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Friday, February 24, 2006

Finally, A Wide APS-C Prime


Pentax seems to be displaying only future products this year at PMA, including a new DSLR and a model/mock-up/prototype (don't know which) of next summer's digital 645. But snuggled in amongst the many press releases is one from Pentax about a forthcoming 21mm DA prime (i.e., single-focal-length lens, for those of you weaned directly to zooms). We have one thing to say: Kewl.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

8 Comments:

Blogger Mikko J. Kalavainen said...

Any idea about max. aperture of this thing? And it IS a 21 x 1.5mm prime, right?

1:51 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

Now, if only Canon would make a quality wide-angle prime in their EF-S series. I have to be content, for the moment, with their 10-22mm EF-S zoom.

I'd like something that goes nicely with my f1.8 triumphirate -- 28, 50, and 85. And no, their current 14mm doesn't cut it, I'm afraid.

2:07 PM  
Blogger jamietie said...

f3.2 for aperture.
This is almost enough to get me to spring for a Pentax digital...

7:06 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

Wide primes are sorely needed.
I've bought a 20mm Nikkor, twice! The first one was just not sharp. Got it used. The second is much better. Not really a great lens though, too bad. The 17-35mm is much sharper. But also much bigger and expensive.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Huh? "Finally"? As an owner for a Pentax DA 14/F2.8, this post is kinda wierd to read. What is interesting for me at least is the size of the lens. The DA 14 is kinda big although its surprisingly easy to handle, relatively light, and very well made.

11:39 PM  
Blogger DonovanCO said...

Back to the future! As a reluctant zoom lens user, except for sports where I am restricted in moving, I hope other lens makers will take notice of this new Pentax lens.

9:27 AM  
Blogger jamietie said...

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10:24 AM  
Blogger jamietie said...

>>Huh? "Finally"? As an owner for a Pentax DA 14/F2.8, this post is kinda wierd to read. What is interesting for me at least is the size of the lens. The DA 14 is kinda big although its surprisingly easy to handle, relatively light, and very well made.<<

As a Canon user, in order to get the 32mm FOV, a nice, semi-wide angle of view, without too much distortion, I had to use the 20mm 2.8, which while not a massive lens, is certainly not a small lens by any means. The compactness of the Pentax goes a long way, imo. You could get that and the 45mm pancake lens and have a very portable walkaround kit.
Also, this is a digital specific prime, which a lot of manufacturers have been slow to produce

10:25 AM  

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