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09-16-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR: A Closer Look

A closer look at the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR, one of Pentax's three new K-mount lenses slated for release at the end of the year.

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So none of these three will be available any time soon for testing?
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If I were to guess, the 16-85 will be available next year, and the 70-200 and long telezoom will have announcements next year and ready by early 2016.

Looks like Pentax is stating that the 16-85 is intended to be an upgrade from the kit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
If I were to guess, the 16-85 will be available next year, and the 70-200 and long telezoom will have announcements next year and ready by early 2016.

Looks like Pentax is stating that the 16-85 is intended to be an upgrade from the kit.
A lens that large, and as expensive as it is going to be, is not a kit lens.

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When we look at what is happening at Photokina, namely Ricoh-Pentax, are we to "expect" new lenses sometime soon or is this some sort of a tease ?
So I would assume that all that is shown here for the "new" zoom lenses are in fact prototypes?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
A lens that large, and as expensive as it is going to be, is not a kit lens.
"According to our recent interview with Ricoh, this lens is meant for users who aren't satisfied with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. It offers silent autofocus, a wider and longer zoom range, and improved build and image quality."

I'm only going by what the article mentioned. I didn't say it's a kit lens.

QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
When we look at what is happening at Photokina, namely Ricoh-Pentax, are we to "expect" new lenses sometime soon or is this some sort of a tease ?
So I would assume that all that is shown here for the "new" zoom lenses are in fact prototypes?
For reference:

Photokina 2012 - DA 560mm F5.6 was announced. It was not available for touching or testing.
DA 560mm F5.6 was release in February of 2013.

Trying to find more announcements vs releases.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
Trying to find more announcements vs releases.
The 16-85mm will come out in Winter, 2014 according to the press release.

QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
Photokina 2012 - DA 560mm F5.6 was announced. It was not available for touching or testing.
The reference exhibition was at CP+ 2012, where the lens was sealed off. At photokina, however, a few lucky individuals got to use it. They were showing it off with the Q10 on press day.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
"According to our recent interview with Ricoh, this lens is meant for users who aren't satisfied with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. It offers silent autofocus, a wider and longer zoom range, and improved build and image quality."

I'm only going by what the article mentioned. I didn't say it's a kit lens.
But for the last 2 days people have been saying this only makes sense if it's a replacement for the kit lens. You just had to take one look at the name to know it was not a kit lens replacement but an upgrade.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The 16-85mm will come out in Winter, 2014 according to the press release.



The reference exhibition was at CP+ 2012, where the lens was sealed off. At photokina, however, a few lucky individuals got to use it. They were showing it off with the Q10 on press day.

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Oh wow, so that's a pretty fast release schedule for the 16-85 then? If so, the other two may be even available end of next year!

Just waiting to see the price on the 16-85.. Canon's version is $800 MSRP, while Nikon's is $789 MSRP (discount to $629). If this lens is in that range, that sucks (well sorta). If it's cheaper it'll be amazing.
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Oh wow, so that's a pretty fast release schedule for the 16-85 then? If so, the other two may be even available end of next year!

Just waiting to see the price on the 16-85.. Canon's version is $800 MSRP, while Nikon's is $789 MSRP (discount to $629). If this lens is in that range, that sucks (well sorta). If it's cheaper it'll be amazing.
I guess that's up to Ricoh Imaging USA to decide. But it would make sense to price it competitively with the Sigma 17-70mm, above the Pentax 18-135mm, and below the Pentax 18-270mm superzoom, so I would bet on somewhere in the $599-699 range.

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