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04-09-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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DA15 vs. DA*16-50

I realize that some members of this forum are wild about the DA15/4 Limited, but I would like to know what advantages it has over the DA*16-50/2.8, other than smaller size and less distortion and CA, the latter two being fixable in PP. According to Photozone, which is not the ultimate source in lens evaluation, IMO, the DA* actually has better resolution. Does the DA15 render differently?

So what I want to know is whether the DA15 is really something special or just the object of a lot of LBA hype.

Rob


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When I needed to upgrade to a better wide lens, I tested/rented 5 different (not the da*16-50 though). The da15 not only have the qualities you mention but they also appeared to have the depth of color as if a CPL was mounted. I can't explain it more that that. The size is very important to some (like me) as I often am without an ultra wide when I get a mile from the car just because of weight. A few onces in my pocket gives a change for shots I would otherwise miss out. Other than correctable distortion when under 20mm, I am very happy with the da16-45 but the color that jumps out of the da15 makes the da16-45 seem pale. Just my 2 cents.
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Not having used the DA 15, the big advantage I see (other than size) over the DA 16-50 is resistance to flare. The 16-50 can't shoot into the sun the way the DA 15 can. It also has more distortion (although that is fixable fairly easily).
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I agree with Rondec. The 16-50 is a flare prone pos. No experience with DA-15.
Don`t get me wrong, the DA* has it`s uses , rain,sleet and snow is where it shines, a tough lens in that regard.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
The 16-50 can't shoot into the sun
It can't? Oh ok, no one told me, else I wouldn't have attempted this?


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The 16-50mm has a bit more distortion, but is weather-sealed, is a stop faster, and of course has a much wider range of focal lengths. The 15mm certainly has nice IQ, bit it's more about size with this lens, IMO.

While the DA 15mm probably has better flare resistance, saying that the 16-50mm is a flare prone POS is a bit of an exaggeration:


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You didnt say which lens produced those shots. Guessing DA15.
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Just so you all know, I don't think the 16-50 is a flare prone POS. I just think that it tends to lose contrast easily when shooting into the sun and it is more prone to flare than the DA 15 (which makes sense since I am sure it has a ton more elements).

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You didnt say which lens produced those shots. Guessing DA15.
The exif is in place (its the 16-50).
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QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
I realize that some members of this forum are wild about the DA15/4 Limited, but I would like to know what advantages it has over the DA*16-50/2.8, other than smaller size and less distortion and CA, the latter two being fixable in PP. According to Photozone, which is not the ultimate source in lens evaluation, IMO, the DA* actually has better resolution. Does the DA15 render differently?

So what I want to know is whether the DA15 is really something special or just the object of a lot of LBA hype.

Rob
The only way to really know is to use the lens. I had the 12-24 and the DA 15. I sold the 12-24. I just prefer primes. The 16-50 is certainly a fine lens too. I am not a pixel peeper and just evaluate a lens by the images it produces. That said, I think the DA 15 is quite good.
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Actually, if you really look at the photozone numbers, they don't show the 16-50 with better resolution overall. At certain apertures, certain portions of the image (center versus border versus extreme) are slightly better with one, and at other apertures and with other portions of the image, it's the other way around. And in most cases, no matter which one has the better numbers for a given aperture in a given portion of the image, the differences are small enough to likely be undetectable. What the numbers say that sharpness is not a differentiator.

The numebrs show the DA15 beating the zoom handily in distortion, CA, and pretty much everyone agrees its no contest with respect to flare. But to my mind, those differences are what it's about. It all comes down to flexibility in favor of the zoom and size/weight in favor of the prime. Clearly, great images can be made with either.
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the da 15 is pretty flare proof... and has nice star highlights on light sources I dont know much about the 16-50.
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What I am hearing so far is that the main benefit of the DA15 vis a vis the DA*16-50 is small size, which comes at the cost of less versatility. It may also be slightly less prone to flare and also has less distortion and chromatic aberration, both of which can be dealt with in PP.

The background for my asking this question is that I have been a happy user of the DA*16-50 for about two years and have generally been quite satisfied with the IQ that it delivers. However, recently I became reacquainted with my FA31 and FA77 and could immediately see the differences. This led me to purchase a FA43, which I think may be the best of the FA Limiteds. (It is un-freaking-believable!) And that got me to wondering whether the DA15 might also be significantly superior to the DA*16-50 in terms of IQ. My sense is that any difference is rather small, which attests to the quality of the DA* and not to the lack of quality of the DA15.

Whether or not I will acquire one of those tiny little lenses someday is yet to be determined. Thanks to all for their input. Further comments are welcome.

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I would buy the DA15 Ltd but have held off so far for the following reasons:
1. Its not in stock, and probably won't be until people get over getting star effects. Thats okay I'm in no rush.
2. Its not wide enough. Not as wide as my Sigma 14/2.8
3. Its not fast enough. As above.
4. Its not full frame. As above.
The only attraction for me is that it tiny. But the camera body is big anyway, so whats the point? I think Pentax went the wrong way with the current crop of limiteds. I am not interested in that mirrorless camera they are supposed to be bringing out, the ergonomics would suck.
Now, if they brought out an ultrawide version of the FA31, game on.
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i think the question is whether you prefer primes or zooms.
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