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02-03-2009, 12:06 PM   #31
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Does anyone know whether the built in hood completely retracks like the 35 and 77 mm? Also, anyone know the filter size? I hope it is a 49 mm.

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Does anyone know whether the built in hood completely retracks like the 35 and 77 mm? Also, anyone know the filter size? I hope it is a 49 mm.
I'd like to know exactly what is known other than FL and F-stop.

A 49mm filter size would be awesome. I'd have five primes, all of which could fit the 49mm filters I'd buy.
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He must have been pretty close to that pelican!
From the article: "As I was standing only 3 feet away from Harry"

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I guess I need to own a Ltd to fully understand it.
No truer word spoken.

So far this lens is shaping up to be a more expensive prime version of the DA16-45 that lacks the "to 45mm" part.

I wish all the DA Limiteds were one stop faster. I'd certainly be willing to sacrifice some of the "engineered for rabbits" insane smallness to get faster glass. Given that the small FA Limiteds exist, certainly it should be possible to make equally fast lenses to cover the smaller sensor size.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
From the article: "As I was standing only 3 feet away from Harry"
Huh, guess I was distracted by the pretty pictures.

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Well, that would be an interesting question - whether distortion was fixed in post.
He wouldn't do that, would he? I forgive him the Leica love, but fixing distortion would be low!

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Now, it begs the question: Is it FF compatible?

This lens may replace my DA 14 for canyoneering, if I can afford it. The small size and weight would be awesome. This, plus K-m, great small (relatively) inconspicuous setup.
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Now, it begs the question: Is it FF compatible?
Below is a comparison of the DA 15mm vs. the full-frame SMC-K 15mm I bought many years ago. I highly doubt that the DA15 will provide full frame coverage...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Eaglerapids Quote
...I may be weird but 15>21>28>31>43>50>77 makes sense:-). 15>28 or 31 is to big a jump, the 21 fits perfectly...
I am wondering if I can make 15>24>35>50 work. If the price is right I could sell enough duplicates to cover it.
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That's a lot of lenses haha I'm fine with the 15 > 21 > 35/40 > 70. Actually that's a lot of lenses for me!.
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I am wondering if I can make 15>24>35>50 work. If the price is right I could sell enough duplicates to cover it.
What I want is 15, 30, 55, 100.
What I'll probably end up with is 15, 28, 50, 100.
The cost of the 30 and 55 DA* primes could be an issue.

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What I'll probably end up with is 15, 28, 50, 100.
Then we'll be neighbors! :-) I'd be mostly carrying 15, 28, 40, 100. Although I do take my 50 instead of my 40 at times - and it makes more sense to do so just looking at the range of focal lengths - I just *like* the 40 a lot more. Bonus: it's close enough to the 28 that I don't actually switch between them as often as I might otherwise.

Looked at in that way, there's a certain perverse logic to adding the 15 at the wide end instead of the 21. The huge gap between the 15 and the 28 mimics the huge gap between my 40 (or 50) and the 100. It's like I have a three-band sweepable mid EQ: 15 for the low, 100 for the high, but I get to choose between 28, 40, or 50 for the middle band. Kind of...
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Back in the film days I used to use 15 - 28 - 50 - 100. Each one was about double the previous - it was a great kit and served me very well. That SMC K 15mm f/3.5 was a lot to lug around, though (see photo above, and bear in mind that the whole thing is FILLED to the edges with glass).

I have the DA12-24 and it's a terrific lens - better than my SMC K 15mm. But it really isn't any smaller or lighter, and I'd love to get the DA15 for a lightweight walkaround.

That would give me 15 - 35 - 50 and sometimes 100. The DA35 macro is useful for when I want to shoot a close-up and the M 50/f1.4 works great when I want shallow DOF. And (if what I think about the DA15 is true) I'd have a bunch of lenses that share the same filter size, which cuts down on any filters I want to bring along.

I don't really expect a need for something in between 15 and 35 - if I really wanted to plug all the holes I'd just bring a zoom.
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I must be the only one who just REALLY struggles with a wide angle prime. You're so screwed if it's too wide. The 12-24 is such a magic range i just can't see the small size of the 15 making up for it, never thought i'd say that.
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I must be the only one who just REALLY struggles with a wide angle prime. You're so screwed if it's too wide. The 12-24 is such a magic range i just can't see the small size of the 15 making up for it, never thought i'd say that.
I'm kinda in the same boat, the 12-24 IQ is just so great, and the FL range is versatile.

However, size matters more & more to me too - smaller=better. I get a real kick out of shooting the little M 20 f4 - the combo fits into my smallest bag, it's light for handhelds, and the ease at varifocal means I really don't even focus for most shooting I do with it - just set it at f/8, focus to infinity and snap away. The 15 kinda has the same appeal.

I guess I have to say that I don't really like the ACR conversion flow Ned used on those images, either that or the downsizing methodology was HS. I'd like to see the real images, I feel like the downsizing has lost too much detail and introduced artifacts. In some cases I also think contrast has suffered because of it. The best isn't being brought out of those images...

People, you gotta try K20D jpeg bright + picasa + flickr hosting/downsizing, I'm tellin' ya....

Anyway, very promising.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
I must be the only one who just REALLY struggles with a wide angle prime. You're so screwed if it's too wide. The 12-24 is such a magic range i just can't see the small size of the 15 making up for it, never thought i'd say that.
Too wide doesn't bother me. I can just crop. Too narrow is worse.

QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
The huge gap between the 15 and the 28 mimics the huge gap between my 40 (or 50) and the 100. It's like I have a three-band sweepable mid EQ: 15 for the low, 100 for the high, but I get to choose between 28, 40, or 50 for the middle band. Kind of...
I have a 28, 50 and 100, with a 35mm on the way. As a three-lens kit: 15 + normal + 100mm is very appealing.

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When traveling by air, the bigger bag option may be "limited." Been there done that too many times.
I'd be interested in your experience with this. Which bag was too big and which one was ok?
Thanks.
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I can't wait to get my hands on this lens. While I love longer focal lengths for landscapes, I've been missing my UWA lens for it.
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