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11-05-2014, 02:20 AM   #1
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The FA 77mm Limited is the Greatest Pentax Lens of All Time

The Pentax FA 77mm Limited is the greatest Pentax lens of all time!

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11-05-2014, 04:49 AM   #2
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Well this certainly doesnt help my desire for this lens. Must resist......
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Yes but I still have a Sigma 70 macro and a Tamron 90 macro. And 77 is covered by my f-70-210, DA*60-250, Sigma 70-300, DA 18-135 and Sigma 18-250.Tha's seven lenses that cover the range around 77mm. How can I possibly think I should have this lens?

Just because 77 is a magical number and it's the pinnacle of Hirakawa Jun's design tenure at Pentax....
And the patent for the lens uses the famous pre-Hoya Pentax philosophy, "designed for the way people take pictures, not to do well on the numerical tests"
Given the current focus on numerically perfect designs, we may never see a design with the qualities of the 77 again. I'm not sure anyone but Jun even knew how to design a lens like this. And look at the maximum apertures, almost all except the fisheye ƒ2.8 or wider. When you see Pentax's current offerings, how obvious is it he's no longer there?

Lenses by Jun

DA 10-17mm Fish-Eye
DA 14mm f2.8
FA ★ 24mm F2.0 AL
FA 28mm F2. 8AL
FA 35mm F2
DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
DA ★ 55mm F1.4 SDM
FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
FA ★ 80-200 F2.8
FA ★ 85mm F1.4 (IF)

That would be an awesome set of lenses. I have the DA 10-17, which is an awesome lens I don't use enough. It's a fun lens.
There are some fine lenses on that list for sure. If you jut went for a Hirakawa collection you'd have a fine set of lenses. Although, it looks like he never designed a macro.

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Hirakawa_Jun

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I have had one (MIJ, silver) for five years. It is my precious. My Princess. My first Pentax prime, and the last I will ever part with.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mr Bassie Quote
Well this certainly doesnt help my desire for this lens. Must resist......

+1 This is clearly an act of aggression on our sanity and budgets.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote

,,,

When you see Pentax's current offerings, how obvious is it he's no longer there?

Lenses by Jun

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Hirakawa Jun - Camerapedia
The man knew what he was doing even if Hoya didn't. Now I can imagine him sitting in meetings with his leadership team as they blathered on about zooms and slow primes. "Whatever", as he rolled his eyes and stared at the ceiling. It was those moments when he looked at the textured tiles above him that he saw his formulas and the glass shaped itself into what we see today.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Lenses by Jun

DA 10-17mm Fish-Eye
DA 14mm f2.8
FA ★ 24mm F2.0 AL
FA 28mm F2. 8AL
FA 35mm F2
DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
DA ★ 55mm F1.4 SDM
FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
FA ★ 80-200 F2.8
FA ★ 85mm F1.4 (IF)

That would be an awesome set of lenses. I have the DA 10-17, which is an awesome lens I don't use enough. It's a fun lens.
There are some fine lenses on that list for sure. If you jut went for a Hirakawa collection you'd have a fine set of lenses. Although, it looks like he never designed a macro.

Hirakawa Jun - Camerapedia
I only have one of those. Clearly I am deprived and must start collecting right away.

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