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02-10-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Interesting but are all those other FA lenses available, new?
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Interesting but are all those other FA lenses available, new?
Of course. You can order new FA lenses.

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Interesting but are all those other FA lenses available, new?
All of them are, yup, but only in Japan.


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All of them are, yup, but only in Japan.
I can order some of lenses in Russia. But by order. Need to wait.

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Wow, looks like there really is a lot of 645 glass available. I thought it was just the one or two lenses.
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All the lenses are available in central Europe as well, but not even the largest shops do have them in stock. But that is, I believe, normal and expected.

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Personally I think they should get back to the leaf shutter design. Photographers value that 1/500th sync speed. Overpowering the sun is very popular, and the other more expensive medium format rigs all have that option. The only 645 glass with the leaf shutter that a Pentax owner can use is old, manual focus stuff.
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All of them are, yup, but only in Japan.
That is something Pentax USA should work on then.

There is one store here that does handle orders and has some stock:
Middenformaat | Objectieven | Foto Konijnenberg

FA lenses in stock (next to the D-FA55mm): 75mm; 120mm macro; 150mm; 80-160mm and 300mm. Currently no 645D body in stock, so that is a pitty since otherwise you could leave the shop with a full set (and empty pockets).
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indyphil - very true, this way the flexibility of the 645D is quite limited.
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QuoteOriginally posted by indyphil Quote
Personally I think they should get back to the leaf shutter design. Photographers value that 1/500th sync speed. Overpowering the sun is very popular, and the other more expensive medium format rigs all have that option. The only 645 glass with the leaf shutter that a Pentax owner can use is old, manual focus stuff.
If you have to calculate light and cock the shutter for each frame, autofocus is not really speeding things up. That is a manual world. In other words, the manual focus LS lenses will do just fine in that environment. And at least the 135mm is very good indeed (but I believe the LS 75mm is, too, I just did not have it long enough to confirm).

Having said that, the LS lenses are only available on the used market, and are far and few between. So yes, they should be made again, perhaps optimised for the digital age.
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QuoteOriginally posted by indyphil Quote
Personally I think they should get back to the leaf shutter design. Photographers value that 1/500th sync speed. Overpowering the sun is very popular, and the other more expensive medium format rigs all have that option. The only 645 glass with the leaf shutter that a Pentax owner can use is old, manual focus stuff.
Did you buy a Hasselblad?
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QuoteOriginally posted by indyphil Quote
Personally I think they should get back to the leaf shutter design. Photographers value that 1/500th sync speed. Overpowering the sun is very popular, and the other more expensive medium format rigs all have that option. The only 645 glass with the leaf shutter that a Pentax owner can use is old, manual focus stuff.
yes overpowering the sun is rather popular with outdoor on-location portraiture, but like all popular things they will come in and out of fashion eventually. the 75mm f/2.8 LS gives the FOV of a 58mm lens, I consider this to be not a bad choice for full length portraiture, which is often the case in outdoor on-location shoots the 135mm f/4 LS also can be used to tighter shots. so I don't think there is much to complain about with the current line up. Lightning fast AF isn't all that important for on-location strobist or studio work.

Actually 1/500th synch speeds is a bit old hat...the top of the line Schneider-Kreuznach leaf shutter digital lenses for Mymiya AFD can synch at 1/1600th

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The new wide zoom on the road map looks interesting. It seems to start in the 20mmish range and I wonder about price compared with the prime.
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