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What are the upcoming Pentax lenses?
Posted By: Adam, 10-01-2006, 11:07 AM

See the attached image for a list of all the upcoming DA, DA*, and D-FA lenses.

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07-04-2007, 06:13 AM   #16
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I'm waiting on the DA*60-250. A real WOW lens for me (I hope).
I'm wondering if the 17-70 is going to be better than the Sigma 17-70 or if it's just going to be another "kit lens". I wish it would be a DA*.
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Why I'm not dropping too much into DA lenses, and I await the 17-70 and 55-300 option

QuoteOriginally posted by calicojack Quote
I'm waiting on the DA*60-250. A real WOW lens for me (I hope).
I might drop the money for that, but I'm having trouble bringing myself to drop serious money for a DA, on such a budget dSLR.
I don't see the APS-C lasting much beyond 10MP, and a return to full frame size once CCDs become commonplace there (instead of CMOS).

In other words, I love my cheap, 6MP K100D, but I don't see more than 10MP hitting the APS-C with any notable quality.
So once full frame size CCDs hit, I'll upgrade to those 12MP+ models and I won't be able to use my DA lenses.

QuoteOriginally posted by calicojack Quote
I'm wondering if the 17-70 is going to be better than the Sigma 17-70 or if it's just going to be another "kit lens". I wish it would be a DA*.
I don't know.
But I do know the 17-70 and 55-300 DA combination would be perfect for my K100D, especially if the combo is $500-600.
It would certainly give me far more range than my current 18-55 and 50-200 DA combination.
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Did anyone else notice that on the Japanese lens roadmap, the 200mm and 300mm are marked as DFA lenses? Is it possible a FF Pentax DSLR is coming?
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Well they also moark both of the current macro lenses, the 50mm and the 100mm as DFA. Are they FF as well?

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QuoteOriginally posted by bjsmith Quote
I might drop the money for that, but I'm having trouble bringing myself to drop serious money for a DA, on such a budget dSLR.
I don't see the APS-C lasting much beyond 10MP, and a return to full frame size once CCDs become commonplace there (instead of CMOS).

In other words, I love my cheap, 6MP K100D, but I don't see more than 10MP hitting the APS-C with any notable quality.
So once full frame size CCDs hit, I'll upgrade to those 12MP+ models and I won't be able to use my DA lenses.
I know where your coming from on this one, but in order for me to get into a FF DSLR I would have to not only sell everything I already own anyway (Just to pay for it) but I would have to wait a couple years into it for the cost to come down to a point where I could make myself pay for the body alone. So the way I see it, I have at least 4 years with my current set up (if they do bring out a FF camera soon and even longer if they wait) before I COULD look into a FF body and I am going to want some good lenses for that time.

The only thing that bothers me is I was really hoping for a 200 or 300mm zoom in f2.8 rather than f4. Lack of light is my current nemesis and I was hoping the longer DA* would stay f2.8 (yes, I know it would cost a LOT more...)

Besides, when I hit the lottery this weekend it wont matter, I will just buy a complete new FF Pentax and lenses when they come out...

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The only thing that bothers me is I was really hoping for a 200 or 300mm zoom in f2.8 rather than f4. Lack of light is my current nemesis and I was hoping the longer DA* would stay f2.8 (yes, I know it would cost a LOT more...)

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Cost is only one issue, the other is weight and mass. I own both a 300 F/2.8 full frame
and an 80-320 FF zoom F/4.5-5.6.

Now I don't think there is anyone on the planet that won't say that the 300mm F/2.8 has a whole list of technical advantages over the 80-320 zoom particularly for taking long photos.
at 300mm its 2 stops faster, it's a '*' lens, great reputation for optical quality, etc.

One usually sells for $175 bucks on Ebay and the other 10 times more.

Now guess which one I actually use most of the time????

Guess who would happily trade his perfectly good 300mm F/2.8 A* for
the announced but undelivered 300mm f4 SDM primarily because of t he weight and mass.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JMS Quote
Did anyone else notice that on the Japanese lens roadmap, the 200mm and 300mm are marked as DFA lenses? Is it possible a FF Pentax DSLR is coming?
That was an error. The 200 and 300 are DA Star's - not D FA's.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
Well they also moark both of the current macro lenses, the 50mm and the 100mm as DFA. Are they FF as well?
The 50 and 100 DFA's are 24x36, so on APS-C sensor they are larger than full frame. Only DA lenses are full frame on APS-C. The 50 and 100's are simply new versions of the older FA macros, it was much cheaper doing that than a complete re-design. They were released in 2004 and are the only D FA's on the market. No D FA has been released since them.

The new DA 35 Macro is a DA, for APS-C. Not 24x36.

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Roland, do you have any idea when this new Limited macro would be available? It's on my personal roadmap and for a plant geek like me a real must.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tobiasj Quote
I know where your coming from on this one, but in order for me to get into a FF DSLR I would have to not only sell everything I already own anyway (Just to pay for it) but I would have to wait a couple years into it for the cost to come down to a point where I could make myself pay for the body alone. So the way I see it, I have at least 4 years with my current set up (if they do bring out a FF camera soon and even longer if they wait) before I COULD look into a FF body and I am going to want some good lenses for that time.
The only thing that bothers me is I was really hoping for a 200 or 300mm zoom in f2.8 rather than f4. Lack of light is my current nemesis and I was hoping the longer DA* would stay f2.8 (yes, I know it would cost a LOT more...)
Besides, when I hit the lottery this weekend it wont matter, I will just buy a complete new FF Pentax and lenses when they come out...
Actually, I have to reverse my prior comments.

Previously, with only CCD technology, it looked like 10MP was close to the limit, and either full frame or at least a 1.25-1.3x crop was needed to get to 15MP or so.
In fact, as I understand it, the DA* lenses were built for up to a 1.25x crop, so I had incorrectly assume the death of 1.5x APS-C size was going to happen by 2010 or so.

But with the arrival of a 12MP CMOS sensor in an APS-C size with the Sony A700 and Nikon D300, it looks like APS-C is here to stay.
It now looks like even 18MP will be achievable in APS-C going past 2010, so investments in APS-C lenses are fairly safe.
As such, I went ahead and dropped money for both the DA 16-45 and the DA 10-17 Fisheye to round out my kit.

I've also found that shooting with the DA 50-200 at only 135mm gives me a tolerable f/4.5 speed.
So I'm finding little need to go to the DA* 50-135 f/4, which is larger because it's designed for the 1.25x crop, instead of 1.5x like most of the regular DAs.
I only have a K100D, so I'm not concerned with waterproofing, and the compact lenses (2.8", 3.1" and 3.6" for the FE, 50-200 and 16-45) make it easy for me to get into stadiums.

As such, I'm pretty happy with my "kit" now, and I'll just wait for some more DA telezoom options, like the DA 55-300.
When that happens, I hope a "K12D" will appear and drop below $1,000, and I'll recycle my lens kit to that.
I'll probably then hand my K100D down to my wife with a 7x or so superzoom (but not bigger), like the Sigma 18-125, or some of the rumored 16-135 models.

I'm very glad to see that APS-C sized sensors now have a future with CMOS, and it should take us to almost double what the K10D has today after at least 2 more generations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by calicojack Quote
I'm wondering if the 17-70 is going to be better than the Sigma 17-70 or if it's just going to be another "kit lens".
Sigma 17-70 is definitely sharp with good performance for its price. At occasions, the colour might be a little flat and bokeh turns out a little less uniform and chalky. The colour is flat in shadow areas or it basicly performs substandard in dim lit area (unlike Pentax lenses in which the lenses produce colour that usually turns out much richer in the evenly dim-lit environment)

The lens looks slightly bulky but not too bad to hand hold. I had only tried this lens when Joel bought this a couple months ago. Certainly not a kit lens
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that 60-250* sounds pretty good...
Anyword on when the rest may be out?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ebbe S Quote
Hi Mo

There's also an English version at: http://www.digital.pentax.co.jp/en/lens/roadmap.pdf

For most of us it's a lot easier to read

Ebbe
That link doesn't work now.

Here's the new one.

http://www.pentax.jp/english/imaging/digital/lens/roadmap.pdf
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Super Tele zoom

What is that Super Tele zoom in the roadmap?

50-500?
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Super Tele on the roadmap.......hmmmmmmm.

This could be good. But what do we want? Do we want a rival to the Bigma?

I would think that it will be a nice long tele (the word zoom is not on the roadmap)

Maybe they are going to modify the FA 600mm (which apparantly is still available to special order) to DA* (or DFA*?) spec, with motor drive.

Now THAT is a lens I would love.............
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