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DA 15mm F4 Limited 10477.04%
FA* 24mm F2 3122.96%
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10-28-2014, 03:50 AM   #1
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Lens Tournament: DA 15mm Limited vs FA* 24mm (Best Wide-Angle Lens)

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the knockout round of the Greatest Pentax Lens Tournament! The rules are simple: Two lenses enter. You must choose one. The winner moves on; the loser is gone. Check out the bracket here, which is based on the user nomination results.

After this match, we'll be able to crown the best Pentax wide-angle lens. The contenders are the DA 15mm F4 Limited and the FA* 24mm F2.

Make your choice by voting in the poll above. You will need to log in or register if you don't yet have a forum account.
Feel free to argue, persuade, and generally carry on after that. Voting will be open for exactly 24 hours.


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10-28-2014, 04:02 AM   #2
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The DA 15 is going to make it to the finals. Book it!
10-28-2014, 05:00 AM   #3
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I am on my second copy of the DA15 and I still can't really warm to it. I remain awestruck at the output others have wrung from it.
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Here come the mind-controlled...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I am on my second copy of the DA15 and I still can't really warm to it. I remain awestruck at the output others have wrung from it.
Ditto on both accounts!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I am on my second copy of the DA15 and I still can't really warm to it.

To really get the DA15 look you have to crank the saturation up to "ultra-neon" and apply HDR twice, just to make sure you've got it HDR enough. If you can get results that look like no version of reality that anyone has ever experienced without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs, you've nailed it.
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That MUST be what I'm doing wrong

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
To really get the DA15 look you have to crank the saturation up to "ultra-neon" and apply HDR twice, just to make sure you've got it HDR enough. If you can get results that look like no version of reality that anyone has ever experienced without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs, you've nailed it.
People say that, but it is a capable lens without cranking HDR and saturation.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
To really get the DA15 look you have to crank the saturation up to "ultra-neon" and apply HDR twice, just to make sure you've got it HDR enough. If you can get results that look like no version of reality that anyone has ever experienced without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs, you've nailed it.
Dave, that comment really made me laugh in this otherwise gloomy day, thnx ..... .....
i have da15 and tried fa24 - i think i will pick da15 as a more special lens without hesitation anytime
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I had the DA15 and it was purchased based on all the rave reviews. After about 2 years with it, I sold it, never quite liking the results.

I have the Sigma 10-20, Sigma 20-40 and Tamron 17-50, and each of those lenses give me "better" results than the DA15, If I want ultra wide, the 10mm end of the Sigma gives me a more SFX like hyper foreground image and at 20mm both Sigmas are pretty flat, with much less field curvature. Add the fact I've found stitched panos of 2-3 images to be much more appealing than a single DA15 image, I'm shooting a lot more in the 20-30mm range.

Though I very much wanted to love it, the DA15 is just not my type.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
To really get the DA15 look you have to crank the saturation up to "ultra-neon" and apply HDR twice, just to make sure you've got it HDR enough. If you can get results that look like no version of reality that anyone has ever experienced without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs, you've nailed it.
I heard Timothy Leary had a DA15...
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I tend to think of the DA 15 as the APS-C version of the FA* 24.
A reportage lens, contrasty, sharp in the center, less so at the edge.
So this vote is just digital versus film for me, or oughties versus 'nineties.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
To really get the DA15 look you have to crank the saturation up to "ultra-neon" and apply HDR twice, just to make sure you've got it HDR enough. If you can get results that look like no version of reality that anyone has ever experienced without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs, you've nailed it.
And scale down your image or crop out the corners so that no-one notices how bad it really is ...
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As with the FA*85 vs the FA77, I sold the DA15 and kept the FA*24. 24mm is a great focal length, and f/2 makes a big difference in how flexible the lens is.

Outside of a macro (the D FA 100 WR), the FA*24/2, FA*85/1.4, and F*300/4.5 are the only primes I really need in my kit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by class a Quote
here come the mind-controlled...
Must...vote...DA15...
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