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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2019, 12:00 PM  
If you have the DA 21 and the DA 20-40 Limiteds . .
Posted By baba_yaga
Replies: 31
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My experience with both lenses is similar to most of those already posted. I have to second the comments of NZ_Ross, the 21mm non-HD version produces fantastic starbursts on rippled water. If this is your cup of tea, I have not encountered another DA lens with similar characteristics. As others pointed out, it is great, very compact walk around lens in crowded streets, markets, etc. On the minus side, in addition to the lack of weather/dust proofing, the maximum aperture is a bit limiting in darker locations, e.g. indoor bazaars, bars, especially when photographing moving subjects. This is less of a problem on the most modern bodies but on my K5IIs one fairly quickly runs into the high ISO/high noise regime,
The 20-40 is an entirely different animal, although it is still remarkably light and compact, nearly as inconspicuous as the 21. Even though it is a zoom, in pure optical terms it is hands down superior to the 21mm. In some situations it may lack the magic of the 21, but it is very sharp and contrasty - a more modern lens, no doubt. The fast, nearly silent focusing is well above the Pentax average.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2017, 09:49 AM  
Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited lens - differences between old and new version
Posted By baba_yaga
Replies: 22
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My experience has been very similar. I have the HD 15mm and SMC 21mm. The HD DA15 is a very good lens but it my hands seems to lack the magic of the older SMC DA21 (I am sure both the technique and the taste have something to do with it).
The DA15 is great for outdoors architecture and street shots, a little less so indoors where the f4 is at times limiting.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-16-2016, 08:39 AM  
Greetings!
Posted By baba_yaga
Replies: 4
Views: 343
Have been using Pentax gear for 7+ years and browsing the Forum for almost as long - it is high time to "formalize" it ...

Best regards to everyone
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