Can Pentax make A Decent Lens? Ricoh have not fixed QC issues...

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Trevor G
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Can Pentax make A Decent Lens? Ricoh have not fixed QC issues...
3 months ago

I dropped Pentax in 2011 and sold everything except for a faulty *istDS2, predominantly because their quality control is so abysmal.

Out of 20 odd Pentax lenses I had only one, the FA50 f1.4, that appeared to not be badly decentred, or suffer from skewed focus.

My K200D and subsequent K-x could not focus them accurately.

I shifted to Nikon and haven't had any sign of lens issues from the 8 or 9 I have bought.  Most were used, one or two new.

For various reasons I reacquired a K200D (OK, I like CCD output) a week ago and ordered a new DA-FT50 f1.8.  They sell for $159 on eBay via the local importers, but don't tell anyone.

I hooked it up and, you guessed it, left side is sharp on my local railway station, right side is fuzzy.  Since it's eBay I can get my money back, but I would like to think that I could buy a Pentax lens that was straight.

Does anyone else have these problems?  I know many review pages list the numerous attempts to get a non-decentred lens for their testing...

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