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12-24-2017, 04:08 PM   #1
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When will Pentax come out with new versions of the Limiteds?

I own a Pentax 31mm limited and a 77mm limited, both in silver. They both work great on my K-1. I also just purchased the Pentax 28-105 mm zoom. I really like the quiet, fast focus of this zoom lens. I wish the limited lens would focus as fast and as quiet. Just wondering when/if Pentax will replace the old limited lenses with new full frame versions with DC motors, weather resistance, and the classic optics?

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QuoteOriginally posted by dfp771 Quote
Just wondering when/if Pentax will replace the old limited lenses with new full frame versions with DC motors, weather resistance, and the classic optics?
Anyone who knows anything is not talking and anyone who is talking knows nothing.

There is no indication, speculation or rumor that Ricoh has any intention of doing anything with the FA limiteds. Which means nothing because there was absolutely no warning when they re-did the DA limiteds. As you can tell because I am talking, I know nothing.
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With the glacial pace of lens releases for the full frame format I hope you are not holding your breath.
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For the record... I don't talk much.... and don't know much.... the beauty of it though is I'm ok with that.

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I know less than @jatrax and @noelpolar.

However, I think I know that many users have been really delighted with the FA Limiteds. They seem to carry a grand reputation, so who knows whether they will ever be replaced?
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what do I know -

less than what I might claim

and more than some ( including my sisters in law ) give me credit for

and I have no idea about

the new K 3 II replacement and/or

the future replacements for any and all Pentax lenses ever made

but I do know for certain that I wish all happy holidays and a happy new year to come
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QuoteOriginally posted by dfp771 Quote
I own a Pentax 31mm limited and a 77mm limited, both in silver. They both work great on my K-1. I also just purchased the Pentax 28-105 mm zoom. I really like the quiet, fast focus of this zoom lens. I wish the limited lens would focus as fast and as quiet. Just wondering when/if Pentax will replace the old limited lenses with new full frame versions with DC motors, weather resistance, and the classic optics?
The problem is that incorporating these features (with current tech) would increase the size of the limiteds, which goes against the design philosophy. They'd have to miniaturize the AF motors and redesign the barrels, which might be a more substantial undertaking.

That said, silent-focusing and weather-sealed limited primes would sell really well IMO. Would love to see some get released.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The problem is that incorporating these features (with current tech) would increase the size of the limiteds, which goes against the design philosophy. They'd have to miniaturize the AF motors and redesign the barrels, which might be a more substantial undertaking.

That said, silent-focusing and weather-sealed limited primes would sell really well IMO. Would love to see some get released.
My opinion is Pentax will keep selling the Three Princesses until people stop buying them, which doesn’t mean they won’t develop new, modern lenses in different focal lengths using the Limited design and production standards.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dfp771 Quote
I own a Pentax 31mm limited and a 77mm limited, both in silver. They both work great on my K-1. I also just purchased the Pentax 28-105 mm zoom. I really like the quiet, fast focus of this zoom lens. I wish the limited lens would focus as fast and as quiet. Just wondering when/if Pentax will replace the old limited lenses with new full frame versions with DC motors, weather resistance, and the classic optics?
I'm sure replacements will be along any day now, complete with 82mm filter threads.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattt Quote
With the glacial pace of lens releases for the full frame format I hope you are not holding your breath.
So true
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Most communication from Ricoh about the marketing philosophy for the K1 emphasised the aspect of giving the die-hard fans a camera to use their legacy film era lenses on. They saw this as answering one of the main demands from the traditional user base. There is nothing inherent in this philosophy that includes re-designing new versions of already popular existing lenses.
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The problem is that incorporating these features (with current tech) would increase the size of the limiteds, which goes against the design philosophy. They'd have to miniaturize the AF motors and redesign the barrels, which might be a more substantial undertaking.
The DA Limited Zoom is weather resistant and has a "DC motor".
You can compare it with its FF optical predecessor, the FA 20-35 zoom,
which has the same old non-quick-shift screw drive as the FA Limiteds.

The DA Ltd. Zoom is 71 x 68.5mm and weighs 283 gm.
The FA 20-35 is 68 x 70 mm and weighs 245 gm.

The DA Ltd. Zoom gains a little compactness from only having to cover APS-C,
but the bloat caused by the WR and DC technologies is not that bad.
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Why would anyone want a modern version of an existing FA Limited? On its face that is a contradiction in philosophy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Why would anyone want a modern version of an existing FA Limited? On its face that is a contradiction in philosophy.
Because they are really good lenses?

Give them the DFA 100 macro WR treatment -- quick shift/weather sealing/maybe a DC motor/HD coating, but keep the optical formula the same. I think that would work fine for most Pentaxians as long as you can still keep the size small.
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