Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
04-19-2015, 01:58 PM   #1
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 440
Do you favour the DA 21/40 for street due to its size?

Do you favour the DA 21/40 for street due to its size?

These diminutive lenses might be handy for street... what's you opinion?

All three FA primes obviously have good quality for street shooting, but the DA lenses might make the unit seem a bit more discreet when doing street?

04-19-2015, 02:17 PM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 764
You are right. Their size is nice for street. However I sold my two and got a 20-40mm. It is larger but still small and versatile enough to make for a nice street lens.
04-19-2015, 02:48 PM   #3
Senior Member
antipattern's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Lancaster, United Kingdom
Photos: Albums
Posts: 208
For the field of view, I prefer the DA21, as I generally would like to retain some context. In fact, I find the DA15 and the GR's 18.3mm also very workable.

ON APS-C, I find 40mm a bit too tight for street photography. On fullframe that could be different, and the FA43 might work out very nicely. However, I guess something slightly wider (FA31?) might fit the bill better there, too, it would be comparable to the DA21 on APS-C in focal length.

However, the DA40 focusses incredibly fast and is incredibly tiny, it almost catches eyes because of that. Colour and contrast are very good. Overall, I'm fine with the size of the FA43 and the DA21, and even the DA15, too, and the camera handles very well with all of these lenses.

I prefer primes over zooms, in particular for street photography. With a bit of practice, I find it much easier to "see" the picture in my head in advance.
04-19-2015, 02:51 PM   #4
Veteran Member
carrrlangas's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Joensuu (Finland)
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,761
With DSLRs still relatively big for stealthy photography, and no tilting or swiweling screen on Pentax models, using a 100gr lens or 300gr lens (DA ltd primes vs other primes) is not going to make a difference. Truth is you need a lighter camera, but that depends on the way you work. What´s certain, a smaller, lighter prime won´t make the difference. Perhaps if compared to a zoom lens.. but then any prime will be better!

04-19-2015, 08:46 PM   #5
Veteran Member
GeneV's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Albuquerque NM
Photos: Albums
Posts: 9,829
I carry the 21/40 pair for street photography using the small Kx, but a 40 on an MX body is my favorite for film. A DA21 sized 24mm would be my ideal street FL on APS-C, but it does not exist. Honestly, these days I'm also likely to grab my Sony A6000 with its kit lens. That pair is really small, though the lens is not as good.
04-20-2015, 01:00 AM   #6
Senior Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 116
well...

I have prefered DA 40 on my film body. Although I have 15/40/70 limiteds, I have bought Ricoh GR for street photography ... It is much more invisible
04-20-2015, 08:04 AM   #7
Pentaxian
reeftool's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Upstate New York
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 8,509
Street photography isn't something I do often but the compact size of the DA Limiteds makes them very easy to carry. The DA 40 can fit in a shirt pocket and the others will easily travel in a jacket or vest pocket.
04-20-2015, 09:11 AM   #8
Pentaxian
crewl1's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,797
I like the DA21 focal length for crowded street shooting on Pentax bodies.

The 40 is good if you are a little bit away from the action, so it depends on how close you like to work.

I haven't gone out to do street exclusively so lately I just use whatever I have at hand, any lens on system K or Q just to capture a photo opp that presents itself.

04-21-2015, 11:16 AM   #9
Pentaxian
kh1234567890's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Manchester, UK
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,549
DA21 any time. The DA40 is just a bit too narrow. Might as well stand back and use a DA70.
04-21-2015, 11:42 AM   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 440
Original Poster
Yeah I could see the 21 being quite handy as its also wide enough to catch things in the corner of the frame with less of a direct view to the subject(s)

I've already got the 15 though (and 16mm Samyang - but thats big)... would be massive LBA to get a 21 at some point
04-21-2015, 02:29 PM   #11
Pentaxian
crewl1's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,797
QuoteOriginally posted by Conqueror Quote
Yeah I could see the 21 being quite handy as its also wide enough to catch things in the corner of the frame with less of a direct view to the subject(s)

I've already got the 15 though (and 16mm Samyang - but thats big)... would be massive LBA to get a 21 at some point
I find the 15 too wide for my taste for street.

This gentleman has it dialed in though https://www.flickr.com/photos/jirka_s2/

Possibly his are mostly hip shots, I don't know. They do seem to mostly view up from below, and no one ever notices the camera.
04-21-2015, 04:19 PM   #12
Pentaxian
emalvick's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Davis, CA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,615
I'm trying to pick up street photography, and I find myself liking the DA 21 and the FA 43 for my shooting and for making a "smaller" camera. I know the FA 43 isn't that small, but it is more conveniently sized than the FA 31.

With my K3, I find myself using the 21 and 43 almost equally. It's really about the scene. On a recent outing I found myself switching back and forth in working on the field of view I wanted for the background and loved the flexibility that combo provided. I've not used the 15 mm much for street photography, but I do find myself enjoying the 77 mm in rare instances, sometimes in picking items out of a crowd. I do feel more comfortable with the 21 and 43, however, for getting close to subjects without negative reaction.
04-21-2015, 04:28 PM   #13
Pentaxian
aleonx3's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,989
QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
I find the 15 too wide for my taste for street.

This gentleman has it dialed in though https://www.flickr.com/photos/jirka_s2/

Possibly his are mostly hip shots, I don't know. They do seem to mostly view up from below, and no one ever notices the camera.
+1, I too find the 15 too wide for my taste. Unless the subject is right at the center, there is noticeable perspective distortion of people which I am not comfortable with. IMHO, I would prefer 20-40 for street photography.
04-22-2015, 12:45 PM   #14
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 440
Original Poster
The 35mm macro may also be an interesting street option... looks reasonably small and obviously very good sharpness across the frame, could probably shoot with it wide open a lot without thinking
04-22-2015, 02:00 PM   #15
Pentaxian
kh1234567890's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Manchester, UK
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,549
QuoteOriginally posted by Conqueror Quote
The 35mm macro may also be an interesting street option... looks reasonably small and obviously very good sharpness across the frame, could probably shoot with it wide open a lot without thinking
Until the AF misses and the camera winds the lens all the way to the near end stop before trying again ...
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
da, favour, favour the da, k-mount, lenses, pentax lens, slr lens, street
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The DA Limited Series Review [15/21/35/40/70] DonThomaso Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 7 03-04-2014 05:13 PM
Do you think in the long run, DA lenses are a bad buy? Size of CCDs in the future Capslock118 Pentax DSLR Discussion 28 11-07-2010 06:46 PM
What do you say as a working photog to people who say its the photog, not the gear? Reportage General Talk 56 05-23-2010 08:12 AM
DA 21 or DA 40, Which one do you prefer? Eagle_Friends Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 04-16-2010 04:57 PM
Do you find the KX autofocus speed abit slow compared to its competitors? aaronius Pentax DSLR Discussion 24 02-11-2010 10:36 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:34 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top