Small yet Amazing
+ Small size
+ Optically excellent
+ Built-in hood
- Screw-in cap
To me, above everything else, the size of the DA15ltd makes it a winner to me. I do a lot of street and travel photography with this lens. Whereas my previous wide-angle (DA12-24) was very, very big and intimidating, the DA15 is so small it doesn't make people self-conscious. This is an often overlooked but to me very important aspect of this lens. The small size also means I can carry my entire kit in a very small bag.
Optically this lens has a lot going for it. Contrast, colour rendition and sharpness are all stellar. As the other review notes, corner softness has never been a real world annoyance. The situation when you end up using this lens wide-open don't require corner sharpness, and the situations where you want corner sharpness do not require a big aperture.
The Build Quality is downright excellent. The screw-in cap is perhaps not as convenient as snap-on types, but the excellent built-in hood more than makes up for that.
This lens is my most used lens by a big margin. All in all I think the DA15ltd is the single biggest reason why I prefer Pentax over any other brand. No other DSLR maker has, at the moment of writing, a lens this wide yet this small.
- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%
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