Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-06-2012, 06:21 PM   #46
panoguy's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington, D.C.
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,290
QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
DA70 - tiny, well-built, has a DOF scale unlike the DA40, and IQ of the gods.
Great example!

Love the DA70 as well, but my 35 Macro Ltd. gets more time on the camera these days.
DA15 Ltd? Have it, use it, doesn't really do "stunning" like the 35 or 70. Easy to pack though!

02-07-2012, 03:50 AM   #47
Senior Member
Kennod's Avatar

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 126
QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
This thread doesnt help. It basically says "buy em all"
So true. I should be satisfied with 6 limiteds, but this thread has me coveting 3 that I don't have. Damn you all !!!
02-07-2012, 05:25 AM   #48
8540tomg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,454
At the moment I only have one DA Limited the DA 70/2.4.

Great for portraits and indoor sports. A really fine optic.

Tom G
02-08-2012, 06:02 PM   #49
Site Supporter
mikeSF's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: East Bay Area, CA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,705
i've only used three DA Limiteds (15, 40, 70) and of those three, the 70 is my fave.

02-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #50
Veteran Member

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 759
40 Lim - only one I have, but its quite nice, very light, compact, well made. Have a couple of quick shots available, as the OP wished. Sorry, no PP available right now. Shot with "only" 6 mp K100dS, so just about any other model should do better:

First is hand held, ISO 1600, 1/15 sec, f 2.8, so conditions a bit challenging

Second had much more light available.


Attached Images
02-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #51
Veteran Member
benjikan's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Paris, France
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,312
The Pancake 40 mm
02-20-2012, 03:43 PM   #52
Junior Member

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sandnes
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 27
DA 35mm f/2.8 macro

02-20-2012, 04:13 PM   #53
New Member

Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 19
Original Poster
Thanks for all the input guys, I still haven't made up my mind yet. It's hard for me to figure out what focal length I need most, and would use more often. I'm leaning towards the 15 or 21, but i do think i would find the 40 mm useful as well. I like the 35 mm macro, but I sometimes wish it wasn't a macro because i often end up with very blurry shots when using it without a tripod

02-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #54
Site Supporter
Ex Finn.'s Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern Maryland.
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,292
15,21,35 and 40 with a nice tripod, sounds like a plan.
02-20-2012, 04:28 PM   #55
ducdao's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Montreal/Vermont
Posts: 2,160
I have DA15/35/40/70 and the DA35 get utilized the most, by far.
02-21-2012, 01:45 AM   #56
Forum Member

Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 52
DA21 for sure

I like the DA21Ltd. most out of my DA limiteds. It is wide enough, is really sharp at f4.0+ and vignettes nicely at f3.2, which in some cases I found I really liked for portraits.
02-21-2012, 06:05 AM   #57

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: North
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,921
QuoteOriginally posted by Belcik Quote
I have FA 43, thinking of FA77 / DA 70 -> Your suggestion and why?
I've tried the 70ltd for a couple of hours for a lens shootout.
It wasn't my preference given the choices. Few things were very stark to me when using it.
1. It did not have as fast an aperture compared to most 85mm and the 77ltd. This limited DOF control a bit
2. Being a shorter FL compared again to 85mm and 77ltd, its DOF control again wasn't as much.
3. Combining #1,#2, its just more limiting in DOF control and not as nice a bkgnd rendering above head and shoulders shots. (small objects its fine)
4. Not as fast obviously and too close to f2.8 options like a 100/2.8 or 90/2.8 macro
02-21-2012, 11:57 AM   #58
reeftool's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Upstate New York
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 8,155
My DA 15 has become my most used lens of late. I love it. My DA 40 has been somewhat of a disappointment so far. It's done ok for what I wanted it for and that's for available light / low light shots but it doesn't get used much. Mine also has sticky aperture blades and it doesn't stop down in cold weather but that's another problem. It needs to go in for fixing. As of now, I'm using the kit lens again for that size range.
02-22-2012, 02:39 PM   #59
cali92rs's Avatar

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Long Beach, CA
Posts: 3,346
An update...
I *had* 2 limiteds, the 35mm and the 70mm. I ended selling them both even though they are wonderfull lenses. The DA 70mm is an odd focal length for me, just didn't use it much. A lot of people like that focal length for portraiture, but I would prefer a wider aperture for that kind of work (thinner depth of field).
I also sold my DA 35mm LTD. It was a wonderfully sharp lens, but I also have the Sigma 30mm and it produces bokeh which is much more pleasing to me and is sharp enough for me as well (I don't pixel peep, if you do, the 35mm may be a better fit).
02-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #60
Site Supporter
Biro's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,182
I've got the DA 15, 21 and 70 and my favorite is the 21 even though some say optically it's the least-excellent among them. But I loved working at 35mm in the film days and the DA 21 gives me a 30-31mm equivalent, which is close. I'm not sure if I'll eventually get the DA 35 and 40 Limiteds. I already have the DA 35mm f/2.4 and, plastic or not, it's a great lens that I'm very happy with. Because of that, I suspect I'll get the new DA 50mm f/1.8 before I add any more Limiteds. While the DA 35 Limited is excellent, I'm not sure I need a macro lens in that range (I have the D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR) and the focal range of the DA 40 just strikes me as a bit odd. But if the need ever comes up - if I buy a K-01, for instance - I'll be happy to pick one up.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, da, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, love, pentax k-5
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Favorite Lens: Pentax DA 15/4 Limited baig.sabeeh90 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 12-17-2010 04:07 AM
What's your favorite lens? dancinonwater Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 24 11-15-2010 10:08 AM
Favorite Films? Votesh Pentax Film SLR Discussion 59 09-02-2010 07:06 AM
Black & White My favorite model with my favorite lens seanix Post Your Photos! 5 04-14-2010 06:13 PM
My Favorite PP Tutorials atupdate Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 8 03-15-2010 09:47 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:25 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]