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DA 14mm 107.63%
DA 15mm Limited 8564.89%
DA 21mm Limited 3627.48%
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08-25-2010, 01:07 AM   #16
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any longer, I'd lose about 10% more shots. Having 90% good shots without having to crop isn't worth it to me. I'd rather have to crop my shots slightly than lose one.The IQ on the DA 21 at f5.6 is so good I can get a 11x14" print at 150dpi with proper PP.

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I do only have one... and it's the 21... The Sigma 17-70 covers the 17mm/f2,8 position very well.
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How did the Sigma get into this discussion?
08-25-2010, 08:19 AM   #19
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If you could only have one WA lens, why would you limit yourself to 3 choices by Pentax?

08-25-2010, 09:35 AM   #20
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DA15! Small, wide, quick to focus, and chocked full of that Limited pixie dust. The 21 looks great too but it's just not that wide.
Faced with the same decision I thought about the 14 vs 15 for a while and decided the bulk of the 14 was not worth the 1 mm and speed that would be gained over the 15. But I cycle, hike, and ski to a lot of my photo ops so being small and light is valuable to me and f/4 is fast enough, especially since this lens does well wide open.
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Why are the results hidden from those who already have voted - it can't affect their votes because they can't go back to change it?
08-25-2010, 04:17 PM   #22
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QuoteOriginally posted by philbaum Quote
Why are the results hidden from those who already have voted - it can't affect their votes because they can't go back to change it?
You don't HAVE to vote. I didn't see my favorite pick in those three choices so I abstained, even though I have a DA15.
08-25-2010, 05:28 PM   #23
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This is an interesting thread: I have the 21mm and the Sigma 10-20 and was thinking of selling one or both to get the 15mm.

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How did the Sigma get into this discussion?
Because at 17 mm and f2,8, for me it nearly corresponds to what the 14 or 15 would offer. I merely explained why I chose the 21. Just saying "I have this lens so you should pick it too" without saying why, isn't very useful...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spotmatic Lover Quote
How did the Sigma get into this discussion?
I don't see how we could have a meaningful discussion of lens options between 14 & 21mm without considering the Sigma.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spotmatic Lover Quote
How did the Sigma get into this discussion?
Some people can't help but bring Kool-Aid to a wine tasting party.
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Again, as someone who has a DA15 - and yes it is a very nice lens, but it can only compete with the Sigma 10-20 at 15mm. 10-14mm is a wash, and so is 16-20mm. Moreover when I look at the substance / images of what people and myself are doing with these two lenses, I fail to understand the hysteria of the DA15.
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da15 is like a magic wand, enchanting to use, enhancing light, sparkling my mood (and pictures for that)
da21 is a workhorse in the forest, capturing always the right angle
this is as is for me: da21 is needed, da15 cannot be missed
da14 I know not, 15 and 21 is enough (apart from my m42 20mm Zeiss)
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Some people can't help but bring Kool-Aid to a wine tasting party.
If it were the Zeiss 18mm or 21mm Distagon lenses would it make you feel better since you have a pallet for Opus 1?
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I voted for the DA21 as well, but it's the only one of the three I own. When I first got into the Pentax system, I dismissed the DA21 as useless very quickly ("what ? Only f/3.2 ? And that much distortion ?"). Then I got interested in primes, street photography, and in reducing the bulk of my gear. I finally bought a DA21, and now I "get it". Amazing lens, great rendering, very useful wide-ish angle of view, compact & light, and not too expensive on top of that.

And when I want/need to go really wide, I use my DA12-24
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