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07-16-2008, 09:08 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by alexgn Quote
Do you think the 35mm is better than the 40mm? Or you prefer this lens because it features MACRO?
Yes, thats it. Plus the DA35 is shorter (crop!), has the mutch more creamy bokeh and is much better for manual focus than the also very good DA40.

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If you want wide, go with the DA 14. It's a great lens for something that wide. 14mm is worlds different from 21mm in terms of angle of view. all but one of the pictures in this gallery were taken with that lens. Very much worth it.
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Well, I use the 31ltd and the 77ltd and I can do nothing but recommend it! For me, who do mostly landscapes and nature I really enjoy that combo, but it feels like I miss something, hmm, maybe the 43
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If you want wide, go with the DA 14. It's a great lens for something that wide. 14mm is worlds different from 21mm in terms of angle of view. all but one of the pictures in this gallery were taken with that lens. Very much worth it.
So,

14mm
35mm
70mm

Looks like everything is covered. I just hope the 14mm performs at least as good as the 21mm.

I'd love to see the results between f/8-f/16

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That's the lens: CZ 18mm f/3.5 Suggested price: $1500 USD



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QuoteOriginally posted by alexgn Quote
So,

14mm
35mm
70mm

Looks like everything is covered. I just hope the 14mm performs at least as good as the 21mm.

I'd love to see the results between f/8-f/16
DA14 at f/8 with zero PP except "digital shift" in SilkPix to remove what very little distortion was there. I'm not worried about the IQ with this lens, mine looks sharp across the image, imho.

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Alexgn you might consider going for the DA21 Ltd now then the DA15 Ltd down the road when it is released.
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To be on the safe (usability) side just get the AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di-II LD Aspherical as well

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Da 14mm is a reasonable choice for wide angle shots but I think it is kind of losing its place with current pentax lens line up. For landscape, it is so prone to flare (even without uv filters) and it produces images of lower contrast comparing to Da* 16-50 at 16mm end.

The lens is not small or compact (I know that it is impossible to be that small with this focal length of such aperture) and its place as a professional prime is rather diminished.

It is definitely sharp wide open in the centre, microscopicly better than Da* 16-50 and inferior to Da 12-24 both at centre and corner. What really bugs me is the fact that it charges always as expensive as Da* 16-50 f2.8

Personally I have been waiting for Da 15 ltd to be released as Dd 14mm is already sold for a good price. I love a dedicated wide prime which is amazingly great for street candids in asian countries. Believe it or not.

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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
My three primes in those categories are:

FA 20mm F2.8
FA 43ltd F1.9, FA 50 F1.4 and K50 F1.2
FA 77ltd F1.8, Tamron 90mm Macro F2.8

I also have the Zenitar 16mm Fisheye that with careful framing has minimal distortion.

The Tamron does triple duty as a macro lens, a short tele and a long portrait lens.

NaCl(and obviously I like the mid range)H2O
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QuoteOriginally posted by alexgn Quote
I am planning to purchase a K200D and three fixed focal length lenses to go with it. Wide angle, standard and short tele.

The lenses do not have to be super fast. Although I would prefer to have at least f/2 on short tele lens to create shallow DOF while taking portraits.

Wide angle does not have to have Auto Focus. But I'd prefer to have one.

Which quality lenses would you recommend?

At the moment I am looking at

70mm f/2.4 Ltd
40mm f/2.8
and either 21mm f/3.5 or CZ 18mm f/3.5 Manual Focus.

Thanks!
For me, I prefer to FA31 ltd and DA70.
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