Possibly my favorite prime lens

Started Mar 30, 2011 | User reviews thread
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Possibly my favorite prime lens
Mar 30, 2011

The DA 15mm Limited is one of currently five DA "Limited" series lenses - small, all-metal, extremely sharp and contrasty lenses from Pentax. All the DA Limiteds are designed specifically for APS-C, but several can be used on film/FF with minimal or no light falloff.

The DA 15ltd is simply one of the best lenses I've ever used - it's small size, nice contrast and sharpness, superb flare control and great build quality make me want to take it everywhere - which results in a lot of fun and opportune photography.

Here are some shots taken with the lens and associated discussion:

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Problems:

Field curvature combined with so-so corners wide open. Note that this is really only a problem at f/4, but in the real-world shooting situations I find myself in, my f/4 shots are usually indoors and with subjects that do not depend on corner sharpness. At f/8, everything sharpens up nicely.

The center is very, very sharp even wide-open.

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