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08-20-2009, 09:55 PM   #16
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Just my thoughts on the 14mm:

It was a good lens with excellent build but it had a warmer cast than the DA*16-50 and wasn't as sharp (at least as far as my copies went). It was big and solid but not sealed. Basically, it looses in all but being wider than the 16-50. It looses to the 15mm because it's bigger & heavier.

It's probably one of the more under-rated lenses but at the same time, the newer products bring more "pentax-like" qualities of either being smaller or sealed.

In the end, as much as I enjoyed it while I had it, I didn't use it very much after I got the 16-50 so it went towards my 10-17 fish-eye a month ago.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
unless you really want to try for shallow DOF in your landscape shots
According to the online DOF calculator, it's going to be pretty hard to get any shallow DOF at anything over 10 feet of subject distance, even at f2.8.

Camera, film format, or circle of confusion: Pentax DSLR
Focal length (mm): 14mm
Selected f-stop: f2.8

Subject distance 10 ft
Depth of field
Near limit 5.33 ft
Far limit 80.4 ft
Total 75.1 ft
In front of subject 4.7 ft (6%)
Behind subject 70.4 ft (94%)

Subject distance 11 ft
Depth of field
Near limit 5.6 ft
Far limit 302.4 ft
Total 296.8 ft
In front of subject 5.4 ft (2%)
Behind subject 291.4 ft (98%)

Subject distance 12 ft
Depth of field
Near limit 5.85 ft
Far limit Infinity
Total Infinite
In front of subject 6.2 ft
Behind subject Infinite

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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
There is a similar thread on the UK list and someone brought up the good point that the DA14 has one big advantage... very close focus. IIRC 17cm compared with 30cm for the DA12-24. So if you like those trick big-thing-in-front-of -the-lens shots, it would do a better job than the alternatives.
Good point


Andy has shown a lot of great work from the DA 14/2.8. Works well with filters also :
14mm busy on the Irish Coast [Page 1]: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
08-22-2009, 10:30 AM   #19
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I have and love the DA 14. When I was deciding what wide-angle lens (12-24 vs 14) nearly two years ago, the DA 14 was about $200 cheaper if I remember correctly, so that was the big decider for me. Since then I've taken this thing in slot canyons and have been very happy with it's build- the thing is built like a tank and it doesn't worry me to have it bounce off the canyon wall (well, as long as the hood is taking the impact ) the way my brother worries with his sigma 10-20. The close focus is a lot of fun, and the distortion is fairly well controlled. We all talk about the size of the 14, but it does seem smaller than the 12-24. Also, in tight, low-light situations (like slot canyons ) the f/2.8 does come in handy.

All that being said, if I had the money, I would have gotten the 12-24- it's wider and a little more versatile.

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With the 12-24 not far behind in price of the DA 14 now, I really don't see much of an advantage to own this vs the 15 or 12-24... In fact I think Pentax would probably drop this lens from the lineup soon since there's too much overlap. Just my 2c

If they replace it with the DA* 30mm/1.4 or 11-16/2.8 I think we'll all be happy
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
With the 12-24 not far behind in price of the DA 14 now, I really don't see much of an advantage to own this vs the 15 or 12-24... In fact I think Pentax would probably drop this lens from the lineup soon since there's too much overlap. Just my 2c

If they replace it with the DA* 30mm/1.4 or 11-16/2.8 I think we'll all be happy
as long as the 11-16 is not a fish-eye.
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