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11-06-2015, 03:37 PM   #16
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20-40 filter size is 55mm

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It depends if you want a zoom or if you are prepared to step a bit closer when needed with the DA21 ...

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KH, these are beautiful photos (the ones tagged DA 21, which you linked to above). Nice work! Sure makes a strong case for the 21mm Limited lens.
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NZ_Ross, is your 21 the SMC or the newer HD version? Thank you!
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KH, these are beautiful photos (the ones tagged DA 21, which you linked to above). Nice work! Sure makes a strong case for the 21mm Limited lens.
Thanks. These days my DA21 always comes along (as does the DA70) - it is tiny and inconspicuous. I was tempted by the DA20-40 but I'm put off by the price. 20 or 21 mm is also not really wide enough at times - I use the DA16-45 (or the kit DA18-55WR when it is raining) when I want to go wider.

Since I haven't got the DA20-40, I can't comment on how good it is. It does look attractive though, has WR and also seems to produce some nice shots.

A tough decision

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Thank you, Apapukas. I really like this lens, especially the small size. Is yours the older, green-ringed SMC version, or the newer HD?

I noticed B&H has this lens for around $379 US in the silver color. It is almost $500 for the black version.

Thank you!

Mine is SMC. Love the starbursts!
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I have both. The 20-40 is, for me, the better of the two. Not only is it more convenient but weather sealed too and, I think, produces better images. If you only want one of the two the 20-40 is it.
I have kept the smc21 to match up with the 35 macro (can't let it go) and the 70.
The 20-40 pairs beautifully with the 100macro.
20-40 is my always-on lens.
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Yes, the 20-40 would be my pick too.

Was at a party last night and hadn't been intending to take photos. The camera was in the car, though, and when things got lively, I decided to get a few shots. I only had the lens already on the camera with me (which was the 20-40) and it did a stellar job. I would have struggled with the 21.

The 20-40 gives prime quality images with stunning colors, is WR and a pleasure to use. I'll keep the 21 because I have it and I do like primes, it gives excellent images, and it is quite a bit smaller, but if I didn't already have it, I'd definitely go the 20-40.

It is also my go-to lens if I want more flexibility than a prime and don't want to be changing lenses in the field.
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Agh, this thread is horrible, I was pretty much sold on the 21, now all this great info on the 20 to 40. :P Why must pentax make so many tasty lenses?

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only advantage I see to the 21 is the size
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I debated sending this lens (the 20-40 Limited) back and picking up the 31, but the way I look at it I have a "31" with the 20-40, and it is nice to be able to frame the shot on camera without having to go back and crop in PP.

The more I use the 20-40, the more I like it. I've been very impressed by the colors, sharpness, the bokeh--which is excellent--and the overall rendering. And maybe I'm the only one who thinks this way, but I love the little lens hood. It's very tasteful even if it doesn't shade the front element the way a longer hood would.

That said, I couldn't get the 21 out of my mind. So I just ordered it. I've seen many excellent photos with this little lens and I'm confident it will do what I need. The size is a tremendous advantage as far as I'm concerned. I don't care about a lens being water-resistant, but I do value being able to stand in crowds and take photos without drawing too much attention. I believe the 21 will be a top-notch lens for street photography.

Thank you for your comments and photos (and LBA encouragement)!
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