Pentax could benefit by producing big glass for APS-C

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Pentax could benefit by producing big glass for APS-C
Jan 4, 2011

Just visited the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the British Natural History Museum in London. Many of the photos were shot with telephoto lenses in the 400mm to 800mm range and there was not a single photo in any category shot with Pentax equipment (all Canon and Nikon except for one Toyo). Duh, since 300mm is the longest APS-C lens currently available. With compact water and dust resistant bodies (K-5, K-7), it would be a wildlife photographers dream to have matching DA* long telephoto lenses (400mm-500mm) with matching teleconverters (1.4 or 1.5x). People viewing that exhibit will have no idea that there was a company (Pentax) that made excellent DSLRs and and lenses. Instead, they will assume that for nature photography you need Canon or Nikon equipment.

A small consolation for Pentax aficionados is that several photos were taken with the Pentax designed 10-17mm fisheye lens sold by Tokina. Very generous of Pentax to make that lens available to Canon and Nikon camera owners.

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