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Boxed K15/3.5AL
Posted By: gofour3, 02-21-2012, 05:44 PM

A boxed K15/3.5 and it looks like from the photo the rare aspherical element version. The Pentax lens book that is included is the original 1975 "K" Series, so that would indicate it is indeed the AL version.

K 15/3.5 AL


Rare Find - SMC Pentax 15mm F3.5 Ultra Wide Angle Lens

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02-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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A great collector's item, but don't get this if you want good IQ on a DSLR

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02-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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A great collector's item, but don't get this if you want good IQ on a DSLR
Yep agreed, best left for the Pentax film user or collector. I'd buy it in a second if I did not already have one. The built-in filters also aren’t much use on digital. However this is WIDE on a FF film camera.

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Nice find Phil.

But ya know, for $54 more I got a K-01. There's a limit to lens lust and that's on the other side of my line.

(But for a brief moment I wondered if you would go pick it up for me).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
A great collector's item, but don't get this if you want good IQ on a DSLR
I don't know if I agree, Adam. I find it usable at f3.5 (sharp but less contrasty) and very sharp and contrasty stopped down, with nice rendition:
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Also listed in the Marketplace I believe
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Also listed in the Marketplace I believe
Yep I see it now and yes I would have picked it up for you.
Glad you got the K-01, do you actually have the camera or is it on back order?

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I don't know if I agree, Adam. I find it usable at f3.5 (sharp but less contrasty) and very sharp and contrasty stopped down, with nice rendition:
@3.5:



100% crops:





@5.6:



100% crops:


Nice shots, the results on digital are better than I thought. I only shoot film so have only used the K15/3.5 on K series film bodies.
The wine looks tasty as well!

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Performance may degrade further away I am not sure. I haven't used it much at all, to be honest - the flexibility of DA 12-24 is too tempting, but I suspect that the K 15 has a certain charm that especially for interiors cannot be beat by the new lens:



Of course DA 15 or even DA 12-24 are going to be better with flare but it's not as bad as could be expected. DA15 is also going to be sharper in the centre but sharpness is not everything.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
Yep I see it now and yes I would have picked it up for you.
Glad you got the K-01, do you actually have the camera or is it on back order?

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Hah hah. I knew you would if I asked so I RAN away from that thread. The 200/2.5 is the most expensive lens I've ever bought, new or used - wasn't even close to that 15/3.5. And I plan to prove I can use it on the K-01, which is Pre-ordered, but in my mind I have it.
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Haha, I see the lens on the marketplace now

I compared both the K 15 and A 15 with the DA 15 F4. I found that both of the older lenses had a tendency to overexpose: the A lens was an interesting case, as the overexposure problem got worse and worse the newer the camera (in A mode). On the Super Program it was spot-on, with the PZ-1 it was about 0.5 stops over, and with the MZ-S or a DSLR it was a whole stop over. Stop-down metering also had a tendency to screw up. As far as sharpness does, the DA lens was indeed sharper and had fewer aberrations, but that doesn't mean the 15mm is a bad lens, either. I guess it just shows that lens technology has indeed evolved since the 70's

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Haha, I see the lens on the marketplace now

I compared both the K 15 and A 15 with the DA 15 F4. I found that both of the older lenses had a tendency to overexpose: the A lens was an interesting case, as the overexposure problem got worse and worse the newer the camera (in A mode). On the Super Program it was spot-on, with the PZ-1 it was about 0.5 stops over, and with the MZ-S or a DSLR it was a whole stop over. Stop-down metering also had a tendency to screw up. As far as sharpness does, the DA lens was indeed sharper and had fewer aberrations, but that doesn't mean the 15mm is a bad lens, either. I guess it just shows that lens technology has indeed evolved since the 70's
And already sold, that was quick!

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Even for a K fanatic like me...

I can not justify the purchase of this lens at the moment. I urgently need a K-5. I wish the price of K-5 will get lower soon.
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