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New Limited edition lenses for September

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by Monobod, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    I see that Pentax has announced upgrades with Nano coatings and curved aperture blades for better out of focus results. Also, of course there is a price hike, but will the 'old' lenses now be available for a bit less until stocks run dry?

    Is it worth buying expensive lenses that only work with APS-C bodies?
    Does this point to another nail in the lid regarding a FF body from pentax?

    This announcement possibly raises more questions than answers, I think.
  2. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    They look very nice but expensive. Why do primes cost more than zooms..??

    Also Pentax are having a laugh with the price of the two new flashguns. The quoted price may well be RRP and not shop price but even so they are way overpriced.
  3. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi David,

    Every announcement from every manufacturer raises more questions than answers :) Although, IMVHO, a lot of those questions are from users, like those Nikon types, who are waiting for an item that they feel should come out ;)


  4. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Dave,

    Indeed, they do look nice and it seems to me that the DA15/4 price has stayed the same :eek: ........ :) and, as for the flashguns, the weather proofing is very nice and the addition of the swivel to the 360 is nice,as well. However, IMO, if they took the pricing back to what it was several years ago, flashgun sales (of Ricoh -pentax) would definitely rise :)

    As for the primes vs zoom pricing contrasts, sometimes it 'speed' vs 'versatility' and, other times, I really don't know what they're thinking :confused:.

    Also, speaking of announcements, I just received an email from Ricoh (pentax) Canada and, as of September 1st, there will be a few price drops and, maybe/hopefully, they will head across the pond :)

    The price drops are:

    DA 18-135 WR .... $24 CDN (not a biggie)
    DA 60-250/4 ...... $180 CDN (not bad)

    MX-1 .... $80 CDN (really not bad)


  5. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Because in most cases zooms are aimed at consumers rather than enthusiasts and pros and are therefore built down to a price rather than up to a standard. Also as they now vastly outsell prime lenses they are made in much larger numbers and the economies of scale come into play.

    As far as I can see the Limited range of lenses are something of a cut above the norm and more equivalent to Canon's faster and/or L series glass which, prime or zoom, are similarly premium priced - especially the fast zooms!

    No more of a laugh than Canon or Nikon - all OEM flashes seem overpriced to some extent...
  6. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Seem about what I would expect, assuming there's a substantial reduction when we're talking street price.
  7. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    When I look at the price of just about everything to do with photography these days, I get the cold shivers. I'm just really glad that I have bought pretty much all I need already. But what I need of course, is not quite the same as what I want.

    I have a friend who is a Nikon user and he has invested in a D800e. The ability to crop the full size image and still get a decent print is really something else. As a wildlife photographer specialising in top quality bird images, this has proved a real winner for him.

    It is at times like these, that I look at my Pentax K-5, wonderful as it is and dream of what could be if I were a rich man. :)
  8. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi David,

    I know a few Nikon FF users who, on (not so infrequent) occasions, will use the DX setting on their cameras to gain a little more, albeit fake, focal length when shooting. Some people, when purchasing images, like the "tighter" look on the computer screen and that method works, oddly enough :)


  9. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Yes, the D800e still gives about 15Mp in crop mode.....great too if you have a mix of lenses, you don't have to sell anything in a hurry.

    By the way, having great fun with the NIK software. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
  10. PentaxManiac

    PentaxManiac Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up Jack, and I really hope those reductions do make it over here: I've considered the 18-135 for a long time but thought it was unrealistically priced at over £500. Let's watch this space......
  11. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Martin,

    I totally agree and think they could come down some more and, the one that, again I think, could come down significantly is the DA18-270 lens :)



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