DA 12-28mm on the way?

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
tigrebleu Senior Member • Posts: 2,020
Re: DA 12-28mm on the way? Maybe...

I wouldn't be to optimistic on that, though. It depends on what you mean by "on the way"... 2013? Hardly, I think. 2014-15? Sounds more realistic.

1. Pentax's collaboration with Tokina ended some time ago. Since they last released lenses they had developed in collaboration (AFAIK, the 50-135mm F/2.8, 16-50mm F/2.8, 12-24mm F/4, 10-17mm F/3.5-4.5 Fisheye, 100mm F/2.8 Macro and, if I'm not mistaken 35mm F/2.8 Macro lenses), Tokina has produced other lenses that were never added to Pentax's lens line-up, like the 16-28mm F/2.8 FX, the 17-35mm F/4 FX, the 16.5-135mm F/3.5-5.6, the 11-16mm F/2.8, 11-16mm F/2.8 II, 10-17mm F/3.5-4.5 "NH" and 12-24mm F/4 II, just to name these. Even when not taking in account upgrades and full-frame lenses, Tokina has released the 11-16mm and the 16.5-135mm lenses. Pentax released an unrelated 18-135mm WR lens, but no ultra-wide.

2. Most manufacturer's lens roadmaps aren't very accurate: the lens range will sure be right (as it's always been for Pentax, as far as I can remember), but the timeline probably won't be as reliable as people would like. But looking at the roadmap, the focal length looks like a 12-28mm-ish lens indeed. Could be a 14-28mm, a 15-30mm, a 12-35mm or a 10-24mm, etc. That "approximate" range is, indeed, approximate.

Personally, I would've love to have a DA* (or even just a DA WR) ultra-wide angle lens. I waited long enough and eventually bought a lens that offered just that (ultra-wide field of view and weather resistance... in another brand, unfortunately).

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