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02-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
Nice starburst. But that's the 21mm. I wonder how the 40 would have looked shooting the same pic.

LOL. If the sun shines tomorrow I will see what I can capture. Don't hold your breathe. Two days of sunshine in a row may be asking way too much in Kentucky for Feb.

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I am using the DA40 (along with the 21 and 70) every day this month. I too will report back when the sun comes out (much more likely in Adelaide, South Australia at this time of year ).
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This is the closest I've come to a starburst with the 40.




As a point of comparison, here are shots with the 15 vs 40 in the same place at the same time both at f14 to compare the starbursts:

The 40:




and the 15:






If starbursts are what you want, you need the 15 or 21. That said, I love the 40 maybe as much or more than my 15 for everything else.
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Here are some starbursts with the Da40 limited. However, if you want starbursts, the da 15 is probably better.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
This is the closest I've come to a starburst with the 40.




As a point of comparison, here are shots with the 15 vs 40 in the same place at the same time both at f14 to compare the starbursts:

The 40:




and the 15:






If starbursts are what you want, you need the 15 or 21. That said, I love the 40 maybe as much or more than my 15 for everything else.
Nice.....thanks for all of the comparisons. When you say you love the 40 for everything else; what do you mean? Is that pretty much your go to lens? The 15mm for wides only?
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Here are some nice star bursts at f/16 with the DA 40mm. If I could only have one lens, and it was to be a DA limited, I would probably get the 40. Having the 43 now, it is less necessary (but I still picked up an XS again).
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Here are some nice star bursts at f/16 with the DA 40mm. If I could only have one lens, and it was to be a DA limited, I would probably get the 40. Having the 43 now, it is less necessary (but I still picked up an XS again).
Actually the Star bursts look pretty nice in that photo.
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I did some comparisons with the DA40 and DA21 today. The 40 needed to go to f/16 to produce a nice sharp starburst, while the DA21 had no trouble at f/11 with the same subject.
I also prefer the look of the 14 points rather than 18.

I deliberately went for subtlety here rather than pointing the lens straight at the sun. Look at the lid of the Weber kettle at full size.








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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I have never got a starburst from the DA40, but I have never tried. It is a wonderful lens for many other reasons.

Of those from which I have elicited starbursts:
DA10-17: six points and not that great. Too much flare as well.
DA15: unrivalled 14 point perfection.
DA*16-50: not bad, but uneven.
FA43: eight points. OK.
FA77: perfect starbursts, but 18 points is probably too many.
Agree, I have not seem a starburst better than DA15 yet.
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My quest for today was to get a nice starburst effect.

The only prime lens available to me was the DFA 100 Macro WR. It has eight rounded blades. Luckily that rounding concerns only the aperture range F2.8 - F5.6. The starburst effect comes from much smaller apertures, with more diffraction, such as F16. The picture below was taken at F22.

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