Possibly my favorite prime lens

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moving_comfort
moving_comfort Veteran Member • Posts: 8,203
Possibly my favorite prime lens
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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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Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Wideangle prime lens • Pentax KAF • 21470
Announced: Mar 2, 2009
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moving_comfort
moving_comfort OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,203
Re: Possibly my favorite prime lens

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Here are a few of my favorite things...
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miles green
miles green Veteran Member • Posts: 5,196
Re: Possibly my favorite prime lens

I'm not sure why nobody spotted this thread, but your compositions with the 15 limited combined with the subtle sepia toning you often use have been very inspiring! I remember pictures of your kids with cardboard boxes, swings, tricycles, cornfields and halloween fests to name a few... Keep them coming!

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Miles Green
Pentaxian with chronic LBA
Corfu, Greece

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citrontokyo Contributing Member • Posts: 812
Re: Possibly my favorite prime lens

Possibly my next purchased lens.

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aussiegal Regular Member • Posts: 203
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Thanks for sharing, these are just amazing shots.  Makes me want to grab my da15 and get shooting!

moving_comfort
moving_comfort OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,203
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miles green wrote:

I'm not sure why nobody spotted this thread, but your compositions with the 15 limited combined with the subtle sepia toning you often use have been very inspiring! I remember pictures of your kids with cardboard boxes, swings, tricycles, cornfields and halloween fests to name a few... Keep them coming!

Thanks Miles, Citron, aussiegal.

This is probably the lens that's most caused me to get up and get out of the house andjust shoot.

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 moving_comfort's gear list:moving_comfort's gear list
Pentax K20D Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D +10 more
SBS
SBS Senior Member • Posts: 2,029
Re: Possibly my favorite prime lens

These photos, and your other work are truly excellent. I think you can take credit/responsibility(?) for the sale of many 15mm lenses. Pentax owes you thanks, but photographers spouses, on the other hand ----

moving_comfort
moving_comfort OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,203
Re: Possibly my favorite prime lens

These photos, and your other work are truly excellent. I think you can take credit/responsibility(?) for the sale of many 15mm lenses. Pentax owes you thanks, but photographers spouses, on the other hand ----

Thx SBS, I recommend the 15 with no reservations. It's pure fun.

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QuickSilver7 Forum Member • Posts: 69
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SBS wrote:

These photos, and your other work are truly excellent. I think you can take credit/responsibility(?) for the sale of many 15mm lenses. Pentax owes you thanks, but photographers spouses, on the other hand ----

I fall into this category

moving_comfort
moving_comfort OP Veteran Member • Posts: 8,203
Re: Possibly my favorite prime lens

QuickSilver7 wrote:

SBS wrote:

These photos, and your other work are truly excellent. I think you can take credit/responsibility(?) for the sale of many 15mm lenses. Pentax owes you thanks, but photographers spouses, on the other hand ----

I fall into this category

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The trick to equipment procurement is to use your equipment to take photos of things your spouse likes to see - whether it be something like:

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...Or:

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Here are a few of my favorite things...
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 moving_comfort's gear list:moving_comfort's gear list
Pentax K20D Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D +10 more
gaddigad Senior Member • Posts: 1,860
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You are doing wonders with this lems. Obviously it fits your style (or eye). Personally I haven't yet got to utilizing wide angle lenses well.

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Tord S Eriksson
Tord S Eriksson Veteran Member • Posts: 5,830
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Lovely shots, thanks for sharing!

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