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DA 15 2242.31%
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05-15-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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QUICK! DA 15 or DA 21

You're buying a DA Wide prime...either the 15 or 21.

Your next step up is 28, as part of a 28-105 zoom. Your next prime on the way up is a 43. You don't really shoot landscapes, more people portraits/candid portraits than anything else.

Which do you choose and why...the 15 or 21?

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In my opinion, you answered yourself in your post: ... "You don't really shoot landscapes, more people portraits/candid portraits than anything else" ...

While one can obviously make portraits and candid images with any lens, I for one would much rather have the 21 for such work and that's how I voted in your poll. That said, I love to do landscapes as well and the 15 would be my personal pick
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That depends on whether you like sunbursts or not.
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for one thing, you don't really need an ultra wide to shoot landscapes. I have used just about every lens in my kit for this purpose depending on the perspective I am shooting from. That said, I think the 21 will serve well. For tight architectural shots, the DA 15mm would be the best bet.

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Sunburst are possible to with the DA21! And I use it for portraying people when there are in a group, in surroundings relevant to the photo or holding a miniature watermill. One recent example.
A man with his watermill...


But I've seen examples of people pulling off wonderful photo's of people with the DA15 to.

Good luck choosing a lens!

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15mm for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgmankos Quote
...more people portraits/candid portraits than anything else.

Which do you choose and why...the 15 or 21?
In that case I'd recommend something longer than 21mm.
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"You don't really shoot landscapes, more people portraits/candid portraits than anything else" is best suited to a DA21 rather than a DA15.

Both are great lenses, while the DA15 can do this:


the DA21 can do this


Both are fairly wide, but the DA21 is more practical day to day for people shots.

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21 will feel closer to what you're used to, and is certainly a great moderate wide angle. But is that really what you want?

If you're looking for a dedicated wide angle, I assume you're looking for something quite different than 28 (unless you want to shoot all primes) to get more environmental shots. 21 is a fair bit wider, but not really dramatically so. If you really want to push the difference, the 15 is a great way of getting those dramatic perspectives. And there are plenty of great examples of people in environment shots in the "mind control club".

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Well, there you go, DA 15 can do sunbursts, while the DA 21 can do watermills. Take your pick.
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
Well, there you go, DA 15 can do sunbursts, while the DA 21 can do watermills. Take your pick.

But seriously. The DA 21 can do sunburst!
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But seriously. The DA 21 can do sunburst!
Very nice sunburst.
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
Well, there you go, DA 15 can do sunbursts, while the DA 21 can do watermills. Take your pick.
QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
Very nice sunburst.
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