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07-12-2013, 09:51 PM   #16
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I only have the 15 from the limited line, and while it is excellent, I rarely use it because I just don't have much use for wide. I'd really love to get a 77, though.

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There are two series of current Pentax Limited lenses: the FA Ltd and DA Ltd. All FA & DA Ltd lenses are metallic AF lenses.

The FA Ltd are full-frame lenses. All are vintage lenses, highly regarded, across all brands and beyond Pentax, outstanding IQ, ... and they are expensive. But they are worth their proce. The FA31mm and FA 77mm are the highest scored lenses in the PF in-depth reviews.

The DA Ltd are APS-C lenses (not full-frame). Their are usually tiny lenses, fast focusing, and excellent IQ. Some prefer the DA Ltd to the FA Ltd, others prefer the FA Ltd. But you cannot go wrong with either. Read for example the treads on the DA15mm Ltd 'controlling my mind': https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/86234-15mm-limited-controls-my-mind-club.html.

Back to your post, the FA31mm and FA77mm are highly recommended. I have both and I think that the FA31mm is the first choice. Because the focal lens (31mm) is perfect on APS-C Pentax cameras. Not too log nor too short.

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I have the DA 15, 40 & 70 and have recently acquired the FA 31.
Out of these, my favourites are the 31 & 70, but the 15 & 40 are not far behind. They all have their place.

The DA's have the advantage of being smaller and more pocketable if you want to travel light, plus they have quick shift and are cheaper. The FA's are faster.

I think image quality differences between the DA and FA ranges are pretty small (see DA 70mm vs FA 77mm Limited - Image Quality: Chromatic Aberration - PentaxForums.com) I don't think you could go far wrong with any of the limiteds.
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Because I have them, I would recommend the DA Limiteds. The 40 is not extremely expensive for a lens of its caliber. Yet, the 15 and 21 are too close in my opinion. And I would go for a FA 77 not the DA 70 if you've got the bucks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by thedollarbill Quote
the 15 and 21 are too close in my opinion.
At that end of the focal length spectrum, 6mm makes quite a big difference on APS-C.

The DA21 is widish, but the DA15 is genuinely ultra-wide.
Both produce beautiful 14 point starbursts, but the DA15 is more flare resistant and seems to have a built-in polariser when shooting the sky.
With my copies at least, the DA15 needs to go to f/8.0 to produce sharp corners, but the DA21 does well from about f/4.0.
The DA21 is 2/3 of a stop faster and appreciably smaller.

There will always be room for both in my stable.
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I have currently 40mm and 31mm of these. The 31mm is my most used lens on K-01 and is very multifunctional. It is wide to make some scenery or groepshot and also good for a portrait (not to close). The 40 was my first limited and is really good for light traveling and doing daily stuff.

I owned 15mm, but that was to wide for me at th time. I owned 21mm and sold that to get the 31mm. Selling the 21mm was not my smartest move, since it is a wonderfull lens.

I have FA*85mm, so never looked into buying FA77mm or DA70mm, but for a great portraitlensset you actually need them all, including the DA*55 to complet your setup.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
At that end of the focal length spectrum, 6mm makes quite a big difference on APS-C.

The DA21 is widish, but the DA15 is genuinely ultra-wide.
Both produce beautiful 14 point starbursts, but the DA15 is more flare resistant and seems to have a built-in polariser when shooting the sky.
With my copies at least, the DA15 needs to go to f/8.0 to produce sharp corners, but the DA21 does well from about f/4.0.
The DA21 is 2/3 of a stop faster and appreciably smaller.

There will always be room for both in my stable.
Never really tried them both before so I guess I'm in no position to say their too close. But seeing you've mentioned the 21 performs better at f4 will probably let me choose one over the other.

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I like lmt lens cause their litle size and great image quality. But they so expensive :-s

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