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10-13-2021, 03:04 PM - 4 Likes   #1
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DFA 21 f/2.4 Limited

HD PENTAX-D FA 21mmF2.4ED Limited DC WR

Here it is. 1500€

10-13-2021, 03:10 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Ouch.
10-13-2021, 03:46 PM - 3 Likes   #3
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- machined aluminium lens barrel
- 11 elements in 8 groups, including a biconvex aspherical glass-moulded element, four elements made of ED glass, one element made of Super ED glass lens and one element made of high-refraction glass
- 8-blade diaphragm (rounded)
- minimum focusing distance: 18cm (working distance: 7cm)
- maximum magnification: 0.26x
- KAF4 mount
- filter diameter: 67mm
- dimensions: 74mm (maximum diameter) x 89mm (length)
- weight: 416g
- available in November
- €1,499.



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This looks INCREDIBLE!

The bokeh in those sample images is to die for.

10-13-2021, 04:17 PM   #5
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So the hood is permanent, outside the filter rings... might make polarizers interesting... might be OK...

And it's KAF4, so might want to update the K10

It's a good looking piece, though, and I do like the bokeh in the samples... and the samples in general...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
This looks INCREDIBLE!

The bokeh in those sample images is to die for.
I know, right? It *IS* just like the FAs...

Better start saving now...
10-13-2021, 05:06 PM   #7
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Nice looking lens, but I have so many lenses that over lap that Focal Length. (15 f4, 16-45 f4, 20-40 f2.8-4, 10-17 f3.5-4.5(fisheye))

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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
Nice looking lens, but I have so many lenses that over lap that Focal Length. (15 f4, 16-45 f4, 20-40 f2.8-4, 10-17 f3.5-4.5(fisheye))
What I am hearing is there will be one more lens available for the rest of us to buy
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The specs and the statement of intent sound extremely promising. 21mm is a nice focal length. It's nicely wide for expansive landscapes but not so ultra-wide that it will have so much of the unavoidable distortions of rectilinear ultra-wide lenses.

I love the idea of the close-focus performance -- 0.26X will fill the frame with a 4" x 6" subject space which would work nicely for many kinds of scenes with flowers, mushrooms, and mossy mini-landscapes.

What I await is an astrophotography image @ f/2.4. That will show just how sharp they made the corners and whether the lens will do nicely for Milky Way images.
10-13-2021, 05:19 PM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
Nice looking lens, but I have so many lenses that over lap that Focal Length. (15 f4, 16-45 f4, 20-40 f2.8-4, 10-17 f3.5-4.5(fisheye))
How many of those cover full frame?

I have the 20-40 Limited and the DA* 16-50 (last year's), but the DF-A 21 is something very different... and a lot more useful on a K1...

Since it is DC and KAF4, does that mean it will autofocus and change aperture while shooting video?
That would be something handy, even on APS-C, if you're into that...

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Wow! expensive...

Looks like a FA31ltd.


I am not convinced yet with the photo samples. Small objects shot near will often give enough OOF backgrounds.
Need to see people shots (up to half body ) and see what sort of in focus / oof relationship it gives for a photo.

Nonetheless, really superb looking lens and like all limiteds, a balance of the size, build and fast aperture as to make it still highly portable for a 21mm lens with f2.4
I will be looking out for one (depending on the price locally of course )
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I'm a bit confused by Ricoh's recent product launch strategy. With the GR IIIx we saw an official announcement in Japan and Europe, followed by the US announcement about a week later, along with asynchronous pre-order availability.


Now we have this lens, supposedly available for sale in Japan and now also Europe, but no press release or official announcement anywhere. Am I missing something?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I'm a bit confused by Ricoh's recent product launch strategy. With the GR IIIx we saw an official announcement in Japan and Europe, followed by the US announcement about a week later, along with asynchronous pre-order availability.


Now we have this lens, supposedly available for sale in Japan and now also Europe, but no press release or official announcement anywhere. Am I missing something?
They can’t ship to America without them getting stuck on a container ship somewhere.
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Man, awesome looking lens. Still saving up my pennies for strobes and some other glass but that looks like an incredible walk around lens.
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