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03-08-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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LBA: Da 21mm f3.2 ltd

Another addition to my bag. I still cannot believe that I bought this very lens I have been so critical of for the past 2 years (by observation).

Here it is. I took it to the street. Just a LBA first post from this lens.

It is not as crispy sharp as I have expected from a limited but the contrast and colour are very good.

It is a lens for street for sure. Difficult to use but a nice non-intimidating cute lens itself.

Its bokeh is neutral at best. Most of time, I need to choose to ignore the bokeh rendering.

Here are my snapshots!







Last one, I had to dampen down the contrast and colour saturation in this image! Aperture f4!



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i've said this before, technically, there really isn't anything spectacular about this lens, although some people like the way it renders. it has barrel distortion, not very fast, rather average sharpness out in the corners. but when you need a small wide, there's really no alternative.

that's not to say the lens can't take great pictures
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I don't mind these results - I think it would be a great street lens.
Other than the 31 ltd I couldn't think of too many other good primes in this focal range (perhaps the 28/3.5?)

Thanks for sharing James.
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im starting to love this lens. for some reason the images are a little grainy. but for this focal length theres nothing that you can really get. i wish it was a bit faster

it's very useful for almost any shot though.

recent trip to potomac mills. since the lens is so small, i had it in my sweatshirt pocket with the 43mm in the other. i never used the 43mm once tho cause i was having too much fun with this lens.

















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just bought it and I love it. It has a lot of character, although it isn't the fastest lens or most sharpest.

But images are more about the content than the image quality anyways, right? And this lens can take in a lot of content!
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I'm quite enjoying the FA 28mm F2.8 that I bought from dugrant153 a few weeks back.

QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
I don't mind these results - I think it would be a great street lens.
Other than the 31 ltd I couldn't think of too many other good primes in this focal range (perhaps the 28/3.5?)
Ha! Always strive for perfection

Guess what I have sitting on my K20D :-)

Can't wait to take it out for a spin!

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just bought it and I love it. It has a lot of character, although it isn't the fastest lens or most sharpest.

But images are more about the content than the image quality anyways, right? And this lens can take in a lot of content!
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Guess what I have sitting on my K20D :-)

Can't wait to take it out for a spin!
HAHA... I knew it!! I knew it!! Kind of an addicting lens, isn't it?
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Hmmm. I bought a 21mm but haven't used it much. I bought it for travel figuring the Sigma 10-20mm, my go-to ultra-wide around home, is on the hefty side. Recently I've fallen in love with the Sigma 24mm 2.8 but that's MF so there's still a place for the 21mm in the kit. I really should take it for a stroll.

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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
It is not as crispy sharp as I have expected from a limited but the contrast and colour are very good.

Its bokeh is neutral at best.
... different way of thinking about the organization of an image.

Since its DOF is deep, forget bokeh. Instead, you might consider composing the image from its background to foreground. Don't rely on bokeh to pop the subject with a fuzzy background. The lens really shines when the objective is to capture the space between background and subject.

For an example, see...

YouTube - Sam Abell Cowboy Photo

...my $0.02 cents.
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A very valuable $.02, Michael: that video was really a revelation--thanks!
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@eyou:

Looks like we are relatively close neighbors -- I'm in Gainesville. I haven't been to Potomac Mills in at least 3 years. Looks like the recession is taking it's toll on shopping. I can remember the crowds being so thick, you couldn't stire them with a pitch fork!
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Neat stuff; will have to try and remember that next time I'm looking through the viewfinder.

Cheers.

Jeff

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A very valuable $.02, Michael: that video was really a revelation--thanks!
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@eyou:

Looks like we are relatively close neighbors -- I'm in Gainesville. I haven't been to Potomac Mills in at least 3 years. Looks like the recession is taking it's toll on shopping. I can remember the crowds being so thick, you couldn't stire them with a pitch fork!
THis was the my first trip to that mall in almost 5 years. It certainly has changed. has lots of those hanging artistic lights and carpeted areas.

That shot was an exception. I liked it because it was empty looking that took between the waves of people, but all my other shots have much more people. Not packed wall to wall but a better representation. BTW i hate that mall and only went for a family outing. way too big and far away.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Another addition to my bag. I still cannot believe that I bought this very lens I have been so critical of for the past 2 years (by observation).

Here it is. I took it to the street. Just a LBA first post from this lens.

It is not as crispy sharp as I have expected from a limited but the contrast and colour are very good.

It is a lens for street for sure. Difficult to use but a nice non-intimidating cute lens itself.

Its bokeh is neutral at best. Most of time, I need to choose to ignore the bokeh rendering.

Here are my snapshots!







Last one, I had to dampen down the contrast and colour saturation in this image! Aperture f4!

Looks really nice. I have used it on a few occasions and can say that with flash and optimum aperture it is tack sharp.

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That looks positively delicious!

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