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06-19-2011, 04:14 PM   #16
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I had the DA 17-70mm/4 zoom for a while. It didn't get along with the DA 21 ltd, DA 35 ltd and FA 77 ltd, and they kicked it out of the house and told it never to come back.

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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
My answer is a bit boring perhaps. Boring fact #1, the FA31 lives up to it's hype, IQ is gorgeous. Boring fact #2, the DA12-24 may be sharp, but the DA15 is too and is much more enjoyable to shoot with due to its size and weight.

If I had to pick 2 lenses of those 3, I'd have no hesitation picking the DA15 & FA31. But then the DA15/FA31/FA77 are my most used and favourite lenses.
Are you serious!!?? FA31 and DA-15???

Oh wait, I do 60% of my shooting with a DA-15 and FA31. Nevermind..
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I agree with John Poirier . If you are shooting for depth of field in landscape, tripod use and manual focus will make more difference than lenses will. I use mostly older manual focus primes that are not very expensive, except for ultrawide angle where a Sigma 8-16 works wonder. I am considering comparing an f2.8 Sigma or Tamron 17-50mm [manually focused] against my primes in the 17-40mm range. Their MTF results are stellar.

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QuoteOriginally posted by NKK Quote
you all say that the 18-250 is an upgrade from 18-55 & 50-200? Is that the case, or is it just to skip the lense change?
I thought the 2 lense kit was better optically than the super zoom (18-250)?

The 18-250 is a rebagged Tamron and is well thought of and reviewed.
Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] Reviews - DA Series Zooms - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database

The 18-55 (II and DAL versions) is fine, nothing wrong with it and it has good reviews as well.
Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II Reviews - DA Series Zooms - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database

The problem is the 50-200 - it does not get good reviews and is generally avoided in favor of the 55-300.
Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II Reviews - DA Series Zooms - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Reviews - DA Series Zooms - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database

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QuoteOriginally posted by NKK Quote
you all say that the 18-250 is an upgrade from 18-55 & 50-200? Is that the case, or is it just to skip the lense change? I thought the 2 lense kit was better optically than the super zoom (18-250)?
All these lens involve various compromises which will affect optical quality. A super zoom is going to have significant distortion on the wide end; and you can't expect a kit lenses, given their low cost, to provide superlative IQ, particularly when compared to primes and expensive zooms like the DA* 16-50 and the DA 12-24.
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QuoteOriginally posted by davidl Quote
Several people on getdpi forum advised against the 15mm f4. Despite this I tried one and it was terrible in the corners, great in centre. I went with the 21mm f3.2 which I use a lot for landscapes. This doesn't match up with what people are saying here though.
I hear good things about the 16-45 f4 which is cheap.
It's not really bad in the corners at all, IF you get them in focus. Peole tend not to realize how incredibly rare it would be to have the corners in focus at that focal length. Especially at large apertures. Stopped down, as you'd need to get the corners in focus anyhow, it's incredibly sharp int the corners.
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