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12-28-2009, 04:20 PM   #1
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Pentax DA 15mm ltd, any sample shots?

Wondering if anyone here has the 15 ltd, and if so can they post some sample shots. I'm considering buying this lens in a few months. So far I have the 35mm and the 70mm. Don't see much point in getting the 21mm and the 40mm is just to close to the 35.

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I've been thinking about the same thing, although i like really low light lenses and am considering the DA14mm F2.8 instead. Chunkier, but maybe more my style :P

I think there should be a few threads in this section with pics already? Maybe a little bit further down.
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I agree that 2.8 would be nice, but I love how lightweight the ltd are. I'm willing to up the ISO a bit if it means lighter kit. I only walk round with my 35 ltd and 70 ltd now. So much easier. At first I thought it would mean some lost photo opportunities, but my shots have improved since. I'm probably putting more work into composure with prime lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by alehel Quote
I agree that 2.8 would be nice, but I love how lightweight the ltd are. I'm willing to up the ISO a bit if it means lighter kit. I only walk round with my 35 ltd and 70 ltd now. So much easier. At first I thought it would mean some lost photo opportunities, but my shots have improved since. I'm probably putting more work into composure with prime lenses.
15/35/70 ltd sounds like a seriously formidable lineup. Don't make me rethink my recent purchases!!!

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I wish pentax would make a 50mm 1.4 ltd lens. sure the FA one is great, but I want one with the same build quality of the ltd lenses and the DA* 55mm is a bit to big for my liking.
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It's a very good lens. The 2.8 issue is size - look at the DA14 and its double the size and weight. I preferred small and light, 2.8 is only one stop anyways.

Immune to flare, very sharp from wide open, GORGEOUS metal construction that will wow any canonite used to plastic L lenses. My new favorite lens, stays on the camera almost all the time.

I'm yet to take any good shots with mine though, here are a few anyway.
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I really like the go-kart picture.

I really need to control myself, :P. Can't afford to buy another lens at the moment, but I really want that 15mm ltd. Hopefully I can afford one in about 2 months. I'll probably end up getting the 21mm and the 40mm despite the fact that they won't be used as much as the others. I just love these lenses. I expect I won't be buying a new camera for a few years if this ltd LBA continues.
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Just some snapshots. I had a Nikon shooter inquire about which lens for the second shot, saying he didn't have anything that would show that little distortion.

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I don't own the DA 15/4, but did have the opportunity to shoot a bit with it when the K-7 tour was in Portland. My impression was that it is sharp even at f/4, has good contrast, and well-controlled distortion. The only weaknesses that I noticed were mild CA (both red/cyan and blue/yellow). If you need a well-built, ultra compact performer at this focal length, I would definitely include it on your short list.

Here are the results of a Flickr search:
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There are a few other threads on this lens - might want to do a search - but also a good bunch of samples in the DA Limited Club thread.

Here's a few from this week. The last one shows you don't really need f/2.8 for a wide angle lens in low light. The still subjects are sharp, the moving ones blurry - just how I wanted it.







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Does that cat really have one blue and one green eye??? I suppose it's just a reflection - if not PP.
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No it's genuine : )

Just google "van cat" and "ankara cat"
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QuoteOriginally posted by regor Quote
Here a few shots:
After seeing your shots, I call B.S. on any reviewer that says the edge sharpness isn't very good.
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