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12-20-2010, 12:50 AM   #1
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DA 12-24mm/f4.0 does a pretty decent job of shooting into the sun as well...

The DA15 is a wonderful lens and receives a ton of love for how it handles shooting into the sun.

Well not to take anything away from that excellent little lens, but the DA12-24 is no slouch when it comes to shooting into the sun either. I took it cross country skiing with me yesterday and here's a few taken directly into the sun.

Three taken with the starburst effect at f/11 or f/16 and two with the sun behind thin clouds at f/11. All taken handheld with the K5 at ISO 80 for maximum dynamic range as there's a huge amount of difference between the shadows and fresh white snow on a sunny day. Converted from RAW in Lightroom 3.

I don't think anyone needs to fear shooting directly into the sun with the DA12-24 either. Enjoy.


P.S.: if you look closely you can see my K5's sensor stain in the middle of the frame in the great expanse of blue sky. It doesn't annoy me terribly, but it shouldn't be there in a new camera of this caliber. I am looking forward to hearing what Pentax Canada is going to do for me. The Alberta sales rep is supposed to be calling me soon.

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12-20-2010, 08:29 AM   #2
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Nice shots. I don't have the DA15 but I do have the 12-24. It is one really good lens as your images show.

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