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05-29-2013, 06:55 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I like my 40 mm Limited for general use.
I do too but it is not particularly wide.

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I do too but it is not particularly wide.
I'm in the same boat as you. I think the DA21 would be my choice. You can pick up a used one for under $400. I hope to get one later this year.
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I'm in the same boat as you. I think the DA21 would be my choice. You can pick up a used one for under $400. I hope to get one later this year.
I've thought about it but with a DA15 and a 10-24 and a 30/1.4 I just can't justify it.
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I've thought about it but with a DA15 and a 10-24 and a 30/1.4 I just can't justify it.
I've got nothing under 43mm so I "need" one

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QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
I've got nothing under 43mm so I "need" one
Wide is good.
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The F or FA 28mm lenses are compact, f/2.8, lightweight, offer excellent image quality, and are perfect "normal" FOV on APS-C. And less expensive than DA limited lenses.
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For me, the 28mm focal length is ideal. If you're not committed to auto focus, there's a plethora of manual 28s available that can to mounted on your camera. Much less expensive, too.
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Good to know, thanks for the insight on that. I will be comparing the FA28 and then the 21 LTD over the next couple months while I wait to save up some money haha.
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I think the DA 21mm is an awesome walkaround lens, and on my K-01 with its great sensor, the f/3.2 isn't that big of a limitation. Love how compact it is, and it produces some fantastic colors!

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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
The F or FA 28mm lenses are compact, f/2.8, lightweight, offer excellent image quality, and are perfect "normal" FOV on APS-C. And less expensive than DA limited lenses.
I second that ! For those that loved or were acquainted with the 50mm on film as normal, they probably prefer the 35mm on crop. However, I too like the 28mm for an uncompressed normal image, although I am sure I could adjust to 31mm if the opportunity presented itself I experimented with 21mm on my zoom to see if I would like it, and while it had it's moments, I found it a bit wide for me. I have both the Pentax-F 28mm f/2.8 and the Sigma EX 28mm f/1.8.
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DA 21 ltd is a very versatile lens. On the APS-C, it is the closest we have to the 28mm on film. Nowadays it is my most used lens. SMC Pentax-DA 21mm 1:3.2 limited - a set on Flickr

Buying a used manual 28mm is fun and inexpensive, but it is a normal lens on a Pentax DSLR, not a wide angle. And you can get one so cheap that you can afford that independently on if you go for the DA21ltd or not.

Do you have the kit zoom? What focal lengths do you use most on the zoom? Check the exif.
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Right now, I have two zooms and I'm not sure if I will get another anytime soon. I own the 16-50 2.8 as well as the 50-135 2.8 and I love both of them. Like I said previously I was looking for something to walk around with however that wasn't so imposing as a zoom.
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You misunderstand me. What I meant is that you are looking for a wide prime....but what focal length would suit you best? Well, take a look at the photo's you have shot with you 16-50 and check in the exif what focal lengths that you have actually been using. Some image editors will be able to do this for you. Just set it to sort the photos according to focal length, and you will discover that perhaps you shoot a lot at 20mm, or 28mm or, some other focal length. That can be a great help when deciding what prime to buy. You should expect to find a relative higher frequency of shots in both ends of the zoom range (16 and 50mm in this case). Those will be overrepresented due to all cases when you just turned the zoom as far as you could. but if you find a high frequency of photos taken at an intermediate focal length, that is probably because it is a focal length that you prefer to use.
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ExposurePlot works great for me, I highly recommend it!
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Thanks for the idea! That is probably some of the best advice I've seen yet.
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I have the K-01 and all the Limiteds. I do use my DA15 more than the DA21, but on the K-01 the DA21 feels just right to me. The K-01 is big for a mirrorless and it's needs the short primes to make up for that to be handy. With the DA21 mounted the K-01 stays on its base, but with the DA15 it becomes a bit front heavy and it is just about to tip over. Just to give an impression of the overall handling. The DA15 might be more useful though, if you also need a (very) wide angle lens in you collection. Both are good lenses, so I'm sure either will be great
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