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01-21-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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Lenses discontinued?

I quote from Pentax users magazine (UK Pentax Club). This is probably true.
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PENTAX'S JAPANESE site is reporting that four lenses are to be discontinued. The DA 16-45mm f/4ED AL, wide angle zoom, the DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED, telephoto lens, DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3ED AL [IF], zoom lens and the FA 600mm f/4ED [IF] telephoto lens are all on the site's list to be discontinued.


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poop! i wanted the 16-45 f4 but in the distant future! i guess it will be used
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Old news for the DA16-45, it's being replaced by the 17-70 which seems a very good lense (and very pratical) according to Photozone.

The replacement of DA50-200 is new for me but not very surprising, kit lenses are not that good and this one may need an upgrade.
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Maybe the DA 50-200 was replaced by the WR version? (and the DA L for entry level kits, e.g. K-x)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
Maybe the DA 50-200 was replaced by the WR version? (and the DA L for entry level kits, e.g. K-x)
Correct.

The 18-250 is no longer manufactured by Tamron, so it is discontinued.

The D-FA 50 and D-FA 100 are also discontinued, but for the D-FA 100, there is now the WR D-FA 100.

I had not heard about the FA 600mm. Pity.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ghelary Quote
Old news for the DA16-45, it's being replaced by the 17-70 which seems a very good lense (and very pratical) according to Photozone.

The replacement of DA50-200 is new for me but not very surprising, kit lenses are not that good and this one may need an upgrade.
Have to take exception with this as regards the 50-200mm. This lens is consistently praised as a superior value for the money.

I believe Pentax just phased out the non WR version in favor of the WR version.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
Have to take exception with this as regards the 50-200mm. This lens is consistently praised as a superior value for the money.

I hope Pentax is replacing it with something worthwhile.

Mike
Well I have it, and I was never impressed. I could take decent shots of course but my impression is so-so. Of course my point of comparison is made of primes so I'm certainly biased here.

And anyway I could have had a bad copy
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There will be a further telephoto gap that Pentax will have to cover, but it may be an indication for more DAs and DA*s coming through...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ghelary Quote
Well I have it, and I was never impressed. I could take decent shots of course but my impression is so-so. Of course my point of comparison is made of primes so I'm certainly biased here.

And anyway I could have had a bad copy
Mine is sharp as a tack, but you are right it doesn't compare to a prime of any given focal length... but neither can most any other zoom, especially at that price point.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ghelary Quote
Old news for the DA16-45, it's being replaced by the 17-70 which seems a very good lense (and very pratical) according to Photozone.
I trust end user's opinions most. If you read the Owner's Reviews at amazon.com on this lens, you may be less enthusiastic about the 17-70.
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Someone heard about the 50/1.4 being disocntinued?
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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
Mine is sharp as a tack, but you are right it doesn't compare to a prime of any given focal length... but neither can most any other zoom, especially at that price point.

Mike
So is mine, i hate when people call it a "kit lens"
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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
Have to take exception with this as regards the 50-200mm. This lens is consistently praised as a superior value for the money.

I believe Pentax just phased out the non WR version in favor of the WR version.

Mike
I'll agree with Mike here. It's a great value, and makes a nice portrait lens to boot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cheekygeek Quote
I trust end user's opinions most. If you read the Owner's Reviews at amazon.com on this lens, you may be less enthusiastic about the 17-70.
I purchased both the 16-45 and 17-70 Pentax lenses at the same time, when the 17-70 was first released, and while both are very nice, I use the 17-70 more often and am well pleased with it. SDM is awesome and super quiet. The images from mine are quite useable and very good at all focal lengths; they look good on my computer display, prints, and internet use. As far as Amazon reviews go, really, there are only 4 there and I don't usually let a few less than positive remarks about a product deprive me of obtaining and enjoying a product...........
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QuoteOriginally posted by Prairie Dog Quote
As far as Amazon reviews go, really, there are only 4 there and I don't usually let a few less than positive remarks about a product deprive me of obtaining and enjoying a product...........
that is pretty smart way to look at things.
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