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04-23-2012, 04:27 AM   #1
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15 Limited - Could not resist

I have been watching the 15 limited on the Aus. ebay.
Could not resist - put in a bid and won!
I can hardly wait to get it delivered and put it to use!

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Congrats! Post some pics soon.
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I was saving up for a 15... I was almost there... And then April came...

Anyway Congratz! how much did you get it for?

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Got it for Au$588. Not too bad considering that the lowest price I could find for a new one was Au$900.
Will post some photos when I get it.

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Meanwhile, an Australian forum member, Tougefc, is selling his for $530:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographic-equipment-sale/183540-sale-p...m-limited.html
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It is a pity he did not list it a day earlier - could have saved myself $50.
Never mind, i still think I got a good deal.
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It's here!

Finally got the lens, and managed to do some tests photos yesterday.
I think I will like this lens!
Some of my test shots from yesterday:
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Very nice. I appreciate your (inadvertant?) inclusion of the coffee mug in the corner of the wood railing, that's helpful when deciding how much distortion to expect. A 15mm will likely be my next lens, whether DA or Sigma.

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Congrats on your purchase! The penultimate shot looks very cool.

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The coffee mug inclusion was definitely inadvertant - did not realise it was there until I got home and processed the photos.
So far, I like the lens. Wide open it does soften up in the corners, just as various sites have reported in their tests.
I like the Pentax colours, and the small size, which is the reason I did not consider other brands.
My intention is to use it in the f5.6-11 range where it is most effective.
You mentioned a Sigma alternative - isn't that a fisheye?
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QuoteOriginally posted by VladM Quote
You mentioned a Sigma alternative - isn't that a fisheye?
It is indeed - and oh my I just won a copy
It's curious how two similar lenses can be so different other than both being 15mm, but both are considered excellent lenses. I would have liked the DA but it would not be available at my winning offer. Yes I'll have bendier images, but I'm OK with that (I think!) - and I'm fullframe ready. I don't plan to use any camera larger than the K-5, but others will definitely jump.. and maybe in a year or two those with a DA15 in hand will seek trades!


QuoteOriginally posted by VladM Quote
The coffee mug inclusion was definitely inadvertant - did not realise it was there until I got home and processed the photos.
So far, I like the lens. Wide open it does soften up in the corners, just as various sites have reported in their tests.
I like the Pentax colours, and the small size, which is the reason I did not consider other brands.
My intention is to use it in the f5.6-11 range where it is most effective.
The DA15 was my #1 choice, but I was more than willing to explore the #1a - and timing is everything in the buy/sell game. I've no doubt that you will like that lens more and more as you get the hang of it. I must put a mug in my test-shot routine so we can enjoy the corner differences between our 15s!
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There is a Sigma 14 that is 2.8, rectilinear and full frame. I have a copy. I also have the DA 15 LTD, but not sure why.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
The DA15 was my #1 choice, but I was more than willing to explore the #1a - and timing is everything in the buy/sell game. I've no doubt that you will like that lens more and more as you get the hang of it. I must put a mug in my test-shot routine so we can enjoy the corner differences between our 15s!
Congrats on getting the Sigma fisheye. I would indeed be interested to see what a coffee mug looks like in the corner compared to DA15.
I do not believe there will be a great deal of difference over such a small are, but let's see.
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There is a Sigma 14 that is 2.8, rectilinear and full frame. I have a copy. I also have the DA 15 LTD, but not sure why.
The Sigma 14 - 2.8 and Pentax DA14-2.8 are quite large and heavy. Besides, I do not need F2.8 at this focal length, and the compact size is important to me.
If I need wide in low light situations, I have an FA20-2.8 which is quite good.
Another point is that I have lost faith in Sigma due to some poor quality experiences in the past with some of their lenses, but that may just have been my bad luck.
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Yeah, I have the FA 20/2.8 as well, which is why I wonder why the DA15.
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
There is a Sigma 14 that is 2.8, rectilinear and full frame. I have a copy. I also have the DA 15 LTD, but not sure why.
I owned Tamron's SP 14mm with my Sony gear; a fine lens with nice results, but at 660g I found enough excuses to leave it home. That was the lens that revealed I'm a weight weenie and anything over 500g was not worth buying as I'd find reasons to use other, lighter gear. I'm OK under 500 grams, but weight matters to me.. and that's why the 15mm lenses (and Samyang's 8mm) caught my attention. At around 350g the Sigma 15 should be comfortable, but the DA15 beats it by over 100g. Were it not for my wallet I'd have held out longer.
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