a DA prime unless in the limited series, and none of the DA limiteds are fast.
There's only one (for now) if I count correctly and it is DA14/2.8. Why not more? (yes I know, 'zoom is everything we need' hum... NOT !).
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
There's only one (for now) if I count correctly and it is DA14/2.8. Why not more? (yes I know, 'zoom is everything we need' hum... NOT !).
Without the * designation, that is true.
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DA 14/2.8 is such a nice lens. Absurdly sharp with great contrast and color.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
There's only one (for now) if I count correctly and it is DA14/2.8. Why not more? (yes I know, 'zoom is everything we need' hum... NOT !).
There is that one, but I was referring to a 30mm lens. I doubt you will see a DA WR 30 f1.8 or f2.0 ...if they do make a 30 mm prime that's faster than f2.8 it would likely be a DA* series ...and perhaps a f2 in the limited series. I don't think there is a market for fast primes in a lens grade that is designed and priced to appeal to the plebeian masses. Those folks go for zooms!
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