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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2 Limited
Just like all the Limiteds, this lens is beautifully crafted, and with the K-3 it forms a nice unobtrusive and compact package. The built in hood is nice and also physically protects the front element. The main traits of this lens are its contrast and color rendition (as all the limiteds) and its great flare resistance, making it perfect for general landscape and cytiscape use. I love its field of view, not too wide, not too narrow, that coupled with the ability to focus very close (for a lens of this focal length) make ithe DA21 very versatile. The SMC version also produces distinctive starbursts even at large apertures. This is not a design particularly geared towards sharpness and distortion correction, however the center of the frame is sharp even from wide open, only the corners suffer a bit and require stopping down. Distortions are easily corrected with processing software. AF is very fast and relatively silent thanks to the short travel and low weight of the lens. Initially, i was attracted bys the DA15 Limited to complement my DA 35 Ltd in a compact two-lens kit for travel...but i found this DA21 for a below-average price, and bit the bullet. Ever since i took hold of this beauty and put it on my K-3 i have never for one second regretted my purchase. Very highly recommended.



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