Pentax lenses I want

Paul Stenquist pnstenquist at
Sat Nov 2 12:53:34 EDT 2019

> On Nov 2, 2019, at 12:44 PM, John Francis <johnf at> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 02, 2019 at 08:23:20AM -0400, John wrote:
>>> On 11/1/2019 19:39:33, John Francis wrote:
>>> On Fri, Nov 01, 2019 at 04:58:45PM -0400, Mark Roberts wrote:
>>>> Paul Stenquist wrote:
>>>>> I would think a full frame 24-70/4 is very unlikely in that Pentax already offers an excellent 24-70/2.8.
>>>> Yeah, it's excellent. But it's also huge compared to the 28-105.
>>> ... and with a price tag to match!
>>> I could never quite persuade myself I needed the older FA* 28-70/2.8
>>> to go along with the FA* 80-200/2.8 that was my main lens. But that's
>>> because I was mostly doing motorsports photography - very different
>>> from the sort of thing that Juan does - so the 28-105/f4.0-5.6 I had
>>> met my needs for the occasional pit or paddock shots.
>>> I'm waiting to see whether the announced flagship APS-C camera body
>>> makes it all the way into production; if it does, (and assuming that
>>> it has the sort of feature upgrades that could tempt me) there's a
>>> fairly good chance I'll buy one last Pentax body. But despite what
>>> my PDML T-shirt says I'm not sure I'll be buying any more lenses;
>>> the main potential candidate - the D FA 150-450 - would add quite
>>> a bit to whatever the new body (plus grip) would cost.
>> I got lucky and the one last lens that I was pining away for just happened
>> to fall into my lap this fall (even if I will still be paying for it for the
>> next three years).
> My lucky moment came around 20 years ago, when the lens I'd always longed for
> (but thought I'd never own, as it wasn't cheap) turned up on the used market.
> Apparently someone who earned his living shooting NASCAR was switching from
> Pentax to Nikon, as his editors were now insisting on digital images.
> I found out about this from a post on, which went
> something like "If you're looking for a bargain, Charlotte Camera have a
> Pentax 250-600 for sale for _only_ $3000", plus some other remarks which
> made it fairly clear the poster meant this mostly as a humorous comment.
> Five minutes later I followed up with a post that said "No they don't ..."
> Then I had to explain to the household expenditure committee why I'd just
> paid that much for a lens, especially since it was only a couple of months
> since I'd picked up a used A* 300/2.8 (with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters).
I think you were shooting with the 250-600 for the first time when I ran into you at the Long Beach race. Do you still use it? How is it on digital?
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