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11-07-2016, 07:20 AM   #1
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Samyang 14 vs Pentax 15??

I see that (today) the Samyang 14 is a "strong buy" and (as usual) the Pentax 15 DA is "wait".

I can look at the raw numbers and see that the DA is "better" than the Samyang but... I use a K-r and have so-so skills, so my expectations are not super high.

I have the 21 limited and the 10-17 fishie, and plenty of 18-whatever zooms (both Pentax and 3rd party) but really want a wide angle prime.

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Either would be great buys. I have the SMC 15, nice lens. I have two Samyangs, they're quite nice, I'm sure the 14 will be good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by madison_wi_gal Quote
I see that (today) the Samyang 14 is a "strong buy" and (as usual) the Pentax 15 DA is "wait".

I can look at the raw numbers and see that the DA is "better" than the Samyang but... I use a K-r and have so-so skills, so my expectations are not super high.

I have the 21 limited and the 10-17 fishie, and plenty of 18-whatever zooms (both Pentax and 3rd party) but really want a wide angle prime.

Thoughts?
I have the Samyang 14mm f2.8, but for a different system, a Nikon D600. IT is an EXCELLENT lens and cheap. I normally just set the focus to 2 meters and shoot, I rarely touch the focus ring, so auto focus isn't a big deal.

Construction is very good, correction (on a full frame even) is very good. SHARP wide open. That is one BIG hunk of glass though, so it is heavy. Price for what you get is incredible.

Here's a couple of shots using my D600. Please note, a cropped frame camera will be not as wide.



















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Gorgeous!!

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They both seem different enough from the 21 to make your compositions different as well.

Though that 21 is tiny and fun. All 3 seem to be quality glass, the 21 is no slouch in the sharpness category.
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I guess a lot depends on if you would ever go with full frame down the road. If so, then the Samyang 14mm is the obvious choice. On the other hand, if you are sticking with APS-C and like landscapes, the DA 15 is pretty sweet -- flare resistant, lots of contrast and great colors.





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The 15mm ltd varies quite a bit in sharpness across the frame. The lack of distortion and small size is great though.

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I have both and the 15 Limited has been a favorite for years. The only reason I got a Rokinon 14 was to use on the K-1. If there was a FF 15 Limited I would have bought that!
All that being said the Rokinon (same as Samyang) is a fine lens, especially considering the price!
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I use both lenses. Each has unique strengths and weaknesses.

The DA 15 has superior color and contrast, legendary flare resistance if you are shooting into bright light. The Samyang 14 is sharper.

For daytime landscapes I prefer the DA 15. Night cityscapes with artificial lights favor the DA 15, too. The Samyang 14 excels at night landscapes with the Milky Way; pinpoint stars across the frame and f2.8 aperture to gather more light.
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Another thing to consider... if you're getting a K1 (not mentioned, but I'm bringing it up anyway), 14mm is incredibly wide on a full frame camera. Some people can't get wide enough, but... it's equivalent to a 9.3mm APS-C field of view. That's a wide field of view!
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Have you considered the new Samyang 16mm F1.8? If you are sticking to an ASP-C sensor, and often shoot in low light this could be a viable option. I think it is selling for about $40.00 more than the 14mm new.


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So far was only looking at the 14, and I am taking a western trip where the shooting will (mostly) be during the day, so maybe I'm back to the DA 15??
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If you shoot architecture, the DA 15 might be the better option, because of its lower distortion.
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Probably scenery.
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Sometimes a bit of fisheye distortion is actually desirable in scenery, as it can highlight your central subject. I find the 21mm shots are often better in Lightroom without distortion correction - though it is pretty minimal. It may come down to just going with your gut feeling. I think both lenses would be a welcome addition to most of our collections.

I bought the DA21mm on a whim, it was underpriced here on Craigslist. It was part of a deceased professional's collection - the last unsold lens. The seller got a couple of offers for more after I contacted him, but he looked me up online and saw I'd probably use the lens, not sell it right away and I got it for a song. I think most of us will discover pretty quickly whether a lens "speaks" to us, and how we can use it. If it doesn't suit your style you can always sell it again, and if you buy used you won't typically lose money.
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