New lenses for Pentax Cameras


johnriley

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 11:12
Well 2019 is almost upon us, and Happy New Year for when it gets here!

What I'm wondering is what lenses are we all likely to buy in 2019? I mean for our Pentax cameras of course.....

For me, it has to be one that already exists (HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 AW) and one that just might arrive (HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm f/4).

The 50mm is just superb quality and I'd like it just for the joy of that. The f/4 version of the 70-200mm would be ideal for travel. It is hopefully going to be another incredible lens and rather lighter and a bit smaller than the f/2.8 version.
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HarisF1

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 11:46
I'm interested in the 70-200/4 as long as the size is reasonable. Something similar to the 50-135/2.8 would be perfect.

The D-FA 85/1.4 will also be quite interesting. I'm really impressed by the 50 so a similar lens in the 85 would be very interesting.

There's a lot to look forward to.

RobL

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 15:35
I think there will be a lot of interest in the 70-700mm f4, I hope it will be another *lens. The f2.8 is great, but it is large and heavy; will I keep that as well? It depends, I suspect it will still have the edge for specific shoots and I wouldn’t just swop one for the other. The new 85mm could be a good portrait lens especially if it is as good as the 50mm f1.4, which is highly desirable but I am struggling to justify it although it means I am loathe to settle for the cheaper alternatives.

Gwyn

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 15:43
I'm just hoping there is a new APS-C camera to attach some lenses to.
Surely they will have something for the centenary? Pretty please?

Happy new year whatever Ricoh decides!

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 16:31
I think I've said this every year since I got my first DSLR:

A modern 35mm f/1.4 for APS-C only (to avoid excessive size, weight and cost). Something along the lines of the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4.

Other than that, I think the DA limited line could do with some padding out. How about something a little longer, such as a 120mm f/2.8? Or, I'd accept the 35mm as only f/2 if it was a DA limited.
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Nigelk

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 17:24
I'm looking forward to seeing the reviews for the delayed DA*11-18mm. If it gets rave reviews I might be tempted to part with some cash.

Kim C

Link Posted 31/12/2018 - 17:45
The 25mm/f4 lens if Ricoh brings it back

Simonmac

Link Posted 01/01/2019 - 17:53
I'd love a 35mm equivalent 'plastic fantastic' to go with the 35 &50.

What a great little trio that would be.
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ilovesaabs

Link Posted 01/01/2019 - 18:39
RobL wrote:
I think there will be a lot of interest in the 70-700mm f4, I hope it will be another *lens.

That will be an IMPRESSIVE lens - just hope it is painted silver like the old FA* lenses....and BIG BOLD PENTAX in black on the lens hood
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RobL

Link Posted 01/01/2019 - 23:58
ilovesaabs wrote:
RobL wrote:
I think there will be a lot of interest in the 70-700mm f4, I hope it will be another *lens.

That will be an IMPRESSIVE lens - just hope it is painted silver like the old FA* lenses....and BIG BOLD PENTAX in black on the lens hood

Oops! Very droll. Looking at the roadmap again it seems the 70-200mm f4 will just be a green one, however that puts it in a lower price bracket but should still be be pretty good. I wonder if the new SDM from the 50mm f1.4 will become universal?

ilovesaabs

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 09:38
I still can't fathom why they can't just re-engineer the 60-250f4 - re-organise the internals (ie remove the baffle) and refresh the AF drive.
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Mike-P

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 10:34
ilovesaabs wrote:
I still can't fathom why they can't just re-engineer the 60-250f4 - re-organise the internals (ie remove the baffle) and refresh the AF drive.

I suspect because most people would want internal focus/zoom on a 70-200mm, I know that was my only complaint with the 60-250mm.

Personally I'm not buying any new lenses until Ricoh do something about the AF tracking.
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stub

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 14:46
More specific lenses to do a particular job.. rather than lenses to cover a range. The 85mm f1.4 will be a welcome portrait lens. A 30mm f1.4 or 24mm a nice addition.
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Kim C

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 16:34
ilovesaabs wrote:
I still can't fathom why they can't just re-engineer the 60-250f4 - re-organise the internals (ie remove the baffle) and refresh the AF drive.

Maybe because this was one of the lens that is prone to SDM failure and unfortunately, the only one of that series that can't be converted to screwdrive.

walt

Link Posted 02/01/2019 - 17:26
Simonmac wrote:
I'd love a 35mm equivalent 'plastic fantastic' to go with the 35 &50.

What a great little trio that would be.

Good call, anywhere between 28 and 35 equiv, would be nice. I don't have the 50 but am very impressed with the lightweight 35mm.

On the fantasy level I'd go for a renewed DA*300 F4 (I suppose they could call it a D-FA), keep the optical and weathersealed construction, just improve the af motor and add a focus limiter that I can tune....and don't add anymore significant weight.
And while they're at it how about a longer macro with internal af, focus limiter and af motor, but not to hefty....

Otherwise I'm stuck and can't think of any current or planned lenses I'd like from them.
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