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11-24-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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10 Pentax DA lenses Discontinued ?

could be a tale of things to come !!!!!

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11-24-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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i hope they replace it with something in the same range, focally and pricewise...

and to think i just joined the pentax camp last month, 10 lenses went kaput...
the newbie in me worries..
11-24-2009, 08:35 PM   #3
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debunked, read the recent threads. the link is obviously an old webpage that hasn't been updated in several years. the section regarding DA lenses only references their release dates, not discontinued dates. by the way this 'rumor' also originated here by another member, not exactly RH's very own discovery.
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May be an error, but doesn't seem quite like the end of the world if true, at least not across the board. Point-by-point:

* smcp-DA 16-45/4 ED AL

Replaced by the DA 17-70mm f/4 ED AL [IF] SDM; too close to the DA★ 16-50/2.8.

* smcp-DA 14/2.8 ED IF

Too close to the DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited?

* smcp-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL

Obvious: replaced by DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II and DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR.

* smcp-D FA Macro 50mm F2.8
* smcp-D FA Macro 100mm F2.8

Maybe there's new D-not-FA Macro lenses in the pipe? I don't believe they're making the 35mm Limited the only macro in the lineup.

* smcp-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited

Maybe too close to the DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited? But it'd be a ridiculous shame to see it go. I love this lens and when people ask "why Pentax", it's an answer they can easily appreciate.

* smcp-DA 50-200mm F4.0-5.6 ED

Same as with the wide-angle kit lens: replaced with the WR version, and if there isn't a II out now, there will be.

* smcp-DA 12-24mm F4.0 ED AL [IF]
* smcp-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED[IF]

I'm skeptical here. But maybe there's a 11-16mm DA★ f/2.8 coming out? (The Tokina version is already the cousin of the 16-50mm and 50-135mm DA★s.) And fisheye is interesting, but maybe it's not selling.

* smcp-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited

I've used this, and I wasn't sold. I realize it's a fairly popular efl but, despite its nice DA Limited build, it didn't seem to fit in with my 40mm and 70mm. I haven't used the 15mm, but I'm eying getting that instead. But it's still odd.

I dunno, overall, I think it's probably just a database error on Pentax Canada's part.

11-24-2009, 08:51 PM   #5
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Stupid rumor about an outdated and confused web page...just like RH to believe in something like that...I suggest you read this thread instead: Note that that confused canadian web page list introduction dates, not discontinued dates. Read more carefully and don't believe in everything you find on the web. For a real lens list look at the Japanese Pentax: Interchangeable Lenses : Digital Cameras : Imaging Systems Division : PENTAX
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isn't ricehigh deranged by all accounts? Sort of the impression I got.....
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Yeah, right...I don't think now would be the right time for Pentax to start discontinuing things.

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