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06-24-2015, 04:47 AM   #151
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3 lines of primes.

1) D FA* : 35, 50 and 85, all f1.4. Focus shift ring. Uber WR. Not that small. Let's give Sigma a lesson about glass (?). I want the best iq in the market to be Pentax again. And yes, they should name this lenses:

HD D FA * Pentax (35/50/85) mm f1.4 TAKUMAR (yeeeeaaaaahhh!!!)

2) Current limited plus a 24 f2. Maybe made in Japan again (kind of hard...)

3) Plastic fantastic primes: 35 2.4, 50 2.0, 90 2.8 macro. All less than $400. Maybe a 20mm and make apsc and full frame line.

All ready for year 2017.


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06-24-2015, 07:56 PM   #152
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Focus on the essential primes: 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm.

Start with D FA 35/2.0, 50/1.4, and 85/1.8 lenses with WR sealing, Quick Shift Focus System, and HD coatings, but a compact and lightweight plastic build.

Then add D FA* versions with faster apertures, 35/1.4, 50/1.2, and 85/1.4, with high-quality plastic/metal construction, pro-grade aspheric optics, full AW sealing, and high-performance DC motor. These primes should bring in some pros who demand the best optics for creative shooting.

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06-25-2015, 02:48 PM   #153
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QuoteOriginally posted by DragonLord Quote
Focus on the essential primes: 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm.

Start with D FA 35/2.0, 50/1.4, and 85/1.8 lenses with WR sealing, Quick Shift Focus System, and HD coatings, but a compact and lightweight plastic build.

Then add D FA* versions with faster apertures, 35/1.4, 50/1.2, and 85/1.4, with high-quality plastic/metal construction, pro-grade aspheric optics, full AW sealing, and high-performance DC motor. These primes should bring in some pros who demand the best optics for creative shooting.

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agree.. those 3 are essential.
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I think Pentax is in dire need of a proper superwide angle such as a 14mm f/4 or 17-40 f/4 like the Canon (both supporting filters). After that, a 85mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/1.2 would be also great

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I'd settle for a 20mm f2, and a 50mm 1.4 kit lens that sells with the body like the good old days
07-06-2015, 09:14 AM   #156
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cyril_K5 Quote
I think Pentax is in dire need of a proper superwide angle such as a 14mm f/4 or 17-40 f/4 like the Canon (both supporting filters). After that, a 85mm f/1.4 and a 50mm f/1.2 would be also great
I think a attention stealing prime would also work well - something like a rectilinear 10mm F/5.6 or a 12mm F/4 with a drop-in filter.
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I suspect you cannot have both WR and an aperture ring, though you certainly can seal the camera to lens interface. This is why the DFA 100 WR macro doesn't have one.

I think we need a DFA 50mm f1.2 brought back, with a ring, and a 135mm f2.8 prime.

We need most of all an uncrippled mount. If they do that, and add an easily interchangeable split focusing screen, I will buy the FF.

The fallback position is simply to reopen production of the entire FA series. With the current crippled mount, they are the lenses which most universally fit all Pentax bayonet mount cameras.
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The biggest FF gap I see that needs to be covered (assuming the FA limiteds are refreshed) is fast lenses wider than the FA 31.

DFA 24mm f/1.4 with good (doesn't have to be mind-blowing) even resolution and well corrected coma. Now that's something no manufacturer has managed to do well so far, not even Sigma's Art line. Would be a huge hit with the astrophotography/night landscape crowd.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TomTextura Quote
Not speculating... Wishing.

New DFA primes have got to be at some stage of development. I'm daydreaming about new Limiteds and Stars. And I'm sure I'm not the only one!

My Top 3 (in order):

1. DFA Limited 43mm F1.4 WR
Haven't bought the current version but if I'm to get the new FF I will immediately need a field of view equivalent for the 31 I love and use so much.

2. DFA Limited 21mm F2 WR
Sharp, wide, and fast! Please!

3. DFA Limited 135 F1.8 WR
Compact tele with creamy bokeh. Roughly fill the spot of the sweet 77.

I'd be keenly interested in a DFA* 200mm F2.8 AW as well but I would shoot with the DFA Limited WRs above a lot more. I'm counting on them all being laden with the same enchanting pixie dust of their FA Limited brethren. Not too particular about the maximum aperture but I'm really hoping that they'll be weather resistant.

What sexy new Pentax primes are you lusting after?
Couple 2.8 zooms are in the pipeline.
Expect 1.4/85 first, some alibi 1.4/50 maybe and after that a long one 2.8/300 would be fun.
1.4/35 is missing, but will take time. A large apeture 135 would be nice
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I think the easiest thing to do is to up date the FA Limited lenses with HD and aerobright coatings. Keep the aperture ring, but add the newer, faster AF motor. I would love for them to develop a fa

1. Update FA Limited line with HD & aerobright coatings. Faster AF. Weather sealing would be really nice.
2. Produce modern versions of the A 50mm F/1.2, A* 85mm F/1.4, A* 135mm F/1.8, and a 24mm F/2.

This would give them:
24mm F/2
31mm F/1.8
43mm F/1.8
50mm macro F/2.8
50mm F/1.2
77mm F/1.8
85mm F/1.4
100mm Macro
135mm F/1.8
200mm F/2.8

Then they can add.
35mm F/2
50mm F/2
85mm F/2

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3602002
Testing Pentax Glass on a FF A7r body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
My father's Pentax was a full lineup of professional quality lenses/cameras/accessories at reasonable prices in a great system.
My father's Pentax was an upper-middle-class toy - until Nikon became the standard choice of the Associated Press and Canon rode Sports Illustrated to fame and fortune. Status conscious men with money to burn traded Pentax screwmounts for F-1's or F's in droves. Leaving Pentax (eventually) the body of choice for High School photography classes.

Sure, Pentax remained dominant in a few professional sub-markets, usually related to larger film formats. But Pentax was persistently squeezed at the top by complete professional systems and support, and at the bottom by innovators - first Olympus, then Minolta - who understood the power of marketing to cash-rich American consumers.

In 1977 my grandmother gave me an end-of-life KX / K50/1.4 as a college graduation present. In 1976 my father had given my younger brother an Olympus OM-1 / 50/1.8 as a High School graduation present and TO THIS DAY he swears he has the better camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
I suspect you cannot have both WR and an aperture ring, though you certainly can seal the camera to lens interface. This is why the DFA 100 WR macro doesn't have one.
If they can WR a zoom ring and an focussing ring, why wouldn't they be able to seal an aperture ring?
They could of they wanted.
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Hm, but there already are some WR lenses with aperture rings, no?
QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
I suspect you cannot have both WR and an aperture ring, though you certainly can seal the camera to lens interface. This is why the DFA 100 WR macro doesn't have one.
Whoa, I never noticed that WR lenses don't have aperture rings. I am really wondering if that is just a coincidence, or if the rings and its gears are actually too difficult to make WR.. something to think about
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