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05-05-2011, 11:22 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
I considered the 14mm in the past as my attention caught the close-focusing capability and 1 stop advantage it had over the DA12-24 and DA15. it proved that the close-focusing isn't that much use of this focal length and that the other two lenses are wide and close enough to focus on what is needed to be shot. the one-stop advantage nowadays, especially for an UW lens isn't much of a factor. I would say for a slight size difference and flexibility, one would be better off with the DA12-24, and the DA15 for portability.
This is pretty much exactly my opinion as well. After using zooms for so long I have finally convinced myself that the compact size of primes is well worth having to shuffle my feet. The 15mm in particular is such a great lens, I would never take my camera out without it nearby (but likely attached).

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I played around with some quick shots and I like it. Yep, its big, but I wont be travelling with the SLR gear really. I take a G10 on holidays. But for night landscapes the 14mm should be fine. Will get a big workout soon when Sydney Vivid is on so will post some pics.
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I have one
The second coolest thing is the Limited like aluminum body and general solid construction.

The main thing I don't like is the very short focus throw (but the DA15 and other AF UWA zooms also suffer from this). The other thing is I wish it were sharper below f/5.6, but it does sharpen up nicely with a bit of PP'ing. It does have good contrast and colour and both ambient and flash exposures are very consistent with it.
What's also nice is the focus ring does not move when AF'ing. You can hold the lens the way you want without impeding operation.
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What's also nice is the focus ring does not move when AF'ing. You can hold the lens the way you want without impeding operation.
Yes, this is another good point. With this lens and it's close focus capabilities, it's nice to use AF to get in range quickly and then use quick-shift to touch up focus manually for off-center subjects. With such wide-angle lenses, there is a relatively big focus shift if you centre-point focus on the subject, then recompose (as is more common for users of Pentax AF...).

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Is it normal that the DA14 is more expensive than the DA15 at BH? Browsing around PF people are saying that the DA15 is more expensive but turns out BH is selling the DA14 for $600+ and DA15 for $500+

Am I missing anything?
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Is it normal that the DA14 is more expensive than the DA15 at BH? Browsing around PF people are saying that the DA15 is more expensive but turns out BH is selling the DA14 for $600+ and DA15 for $500+

Am I missing anything?
is it a second hand used copy?
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is it a second hand used copy?
No, they are both brand new. The DA14 is $699 versus $509 for the DA15. Both are out of stock though.
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No, they are both brand new. The DA14 is $699 versus $509 for the DA15. Both are out of stock though.

for the price, it doesn't make any sense on why the DA14 should be priced at that range.

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Generally, a faster lens is more expensive than a slower lens.
For examples, check the prices for these roughly comparable FL's:
FA31/1.8 vs DA35/2.8
FA77/1.8 vs FA70/2.4
DA*60-250/4 vs DA55-300/4-5.6
DA*16-50 vs. DA16-45/4 or DA17-70/4

The DA15/4 was more expensive when it was brand new than it is now, but the price has dropped since then. Possibly production start-up costs have been amortized, or the exchange rate with the Yen has gotten more favourable...
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QuoteOriginally posted by germar Quote
I never shot with the DA 15, but I found the 14 to be a wonderful, wonderful lens. It is a bigger lens for sure, but it's heft and size are acceptable when you take the images into account. Sharp and contrasty and that wonderful Pentax color rendering. Along with my FA Limiteds, the DA14 is on my keeper list for as long as I'm shooting Pentax.
Wonderful picture. I have a 12-24 and a 16-45...both great lenses, but I have to say, I'm impressed with that pix of the 57 Chevy with your 14 mm.

If I didn't know better I would of thought full frame.
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