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12-15-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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DA 20-40 real world images

With all of the testing that is going on, I'd post some actual images. Didn't do too much shooting with it. About a 30 minute hike to test it out. And a few snaps of my kids to test out 3d imaging. Overall, I'm very pleased with it and I'm looking forward doing something more than just some quick snapshots with it.
31mm and f3.5

31 @ f3.5

20 @ f2.8

40 @ f6.3

20 @ f9.0

27 @ f7.1

36 @ f10

20 @ f10



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12-16-2013, 02:35 AM   #2
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Nice shots.

Looks nice when stopped down little a bit.
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Nice shots.

Looks nice when stopped down little a bit.
Yes. It has all of the qualities of the DA Ltd. qualities. I will say it is more than acceptably sharp wide open as well. The bokeh is really nice and smooth too. Here is an image with a mess of a background and it did a good job of it. The focal point for pixel peepers is the berry in the middle. Which is very sharp.
20mm @ f2.8
12-16-2013, 07:07 AM   #4
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Looks sharp for me too. Would not succeed with my tokina AT-X 20-35/2.8 with this one. Background could remain nice even some stopping down with rounded blades...no?

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I think this kind of test really makes the lens interesting. On paper, with its variable slow aperture and limited zoom range and high cost.. meh. But photos like this, where you can see how the lens renders.. mmmh, makes me want one! Colours, bokeh, consistently sharp across the frame.. it actually reminds me of the 40mm limited a little. Would be hard to tell them apart
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I think this kind of test really makes the lens interesting. On paper, with its variable slow aperture and limited zoom range and high cost.. meh. But photos like this, where you can see how the lens renders.. mmmh, makes me want one! Colours, bokeh, consistently sharp across the frame.. it actually reminds me of the 40mm limited a little. Would be hard to tell them apart
Yes. I had the DA 21 and DA 40 for over 3 years and looking back at those images and the DA 20-40 it is hard to tell them apart. I do find the DA20-40 has more contrasty images than both not sure if that is the HD coating or just my imagination. The bokeh is really nice. More pleasing to me than the DA 21. I kept my DA 35 Macro though after looking at the images from the zoom, the DA 20-40 delivers so I'm considering selling the DA 35 Macro and going with the 100 WR Macro to give me a WR kit.
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Wide open at 20mm. I really like the bokeh. No adjustments except to upload to flickr.
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Do you have full res photos for pixel peepering?

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I like your photos, but want to see DNG files. What is your camera?
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I've decided this lens is not for me so, yes, I do need something to complain about!

Seriously, though, I'm happy to see that Ricoh seems to have done something right here. Again.
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Do you have full res photos for pixel peepering?
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I like your photos, but want to see DNG files. What is your camera?
This is best I can do, as I don't know how to get you raw data. This a link to flickr where you can see the full size photos. Oh and I'm using my K-5.
DA 20-40 - a set on Flickr

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I've decided this lens is not for me so, yes, I do need something to complain about!

Seriously, though, I'm happy to see that Ricoh seems to have done something right here. Again.
Yes definitely, Ricoh has done something special here. Not perfect but something special. That's part of the fun of photography...learning your gear and getting it to work as best you can.
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Definitely not a lens for me, primes is still king

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Hmmm....I have no lens with such sharpness...It's hard to understand the reason - thick AA filter of K-5, post-processing in Aperture or 20-40...

Good bokeh, good contrast, good focal range, but it's hard to say that this lens is sharp.

I would say - not bad...But is it better than 18-55 in terms of resolution? I don't see it.
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Definitely not a lens for me, primes is still king
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Hmmm....I have no lens with such sharpness...It's hard to understand the reason - thick AA filter of K-5, post-processing in Aperture or 20-40...

Good bokeh, good contrast, good focal range, but it's hard to say that this lens is sharp.

I would say - not bad...But is it better than 18-55 in terms of resolution? I don't see it.
I hope I don't sound like I'm defending the lens and I'm certainly not getting paid by Ricoh. But I've been lucky to have used some good glass (DA15, DA21, DA 35 Macro, DA40, DA70, DA*50-135, and DA*300) and I can say with confidence that this lens meets every expectation and actually a little more. Having said that I can also say I know what a sharp lens can produce. The DA20-40 is not perfect and it is not a prime but visually compared to my DA21 (which I sold) this lens is every bit as good in some respects and better in others. Same goes to say for the DA40 (which I also sold). I still have my DA35 Macro and will compare sharpness and rendering of that lens but again from just looking at the images they are comparable. Everyone has there own needs and what they can work with what they can't. So take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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