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04-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #16
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Thanks for all your help, I decided to go with the 15/43/100 Macro combo, for the longer working distance@macro and bokeh. Also, 43mm appeals to me and if I ever want a moderate wide angle, the 21 will fit right into this.

So I went looking around for for them used. Guess what? Over the weekend I found good deals for all three of them!
Congratulations! I had the D FA 100 and it is a great lens. The reason it can hunt is that it has and extremely long focus throw, which is excellent for fine tuning macro. I sold my copy because I really never did much macro, and using the proceeds to fund a DA 300, which I haven't got yet. I do miss it.

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Let me know how the 43 15 combo works for you. I'm torn between the 15 & 21 to go with my FA43.
I'd say it's less a matter of what goes well with the 43, but rather what look you're going for: The 21 more sweeping-but-standardish and the 15 distinctly wide. Have a look here (and please excuse the crappy photos), angle of view doesn't seem so dramatically different between 16mm and 20mm (at least not to me), both look "fairly wide". But the typical uwa exaggerated depth/distortion of the guitar (I deliberately took the pictures level but at a slight horizontal angle) is much more pronounced at 16 than at 20. With 15mm vs. 21mm this will of course be even more pronounced.

Anyway, enough of the theory, I'll get back to you when I hold the 43/15 in my hand ...
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I use a 15-40-70-100 set and find it very useful, with SMC-A 24 and 50 to fill in when needed. My 15 is the Sigma fisheye so it's not an everyday lens like the Limiteds 40 and 70. I also cheaped out on the 100macro, it's a Promaster f/3.5 I found for under $200 and it's very talented.
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15mm is not that great, it produces extremely soft corners unless you use silly aperture like f/12 and focus manually.

If corners are not important though then it's ok i guess.
If I could I'd trade my 15mm limited for 21mm limited just in case it's any better...

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QuoteOriginally posted by olenl Quote
15mm is not that great, it produces extremely soft corners unless you use silly aperture like f/12 and focus manually.

If corners are not important though then it's ok i guess.
If I could I'd trade my 15mm limited for 21mm limited just in case it's any better...
Wow that's not a good thing. I'm not sure if the 21 is better in corners or not.
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QuoteOriginally posted by olenl Quote
15mm is not that great, it produces extremely soft corners unless you use silly aperture like f/12 and focus manually.
Definitely not what I have experienced using the DA15, this is also a highly regarded UWA lens on this forum, but as is often the case, your milage may vary.
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I've now had some time to play around a bit (pics coming up!) and get a feel for the lenses. Firstly, I haven't really tested this, but my 15mm seems pretty sharp for such a wide lens. Distortion is also much better controlled than I expected. Heavy on the CA, but corrects very well.

The 15/43 combo: Is it a good set?
Yes-ish, I'd say. I'm loving it, very much, but 15-to-43 is a pretty extreme step. If you find the 43 too long for a given shot, you're out of luck, because if you though about the 43, 15 is waaaay to wide. If the 15 is too short, the 43 will be way to long for the same reasons. It needs some thinking, this set does.

I like it that way, because very wide + longish normal fits me perfectly. Eventually, I plan on getting the DA21 and maybe the FA77. For now, I much prefer the wide range of 16+43+100 to the easier stepping of 21-43-77. If you're not really in need of something as wide as the 15, the 21+43 combo might be better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lcts Quote
I've now had some time to play around a bit (pics coming up!) and get a feel for the lenses. Firstly, I haven't really tested this, but my 15mm seems pretty sharp for such a wide lens. Distortion is also much better controlled than I expected. Heavy on the CA, but corrects very well.

The 15/43 combo: Is it a good set?
Yes-ish, I'd say. I'm loving it, very much, but 15-to-43 is a pretty extreme step. If you find the 43 too long for a given shot, you're out of luck, because if you though about the 43, 15 is waaaay to wide. If the 15 is too short, the 43 will be way to long for the same reasons. It needs some thinking, this set does.

I like it that way, because very wide + longish normal fits me perfectly. Eventually, I plan on getting the DA21 and maybe the FA77. For now, I much prefer the wide range of 16+43+100 to the easier stepping of 21-43-77. If you're not really in need of something as wide as the 15, the 21+43 combo might be better.
That's what I'm going with, the 43,21 combo. I'm hoping to get the 21 lens in sometime next week. I hope it is sharp and does not disappoint. I'm also looking forward to those magnificent "starburst" pictures as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
Congratulations! I had the D FA 100 and it is a great lens. The reason it can hunt is that it has and extremely long focus throw, which is excellent for fine tuning macro. I sold my copy because I really never did much macro, and using the proceeds to fund a DA 300, which I haven't got yet. I do miss it.
Yeah, second this. I don't think the 100mm hunts more than anything else, but the focus throw is very long and if you're moving from focusing super close to far it will take a while. I find the 100mm invaluable for insects, and not at all too long.
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