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03-18-2010, 09:11 AM   #1
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DA 14mm vs. DA 15mm

I am in the market for a new wide angle. If both these lenses were the same price, which would you buy? (I would be doing street shots and landscapes)

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I've had them both. To me, it's DA15 all the way. If you don't need the speed of the 14, I feel the 15 is better in many ways - specifically distortion. In street photography and landscape, it may not be a factor. However, horizontal lines near the edge of the frame with DA14 have a tendency to wave - almost like a moustache.
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Its speed against size/weight. Since you will be shooting outside the DA 15 is the better choice
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QuoteOriginally posted by Calex Quote
I am in the market for a new wide angle. If both these lenses were the same price, which would you buy? (I would be doing street shots and landscapes)
Sorry, but based on all of the info I have, I would say neither and go with the Pentax DA 12-24. Brutally sharp lens at all focal lengths and apertures.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
Sorry, but based on all of the info I have, I would say neither and go with the Pentax DA 12-24. Brutally sharp lens at all focal lengths and apertures.
I agree. The 12-24 compares very favorably to the 14 and 15 in terms of sharpness and distortion control and has superior border sharpness, which is rather important in an ultra-wide angle lens.
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I own the 15, and I love it. I haven't had the 14, so I cant compare, but the 15 just takes such visually stunning shots.
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I have had the three lenses : DA 14 (I have sold it), DA 15 and DA 12-24
For outdoor go for the DA15 because of its exceptional resistance to flare
sharpness is not the only parameter to consider

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I've not tried the 14mm so I can't compare. I do have the 15mm though and love it. As others have said, since its wide I'm usually using it outdoors, so speed is not critical to me. In the non-Pentax arena, I also own the Sigma 10-20, which I also like a lot. It does however render color differently than typical Pentax glass, so that is often a deal breaker for many. Personally I like and use both lenses depending on my exact needs.

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Another thing you should consider besides all above, the DA 15 has a metal lens body!
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DA 14mm is made of very thick and high-quality metal too. I even feel the 15mm material is not as good as DA 14mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
I agree. The 12-24 compares very favorably to the 14 and 15 in terms of sharpness and distortion control and has superior border sharpness, which is rather important in an ultra-wide angle lens.
The 12-24 is only superior in the borders at the larger apertures, but the borders are seldom actually in focus at those apertures, so it doesn't matter as much as one might imagine. Stopped down to f/8 or f/11, the DA15 actually beats the 12-24 across the entire frame according to photozone, although perhaps not by enough to matter to most people in practice.

But, the 12-24 is a great lens, and being a zoom, far more flexible than either the 14 or 15. See any of the dozens of other threads on the topic, and you'll see strong arguments in favor of all of these options (as well as third party zooms). You really can't go wrong with any of them. It just depends on what you value more: the extra stop of speed of the 14 (I'd argue this isn't so important most of the time on an ultrawide angle lens), the small size of the 15, or the flexibility of a zoom. There won't be a wrong answer.

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I've had all three: DA14, DA15 and DA1224, but now I'm only keeping the DA15. It's such a ncie and cute lens, you'd love it once you have it
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I have owned all of the lenses mentioned. I bought the 14/2.8 and found it to be rather big, but very good indeed. I needed something wider, and so bought the 12-24, and found it to be very good indeed, somewhat bigger and heavier than the 14, and more useful.
Neither of these is what I would call esthetically pleasing lenses to use, but they do what they do with tremendous competency
I bought a 15 last year, selling my 14 and some other lenses to finance it.
I am finding it to be a very good lens, and a pleasure to use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Calex Quote
I am in the market for a new wide angle. If both these lenses were the same price, which would you buy? (I would be doing street shots and landscapes)
interesting choices with DA 12-24 also in the mix. DA 15 is a pretty cool lens and very well sized.
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Size matters, to me. If I am going to buy something as big as the DA14, I'd rather get the zoom and go wider. I don't really need the extra stop much. The DA15 goes everywhere.
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