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HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR

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HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR

HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR


The HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR zoom lens was announced in February 2016. It complements the D FA 28-70mm F2.8 and the D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 zooms so that Pentax users have access to fast F2.8 pro level zoom lenses covering the entire range from 15 mm to 200 mm.

On a full frame DSLR the field of view covers that from extreme wide angle to moderate wide angle. The lens can also be used on DSLRs with an APS-C size sensor, but the field of view is much reduced. The smc Pentax-DA 12-24 mm F4 is the better (and much lighter) option for APS-C shooters although its field of view at the wide end on APS-C doesn't quite match the 15-30 mm on full frame.

The 15-30 mm zoom features nine rounded diaphragm blades for smooth Bokeh and it has a number of seals making it weather resistant. The front element is SP coated which helps repel water drops and grease. The lens also features Quick Shift. The lens hood is an integral part of the lens barrel and filters cannot be used due to the massive, protruding front element.

The lens has a built-in SDM autofocus motor and no provision for screw drive autofocus. Autofocus is thus available only with the K10D and K100D Super, and all newer cameras. The lens has no aperture ring and is primarily intended for use on DSLR cameras. It can be used, though, on film cameras that have P and Tv automation or where the aperture can be controlled by an e-dial on the camera. On film cameras focusing is manual only.

At 1040 g/36.7 oz. this lens is a bit heavy.

HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Automatic, 9 blades (rounded)
18 elements, 13 groups
Mount Variant
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
AF (in-lens motor)
Min. Focus
28 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 86-50 ° / 77-44 °
Full frame: 111-72 ° / 100-62 °
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Yes (WR)
Other Features
Internal Zoom
Diam x Length
98.5 x 143.5 mm (3.9 x 5.6 in.)
1040 g (36.7 oz.)
Production Years
2016 to present (in production)
$1276 USD current price
$1449 USD at launch
Engraved Name
HD Pentax-D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR
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Supersonic AutofocusQuick ShiftWeather SealedInternal FocusingInternal ZoomingAutomatic ApertureFull-Frame Support
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Registered: February, 2010
Location: Eureka, CA
Posts: 3,336
Lens Review Date: August 16, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Optically splendid, sharp, contrasty, superb color
Cons: Size, weight, no filter rings
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-1   

I bought a version of this lens back in early February but had to return as a consequence of bad decentering, particularly noticeable at fast apertures. A few months later I bought another version. This one is, fortunately, free of any major defects.

I had originally planned to avoid acquiring this lens, mainly due to the price and the size. I attempted to make do with the FA 20-35, which is, at least in terms of landscape photography, pretty decent. Indeed, at typical landscape apertures (f11-f16), there's little difference in sharpness between the old FA wide old zoom the DFA monster, excluding the far corners, where the new lens is significantly better. The main advantages of DFA 15-30 over legacy wide-angle zooms like the FA 20-35 involve, primarily, fast aperture performance and contrast and saturation. Landscape images taken with this DFA 15-30 just have more bite and richer color than what I was getting out of the FA 20-35. There is something to be said for the HD coatings, and for all that special glass (4 ED, 4 AL elements). This is the best zoom lens I have ever used. It's better than even the very fine DFA 28-105. Not necessarily sharper, but contrastier, with a richer color signature.

The size and weight of this lens is, of course, the main point of criticism. But as concerned as I was about the weight of the lens, it hasn't turned out to be as big a problem as I originally feared. I've bought a lens case for it, which I carry around my shoulders with a strap. Thus equipped, I hardly notice the weight. I suspect the weight of this lens is mostly a problem for those who have invested in the other f2.8 DFA zooms, along with the massive DFA 150-450. I have sedulously avoided the other DFA monsters, opting instead for the nicely compact DFA 28-105, along with some plasticky, weight-deficient legacy zooms (F 17-28 and FA-J 75-300). The DFA 15-30 is the only monster in my K-1 landscape kit, and that makes the weight manageable. I'll keep the FA 20-35 around for longer hikes and filter use. But for best image quality at the wide end of things, I will always reach for the DFA 15-30.

The lens produces fine starbursts when stopped down. Flare control is pretty good for an f2.8 zoom, but not perfect. The lens is reasonably sharp wide-open, but for best edge to edge sharpness, you do need to stop the lens down to at least f5.6.

Some example images, staring at f16, @16mm:

f10, 15mm:

f11, 30mm:

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Registered: June, 2009
Location: Tumbleweed, Arizona
Posts: 5,441

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Lens Review Date: March 11, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, excellent contrast, excells in low light
Cons: It's ginormous, and costly (even on sale)
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K1   

I have had and shot this lens for a bit over a year. I have used this mainly for AstroLandscapes. The results in essentially total darkness are exceptional.

The lens is large, and when mounted on the K1 - the entire unit is large. There is no getting around that. What was staggering is the exceptional detail and color rendering the K1/15-30 combination provides.

I have also taken the lens on a 2 week trip to Alaska. With it being wide angle, I was even able to capture a breaching whale that should have been a telephoto shot - by cropping.

In reviews, it matches the Nikon 14-24/f2.8 Bottom line - I don't know how much more you can expect from a lens this wide.

One additional interesting factor that I stumbled across. I prefocus in the afternoon before going out to shoot at night. I have found that I can focus at either 15mm or 30mm and while shooting, move between 15 and 30mm and still maintain focus. That is a large plus for me.

Also, the "Open Aperture" or the physical aperture area at 30mm is twice the area at 15mm. Essentially, you are doubling your light at 30mm than what you are getting at 15mm. This is another major reason why I acquired this lens. I wanted the freedom of a large view (at 15mm) but also wanted the larger aperture area at 30mm. This lens provided me with that capability. The downside is the constant aperture of f2.8 rather than f2, f1.8 or f1.4 - but you have to compromise. I'm very happy with the amount of light that I can collect at f2.8, so everything else is a bonus.

I have been able to use the AstroTracing on the K1 at 70seconds without really encountering any star trailing in the corners.
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Registered: September, 2018
Posts: 127

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Lens Review Date: November 30, 2018 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $1,300.00 | Rating: 5 

Cons: Handling, Size, Price
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 1    Value: 3    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K1   

Not much to add to the previous reviews except for one point. For some reason Ricoh has designed this lens with the focus the other or wrong way round. It focusses the opposite way to all the other Pentax lenses. I do find it surprising that this isn't included in the in depth review as it is so important to the handling of the lens. So although Tamron have removed their image stabilization mechanism and changed the coating, it seems they haven't changed the focus direction which has been a Pentax "standard" since the M42 days.

If you only ever use autofocus, it may not be a problem for you. However bearing in mind the angle of view, making sure that the autofocus is on the correct point can be more difficult than with a long lens. After many years of using Pentax glass, I instinctively focus in one direction which is the wrong way for this lens. So for me added to the bulk of this lens, it makes it unusable and I wish I had never bought it.
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Registered: January, 2017
Posts: 45

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Lens Review Date: April 6, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,620.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fantastic quality
Cons: Very heavy and cumbersome. Front element exposed.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K1   

Well, I took the plunge! Very, very expensive, but it was frustrating having only the 28-105 and 200 f2.8 (and the Samyang 14mm) full-frame. It arrived yesterday. Wow! It is SO heavy and bulky! Was it a mistake?

This morning I took it out, a walk of around four miles. When you get used to it, it is fine. I have a neck strap, and support it with the other hand to take the strain while walking, but will investigate a harness for longer walks. The exposed front element is my only real worry, but there is no way round that one.

The pictures have the 'wow' factor: it's the only lens I've liked immediately on first use. Focusing is lightning fast, and while there is obviously distortion towards the edges at 15mm, it's much less than I expected. I have no regrets at all in buying this, though I'm selling my Samyang 24TS, Samyang 14mm and Pentax 12-24 to offset the cost. I would actually have preferred it as f3.5 or f4 to reduce the weight (and price!). With the KP, this and my 10-17 fisheye (lovely lens too) will deal with all the focal lengths I need.

I'll post some photos soon. The ones I've done are fine, but I'm sure there is better to come!
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Registered: February, 2011
Location: Niagara
Posts: 3,022

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 5, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,500.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: weather sealing, coatings ,image quality, f2.8 aperture , silent A/F!
Cons: size, expense, filter limitations

After owning K-5 IIs, and shooting DA 15, DA 21, DA 12-24, Rok 8mm and a number of legacy primes I have found that in comparison the D-FA 15-30 on Full Frame Sensor yields excellent image quality. I have put it to use for occassional Astro Landscapes, and event photography. Although I regularly carry it in my bag, it does not get as much use as say the Ltd primes did simply because of its enormous size. The use of filters makes it even LARGER. Fotodiox Wonder Pana demonstrated here with 145mm pinch cap and free arc filter frame.
Wonderpana 145mm cover and Freearc frame. by Matt, on Flickr

Depth of Field in close focus situations can be very narrow considering such a wide field of view... at MFD:
When I turned away.. by Matt, on Flickr
Columbine in the woods by Matt, on Flickr

I particularly have appreciated the benefit of the f2.8 aperture, making full use of it during some night sky photos. The following image did not use Astrotracer function
Milkyway Cascade into a derelict church. by Matt, on Flickr

The lens delivers the dramatic, as you'd expect from any Ultra Wide
Thunder head over HMCS Haida by Matt, on Flickr

The Day is done. by Matt, on Flickr

Finally, to review this lens and not mention the weather sealing and fabulous coating technology would not do justice to the benefit of being a part of the Pentax system. IT is weather sealed, and the coating as you can see in the image below do a remarkable job of shedding water (as well as dust etc).

Registered: July, 2011
Posts: 1,370

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Lens Review Date: December 30, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great performance
Cons: very large filters only, big, long
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K1   

This lens lives up to all the reviews around for Pentax/Tamron design. Wide open you get very sharp images in the center - only extreme corners appear soft. Stopped down you cannot complain at all. The lens turns in oppossite direction compared to Pentax lenses - minor issue. Filter holders are available, but you have to invest in a 150mm system. While great, the lens is rather long and bulky. I cannot blame this lens for a non-available prime in Pentax land, but for me a smaller prime in the 18-20 mm (something recent - not an old FA design) range would be much more useful. If you need 15-30mm, go for it. Price is right for a 2.8 with sealing.
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Registered: December, 2014
Posts: 10

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Lens Review Date: August 15, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: well built, a joy to use, wr, sharp!!!, colors, contrast
Cons: big, heavy, expensive and big filter solutions, some flare issues in special situations
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 8    New or Used: New    Camera Used: k1 and k3II   

Superb workhorse lens for landscape photography. It just delivers. Basic pros are the relevant ones: excellent sharpness, contrast and color. Most sharp around f5.6, but over all very good sharpness from f2.8 until f16.

In most situation flares are no issue. Especially wide open there seems to be no issue at all. The lens renders wonderful wide open against the sun. When you go for shots against the sun wide a closed aperture, the more you close ist, the more issues may be visible. But if you know that you can check and correct your settings.

Sunstars: The lens is able to produce nice stars between f13 and f22, but because of the flare issue I use to stay between f13 and f16. The stars are only clear and nice when the sun just appears behind an object or the horizon. When the sun rises higher it seems to be less nice in rendering the star in my view, so do not let the sun be too big for the purpose.

Filters: Big end expensive solutions - but they work quite well. I just tried the Haida system and it is well built and easy to use (but big of course).

Overall a wonderfull lens! I really do enjoy working with it.

For more pictures taken look here:

Registered: January, 2011
Location: 5th floor
Posts: 1,345

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Lens Review Date: August 11, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $999.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Crazy sharpness in center
Cons: Size
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-1   

I am really conflicted about this lens. The sharpness in the center is superb as everybody say. For all practical purpose I imagine most people will use the 15mm end more so than 30. So, is it better to carry 15/2,8 (or faster) or a equivalent, or this? The thing is gigantic, ginormous. The contrast between the sizing of K-1 and this is so vast that it affects handling. The lens tends to aim down if I am not careful and mindful because of the weight of the lens. With a battery grip and this lens will weigh almost as much as 645d + 55/2.8. I guess this is the cost of carrying FF. It was in some ways counterproductive as since I have acquired this lens I found myself going more and more to GR . . . . . The lack of ability to take on filters at ease is not a game changer but it is annoying for sure too.
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Registered: July, 2007
Location: North West UK
Posts: 382

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Lens Review Date: July 13, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, rendition, speed, AF
Cons: It is a bit big and heavy (and then some), expensive compared to the Tamron but not when compared to CaNikon
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 7    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3 K-1   

I have got this as an insurance replacement to my very worthy Tokina 20-35mm ATX-Pro F2.8 (which is in itself a cracker), with a bit of Guiltiness due to the cost. But then again the insurance is new for old and this lens is the ONLY replacement for the Tokina for Full Frame Pentax.

What do I think? Well first impressions is that it is huge! Physically it is twice the dimensions to my APS-C version, the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6. But then again it is F2.8 all the way through and because of this, it is the size it is. Mind you, The Tokina was no featherweight.

Now Image quality. Well it has only been a couple of days and played with APS-C and FF, but this thing is sharp! Contrast is superb too.
AF is snappy as well.
Metering is spot on too, unlike my APS-C version, the Sigma, which seems to underexpose these days.

No ability to take filters!

Is it worth it? Well yes. It maybe a Tamron in a Pentax frock, but that does not mean it is not any good. Shame it is priced 50% more than the Tamron one for CaNikon. On the other hand, it is still a monster performer that is worthy of use with any Pentax Body. It is that instant sharpness out of the box that impresses.
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Registered: January, 2016
Location: Tampa Florida
Posts: 287
Lens Review Date: June 9, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness. Great focal range. Near silent autofocus. Constant fast f2.8
Cons: Can't take screw on filters requires an expensive filter system made for just this lens.

The best option if you are looking for ultra wide angle. Really the only option if you want autofocus. It's big and heavy (very large) but you can tell that it is a high quality pro lens. It's a Tamron rebadge but that's ok because it is a great well regarded lens on other systems. Unfortunately requires a special filter system made just for this lens (can not take screw in filters). It has a built in lens hood which is nice and I like the push on lens cap. It's weather sealed and the front elements has a special coating that makes water just bead right off. It is sharp edge to edge. It is a great landscape lens and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a wide angle lens. It is very convenient having the zoom and since it is such an amazing lens it's image quality is as good as any prime. It isn't cheap but a fantastic lens if you can swing the price.

Registered: January, 2009
Location: East Bay Area, CA
Posts: 6,125
Lens Review Date: April 25, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,450.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: 1)fast aperture zoom 2)decent distortion correction 3)shifting hood
Cons: 1)expensive 2)heavy 3)filter use is a hassle
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 7    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3II   

I bought this lens for my event/party/concert/walkaround shooting where changing primes might be a hassle. At that time, I was about to switch to the FF K-1, but for now have decided to stay with my K3II for my non-landscape work(I swear by 645Z for landscapes & product photography). The price was hard to swallow but the reviews show the Tamron branded 15-30 outperforming the Nikon 14-24/2.8 and others, an impressive feat.

The second copy I received was a good one - first was unacceptably soft all around.

I use my lens quite often for event work with few complaints. It would be nice to pop on a filter once in awhile, but I am not interested in investigating some big contraption for mounting square filters, so I'll pass.

Sharpness and image separation are very nice - I occasionally see an image with some nice 3D pop that impresses me. Bokeh is good for a zoom. I only rated it an 8 for bokeh because compared to a good prime, the bokeh is nothing special, but for a zoom, somewhat impressive.

I haven't seriously tried this lens for my wide field astrophotography yet, but looking forward to putting it through its paces soon and may amend my review.

I suspect this lens looks sharper on FF than APS-C, because on the K3II, the DFA 15-30 compares well at 15mm to the DA15 (due to the larger available apertures). Stopped down, the DA15 wins. At 21mm and 30mm, my DA21 and FA31 primes somewhat outperform this lens at all apertures. I would not expect a utility zoom to outperform the Limited primes, but be aware it does not(on K3II). I plan on renting the K-1 to compare them on FF soon. If sheer image quality is your need, be sure you have the FA31 in your bag.

I like that this lens is WR rated and has a mount gasket and ring sealing. That is important to support a total ecosystem of WR bodies.

OK, enough blabber and her are some sample pics, fairly processed.

Laupahoehoe Beach (Explore #55)
K3II & DFA15-30 @18mm

Big Island Blaze
K3II & DFA15-30 @15mm

K3II & DFA15-30 @18mm

K3II & DFA15-30 @ 30mm
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Location: Central Plains of North America
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Lens Review Date: March 15, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,246.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It's wide, sharp, low aberrations, relatively low distortion
Cons: It's ginormous
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

I love this lens and feel like a fanboi, but I'm not alone--just read the bazillions of reviews of this lens with the Tamron badge. Ricoh did well to pluck this best of breed lens and offer it with Pentax labelling, coatings, and seals.

There's not a lot that I can add to all the other reviews (you can grow old reading them, there's so many), but can concur that the lens is super sharp (possibly better than the DFA 24-70), low in chromatic aberration and purple fringing (the only aberrations I easily recognize), and like the other Pentax D FA f/2.8 zoom offerings, enormous. I hate the size, but the performance makes it easy to overlook that.

So here's a few things I haven't seen emphasized in other reviews:

- Least important, but still fun--it's the only lens with the possible exception of my A* 600mm that anyone has ever commented to me about in public. The bulbous front element can't be ignored.

- It's the only lens I've ever owned that exhibits significant pincushion distortion--this is at the 30mm end, of course. If you favor brick walls as your creative muse, this might be a problem, but it probably would never be an issue for most other subjects. Mentioned as a point of interest, but not as any practical issue.

- Some have described this lens as being configured with internal zoom. If you count the fixed lens hood as part of the external dimensions, this would be 100% true. However, one would be missing the full story, which is quite interesting (to me, at least), and possibly not mentioned in any other review. At 30 mm, the front element is fully retracted, but zooming to 15 mm moves the front element forward. Although the overall length of the lens does not change due to the fixed lens hood, the effective coverage of that lens hood adapts to the focal length of the lens. When the front element is forward with the short focal length, the lens hood is shallow, and when the the front element is further back with the longer focal length, the lens hood is deeper. Ingenious.

These three items probably won't change anyone's purchase decision, but I mention them as things you might not come across in other reviews. The bottom line, though, as said one way or another by many others, if the price tag of this lens fits within your budget, it will not disappoint.
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Registered: January, 2014
Location: St Petersburg
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Lens Review Date: March 15, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build Quality, zero flare in test, Lenscal at Zero 0
Cons: Weight (no surprise)

Extensively used with LensCal and Yves' calibrators. At both ends of zoom range and using LensCal stand offs and Yves' lengths, all were dead zero +- .2. Incredible. My DA*s were not this good...

Colors, sats, MF in the field also Excellent++

Well Done Pentax!

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Location: Melbourne
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Lens Review Date: December 4, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,475.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, great focal range
Cons: size, weight, price, lack of filter threads
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 7    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

If Pentax had a modern FF 15mm or 20mm f/4 prime, I wouldn't have bothered with this lens. However, I wasn't prepared to wait any longer for something that probably won't come anyway; I needed WIDE now. (The MF 3rd party primes don't appeal, though the Irix got close.)

Having said that, the D FA 15-30 is definitely a very good lens. Very sharp anywhere near frame centre, even at its supposed weak end (30mm). There is certainly nothing to complain about there.

For close-up work the background bokeh is surprisingly "dreamy", very unlike the DA15.

15mm, f/6.3

Generally, IQ across the frame is quite good, though placing a person at the edges at 15mm is asking for trouble; they look distorted, but that's par for the FL.

15mm, f/13

Once again, I find the long end perfectly satisfactory, even wide open.

30mm, f/2.8, iso3200

All in all, this is a very fine lens. It produces a certain look that is very different from the DA 15 on APS-C (my only other UWA lens). It will take me a little while to get used to it, and use this look to best advantage. But I am generally happy.

The elephant in the room though (an apt analogy) is its size, in particular its width. It is a genuine pain to fit in a camera bag, and so it may often be left at home. A lens that you don't have with you is a useless lens. The weight doesn't worry me as much.

Optically, this lens is a 10. However, I have taken off one point for size and cost.

The supplied soft bag is a bit disappointing for a lens in this price range. It's just a floppy soft bag with no attached belt loop or shoulder strap, making it inconvenient to carry.

UPDATE: ... but check out the rainbow (and other) flare on this, despite the sun being well out of shot! Bottom left but also top right, with an octagon in between. I guess the bulbous front element can catch them from anywhere, despite the (necessarily shallow) hood.

15mm, f/11
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Lens Review Date: November 15, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, F2.8
Cons: size
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1   

This is a very sharp lens even in low light and at the edges. It is large. When compared to the price, Fstop, speed to others on the market it is a great deal at the price I paid. I shot pictures in a lava tube with only headlamp lighting and got usable pictures in spite of the cold, damp, and dripping water. This speaks as well for the K-1 on which I used it. It is very sharp even wide open and has gotten some "Wows" on pictures I have posted and put on my website.
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