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11-11-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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I want to see some DA 21 shots (considering one)

OK, I have not really had this lens in my crosshairs before, but shooting today made me realize that I want something that performs like the 40 but is wider. I have the Sigma 30/1.4 so would not make much sense to look at the 31/1.8 (I really love how the Sigma performs, and am happy to work within its restrictions)... but 21 is far enough away that I am pretty interested. But, I do not see a lot of shots from that one; is it just not a very popular lens? Too slow?

Either way, post 'em up so it can start tugging at my wallet.

11-11-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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check out these two of mine.






it's decent, nothing spectacular, best attribute is its size. F3.2 is rather slow. personally i found the edges slightly soft for my taste.i ended up selling it because of the slowness and because i wasn't really using it that much.
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If this link works it should take you to a few of the photos I took with k100d's DA21 at one of the Toronto meet ups: Flickr: Search Steinback's photostream exif data should all be there.

I quite liked the lens and it was well suited to the venue we were at (large, reasonably well lit objects). The small size was handy and I was happy enough with the image quality, but then again I'm not really in the market for one until I have a couple of other gaps in my lens line up taken care of first. I'm not sure if Simon decided to keep the lens or not

edit: apparently he didn't keep the lens
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My most used lens, very versatile focal length. Here are some recent pics:
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sorry to hijack

but K100D, did you shoot that car pic in JPEG? How did you process? I've found that my DA 21 is horrible about overexposing when I shoot anything under fluorescent lights --- that is, if I expose to get detail in the darker areas. Maybe I'm not explaining that correctly, but immediately I saw that picture and thought "there's no way I could get that shot to look that good with that lens..."
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QuoteOriginally posted by xixco Quote
but K100D, did you shoot that car pic in JPEG? How did you process? I've found that my DA 21 is horrible about overexposing when I shoot anything under fluorescent lights --- that is, if I expose to get detail in the darker areas. Maybe I'm not explaining that correctly, but immediately I saw that picture and thought "there's no way I could get that shot to look that good with that lens..."
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i shoot RAW, EV Comp +1 when i took the photo, not really much PP besides WB adjustment
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
check out these two of mine.






it's decent, nothing spectacular, best attribute is its size. F3.2 is rather slow. personally i found the edges slightly soft for my taste.i ended up selling it because of the slowness and because i wasn't really using it that much.
3.2 is good for pancake lens.
there is no wide-angle lens which can show very good border resolution wide-opened. try zooms.

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Don't consider, BUY IT!

Great around the house/office lens. Wedding receptions and parties where you're milling about - just about the perfect application for this focal length, and the color/contrast is wonderful.
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Just before I sold it off... but I am itching to get it back. And I think I had the backfocus issue with this one with my ex-K10d-GP, but I think I circumvent it by doing MF.




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Nice shots Bernard.

Here's another quick snap with the DA 21mm.
A lens that's so versatile in terms of angle of view. It does show some barrel distortion but not a big issue. However if you're a K10D user, BF might rear its head with this lens... but Quick Shift does help. This lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance.

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K10D and the 21 Ltd vs K20D and the 21 Ltd. It will not be pleasing to those with the first package, but the difference is like night and day. I remember commenting to Pentax that it felt like the 21 Ltd on the K20D was an entirely new lens. When I say new, I mean new and approved. Very sharp and contrasty indeed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
3.2 is good for pancake lens.
there is no wide-angle lens which can show very good border resolution wide-opened. try zooms.
i always compare border sharpness to the FA31 :/
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IMHO it's size is the key. When hiking I often carry a large lens for wildlife and the 21 can sit in my shorts pocket if I need a WA option. The winter scene above was shot on a day I was looking for deer and just happened to carry the 21 along.

Optically the 3.2 does not bother me but the distortion does at the list price of what $550. Now, you can pick one up on the marketplace for $350 and at that price it's a good deal IMHO.

It does have it's own rendering, it' smicro contrast is excellent. I think the flowers and barren scene I posted above show it's rendering to be a little more "special" than say the 12-24 i own but the 12-24 is a tad sharper and has less distortion at 21mm.

I have considered selling it several times but i keep carrying it so I just can't.
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if you find, you can also buy a FA 20mm f2.8
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