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03-18-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
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About DA14

Some hard decision time... hope you guys can help me out here. I am thinking to replace my DA 16-45 to DA 14, It will be great for camping, street shots and site-seeing. Then I will be just bring the primes out, light weight and happy... but DA 14 will be crop in my K2 film body.. which hold me up abit, also it is kinda expensive, ~$600 ( yes i am just a poor guy working 9 to 5)

Anyone has used the DA 14? what do you think of it? it is kinda expensive so I don't really want to jump into it like that..

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03-18-2008, 01:39 PM   #2
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a 14 (effective 21mm) for street shots and sight-seeing?

Seems too wide (and not particularly light) to me. For street I have usually used my DLux3, which is 28mm effective wide, up to about 100mm tele. I usually am at the wide end of things, but only on rare occasions have I felt that I needed to go wider on the street.
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hmm I sometime can't fit those buildings in when I am using 16mm in 16-45, also for street events where i need to cover a big coward of ppl... :ugh:
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Keep in mind on a K2 it will only work wide open (or is it stopped all the way down?) because there is no aperture ring.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
Keep in mind on a K2 it will only work wide open (or is it stopped all the way down?) because there is no aperture ring.
Stopped all the way down, and metering will not work correctly (no aperture coupler).
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I am thinking to replace my DA 16-45 to DA 14, It will be great for camping, street shots and site-seeing.
Don't do that, DA 14 won't be great for purposes you have mentioned.
Keep DA 16-45 for those situations.
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12-24!

QuoteOriginally posted by vizjerei Quote
Some hard decision time... hope you guys can help me out here. I am thinking to replace my DA 16-45 to DA 14, It will be great for camping, street shots and site-seeing. Then I will be just bring the primes out, light weight and happy... but DA 14 will be crop in my K2 film body.. which hold me up abit, also it is kinda expensive, ~$600 ( yes i am just a poor guy working 9 to 5)

Anyone has used the DA 14? what do you think of it? it is kinda expensive so I don't really want to jump into it like that..

Thanks guys

I would definitely go with the Pentax 12-24 which is incredibly capable, effectively giving you an 18-36 mm lens. I love that lens. The 14 is just too limiting.

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the 12-24 does give you great versatility, but don't discount the DA 14. I've got one and I love it for architectural photography. Distortion is low enough to be a non-issue for me, sharpness and clarity is good, but it is a big lens, heavier than the 16-45 and the 77mm filter size means it can be a little unwieldly in your bag. However, after hiking some slot canyons friday I really appreciated the extra stop of light and the very, very solid construction. Most of the wide shots of the Salt Lake Temple on my site were taken with the DA 14. I'll have to see if I can find some other urban shots from downtown Salt Lake to share. Would I sell mine? Nope.

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Here are two shots. They arn't all that good photographically, but they are what they are.


DA 14, f/5, 1/50, ISO 200
This first one shows the distortion towards the top because of the border- I hadn't even noticed it until I put the border on.


DA 14, f/2.8, 1/15, ISO 200

So there you go.
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