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11-16-2016, 12:15 AM   #1
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Should we expect more D FA* zooms?

I'm really liking my D FA* 70-200, so much so that I'm finding excuses to shoot subjects in that focal length, and I'm skeptical that the D FA 24-70 or the 15-30 (+ a whole new filter system, ouch) have the same optical quality. Do you think Ricoh might add D FA* zooms, or will they consider this range covered?

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I wouldn't expect any other D FA* zooms anytime soon. With the basics already covered and 4 primes plus a fisheye roadmapped for next year or later, it looks like Pentax will be pretty busy in the near future. But I'm sure at least one of those primes will be a star lens!

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Despite the roadmap, I would not be surprised to see additional zooms, especially additional models overlapping "normal" FL. Consider what they've offered for APS-C that overlap the nominal "normal" FL of about 35mm: 16~50mm; 16~85mm; 17~70mm; 18~55mm; 18~135mm; 18~250mm; 18~270mm; 20~40mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lithedreamer Quote
I'm really liking my D FA* 70-200, so much so that I'm finding excuses to shoot subjects in that focal length, and I'm skeptical that the D FA 24-70 or the 15-30 (+ a whole new filter system, ouch) have the same optical quality
that could be me writing that!

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Despite the roadmap, I would not be surprised to see additional zooms, especially additional models overlapping "normal" FL. Consider what they've offered for APS-C that overlap the nominal "normal" FL of about 35mm: 16~50mm; 16~85mm; 17~70mm; 18~55mm; 18~135mm; 18~250mm; 18~270mm; 20~40mm.
Only one of them is a "*" lens. So there may be some new lenses, but don't expect a "*".
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I hope in the middle term, if Pentax achieve more user base, we could see some f4* zooms.
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For myself, some extra-wide, very compact primes (FF versions of the DA15), and maybe some medium-tele primes (a new 135~150mm f2.8, or maybe f2??).
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I don't think it's been roadmapped but I can imagine something like a 24-105 or 24-120 a somewhat likely release at some point. It would be anyone's guess whether Pentax would give either a star '*' moniker. If they have constant f/4 it would seem a little more likely, if they did variable aperture 24-120/3.5-5.6 instead, that would probably not get the star.

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when was the last time Pentax released a new lens (not just an existing lens with new coatings and rounded aperture blades) that wasn't on the roadmap?
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5 months ago? IIRC, the DA 55-300 RE PLM wasn't on the roadmap.
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The other maybe was the HD 20-40mm/f2.8-4 Ltd. Before that.
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Ooo! Suppose they could manage to convert the 18~135 to FF? Now there would be an attractive walk-about for urban-site touring.
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The 20-40 was on the roadmap: Pentax Lens Roadmap for 2012-2013 - Pentax Announcements | PentaxForums.com

Yeah, the 55-300 (and the 18-55 re as well) added more than a coating and/or different blades, but they're existing focal lengths - an updated version of a lens, not a new lens.
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From a concept-development-production point of view, it was very much a brand new lens
It even marks the introduction of 2 new technologies to Pentax K: the electronic aperture and the PLM motor (the retractable design and the focus-by-wire were previously used by the 18-50 RE).

But IMO the deciding factor might be that they made the roadmap when the K-1's success was uncertain. Hopefully, they soon decided to push the development for more lenses...
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I'm sure if they did, those lenses will show up on the roadmap before they show up on the shelf.
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