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08-31-2021, 12:38 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by texandrews Quote
Actually, I think there's been some drift on this point. Decades ago, a 20 was indeed UWA. Nowadays I think that bar has been pushed down into the teens, and 35's are almost normals. And it may be that you are technically 100% correct, but usage I think is what ultimately sets the bar, as in language.
Even 50 years ago when I was in school 35mm was considered the bottom end of normal..

My current kit consists of D-FA 28-105, Sigma 24 macro, and Rokinon 14 2.8.
I'm happy with all of them.

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It really depends on what I'm trying to shoot but it is either my Vivitar 13mm or my Pentax 28mm. The 13mm is tack sharp and encompasses a pretty wide angle when it's needed. Sometimes, that's just too wide. The 28mm is also a great IQ performer and works when a moderate WA is needed. The 13mm has the disadvantage of manual focus but ususally it's at infinity anyway. Both are pretty fast lenses and cropping is possible due to their high IQ. Both are FF of course, and both offer insignificant vignetting under normal use. I may have gotten one of the last Vivitar Series 1 13mm lenses as it was very hard to come by at the time I purchased it but if you're looking for a lens in that range, the Rokinons serve well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dmach47 Quote
The issues I have with that lens are 1) Big, 2) Heavy, and 3) Expensive. If those are not issues for you, then the 15-30 is a fantastic lens.
I agree it is all of those things. I generally use it on a tripod. I use it a lot when going out for architectural/landscape shoots.

It is the best ultra wide zoom i have ever used.
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I agree it is all of those things. I generally use it on a tripod. I use it a lot when going out for architectural/landscape shoots.

It is the best ultra wide zoom i have ever used.
What else have you used?

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Pentax A 28mm 2.8 is my go to lens for wide. If I need wider I just stitch composites of the 28 or my 50mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
What else have you used?
zooms
DFA 24-70
DA 10-17 FE
F17-28 FE
M 24-35
M 24-50


primes
K 15 3.5
A 16 FE
K 17 FE
K 18 3.5
M 20 4.0
K 24 2.8
K 24 3.5
FA* 24 2.0
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I'll also agree the DFA 15-30 is a really sweet lens. For an even wider perspective, I like my Irix 11mm quite a bit too. It is more limited in use though. It's so wide, you've got to be in the mood for that perspective. If you are though, it's hard to beat, especially for the price. I'd also look at the Laowa. I have not been hands-on with them, but they get very good reviews.

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I have the Samyang / Rokinon 14/2.8 and the Pentax FA 20/2.8 for my K-1. I use the Samyang mostly for Astro but it works well in daylight too; extremely sharp if you get a good copy.

I got the FA 20 because I wanted an autofocus ultra-wide. I rented the DFA 15-30, but I wanted something lighter, so I got the FA 20. The 15-30 is a very good lens and is good for Astro.
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I don't have anything else to compare it to, but I've been very happy with my Irix 15mm. Fun to use, sharp, and able to produce some great colors. I never leave it home on my Arizona hiking adventures.
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I am very happy with my A 20/2.8 and waiting for complete my FA Limited series with the DFA 21 Ltd. I am sure it is a amazing lens.
I also have fun with the SMC Fisheye 1:4/17 and the old, but not so bad RMC Tokina 1:3.5/17
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For the size I prefer my Soligor C/D 20mm F2.8



or the Pentax FA* 24mm F2 IF AL



or the Pentax FA 35mm F2 AL

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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
The Laowa is a very good lens (they could make the lens cap fit a bit tighter though..lost one over a deep canyon.
I use a silicon lens cap made by Kuvrd to protect the Takumar 17mm FE on my K-1. It does the job well, I recommend them.

17mm FE on the K-1, it's a treat, and not too fishy

It allows me to take the whole scene in (I should try lens correction in postprocessing)


I would like to try a few of the UWA lenses others have mentioned above
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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
You might find this worthwhile...

https://youtu.be/Xk7APW1P6jA

Cheers... M
I almost wish you hadnít posted this! I really enjoyed watching several of his videos. A bit of an Internet rabbit hole I fell into!
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
I almost wish you hadn’t posted this! I really enjoyed watching several of his videos. A bit of an Internet rabbit hole I fell into!
Yep... he just oozes authenticity.

Instead of the one I posted, I had a hard time deciding which of his other conversations to post that the OP might find helpful. This...?
...or this...?

Enjoy... M

FWIW: As things stand right now, my Pentax A 20/2.8 is about as FF “Ultra-WA” as I'm going to be.

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Among those I've tested (that's a lot), my favourite is the Laowa 12mm F2.8, it's almost a Limited lens.

Close second is the Pentax 15-30mm F2.8, but it's very big.

The Irix 11 and 15mm are fine also (I prefer the 15) but big and not quite as enticing as the Laowa, for me at least.

You can find in-depth reviews of all those lenses here on Pentaxforums.
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