I'm probably not the only one to make this prediction, but I suspect we will see (in line with the published "roadmap") a Pentax HD-DFA 35mm f1.8 and a Pentax HD-DFA 85mm 1.8, and possibly a Pentax HD-DFA 45mm f1.8 in the next few weeks/months - probably all launched together
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Why wouldn't Ricoh continue to buy in the already established designs and add their own finishing touches (WR, HD coating, etc.) so they can add a healthy premium? They've already done it with the 3 recent high speed zooms
Could do worse, all 3 of those bits of Tamron glass are quite highly regarded, although partly because they're unusual in offering lens stabilisation which is rare on primes of those lengths in Nikon/Canon fit. Had such a 35mm been available before Christmas I might not have bought the 31mm...
Dr Orloff wrote:Maybe but that won't offer much over what is already available.
What is really needed (at least by me) is a 20mm.
Agreed - a high quality lens around 20mm would be a useful addition, but I suspect it will be low priority for Ricoh as that length is "covered" with a relatively fast aperture in the 15-30 Tamron mod.
There is an FA20 available over on the other uk forum
I think Ricoh would do well introducing a portrait length lens (the classic 85mm) - the FA77 doesn't have SDM (or equivalent) focus and is a bit pricey for many, but if they could under-cut it a little with the 85/1.8 in a digitally optimised form I think they would have a winner.
Personally I don't think we are going to see many ultra-fast primes (as many seem to be clammering for) from Ricoh, the days when the Pentax brand was at the forefront of lens design is long gone - moderate aperture for the mid range lenses and fairly fast for some premium primes maybe is how I see the future
They are usable but edges and corners? Not tried but the M20 is nowhere near good enough, the Sigma superwide isn't good enough. I just don't think these will be. I'd like to be proved wrong, so I'd be happy to see full size images.