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11-23-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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DA 15 Ltd or just stick with 18-135WR?

So, I just decided to get a K30 w/ 18-135WR for Black Friday (YAY!) Then, I noticed that lenses are on sale... Uh oh... So, I am curious, if it would be a good idea to get another lens now, while prices are lower, and if so, which one(s)? As the title states, I am considering the DA 15 Ltd. But suggestions are appreciated.

I shoot quite a few landscapes, am experimenting with street photography, and to be honest, kinda shoot just about anything that catches my eye.

NOTE: I don't have the K30 or the 18-135WR yet...

11-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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The 15Ltd is a real favorite around here. It's a solid performer with lots of charm. If you shoot a lot of landscapes the 15 was made for you. That is what it excels at and the 15 Controls My Mind thread has hundreds of examples of its ability.
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Well, the 15mm will basically blow the zoom out of the water in all IQ aspects, so if you do a lot of wide-angle shooting, then it's a good idea.

The 15mm is my favorite DA limited lens. After monday, the price will go back up to $649 (currently $539). IMO it's not worth the full price, but with the discount, yeah, it's worth it.

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Agree with Adam. 18mm just isn't wide enough for some landscape and architecture type shots. The extra 3mm width doesn't sound like much but it is considerably wider in field of view. Enjoy choosing.

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I just bought the 15mm... This forum + Black Friday = wallet. me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpartanD63 Quote
I just bought the 15mm... This forum + Black Friday = wallet. me.
Congratulations! You are now going to have a lot of fun taking landscapes that are brilliant.
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I just bought the 15mm...
So, just 3 or 4 more Ltds to go...
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If you like to shoot wide-angle and/or landscapes, it's a no-brainer. Buy it. My favorite lens, will never sell unless I eventually go full-frame.

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So, just 3 or 4 more Ltds to go...
Uh oh. I get the feeling that this could get even more expensive...
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Did you get the K30 and the 18-135WR also? The DA15 compliments that without overlap, but if your already considering primes then maybe hold off on the 18-135 and get a second prime. Build a system of primes sooner than later. I ended up going zooms, then duplicated much of it with primes. Doesn't have to be that way though. Nice two lens DA options 15, 40 or 15, 35 or 15, 50 or 15, 70 or if your richer FA options 15, 31 or 15, 43 or 15, 77. Then fill in the gaps later. If you do end up buying both a zoom and a prime system it's not such a bad thing, your in good company on here with the rest of us LBA sufferers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schmidlapper Quote
Did you get the K30 and the 18-135WR also? The DA15 compliments that without overlap, but if your already considering primes then maybe hold off on the 18-135 and get a second prime. Build a system of primes sooner than later. I ended up going zooms, then duplicated much of it with primes. Doesn't have to be that way though. Nice two lens DA options 15, 40 or 15, 35 or 15, 50 or 15, 70 or if your richer FA options 15, 31 or 15, 43 or 15, 77. Then fill in the gaps later. If you do end up buying both a zoom and a prime system it's not such a bad thing, your in good company on here with the rest of us LBA sufferers.
There is no Prime substitute for the 18-135 with its silent motors, reach, and WR. Primes are great but zooms exist for lots of good reasons.
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I bought the 18-135WR kit with the idea of the 18-135 as a walkaround lens. I know that primes are typically optically better, but the 18-135's range and weather sealing should be useful if I get caught in bad weather.
I got the 15mm knowing that it will be better with landscapes.

I plan on getting a few more primes perhaps, but the weather sealing is what drew me to the K30. The 18-135WR fits with that.

Now for the hardest part of Black Friday (online)... Waiting for the stuff to arrive! Oh well, I still have my K1000 w/ M50/1.7 to give me company.
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The DA 35mm 2.4 is well worth a look for low light shooting indoors.
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The DA 35mm 2.4 is well worth a look for low light shooting indoors.
Hmmm.... NO! Must. Resist. (I have practically outspent my B. Friday budget as it is... Oops.)



... But at these prices...
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So, just 3 or 4 more Ltds to go...
Yep, you get spoiled real quick. I only have 2, the DA 15 and DA 40 and it seems that most of the time, one of the 2 is on the camera. I have got so I would rather crop a DA 15 shot than use something else. When I head out on my motorcycle for a day of cruising and landscape shots, the DA 15 stays on the camera, the DA 40 in my pocket. I took the 40 out on my kayak this fall for a day of foliage shooting along with a Takumar 28. The 15 is a little too wide for me as I have stenosis in my neck and I can't turn it much and the bow of the boat is always in my shots. The shots from the Tak were good, the DA 40 were in another class altogether. So now, the DA 21 is on is on the list.
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